Organization of the DBC Sons and Daughters
(Excerpted from the “The Defenders” Golden Anniversary Souvenir program – April 9, 1992)
The formal organization of the Sons and Daughters of the DBC residing in the Metro Manila and Antipolo, Rizal, was finalized during the term of the late National Commander Pelagio A. Cruz.
On March 27, 1984, the DBC Supreme Council hosted a merienda-meeting at the AFP Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. A core group of thirty-six children of the DBC veterans attended the gathering. During this meeting, the DBC Sons and Daughters organization was born. Desirous of guiding onward the newly formed organization, the DBC leadership donated P5,000.00 as seed capital and made available an office space at the National Headquarters building for its use.
A series of meetings were held to formulate the objectives, by-laws and organization structure of the Association of Sons and Daughters. On September 2, 1985, it was registered with Securities and Exchange Commission under SEC Registration No. 126387.
The first set of officers elected in the first formal meeting of the newly formed corporation held on September 25, 1985 at the DBC Headquarters were: Quintin “Ting” Paredes San Diego, Chairman of the Board; Panfilo “Jun” V. Villaruel, Jr., President; Elvi John S. Asuncion, Vice-President; Ma. Corazon M. Akol, Secretary; and Amor Arellano Mondonedo, Treasurer.
The next set of officers, who serve for two years – 1989-1991 were: Jun Villaruel, Chairman; Angelo Godofredo Mendoza, President; Maricor M. Akol, Vice-President; Col. Ramon Martinez, Secretary; Vicente F. Lim, III, Treasurer; and Jose Mari F. Lim, Auditor.
The first project undertaken by the Sons and Daughters was “Flashback”, a barn dance held on December 28, 1984, with the purpose of generating operating capital for the corporation.
When the DBC Supreme Council decided to produce a video documentary on the exploits of the Filipino soldiers who fought under the USAFFE in the defense of Bataan and Corregidor at the outbreak of World War II, they enlisted the help of the Sons and Daughters in this project. This documentary included personal interviews, glimpses and vignettes on the valor of some of our decorated WWII heroes, among them, Carlos P. Romulo, Pelagio A. Cruz, Godofredo F. Mendoza, Godofredo M. Juliano, Alfredo Xerez-Burgos, Luis A. Villareal, and Alfredo M. Santos.