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C.A.R. Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller installs FAREPA's 2015 leadership team.

C.A.R. Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller installs FAREPA’s 2015 leadership team.

The Filipino American Real Estate Professional Association of Northern California (FAREPA) 2015 leadership team was installed last Wednesday at the Milpitas Community Center. California Association of REALTORS® Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller administered the oath of office to FAREPA’s new officers and board directors.

The 2015 FAREPA officers are Ric Bareng, Jr. (Century 21 Alpha); Melanie Holthaus (Premier Century Real Estate Services), president-elect; Anna Lopez (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage); Jerry Quintos (Abbott, Stringham & Lynch, CPA), treasurer. The association’s 2015 board of directors are Dinah Casibang (ERS Mortgage), Barbara Kuang (Allstate Insurance); and Mike Santana (ADT Home Alarm Services).

On behalf of SILVAR, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Director John Tripp and NAR President’s Liaison to the Philippines Jennifer Tasto congratulated Bareng, Jr. and FAREPA’s leadership team and reaffirmed SILVAR’s support for FAREPA and its mission. FAREPA’s mission is “to promote the interests of Filipino American real estate professionals, elevate the level of professionalism within the global community through education, networking and partnership, and create a united voice within the real estate community.”


In his address to members and guests, Bareng, Jr. noted the pillars that made FAREPA strong since its formation over 11 years ago and enabled the association to meet and overcome past challenges were FAREPA’s commitment to educate its members, increase the level of professionalism, rebuild FAREPA’s brand and support other chapters along the way, and always giving back to the community here and abroad. FAREPA raised money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda last year. Proceeds from a drawing of prizes during the evening’s installation dinner will benefit the Bareng, Jr. is a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

A highlight of the evening was FAREPA’s thanking SILVAR for its support through the years. In recognition and gratitude, past president Paul Stewart presented SILVAR Executive Officer Paul Cardus the “Honorary Filipino” award.


Also representing SILVAR at the event were Global Business Council member Jimmy Kang, Sue Bose, and Public Affairs & Communications Director Rose Meily.



SILVAR congratulates the 2012 officers and board directors of the Filipino American Real Estate Professional Association (FAREPA) – Santa Clara County Chapter. The association also celebrates 10 years as a real estate organization in the South Bay.

At their installation luncheon on March 9, SILVAR Region 9 Chair Jeff Bell administered the oath of office to 2012 FAREPA President Richard Martinez, a financial advisor with Transamerica Financial Advisors; Barbara Kuang (Farmers Insurance), vice president; Jerry Quintos (Abbot, Stringham & Lynch CPA), treasurer; Paul Stewart (San Mateo County Association of Realtors), immediate past president; and Fe Casem (IBIS Universal Corporation), Evelyn Greenleaf (Consultant), Marlo Ibon (Intero Real Estate Services), Richard Miller (, directors.

SILVAR President Suzanne Yost, a guest speaker at the event, congratulated FAREPA’s new leadership team for its commitment. “It takes courage to step into leadership positions. SILVAR values its partnership with groups like FAREPA,” said Yost. “Partnerships are key to success and all real estate professionals should treat each other with care and nurture these relationships every chance they get.”

On behalf of FAREPA, Past President Stewart presented special honorary Filipino awards to Yost, Bell, and Barbara Lymberis, president of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. SILVAR Public Affairs Director Rose Meily was presented the Member for Life award. Stewart referred to the REALTOR® associations as flagships of FAREPA and other ethnic real estate groups, and thanked them for their support.

SILVAR Region 9 Chair Jeff Bell (far right) administers the oath of office to FAREPA's 2012 officers and board directors (left to right) Treasurer Jerry Quintos, Directors Richard Miller, Fe Casem, Evelyn Greenleaf and Marlo Ibon, Vice President Barbara Kuang, FAREPA President Richard Martinez, Immediate Past President Paul Stewart.

March 2023


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