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Filreflex celebrates 13th anniversary

09 March 2018

By Ellen Asis

The Filipino Reflexologist and Massage Therapists Association (Filreflex) celebrated its 13th year anniversary on Feb. 11 at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town with the induction of its new officers, led by Lilia Ranas, a University of the Philippines graduate and a registered nurse.

Administering the oath of office was Vice Consul Robert Quintin, who congratulated the new officers, and encouraged them to continue their mission of providing service, and of being good examples to their fellow Filipinos.

Also in attendance was Florence Belenario, one of the pioneers of the group who said she will continue helping the group provide the service they are best known for, which is massage.

One should not underestimate the healing power of massage, she said, as this helps relieve the bodily pain experienced by many Filipina domestic workers because of their long hours of work.

Belenario also encouraged the new members to keep improving their massage therapy skill as this could help them earn a decent living when they decide to go back home in the Philippines.

Filreflex is the first wellness massage group to be organized in Hong Kong. It was founded in 2005 by a group of Filipinos with a background in the medical field, and were passionate about providing service through massage.

Many of these founding members now own spa salons in the Philippines where they get to apply the skills that they have learned in Hong Kong.

Aside from Ranas, who was sworn in as president of the group, the other officers are Fredalyn Palgue, vice president; Ellen Almacin general secretary; Susan Basiga, assistant secretary: Soledad Generallo, treasurer; Maritess Malones, auditor; Erna Orilla and Maribel Portible, PROs, Alicia Naoha, sergeant-at-arms; Salveh Tapel, muse; and Florence Belenario, Susan Genova, Genevy Carillo, Lota Reyes, Ana Liza Ezmeralda, members of the board of directors; and Reina Castronuevo, adviser.

Filreflex is inviting everyone who wants to learn massage, with or without prior experience, to call Lilia Ranas at telephone number 6421 4994.

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