"First National Bank of Northern California has been a proud supporter
of the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce since 1963," says Tom
McGraw, CEO of First National Bank. "We strongly believe in the impor-
tant work that Chamber does to support business, education, and a
better quality of life for the people in our communities! Being a member
of the Chairman's Circle demonstrates the bank's commitment to the
Chamber and the critical role that the Chamber plays in Northern San
Mateo County."

Seton Medical Center, first Chairman's Circle member: Jim Comstock, Director of Business Development
, is convinced that "the Chairman’s
Circle concept is the way to go to fully support the year-round projects
and activities of the Chamber. Seton Medical Center is proud to be able
to join the program and we are excited in supporting the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce."

Westlake Village Apartments: General Manager William Choutka is equally excited about the concept. "The Chamber performs numerous undertakings throughout the year for the betterment of our communities and we are
here to support them," he said. "Becoming a member of the Chairman’s
Circle will enable the Chamber of Commerce to deliver these undertakings
in a timely manner making our communities a better place to live, work
and do business."

In response to the support received, Chamber CEO Mario C. Panoringan
extends his appreciation to the participants for their generous funding
of the Chamber's Chairman's Circle Program for the 2005-2006 calendar
year. "With your generosity, we will be able to continue presenting major activities/ programs benefiting our membership and our communities, the
likes of: Business to Consumer Showcase, Business to Business Networking Extravaganza, Access to Higher Education Scholarship Program, Holiday Soiree, Haunted House and the Business Connection Newsletter."

by Carolyn Livengood, San Mateo County Times

The second, one-week Trade & Tourism Mission to the Philippines,
organized by the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce and led by
then Colma Mayor Philip Lum, Jr. and Chamber President John Hui of
Brisbane Printing, returned home Oct. 16.

Other delegation members were: Colma councilmember Frossana
Vallerga; Trade & Tourism chairman Ron Barels, owner, Cypress Golf
Course; Ray Aguiao, President of Galaxy Financial Services; Laurie
Louie Subtaveanant, Managing Partner, and John Lim, Partner, South
City Appraisals; Ron Maldonado, Owner, RJ Maldonado & Associates;
and Chamber CEO Mario Panoringan.

This continuing project started in 1999 when the Chamber signed a "Memorandum of Agreement" with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce
and Industry. Then Chamber President Panoringan orchestrated and
led the first-ever Trade Mission to the Philippines.

All the parties involved will assist their members in establishing and
strengthening business contacts through the organization of events
such as conferences, seminars, exchange of trade groups and parti-
cipation in trade fairs, with the goal of promoting the growth of trade
between the Philippines and California, especially in Daly City and Colma.

The trip included attendance and interaction with 1,500 members of
the different Chambers of Commerce from all over the Philippines,
during the three-day 31st Annual Philippine Business Conference at
the Manila Hotel. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was the invited
keynote speaker.

The delegation also had a private audience with His Excellency Fidel
V. Ramos, former president of the Republic of the Philippines, and
Mayor Feliciano Belmonte of Quezon City and the Quezon City
Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a "Farewell Dinner &
Fellowship Evening" in the group's honor. The Philippine Department
of Tourism, through the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, also
arranged their golf and shopping tours.