ALLICE is the portmanteau for Alliance for Community Empowerment, an independent nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonpartisan team of volunteers formed in 2003 to engage individuals and groups to educate the public about healthy relationships. Its members call themselves Kumares and Kumpares, from the Filipino term for confidante.
On Dec. 7, 2006, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presented the “Kaanib ng Bayan” Presidential Citation for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas to the CORA Kumares, as ALLICE was known when it was component of the San Mateo County domestic violence service agency, for its “admirable humanitarian services in promoting the welfare of Filipino Americans and empowering them to end domestic violence.”
In 2009, the team went independent and named itself after its honorary chair Alice Bulos, a retired sociology professor who dedicated her life to empowering the community.
Who are the 2018 Kumares and Kumpares?
- Founding Members: Cherie Querol Moreno, Bettina Santos Yap, Teresa Ferrer, Yumi Querubin, Amancio “Jojo” Liangco, Nerissa Fernandez
- Past Members: Alice Bulos+, Erlinda Galeon+, Helen Marte, Kristine Zafrani -Averilla, Rachel Puno – Juliana, Christine Padilla, Lorraine Canaya, Mark Nagales, Jeannette Trajano, Randy Caturay, Robert Uy, Maria Segarra, Karina Layugan
- Honorary Members: Lloyd LaCuesta, Frances Dinglasan
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