Fil-Am New York attorney elected Trustee of the Knights of Rizal Supreme Council

by Ricky Rillera

Sir Ferdinand “Dean” Suba delivering his remarks after he was conferred with the Knight Grand Cross of Rizal during the KOR conference in Antipolo, Rizal | Contributed Photo

NEW YORK – Filipino American Sir Ferdinand “Dean” Suba, a lawyer from New York City, was elected Trustee of the Supreme Council of the Knights of Rizal (KOR) at a virtual election held on Sept. 19, 2021. He garnered the third-highest number of votes, obtaining 619 votes from the Philippines and abroad, ensuring him one of the eight seats needed in the Supreme Council.

The other seven regular trustees elected with him were: Gerardo Calderon (Angono, Rizal), Emmanuel Calairo (Magpuri-Dasmarinas, Cavite, Raymundo Del Rosario (Tanza, Cavite), Rodel C. Abellana (Nueva Vizcaya MMXX) Armando Cazzola (Makati City), Frisco S. San Juan (Provincial Capitol, Rizal), and Danilo Peralta (Sydney, Australia). Meliton B. Garraton (Texas, US) is the new Overseas Representative beating his fello2 Texan Lou G. Nepumuceno.

The Knights of Rizal – New York (KORNY) nominated Suba, where he previously served as Chapter Commander. A practicing lawyer in New York since 1989, Suba is the first KOR member from New York elected to the Supreme Council, the highest governing body of the fraternal organization. He was voted in the Top 8 by voters from the Philippines and Overseas out of 17 candidates vying for eight trustees posts. Before becoming a Trustee, he was one of the U.S. Regional Commanders servicing the Eastern Region in eight area commands in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

As a Trustee, Suba told the Philippine Daily Mirror that he has three projects which he hopes to accomplish: (1) create a Rizal Global Directory which would have a listing of all members with their emails and phone numbers available in two forms – electronic and a printed copy (book-bound); (2) establishment of the Rizal Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, and, (3) seek to obtain funding for KOR from the Philippine Congress.

Suba was conferred the highest rank of Knight Grand Cross of Rizal (KGCR) in February 2019 during the International Conference of the Knights of Rizal held in Antipolo City, Philippines.

A graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School, he took up postgraduates studies in Elder Law, Wills, and Trust at the New York University. He also took Commercial Leasing and Residential Real Estate Law in the same university. He taught at the Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines.

The State of New York admitted Suba to practice law in the State of New York in 1989, and in the same year, the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York also admitted him to practice law.

He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA and Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He was a member of the American Bar Association (A.B.A.), New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (New York City Bar), and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

He continues to serve the Filipino communities in the tri-state area of New York as legal counsel (pro-bono) to the Association of Filipino Teachers in America, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants International, Tri-State U.S.A., University of Santo Tomas Association of Nurses in the East Coast of the U.S.A., and Eastern Association of Filipino Dentists in America. He sits as Trustee to the Society of Philippine American Artists.

As an international lawyer, he continues to represent nationals from more than 40 countries worldwide.

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