THE FILIPINO CHAMPION: FELIX BISCO, MAKING A DIFFERENCE EVEN AFTER RETIREMENT

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Mar. 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES – He may be retired, but Doctor Felix Bisco is still working to bring joy and wellness to his fellow seniors, through music.

Bisco said, “Singing is acquired. All the songs could be learned and you don’t necessarily have to be good singer to begin with. It can be developed and it can be happily done.”

Bisco was a veterinarian in the Philippines and practiced in the United States. His 35 years of experience included stints throughout California. He retired as the acting chief veterinarian of Los Angeles in 1993.

Now with more time on his hands, he taught himself to play piano by ear, sharing his self-taught talent to help organize a senior glee club almost ten years ago. This glee club performs throughout the San Fernando Valley.

He said, “The joy is different now. It’s different connecting with animals. It’s different connecting with people and making them happy.”

The seniors perform throughout the year and the group continues to grow. After budget cuts forced the closure of many senior services, this active Knights of Columbus officer welcomed many of these seniors to his center, giving them a chance to socialize and use their talents.

Throughout the years Felix has been recognized by elected officials for his work with the senior community. Earlier this month, he was given a certificate of recognition from the mayor’s office just days before his 72nd birthday.

He said, “I feel that if you make people happy, you become happy too. For me, it’s a dream come true.”

If you know a kababayan like Dr. Felix Bisco who inspires you and makes you proud, you may nominate him/her by sending an email to thefilipinochamp@abs-cbni.com or calling (650) 508-6137.

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