Note: This is the initial report about E-2010. Please visit often for updates.
From the Core Group, E-2010 Organizing Committee
Thank you to everyone who contributed in E-2010’s milestone success! Empowerment 2010 is a conference that successfully combined grassroots and online advocacy strategies and tools in building the next generation of community advocates in an intergenerational environment. You are the true “Stars of Empowerment” at E-2010!
We received many emails and phone calls from participants and UStream viewers, congratulating us for a very successful conference. E-2010’s resonant message throughout the process was: “Everyone has an opportunity to create an environment of advocacy.”
The processing and methodology in making E-2010 work effectively had been the result of eight years of experience in Virginia Beach’s Filipino American community, facilitated by Ben Menor. E-2010 was designed to involve everyone in volunteerism. To be a true advocate, we have to be a volunteer to our cause. At E-2010, the chief volunteer was Ben Menor and everyone else was a volunteer, including the delegates. There were many of us, including some of us within the Core Group, who couldn’t understand this paradigm until the conclusion of the E-2010.
E-2010 allowed us to deconstruct our views of volunteerism. Instead, E-2010 encouraged: “True advocacy is a person who is completely involved at the volunteer level, actively supporting the cause he or she is committed to.”
The core group’s contributions and the meetings with many YP’s and community-based groups at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco helped consolidate the final foundation of E-2010. Once again, everyone who participated in E-2010 was a participant-volunteer, contributing to the outcome of the conference.
Some of the delegates’ comments about E-2010:
? We liked the idea of staying in one room without having any break-out rooms to go to.
? We welcomed the diversity of the speakers and panelists.
? This is a conference with the most number of speakers we’ve ever had.
? People couldn’t get bored.
NaFFAA Business: This report is not complete. We look forward to the reports from the NaFFAA regions’ participants. Reports about the Elections, Proposed amendments to the Bylaws, and other business matters are coming soon.
Congratulations to NaFFAA’s newly-elected national officers: Ed Navarra, NaFFAA National Chair; JT Mallonga, NaFFAA National Vice-Chair; and Brendan Flores, NaFFAA National Youth Chair.
Congratulations to Martin Celemin, who headed the Commission on Elections and JT Mallonga, who headed the Committee on Proposed Amendments to the By-laws!
Thank you to Greg Macabenta, NaFFAA’s National Chair for 2008-2010, and Rozita Lee, NaFFAA’s National Vice-Chair for 2008-2010, for their amazing leadership amidst daunting economic challenges. We are forever grateful!
There was no youth position because the National Youth Chair position for 2008-2010 was vacant.
Expectations, moving forward: Some suggestions include encouraging Regional leadership to plan on always including a YP in any project, thus ensuring a continuum of leadership. A YP could also be an older person who is an emerging advocate (in terms of experience).
Here are facts that the Core Group would like to share with its participants, members, affiliates, supporters, and observers worldwide:
PURPOSE: To establish inclusiveness, an intergenerational environment, and tools to build a succession plan for NaFFAA and other community-based organizations.
GOAL: To be inclusive in everything we were allowed to do.
OBJECTIVE: To have an inclusive engagement and comprehensive representation of the diverse sectors of our communities — including gender, geography, and generations.
EXPECTED OUTCOME: To produce quality leadership in the area of advocacy.
We met the goal — and it was a struggle. It wasn’t a typical conference. We were directed by Greg Macabenta, NaFFAA’s National Chair (2008-2010) to make it inclusive by ensuring the participation of NaFFAA’s 12 regions. The conference wasn’t about our NaFFAA region, Region 8 (Northern California). The goal may have been challenging and enormous in its execution yet it gave enough diversity and a degree of redundancy so E-2010 could reinforce the information that could be used in strengthening one’s organization.
1. We wanted to stay within the budget by using the basic architecture that Ben Menor designed, which allowed for the maximum use of time with the number of speakers/panelists and conference-related activities.
2. We had done our homework regarding which hotels were not on a boycott list. After we had signed our hotel contract, we were challenged and threatened with a labor strike. However, since we have strong relations with the unions, the strike never materialized during the conference. We believe our involvement helped the union with their negotiations.
3. We made some “major, major” mistakes, oftentimes the result of deadlines within a tight time frame. For instance, we were not able to have all of the table workshops because there were many eloquent speakers who spoke beyond the allotted time limit.
4. Volunteers also came from our ethnic communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. No volunteer got paid or else we would have been in a losing proposition. Everyone gave money.
5. E-2010 finished its sessions 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
6. Even if workshops were not necessarily emphasized, the wealth of information was important in meeting the objective of the conference. With 40 speakers and panelists on the program, they provided tools for the delegates who had been assigned seating according to (a) generation – seasoned and emerging advocates; age - YP and older; (b) geography; and (c) gender – women, men, and LGBT. Our goal was to provide a diverse community per table. We had emphasized to our speakers that the delegates needed their best practices and tools that they could bring home immediately to their “home” organizations.
Exit strategy: Bridge the generations in a natural networking environment.
7. The 40 speakers provided the different aspects of advocacy and leadership. The reason why the speakers were asked to keep it to three to four minutes was because it was a way to present the information concisely — so the delegates could return to their local areas and apply what they had learned for the benefit of their regional constituents and members. Thus, today, E-2010 provides a speakers’ bureau & resource guide that will be archived in the E-2010 Post-Conference Report.
8. The outgoing NaFFAA National Chair, Greg Macabenta, delivered a very comprehensive “State of NaFFAA” (SONA) report showing the outstanding achievements of the 12 regions. Region 1 (Roger Alama) and Region 5 (Donna LaVigne) presented their brief reports. For Greg’s PowerPoint presentation, see http://slidesha.re/dFaRoL. The SONA also showed the impact that NaFFAA has made in the local regions. Through its policy of administration, NaFFAA allowed opportunities for each region to expand its services and programs.
9. Greg Macabenta, during his SONA, clarified the “definition” of NaFFAA.
• NaFFAA redefined as COALITION of autonomous organizations and advocacy groups – not a monolithic umbrella organization
• In line with spirit of the NaFFAA Constitution
• By-Laws need to be amended to allow entry of national and regional FilAm organizations (FANHS, FWN, etc.); current By-laws discourage this.
• In interim, establish alliances with FilAm organizations and other advocacy groups.
10. Some of the presentations led to Memorandums of Agreement and immediate action plans.
a. MOA between the Philippine Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) which will be ratified by NaFFAA’s Board of Directors at its next board meeting. The resolution is for CFO and NaFFAA to agree to work together in initiating and implementing projects and programs that promote the welfare of Filipinos in the US and in the Philippines.
b. A proposed MOA among NaFFAA and the US Pinoys for Good Governance with the Bayan Ko Bonds’ advocates was discussed during the first NaFFAA Board meeting under the new officers and board of directors for 2010-2012.
c. Some of the YP’s had an adhoc “meeting of the minds” immediately after the E-2010 to assist Pie Reyes, Josephine Romero, and Maritess Agoncillo with the SAVE Act. Genevieve Jopanda’s YP network of Levin Sy, Bong Vergara (FilVote), and Mark Grafilo (KAYA) was able to build a campaign strategy to push in getting this passed during the US Congress’ lame duck session. Genevieve is currently working on updating the tools for marketing, branding, and messaging. Once this is established, it will go “viral” very soon (targeted by the end of Thanksgiving week). They look forward to everyone’s support and in “spreading the word.” Genevieve said: “Because of NaFFAA, we were able to get the YP’s involved in a project from the networking at the conference. Just thought I’d share this exciting news and that the conference has already sparked positive outcome in movement. Thank you for the opportunity for allowing me to share my passion of mentorship and networking with your group. I am excited to be working with all of you very closely and very soon.”
d. Eric Lachica, well known for his advocacy of the Filipino American World War II’s veterans’ rights and benefits, volunteered to assist in the SAVE Act’s efforts in Washington DC, together with other NaFFAA advocates.
e. Several of the Tables were able to generate their own action plans. The Best Action Plan winner was Table 14. The participants will be given “surprise prizes” from the E-2010 Core Group. Table 14 put together a comprehensive outline for “Moving Forward” to cover Politics, Business, Education, Community Service, Communication Center and Information Center, according to Yolanda O. Stern, one of Table 14’s members. The PowerPoint presentation will be available shortly.
1. Preliminary tally of registrants
R1-19 R2-11 R3-3 R4-0 R5-11 R6-2 R7-2 R8-90 R10-1 R11-32 R12-1 INTL- 4 GMA Pinoy TV- 3
Total to be confirmed: 198
This preliminary tally still needs to be audited next week. For instance, Region 9 is not mentioned (possibly five delegates).
2. Programme Participants which include Moderators, Panelists, Keynote Speakers, and Production Team Members:
Region Total Adults YP Women
1 4 4 1
2 5 3 2 1
8 53 29 24 11
11 5 2
Philippines 4 3
Total 72 (100%) 36 (50%) 26 (36.11%) 18 (25%)
Total (speakers & panelists only) 40
A total of 72 people were involved with the Programme for two days.
Out of 72 people, 36 people were primetime and elders or 50% of the programme participants.
Out of 72 people, 26 people were YP’s, or 36.11%.
Out of 72 people, 18 people were women, or 25%.
Out of 72 people, 40 people were keynote speakers and panelists.
Out of almost 200 people who participated in E-2010, we had a good cross-section of attendees (according to gender, age, spiritual practice or none, and sexual orientation). We had two principal LGBT speakers.
Technology in Empowerment: For the first time in NaFFAA’s history, the sessions were live-streamed, making NaFFAA accessible to a worldwide audience. Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA’s Online Coordinator, headed the project, finding the techie gurus, especially the YP’s, to collaborate on achieving results without a budget. We are very grateful to Grace Esteban, Ben Greer, John Juan, and Ryan Aldana. Here is the UStream URL so you can see what you’ve missed and to help train our next generation of community advocates — worldwide: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/naffaa
Friday, November 19, 2010 – Welcome Reception: A Legacy of Pride
Jacinto “Tony” Siquig Northside Community Center, 488 North 6th Street ~ San Jose, CA 95112
Community Partner & Sponsor: Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County, Inc.
Saturday, November 20, 2010 – E-2010: The Sessions
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway
Sunday, November 21, 2010 – NaFFAA Business: First National Board Meeting
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport (Knuckles Bar)
1333 Bayshore Highway
Even if we had an exciting Friday night when we visited the community center that Filipino leadership built (under Ben Menor at the Filipino American Senior Opportunities Development Council, Inc.), the Jacinto “Tony” Siquig Northside Community Center, the delegates were great and very tired troupers when we started the Saturday sessions within 30 minutes of the starting time. It was no one’s fault for the late start because we were trying to get all the PowerPoint presentations for many of the 40 speakers, a technological challenge that Prof. Tony Villegas and Raymond Virata capably handled.
The link to the progamme’s list of speakers and panelists are found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/42420505/E-2010-NaFFAA-Program-Highlights-as-of-Nov-11-2010.
The Opening Plenary Session displayed a strong opening of leadership and representation.
Of all the speakers, Greg Macabenta had the best outgoing chair’s message during his speech at the “Isang Diwa” Gala night: “Maraming, maraming, maraming salamat.”
Greg Macabenta also presented his PowerPoint presentation on “A Legacy of Honor,” celebrating the achievements of some of our Filipino American Electeds and Appointeds. See: http://slidesha.re/iexXQl
Some of E-2010’s presenters were outstanding in their delivery, content, and impact. They are truly consummate professionals and gifted leaders.
These are a few examples: (for future referral)
? Mae Flores, the YP actor from the movie, “Atlantis Down,” talked about the importance of intergenerational succession planning, which, according to Mae, helps establish a strong identity for young Filipinos in America.
? Dennis Normandy was exceptional in his talk about the Filipino Diaspora, reflecting the Filipinos’ 1st generation’s immigration patterns, and that we need to understand “how to be Americans first.”
? Dexter Ligot-Gordon, former NaFFAA Youth Chair and current National Chair at Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress, spoke about their volunteer group’s activities in the recent elections and what their plans are for “rocking the vote!” for the 2012 elections. One of their endorsed candidates, Rob Bonta, won a City Council seat in the City of Alameda. Rob spoke to the E-2010 delegates about this experience.
? Soulciety’s prime movers spoke during the first session of E-2010. From Aaron Horner, the Program Director to Jack Thant, E-2010’s youngest panelist (a 13-year old who related his experiences in Soulciety), these speakers showcased true examples of intergenerational leadership training and community service.
? Imelda “Mely” Nicolas, a cabinet member of the Republic of the Philippines, Chair of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, gave a revealing informative speech about what Filipinos in the Philippines and US-based Filipinos can mutually work on. See text of her speech here: http://scr.bi/icXm7j
? Rene “Butch” Meily, during his keynote speech at the “Isang Diwa” gala event, spoke about the Philippines’ image from a Filipino American’s perspective. See PowerPoint presentation: http://slidesha.re/gWL5YB. See text of speech here: http://scr.bi/gVaqrb
With your support, expertise, and gifts —- E-2010 became a reality! YOU are the “Stars of Empowerment.” We achieved significant milestones in the planning and organizing process within this international, intergenerational environment of community advocacy. Together, we eliminated boundaries and carved new pathways to our destination of building the next generation of community advocates in becoming “One Spirit” or “Isang Diwa.” E-2010 is everything because of you! Thank you!
? “One Spirit” or “Isang Diwa,” inclusive of everyone’s beliefs
? Members of the host region, NaFFAA Region 8 (Northern CA)
? Our volunteer-delegates
? All the YP’s who shared their energy, wisdom, and passion
? All the elders and sages, whose experiences and life-long wisdom provided the foundation of E-2010
? Every NaFFAA officer, member, and affiliate who were our companions in the E-2010 process
? Our families who understood the time, patience, and determination needed to achieve E-2010’s goals and objectives
? The Philippine Consulate General-San Francisco’s Office, who supported E-2010’s efforts, especially in providing meeting space and advice
? Our speakers and panelists
? Our volunteer techie-gurus who made “technology in empowerment” happen in the live-streaming of November 20’s sessions —- which is going to be available to a borderless audience worldwide
? Everyone who we somehow left out in this acknowledgments page of the printed souvenir program (because of publishing deadlines)
? DJ Mike, who we were not able to acknowledge during the “Isang Diwa” gala event
? Mariluz Santos Panaszewicz Ragasa of Mariluz Design, for her exquisite floral arrangements at the “Isang Diwa” gala event, who were not able to acknowledge that night, also
Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County, Inc.
Loida Nicolas Lewis
GMA Pinoy TV / GMA Life TV
AyalaFil US Co Inc.
Dinna Bayangos & Gabrielle “Girly” Ramos, Seasons Marketplace
at Landess, Milpitas, CA
Cathy Quien, Seafood City
Anna Haber - 5Linx
Rich Cabael, Vuqo, Inc.
The Islanders TV Show
Rebecca Delgado-Rottman, Academy of Art
Parangal Dance Company
Maharlika Lions Club
Melissa Ann Apuya
Prof. Tony Villegas
Manuel de Vera & Councilmember-Elect Myrna de Vera
Benjie Fernandez, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Fremont, CA
Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce
Filipino American National Historical Society
US Pinoys for Good Governance
Philippine American Press Club, Inc.
West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center
Books for the Barrios
San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
Asian Art Museum
San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center
Maharlika Lions Club of 4C-6
Judge Stuart & Rhoda Benipayo-Hing
Jacquie Lingad Ricci
Albert & Amor Javier
Anastazja Simone Panaszewicz Ragasa (Azja Criss)
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Here Local 2
Premier Jewlery Design by Benjil Ranillo
Flameless Candle Collection by Camille de Rivera
Crisanta Malig Fashion
A late start didn’t give us certain opportunities in acquiring many sponsorships, advertisers, and donors. Nevertheless, we are very happy to have benefited the support of PLDT-SMART that gave us $7,000 and other sponsors such as:
Reginald Lewis Foundation for their donation of $5,000
Seafood City for their donation of $2,000
Ayala Fil Co US, Inc. for their donation of $1,000 (?)
GMA Pinoy TV & GMA Life TV for their donation of $500 + media values
Xoom.com for their donation of $500
Chow King for their donation of $1,500
The Islanders’ TV Show for their donation of $500
Our speakers and panelists’ registration fees of $165 (each) were allocated for sponsoring some YP’s (young Pinoys, Pinays, and Professionals).
Circumstances & Learnings:
When the next group of event organizers plans future conferences, there are some lessons we would like to pass on to you.
1. We cannot have two major events handled by the same group. At this time, we do not have the capacity to manage two similar events at close proximity (timing). For instance, we held off from promoting the conference when it was announced in Seattle in September 2008 at the 8th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference because some of the NaFFAA Region 8 officers wanted to assist the now-postponed 6th Global Filipino Networking Convention in Cebu, scheduled for 2009. We did not expect that we would have to postpone the convention due to economic conditions and disastrous typhoons.
2. We can collaborate with other organizations in their events even if we are busy organizing our own major events. However, it is best to manage our collaboration by pro-actively not creating risks, especially financial risks and human resources, for NaFFAA. This is especially critical during the year NaFFAA has its major conference. The local committee should avoid other major responsibilities for other events in the region. An organization should not try to handle two or more major events because it isn’t operationally practical.
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