Typhoon Haiyan, aka Typhoon Yolanda, disaster relief efforts

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NaFFAA Region 8 Report – Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

By Lorna Dietz, Regional Chair

NaFFAA Region 8’s (Northern CA) board and members are involved with their partnering organizations’ fundraising and relief efforts. We are using our NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group’s expertise in viral communications to highlight ongoing efforts in IMMEDIATE disaster relief efforts that are spearheaded by the private Berkeley-based health and education foundation, http://theoneworldinstitute.org, through Facebook and twitter, doing “shout-outs” about where the latest relief efforts are being done — and asking friends to communicate with [email protected] to point out which areas have not yet been reached and served by relief groups.

QUOTED from Yolanda O. Stern, president of OWI: “Your donations at this time will go for Food and water because we are trying to prevent starvation, thirst and death from both. In a few days there would be an outbreak of cholera. In 21-30 days there will be an outbreak of leptospirosis. Dengue may be imminent. Then children and the old will begin to dehydrate from diarrhea due to  unsanitary conditions and e. coli and other bacterial contamination. Many will die as what is happening in the other shelters.”

Your $100 contribution feeds 40 families per day. OWI buys goods at discounted and wholesale prices, and mobilizes relief missions together with partnering organization, IPI Foundation (whose sister, the for-profit IPI, is renowned as the makers of Omega Pain Killer and Bioderm) and other partners. Hurry and donate via PayPal at www.TheOneWorldInstitute.org. Your tax deductible donations will be matched by a private donor up to $20,000, really badly needed now.

If you are sending donations to the Philippines, please follow the guidelines found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/184196227/One-World-Institute-Nov-13-2013-Newsletter-about-Typhoon-Haiyan-Yolanda-disaster-relief-efforts

If you are sending goods, Philippines Drop off: #17 A, Aces Bldg., Manuela Ave. Manuela Subdivision, Las Pinas City, Philippines

+63 917 345-6140 Fai; +63 922 898-8131

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PAYPAL DONATE: http://bit.ly/HZF6eY
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Photo  by Ian Atienza.

One World Institute – Nov. 13, 2013 Newsletter about Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster relief efforts by Lorna Dietz

NaFFAA Region 8 also supports the efforts of Rudy Asercion (NaFFAA Region 8 San Francisco chapter chair) at West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center. “West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center opens its doors as a drop off point for anyone interested in donating food and medicine to victims of typhoon Yolanda. The Center is located at 175 7th Street in Downtown San Francisco. Please call 415 431 6266 for inquiries.”

NaFFAA Region 8 Supports Re-Naming of School to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

Please visit this post often for updates. Contact NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group, “connecting media + community, at [email protected]

The NaFFAA Region 8 Board moved and passed a motion after going through its due process starting January 28, 2013: “NaFFAA Region 8, through its Alameda Chapter, will participate in re-naming a middle school in the New Haven Unified School District to be named after Filipino heroes, in whatever capacity we can provide to the Re-Naming Committee.”

Charito Benipayo is NaFFAA Region 8 – Alameda County Chapter’s Chair and Sansu Ramsey is NaFFAA Region 8 – Alameda County Chapter’s Vice Chair. Jim Navarro is the Union City Chair of the NaFFAA Region 8 Alameda Chapter.


For Immediate Release

April 17, 2013

The New Haven Unified Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the renaming of Alvarado Middle School to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School, effective September 2015. Itliong-Verz Cruz Middle School will be the first school in the nation named after Filipino Americans. The name change honors the work of Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, were organizers and labor leaders for Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, which initiated the 1965 Delano Grape Strike later joined by Cesar Chavez’s organization, the National Farmworkers Association. The two organizations eventually merged, forming the United Farmworkers (UFW).

An implementation plan will ensue in order to facilitate the transition and community groups have pledged to raise funds so that no cost will be incurred to the District for new signage, stationary, and other incidental expenditures related to the renaming. The anticipated costs have been estimated to be $15,600.

Of particular significance during the renaming campaign was the organizing and leadership of Union City’s Filipino-American youth groups. Their composure and perseverance in the face of adversity, and the passion with which they organized a local rally, a march, and an educational community workshop demonstrate their commitment to affecting real change.

Anthony Chavez, grandson of Cesar Chavez, attended the Board meeting to affirm the importance of Itliong and Vera Cruz in the development of his grandfather’s legacy and improvement of farmworkers’ rights. Chavez said his grandfather’s work would not have been possible without the help of Itliong and Vera Cruz and that renaming the school would “bring about a great unity.” Additionally, a letter of support sent by Dolores Huerta was read at the Board meeting. The support of these two individuals, as well as the support of organizations such as the Fred Korematsu Institute at the Asian Law Caucus, sent the very distinct message that the name change stems from and celebrates inter-ethnic solidarity and that the benefits of the change extend to all Americans, not just those of Filipino descent.

Fundraising and planning have already begun, headed by the Pilipino American Society for Education, Filipino Advocates for Justice, JLHS Filipino Heritage Studies class, and Kaisahan. Aside from raising money, the primary goal of these groups is to educate the community to build awareness and strengthen unity among Union City’s diverse communities.

Joe Ku’e Angeles [email protected] 510-471-2520
Erica Viray Santos [email protected] 510-378-9834



1. Forward this link to all your family and friends who know someone (or everybody) in Union City, California. http://naffaar8.com/naffaa-region-8-supports-re-naming-of-school-to-itliong-vera-cruz-middle-school/

2. Sign the ONLINE PETITION that supports this Re-Naming. Click here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support_the_renaming/

It doesn’t matter if you are from Union City, Alaska, Philippines, or Germany. Show your support for DIVERSITY IN ACTION by signing the online petition.

NaFFAA Region 8 thanks KAISAHAN for sending this online petition via Facebook.

Support the renaming of Alvarado Middle School in Union City, CA after Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz!

Please show the Filipino Community in Union City, CA that they have your support.

Let’s honor our Filipino heroes!

1 in 3 students in New Haven Unified School District are Filipino.
1 in 5 people in Union City are Filipino.
No history, no self. Know history, know self.
Let’s make history!

3. Show up at the Public Hearings and Community Forums!

4. Send emails and letters of endorsement. (Please check again for updates.)



1. During the New Haven Unified School District’s January 15, 2013 Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to re-name Alvarado Middle School.

The School Board is hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA.

Please come and join the Public Hearing — and show for support for DIVERSITY IN ACTION.

2. On March 19, 2013 at the Educational Services Center for the New Haven Unified School District located at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, the five-member School Board will vote on the names suggested by the public.

Show your support by sending a LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT to the Superintendant of Schools and each School Board member about the Re-Naming of the Alvarado Middle School to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School.

(We will update this section with template letters and email addresses. Stay tuned!)

Oscar Penaranda, a Filipino American educator and author, says it best:

Go to this site: http://www.delanomanongs.com/ (password: manongs) and see a short trailer on a documentary being made on this history. I said one does not have to look far because it is written all over the record books of Logan High School ever since (and they say even before that) I taught there in the early 90s that the student body’s officers year after year are 90% Filipino Americans, and 90% of those 90% are girls! Our women are strong. And they did not obtain their leadership skills in a vacuum. They got it from the spirit of their ancestors such as Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz.

Union City was a farming community, an orchard town, historically and traditionally rooted in agriculture. The impact of Itliong’s and Vera Cruz’s labor struggles and achievements go beyond the Filipino community. Whatever impact the UFW brings, so also goes the footprints of Larry and Philip.

This naming shows more accurately the ethnic diversity of the New Haven Community and the presence of Filipino Americans in the District, whose forbearers were national heroes and whose contributions were under-represented in institutions. We are not an isolated minority in an isolated ethnicity. We are part of a larger multi-ethnic movement (see legislations of Rob Bonta and Leland Yee) to teach all students the Filipinos’ part in the farm workers’ struggle, a movement to bring this consciousness to all U.S. institutions.

One positive sign of a mature community is to recognize the contributions of
its diverse population. This actually is a very U.S. concept: E Pluribu Unum. “Out of many, One.” This means not just the recognition and acceptance of other cultures and ethnicities, but the welcome and collaboration as well, in all public welfare decisions.

Cesar Chavez was a great man whose leadership and charisma became the voice
of the UFW. The highlighting of the Filipinos’ part in the forming of the UFW is not to take anything away from Cesar Chavez and the Chicanos’ part in that struggle. Neither does the naming of this school. I just want folks to also know the Filipinos’ part in that history. It has been hidden. I do not see it as one against the other but as once again brothers and sisters in the struggle, in our long standing 500 year shared history, of Mexicans and Filipinos.

Re-Naming Union City School Will Make History With Filipino American Heroes by Lorna Dietz


Union City, CA: Why the New Name Should Be Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School, an OP-ED by Oscar Penaranda by Lorna Dietz



You’re invited on May 24, 2012: APAPA 1st Statewide API Heritage Celebration hosted by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

You’re invited on May 24, 2012: APAPA 1st Statewide API Heritage Celebration hosted by SF Mayor Edwin Lee

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations-Region 8 (Northern CA) or NaFFAA Region 8 is a community partner of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA). According to Joel Wong of APAPA-BAC, “We are expecting a great turn out and will be raffling away four Southwest Airline Tickets worth $500 each. There will be entertainment and an ethnic dinner catered by Moonstar Restaurant.”

NaFFAA Region 8 is very grateful to the dedication of Charito Benipayo for introducing us to APAPA and for Ben Menor, for enhancing Tita Charito’s efforts in our APAPA-NaFFAA community partnership efforts.

We hope that everyone turns out and celebrates the true meaning of ONE COMMUNITY!

We will expect to see many of our Filipino American friends!

WHEN: May 24, 2012
WHAT TIME: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Carlton B. Goodlet Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
FREE Admission, Open to the Public

In the meantime, We can make the Filipino American Vote rock!!!

ONE COMMUNITY! Help us get three Filipino Americans elected to the California State Assembly! Please forward to your families and friends. Meet some of our ONE COMMUNITY role models!

Rob Bonta
Vice-Mayor of Alameda, CA, http://www.robbonta.com

Dr. Jennifer Ong
Commissioner, Alameda County Commission on the
Status of Women, http://drjenniferong.org

Chris Mateo
Vice-Mayor of Lathrop, CA, http://chrismateo.com

Thank you, and see you there!

Warmest regards,

Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA R8 Chair (for Identification Purposes only!)
[email protected]

P.S. The shortened URL for the invite is http://scr.bi/KCg7KN

Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA R8 Chair; Genevieve Jopanda, NaFFAA R8 Vice Chair; Clarence Madrilejos, NaFFAA R8 Youth Chair; Tina Novero, NaFFAA R8 Secretary; Jinni Mabalot Bartolome, NaFFAA R8 Treasurer; Jose Pecho, NaFFAA R8 Chair Emeritus; Ben Menor, NaFFAA R8 Strategic Facilitator & Adviser and NaFFAA R8 Santa Clara County Chair; Charito Benipayo, NaFFAA R8 Alameda County Chair & NaFFAA R8 Adviser; Rudy Asercion, NaFFAA R8 San Francisco Chapter Chair; Rodel Rodis, Esq., NaFFAA R8 Adviser & NaFFAA National Legal Counsel

From the NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group

EVENTS: Filipino American History Month starts today, Oct. 1, 2011

PAMANA: Preserving Our Heritage

PAMANA: Preserving Our Heritage

Parangal Dance Company
Come and celebrate Parangal’s 3rd anniversary show, in association with Kularts, and kick off Filipino American History Month on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 7pm with

Pamana, Preserving Our Heritage

Parangal presents Pamana – a celebration of Philippine culture through ethnic textiles, music, and dances. Pamana means “inheritance” or “legacy.” Pamana will highlight traditions and rituals passed down by native ancestors, national and master artists, and community elders. In Pamana, Parangal honors and shares what has been taught by those who came before, hoping to inspire the community and next generation so the traditions and stories can be preserved for the future.

The program for Pamana will include a new world premiere piece, a few nostalgic Philippine folk dances, and our latest piece, Subanen, from this year’s San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Featured Artists

American Center of Philippine Arts

Josefina and Levi Malabuyo


Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco


$28 in advance

$32 at the door

$23 each for groups of 7 or more

$18 students and senior citizens (60 and over) with I.D.

“First-come, first-served seating”

Purchase tickets at

At Location: Fort Mason Center Box Office

Phone: (415) 345-7575

Online: www.fortmason.org/boxoffice

Parangal’s production of Pamana is part of the In Performance Series at the Fort Mason Center, which is supported by Grants for r the Arts.

Video excerpt from SFEDF2011 by Kirk Schroeder
Pamana design by Jon Cruz
SFEDF2011 Music by Kawayan Folk Arts & Parangal — with Paul Silverio, Maricris Macabeo, Hazel Belga Dela Cruz, Victoria Hafalia, Vanessa Gomez Brake, Yekim Nayacam, Caroline Calderon, Melisa Mayeda, Dio-Ann Valmores, Ophelia Nombrado Sampang, Marissa Cruz, Hazel Ayn Benigno, Karina Fantillo, Ritchel Tan Gazo, June Arellano, Renalyn Tan, Jeff Jermaine Mancilla, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Gilbert Laylay, Major Julian, Kimberly Requesto, Shari Almario, Ben Menor, Mary Jo Malabuyo, Mark Diao, Onardem Mari, Tfc’s BarangayUsa, Patricia Barretto Ong, Jojo Malabuyo, Jon Cruz, Shelly Tomas, Levi Malabuyo, Balitang America, Carlos “Mouse” Munoz, Nika Maglasang, Helen Serafino-Agar, Rachel Perey, Destyn Hernandez Bravo, Elizabeth Deleon, Jay Salazar, Eric Solano, Lorna Lardizabal Dietz, Al Perez and Julius Claros.

US Pinoys for Good Governance and the Spratly Islands Issue

This is a content curation for NaFFAA Region 8’s Evolutionary Files. Shortened URL is http://bit.ly/oIunp6. Please keep checking in for updates. You are welcome to embed the curation below.

See http://www.manilatimes.net/news/topstories/philippines-defies-china/ for an overview of the Spratly Islands issue.

NaFFAA News Alert: June 11-12, 2011 Philippine Independence Day Festivities

Jet Tagle of Parangal Dance Company Photo by RJ Muna

In Milpitas, California.

The Filipino Association of Milpitas’ Filipino Fiesta, June 11, 2011 at 2:00pm at the Milpitas Community Center on Calaveras Avenue.

Seasons Marketplace at Landess in Milpitas, California, co-sponsored by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Region 8-Santa Clara County Chapter, will be holding a Philippine Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, June 12, 2011. The theme is “Celebrating Our History and our Community Leaders.” The program, organized by Ben Menor, NaFFAA Region 8’s Santa Clara County Chair and Clarence Madrilejos, NaFFAA R8-Santa Clara County Vice-Chair who represents Filipino young professionals and other YP’s (young Pilipinos/young Pilipinas), will be from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

A Grand Opening and Blessing of G’s Day Spa kicks off the festivities. There will be an opening procession with the “Colors of the Philippines” by the youth and opening prayers by Father Andy Ligot. A special recognition program officiated by City of Milpitas’ Mayor, Jose Esteves, highlighting Santa Clara County’s community leaders and contributors in the success of Seasons Marketplace at Landess and its Community Studio, will also take place.

Entertainment will be provided by the Community Studio’s regular users, students, and honorees. The program will be followed by a “merienda-cena,” sponsored by G’s DAY SPA.

For information about Seasons Marketplace at Landess, go to http://www.theseasonsmarketplace.com/ For NaFFAA Region 8 (Northern CA), go to http://naffaar8.com/ .

In San Francisco, California.

NaFFAA Region 8 is also a participating organization at the first-ever regional gala event, “A Celebration of Heritage: A Coming Together,” a gala dinner on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in celebration of the 113th Anniversary of Philippine Independence, the 150th Anniversary of the Birthday of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, and the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee. Expected to attend the festivities will be public officials from national through local levels, members of the diplomatic corps, and movers and shakers from among the Bay Area’s diverse communities. In addition to a sumptuous filet-mignon dinner, a unique program is planned, involving dancers, singers (choral, operatic and pop) and mixed-media graphics. The affair will be strictly formal: black-tie (tuxedo) and long-gown, or alternatively, “formal barong” and “terno.” As of press time, tickets are almost sold out based on a “first paid, first served” basis. For inquiries, contact Jose Pecho, NaFFAA Region 8 Chair, at [email protected] or (925) 286-6607.

In Berkeley, California.

One of NaFFAA Region 8’s community partners, Parangal Dance Company, who many NaFFAA members and supporters connected with during the 9th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference (E-2010), will be performing dances and rituals from the Subanen people of Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur in the Philippines at the 33rd Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival on June 11 and June 12 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. They will feature dancers leaping onto a sinalimba, a type of swing, representing a mythic vessel used for journeying.

Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/jywLft. Previous years have sold out, so don’t wait! Tickets are $18 – $58; Subscriber discounts are available when purchasing tickets to four separate performances; Group discounts for 20 or more are available; and kids 12 and under receive half-price admission for all matinees.

For more information about the festival, log on to http://www.worldartswest.org. To check out Parangal Dance Company’s FREE Philippine Dance and Music Workshops this summer, where you can learn new dances for your 2012 Philippine Culture Night (PCN) presentations, go to www.ParangalDance.org or call 415 244-5203.

At NaFFAA Region 8, Parangal Dance Company’s contact is Ben Menor at [email protected]


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A Community Hall at Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, builds community

Ben Menor, Santa Clara County’s chair at NaFFAA Region 8, and Clarence Madrilejos, the County’s NaFFAA vice-chair, are very busy community coordinators and community developers, with Milpitas’ newest Filipino-centric mall, Seasons Marketplace at Landess, foremost in their collaboration activites and projects. As Seasons’ community developer and E-2010’s “intergenerational leadership in succession planning” champion, Ben explains why a coordinated event schedule in the Filipino American community is a practical, efficient, & collaborative solution. For The Community Hall’s Bulletin Board, go to Ben’s Season’s Marketplace at Landess blog at http://bit.ly/gMwDyF.

In a message to his friends and fellow advocates, Ben said:

This first year of “Building Community at Seasons Marketplace” will offer several programs and activities that will engage your senses — complementary to your shopping and dining experiences. We would like to hear your ideas, too! Email me at [email protected]. The website: http://www.theseasonsmarketplace.com/

You will also be meeting our Community Partners during future events, among them, Seafood City, ChowKing, Xoom.com., and GMA Pinoy TV & GMA Life TV If you are interested in being one of our community partners, please email me.

‘Tis the season for giving — and there’s no place like Seasons Marketplace to make your thoughtful gestures count.

The following videos were taken by members of the NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group (Lorna Dietz and Ben Menor) on October 24, 2010.

Philippine Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. gave a 20-minute talk (shown in two parts) about the methods and strategies that would provide a “continuum of Filipino leadership” in coordinating the yearly events. The reality for the local Filipino American community is that our Consulate officials come and go (the nature of their work) — so as a community, we need to formally set up an infrastructure and process that is able to work effectively and efficiently with the Philippine Consulate General’s office.





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Event and Activity Announcements,The Community Hall at Seasons Marketplace at Landess

For Oct. 24, 2010, from 4:30pm-6:00pm: You’re invited to celebrate Filipino American History Month at a Community Forum, Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, CA

Check out The #NaFFAA Daily newspaper built from all the articles, blog posts, videos and photos shared on Twitter using the hashtag: #naffaa. NaFFAA Voices for Empowerment daily newspaper (based on @NaFFAAVoices tweets) is coming soon!

What: “Isang Diwa” (One Spirit) Community Forum, Celebrating Filipino American History Month
When: Sunday, October 24, 2010
What Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Where: Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Room 112
1535 Landess Avenue
Milpitas, CA 95035

Your Host: Seasons Marketplace at Landess
Your Community Coordinator: National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Santa Clara County Chapter (Region 8/Northern CA) * Ben Menor – County Chair * Clarence Madrilejos – County Vice-Chair

Our Special Guest of Honor: The Honorable Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., Philippine Consul General-San Francisco.

Merienda will be served.

Limited Seating. Please RSVP by October 21, 2010 to [email protected] (Ben Menor).

This is an initial step for coordinating, collaborating, and sharing the community-based organizations’ Filipino American Community Event Calendar in Santa Clara County. If you have “Save the Date” events that your organization would like to share for the upcoming holiday season and for 2011, please email us at [email protected]

“Meet and Greet” the Merchants of Seasons Marketplace and Introductions.
Website: http://www.TheSeasonsMarketplace.com
For previous media coverage, click here: http://www.filipinasmag.com/?tag=seasons-marketplace
Map and Directions: http://bit.ly/cQPKjc

Thank you — and see you at the Seasons Marketplace!

Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, CA

Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, CA

RELATED VIDEOS: We searched for avaliable youtube videos. If we are not able to feature all the merchants due to the limited time in posting this entry, please email us at [email protected] so we can update this entry and include your youtube video.

A Presidential Visit

Seafood City


Chow King

Max’s Restaurant


E-2010: 9th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference’s theme is “Building the next generation of community advocates.” Click here to enter the E-2010 blog for more information. Please join us on November 19-21, 2010. Ben Menor chairs the E-2010 Organizing Committee. The early bird registration rate has been extended to October 31, 2010. Details about sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available here. Baylan Megino is E-2010-NaFFAA R8’s special events coordinator.

GLOVES FOR LOVE – Books for the Barrios’ Online Auction is now open! Manny Pacquiao’s Boxing Gloves goes to the highest bidder!

Manny Pacquiao donates a pair of his authenticated boxing gloves to benefit Books for the Barrios

Manny Pacquiao donates a pair of his authenticated boxing gloves to benefit Books for the Barrios

The email sent out by Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA Online Coordinator:

Hello, everyone!

To bid, go to http://biddingforgood.org/booksforthebarrios/

A huge thank you to Manny Pacquiao for his donation of his autographed gloves with its certificate of authenticity. At the website, scroll below to “View All Items” to start bidding. The auction will run from September 8, 2010 to September 11, 2010, with the live event taking place on the evening of September 11, 2010 at the Elks Lodge, Kensington Park Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Proceeds go to BOOKS for the BARRIOS in order to support efforts for peace through education. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin!

Books for the Barrios has donated over 12 million books to the needy children of the Philippines. Here is a video slide show I created to show you some of their work.

Last Sunday, when I sent out NaFFAA’s press release regarding Mayweather’s rant about Manny Pacquiao, I wrote…

A PERSONAL OPINION from Lorna Dietz (before sending out this NaFFAA statement to her email list and social media network): Mayweather is no match for Manny Pacquiao’s world-class quality of character. For those who know him AND who know him well, “PacMan” is morphing into a true statesman and philanthropist who knows how to transform the energy of his influence to benefit, for instance, the needy children of the world.

A special thank you to the NaFFAA Region 8 teamwork of Ben Menor and Baylan Megino in preparing this online auction for Books for the Barrios.



Photo of Manny Pacquiao is courtesy of GMA Pinoy TV.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Oct. 15, 2009: Philippine Disaster Relief Coalition Updates – A One-Stop Shop at Customs for Relief Goods


From: PCG-SF: Cultural Section
Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM
Subject: LTR-563-2009 6th Letter from Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. re. Appeal for Assistance to Victims of Typhoon Ondoy

Dear Colleagues,

Attached for your information and dissemination is the 6th Dear Kababayan Letter on the in kind donations including used clothing for the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng; and the establishment of the DOF One Stop Shop to process all donations at customs.

Thank you very much.

Lyn Sesante
Cultural Officer

Philippine Consulate – San Francisco – LTR-563-2009 Dear Kababayan 6 – Donation of Relief Goods

* * * * *



1) Rally to support typhoon victims on Sunday Oct 18 3 – 6 p.m. at Seafood City Lobby and breakfast brunch happening that morning 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center on 820 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo. Contact Eloise Scott 707.642.5643 or Norma Placido 707.643.8057

2) Filipino American History month activities. The state (& nation) are starting to celebrate the month of October as Filipino American history month – the first recorded landing of FIlipinos was on October 18, 1587 on a Spanish Galleon at Morro Bay on the coast of California. We have FREE activities this weekend at our local musuem:

Vallejo Celebrates Filipino American History Month:

For more information on the events listed below, contact Mel Orpilla 707.477.1159 / Belle Santos 707.477.4361 / Lionel Galiste 707.334.1646.

Saturday, OCTOBER 17
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, 734 Marin Street, will hold “Free Family Day” on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. celebrating Filipino American History Month. Documentary videos featuring local Filipino experiences, panel presentation on “Growing up Brown in V-Town”, and presentation by Larry Asera on “Five Generations – From Sakadas to the Boardroom.”


10-11 a.m. Video presentation:

Remember Our Manongs (Elders), Sonoma County’s Filipino History (DVD) – This feature length documentary film explores the history of the earliest Filipino immigrants in Sonoma County. Mostly single young men, they began arriving in California in the 1920s. The manongs’ (elders) story is one of tenacity and endurance coupled with an extraordinary sense of community. In the film, their inspirational story is told by surviving family members, descendants of former employers, and other key figures in Sonoma County. Sponsored in part by the California Council for the Humanities, the film was produced in 2008 by a core team of mostly Filipina Americans impassioned with the determination to ensure that the manongs will always be remembered.

11-12 “Five Generations – From Sakads to the Boardroom” by Larry Asera

The grandson of one of the Filipino immigrants who first settled in Hawaii in 1906 and then migrated to California in 1925, Larry, dubbed as the energy czar of Vallejo, has accomplished many “firsts” for a Filipino in America in the fields of politics and business. He will present his research on his family history that spans multiple generations.

Noon – 1 p.m. Growing Up Brown in V-Town Panel

Marian Argonza Escobar Hopwood
Lala Llacuna
& more……