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.

UPDATE:

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.

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

PREVIOUSLY:

WHAT CAN WE DO TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT?

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.)

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TIME SCHEDULE:

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

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

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VIDEOS:

Rest in Peace, Alex Esclamado: Our Hero, Our Friend

Alex Esclamado Memorial Service on November 17, 2012 in San Francisco, California

UPDATE on November 26, 2012

This just came in from Noor Ebne Lucero Esclamado via the NaFFAA Facebook page moderated by Lorna Dietz. Thank you to the PADRE BURGOS family and friends for sharing the slideshow of the necrological services for our dear friend and hero, Alex Esclamado. It would be a good idea to visit Padre Burgos during our sojourns to the Philippines and see what we can do with the leaders of tomorrow — who came in solidarity to celebrate the life of our Founding Chair.

The description on YouTube:

Published on Nov 22, 2012 by nesclamado2008
The vehicle carrying the remains of Alejandro Esclamado drove from Buenavista Chapel to Padre Burgos IFI Cathedral. While waiting for the funeral procession almost 500 hundred students of Saint James College of Padre Burgos lined up along the street of the school. The passing of the funeral procession the students offered flowers and sang the ALMA MATER song which Alejandro Esclamado composed almost 60 years ago. A confetti and flowers fell from the municipal building which the municipal officials pay their last respect to the man who helped his father the late Mayor Teodorico P. Esclamado,Sr. along with other fellow burgosanons in creating Padre Burgos an independent municipality.
The mass was led by his brother Bishop Vic Esclamado. Tributes and eulogies were given to the deceased leader. Speakers were Hon. Nadette Zulaika Boniel, Hon. Crispina Poblete, Hon. Ricardo E. Borces, Hon. Rosario Maglinte and Hon. Brian Gilles who sang The Imposible Dream one of Alex’s very favorite song. Daughter of the departed Grace Esclamado Groothoff made a thoughtful and inspirational response.
The Esclamado-Borces family would like to thank to those who attended the services, who came to the prayer and viewing the last 2 nights and for honoring the late Atty. Alejandro A. Esclamado.

Photographer: Maria Theresa Borces\ Dreamers Photography
Edited by: Noor Esclamado


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November 16, 2012

Hello, everyone!

This is the first day, since November 6, Election Day, that I am able to sit down and grieve for Alex’s passing, unedited (yes, I have an editor).

From TOFA-NY and Hurricane Sandy, the Elections, Las Vegas (FPACC Business Summit, AyalaLand International Marketing, and my healthy coffee business), my sister’s Hercules City Council meeting, San Jose (honoring Senator Leland Yee at The Alavardo Project’s program), San Francisco (preparing for Kulinarya 2013), I have been like a gypsy traveller, sleeping in many people’s homes. This has been quite a journey for me in the past few weeks. Being linked and connected to many Filipino groups works for us in NaFFAA — especially when we seek fellow travellers in our shared purposes as ONE COMMUNITY. See: http://www.scribd.com/doc/95196375/ONE-COMMUNITY-A-Call-to-Action-in-NaFFAA-Region-8-Northern-CA

About Alex Esclamado:

Alex was more than a mentor to me. He was a very dear friend. When I greeted him on his birthday just before he and Luly left for the Philippines, he insisted that the three of us would have lunch at Max’s in Vallejo’s, and wanted to pick me up in Hercules. We all got busy — and we were not able to do it. It’s all right. It was the thought that counted.

I avoided meeting Alex for the longest time. His notoriety (the good and the bad things people say) preceded him. And I didn’t even know much about him — only that he was feisty — and an incredible and amazing warrior for the Filipino community. At the Y2K2 NaFFAA Empowerment Conference in San Jose, he dropped by our table — and I introduced myself to him. I remember that he looked at me, “Ah yes, Lorna Dietz,” as he shook my hands. Alex was quite charming and gracious!

What I did not know was Alex had this knack of scouting for talents in the community. I did not know that he was studying my work as I volunteered under the guidance of Ben Menor — and worked with Greg Macabenta at the first-ever 1st Global Filipino Networking Convention’s Media Conference.

What I recall is that during the 2003 NaFFAA Region 8 Summit in San Jose, I worked on his arrangements to represent NaFFAA National at this event. This was where we finally got to know each other, one-on-one. I had one of my mentees accompany me at that time, (currently) Lieutenant Colonel Ian Tudlong of the US Army, who is assigned in NATO, Europe — who also got to know Alex. Through the years — from Iraq to Afghanistan to Turkey — I make sure Ian meets my fellow Filipino advocates. It is all part of my succession planning strategy.

The Alex I met felt he had nothing left to share with his beloved Filipino community advocates. I innocently asked him, “What about me? I’m new. I want to know what to tell people about you and your work.”

It was during this night that I felt Alex empowered me with a responsibility, not a task. For the lack of a better term, I felt I was being “knighted” for a very special purpose — but that I couldn’t tell anyone until many years later. My memory is very clear about this moment.

Alex had stood up from his seat and looked at me. He said, “You know, Lorna, I am already old. I am ‘la-os.’ It’s your turn. Use your gift of public relations for the Filipino community.”

We both spoke Cebuano, our common bond. “La-os” means “out of fashion” or “useless,” depending on how you interpret the term.

I replied,”Thank you, Alex. You are definitely not la-os. You can share a lot with new people like me in the Filipino community.”

When I privately asked Ben Menor, who was my employer at that time, “What does Alex want from me?” — Ben replied, “He wants to share his stories with you. When he is gone, you’ll be one of those who will share these stories.”

Rozita Lee, NaFFAA National Vice Chair Emeritus, told me last week that everyone that Alex met got that same feeling of “being empowered” to do something greater, something more purposeful — to advance the Filipino community forward into an empowered future in mainstream America.

I was determined to prove to Alex that he was wrong — that he had a lot to share with emerging advocates like me. Thus, we made an arrangement to chat on our cellphones every day, not just to check in, but for me to learn something new. This was quite a commitment — and from October 2003 to January 2005, I listened to his stories. When Princess Emraida Kiram and I scheduled our phone calls to Alex so we could keep him amused, we told Luly about our friendly competition for Alex’s attention.

The Third Global Filipino Networking Convention In Cebu.was Alex Esclamado’s last major project in NaFFAA. At the last day of the convention, I learned later from Luly Esclamado how sick Alex really was at that time because he had brought his brother with him. Our friendship was tested that night — and friends such as Patrick Gregorio, Jenny Franco, Loida Nicolas Lewis, and Marlon Pecson were witnesses to how Alex and I were able to clarify our concerns with a dialogue at 2:00 am on a Sunday morning — and truly celebrate the success of the convention.

One of the stories that Alex shared with me applies to all of NaFFAA’s leaders — and our community’s advocates. He said, “During my time, I would make the decision — and let the others buy into my decision. Today, it is very democratic — and it is about CONSENSUS. Just remember this!”

This perspective is how I lead — I check, double-check, and triple-check. I even have the sage, Ben Menor, as our NaFFAA Region 8’s Facilitator and Adviser. In a way, since Ben is Alex’s adopted son and brother, I chose Ben to help us through all the changes that NaFFAA Region 8 is going through, especially in succession planning.

I learned from Alex Esclamado that we all have to study the people who are emerging as leaders in their own fields of endeavor. We have to become talent scouts. Then, as we study their works, we need to identify if these leaders are doing what they do for the higher good — and truly want to help other people to do the same — to achieve their highest potential as human beings. The last part — which is easier said than done — is to share your talents and skills in every new project. Every project begets new leaders and advocates.

In 2004, Alex, Luly, and I worked on the “Alex Esclamado Profile” for a couple of national and international leadership awards. I am glad that I had helped out in this project. I can now share it with the world. http://www.scribd.com/doc/112197839/In-Memoriam-Alex-Esclamado-History-Background-and-Achievements-as-of-2004

As I write this note to all of you, I invite you to come and celebrate the life of Alex Esclamado with us this November 17, 2012 — and come and meet his community children and partners — and give every one of his family members a tight embrace.

For everyone who wants to share their special story about Alex Esclamado, please email Jon Melegrito at [email protected]

This Impossible Dream of Alex Esclamado — Filipino community empowerment — and what we call ONE COMMUNITY empowerment — is being manifested into real life.

I am very excited about the future — and the way Ben Menor says it: “Don’t wait! Alex never waited.”

Warmest regards,

Lorna Lardizabal Dietz
Regional Chair, NaFFAA Region 8

In Memoriam: Alex Esclamado – History, Background, and Achievements as of 2004

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Here is the USTREAM livestream archive of the Memorial Service for Alex Esclamado. Shortened URL is http://ustre.am/ceTg



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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Advocacy: Define American Town Hall Meeting at Seasons Marketplace at Landess with Jose Antonio Vargas




Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Report by Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA Region 8 Chair
NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group

After the new executive officers were elected at the AT&T-sponsored NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Summit at Hana Zen Pier 39 on March 16, 2012, the NaFFAA Region 8 Santa Clara County, headed by Chapter Chair Ben Menor and Chapter Vice Chair Clarence Madrilejos (aka the NaFFAA Region 8 Youth Chair), immediately organized a town hall meeting that highlighted one of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations’ advocacies, Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The DREAM ACT is one major component of this reform movement.

This posting documents NaFFAA Region 8’s (Northern CA) first activity after the new leadership took over.

Prior to Jose Antonio Vargas’s Define American Town Hall meeting in Milpitas on March 30, 2012, NaFFAA Region 8 had assisted in inviting Jose Antonio Vargas to the October 7, 2011 Annual Dinner that the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club (SVAPADC) held at Dynasty Restaurant in Cupertino, California. Each year, SVAPADC’s dinner brings together the great Democratic activists, community members, and leaders of the Silicon Valley in support of our work with the advancement of APA representation in the region.

For 2011, SVAPADC awarded individuals in the community who have worked tirelessly to advocate for APAs in the Silicon Valley. Honorees included:

Legislator of the Year: Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss, District 5

Friend of the Year: John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources

Activist of the Year: Anne Im, AACI, API Justice Coalition

Lifetime Achievement: Mona Pasquil, California Secretary of Appointments; former Lieutenant Governor.

The Keynote Speaker was Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigrant rights activist — and the recipient of the Community Warrior Award.

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club (SVAPADC) was founded in 1996 to foster member participation at all levels of the Democratic Party.  SVAPADC’s goals are to unify and empower the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities; ensure fair representation of the APA’s interests; and educate and promote political participation.

There are going to be more town hall meetings that are being planned that highlight local and national advocacies that affect and impact Filipino Americans.

NaFFAA R8 on March 30, 2012: Define American Town Hall Meeting with Jose Antonio Vargas, Seasons Marketplac…

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VIDEO: Define American Town Hall Meeting with Jose Antonio Vargas in Milpitas, CA

Jose Antonio Vargas with members of the Mabuhay Cultural Club, Independence High School, San Jose, CA and Ben Menor, the townhall meeting's organizer

Jose Antonio Vargas with members of the Mabuhay Cultural Club, Independence High School, San Jose, CA and Ben Menor, the townhall meeting's organizer

Documentation for NaFFAA Region 8 event in Santa Clara County. Cover page (Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves and Jose Antonio Vargas), continued to page 10. Article by Harvey Barkin.
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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

Location

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

Tickets

$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.

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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IF YOU WANT TO INQUIRE HOW TO BOOK YOUR COMMUNITY-BASED EVENT AT THE COMMUNITY HALL, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR FILL UP AN INQUIRY FORM.

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THE COMMUNITY HALL’S BULLETIN BOARD

The shortened link of this Scribd.com form is http://scr.bi/eFRrrH.

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

Goldilocks

Chow King

Max’s Restaurant

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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.

Sincerely,

Lorna

Photo of Manny Pacquiao is courtesy of GMA Pinoy TV.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

On October 4, 2009 – Celebrate Filipino American History Month at the Asian Art Museum

Filipino American History Month Celebration
Sunday, October 4, 2009, 10:00 am–4:00 PM

Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture

FREE admission courtesy of Target Stores

Celebrate Filipino American History Month with artists, scholars,
authors, and performers. Learn about the richness and beauty of Filipino
American culture and history through performances, special displays,
talks, storytelling, tours, and activities for children. Enjoy Filipino
American dance and music as we commemorate the 422nd anniversary
of the landing of Filipino sailors at California’s Morro Bay.

This year’s celebration is particularly special. On September 9, 2009, the
California State Assembly voted to “designate the month of October 2009,
and every October thereafter, as Filipino American History Month.” The
entire text of the bill is available on the state legistature website (www.
legislature.ca.gov; Bill no. SCR 48).

10:00 am–4:00 pm: Activities & displays
11:00 am: Talk “Filipinos’ First Encounter with America”
11:00 am & 1:00 pm: Storytelling for Families in the Galleries
11:30 am–12:30 pm: Filipino American History Panel Discussion
12:15 and 1:45 pm: Docent tours highlighting Philippine art
11:00 am–3:45 pm: book readings featuring more than 16 titles
10:30 am–4:00 pm: Films: “Remembering Our Manongs”, “Little Manila” and “Gift of the
Barong: A Journey from Within”
1:15 –2:15 pm: Filipino Arts Roundtable Discussion
2:00 pm: West Bay Pilipino Youth photo presentation
1:30–4:00 pm: Performances featuring sacred music by Evelie Sales Posche, Pinoy Jazz, Blues and Kundiman, by Little Brown Brother, dance by American Center for Philippine Arts youth, theater by Bindlestiff Detailed program information at www.asianart.org

This program is sponsored by the Asian Art Museum, Consulate General of the
Philippines, Filipina Women’s Network, Filipino American National Historical
Society San Francisco Bay Area Consortium (FANHS), Filipino American Arts
Exposition, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood
Services, National Federation of Filipino American Associations, San Francisco
Chapter, Pacific Ethnographic, Philippine American Press Club, San Francisco
Filipino Cultural Center, San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee, and
West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center

White Light Associates
5305 Locksley Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 457-5053

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From: Deborah Clearwaters

Date: Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 5:31 PM
Subject: Re: For Sun., Oct. 4 in San Francisco, Asian Art Museum “Filipino American History Month Celebration * FREE admission courtesy of TARGET Stores
To: Lorna Lardizabal-Dietz

Thank you for helping us get the word out Lorna!

FYI, all donations at the museum on Sunday will go towards typhoon disaster relief in the Philippines.

All the best
Deborah

Deborah Clearwaters
Director of Education and Public Programs
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Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
www.asianart.org
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From: Jose Pecho, NaFFAA Region 8 Chair
Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:04 AM
Subject: Sincere Appreciation to One and All…

Dear Kick-Off Celebration & Academy of Sciences Teams, Sponsoring Supporters and Volunteers:

I wanted to express a big thank you to all who made last night a smashing success. We had planned for an intimate event with about 120-150, I think we were close to having almost twice that with 250+ guests. The only downside for the bigger than expected attendance was not having enough food for all. My sincere apologies for those of you who didn’t get a chance to eat some of the wonderful food donated by Mercury Lounge, Gold Ribbon Bakeshop, Subway Sandwiches, Haliya Wines, VuQo, Inc and Zebulon Restaurant. We thank them for their generosity and spirit of giving in such difficult economic times.

The Academy of Sciences is a venue our community certainly won’t forget. The ambiance created an elegant and glamorous evening, highlighted by the showcasing of the Philippine Coral Reef. From the moment discussions began with the Academy in planning our event to the final volunteers leaving last night, it was first class treatment all the way. We are honored and humbled by your support and partnership. A special thank you to Executive Director, Dr. Gregory Farrington, Chief of Staff and CFO, Allison Brown for her welcome remarks, Dr. Meg Burke, Director of Education for her enthusiasm and support, Dr. Terry Gosliner, Sr. Curator for the Coral Reef and Bart Shepherd, the Sr. Curator for the Academy for their wonderful stories of how it all happened. Meg and Terry, thanks for honoring us with the wearing of beautiful “Barongs” to the event. A special, special thank you to David Nemoyten, Sr. Event Coordinator, who handled our event from start to finish and who guided us every step of the way. Our community is grateful to the entire Academy Team!

Also, thanks to Suzanne Kavert of Best Beverage Catering for working with us to ensure our event happened.

Our sincere gratitude and thanks to our volunteer crew, for without you, our event wouldn’t have been such a success:

Norman and Mariluz Ragasa, our Event designer http://mariluzdesign.com/, who created wonderful designs and helped create the elegance of the evening.

Michelle Caabay-Brokstein, of Jux.ta.pose www.jux-ta-pose.net who took the bull by the horns and ensured we got things done. Thanks to hubby Mr. Brokstein for running around and helping the team.

We even have to have a special shout out to Wade the Chef, who works at the Academy and lent and huge helping hand with food and table presentations.

Derric Gargaritano and Jinni Bartolome for helping with the finishing touches, as well as the Jazz Band who set the mood for the Coral Reef!

Lastly, thanks to the Kick-off Celebration Team of Al Perez, Rich Pio Roda, Emile Deguzman, Esther Chavez, Dennis Normandy, Hydra Mendoza, Keesa Ocampo and of course our very own Lisa Ang!

Always at your service…

Sincerely,

Jose Pecho

NaFFAA on BlogTV.com

Posted on 3rd September 2009 by lorna in Voices from Our Leaders - Tags: , ,

Join the Solidarity Rally on June 30, 2009!

UPDATE AS OF JULY 1, 2009 * 12:30AM

Please forward this to your family and friends in the USA and beyond: You can make a TRUE difference wherever you live, even if this CALL TO ACTION is happening in San Francisco, CA! Your act of signing the online petition can help solidify your citizen voices in making sure that this does not happen in your community. JOIN US! Click here for the online petition or copy and paste – http://bit.ly/2kxjN

On June 30, 2009, at 5:00pm, the Filipino American community and friends organized and participated in a rally by the steps of City Hall (Polk St. side) to show their solidarity in supporting Filipino non-profits in San Francisco, all of which were not included in the allocation of close to $9-million of City funds for disadvantaged families. For example, Executive Director Rudy Asercion says, “West Bay serves the poorest of the poor of SOMA (South of Market) including after-school tutorials, financial literacy and healthy lifestyle programs as well as life skills training.”

This rally was organized to pressure the members of the Board of Supervisors, as well as, Mayor Newsom to reconsider funding them.

These valuable non-profits who serve the most disadvantaged members of our community not funded were West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service, Philippine Senior Center, Family Resource Network, South of Market Clinic and South of Market Employment Center.

For more information, email Rudy Asercion, Executive Director, West Bay Pilipino Multi Service Center at [email protected] or call 415 724-0641 or, Jose Pecho, Chair, Region 8, National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) at [email protected] or 925.286.6607.

Credits: Photos by Grace Esteban, “shortening of online petition’s URL” by Baylan Megino.

June 29, 2009

June 30, 2009 – Solidarity Rally to Include Filipino Community in San Francisco’s Funding for Non-Profit Ag…

SUBJECT: Urgent! On Tues., June 30, 2009 – Join Emergency SOLIDARITY Rally to INCLUDE Filipino Non-Profits FOR FUNDING in San Francisco * Sign Online Petition * Write a Letter * Make Our Citizen Voices Count!

Hello, friends! Here is an urgent message from our NaFFAA Region 8 (Northern CA) chair, Jose Pecho, that I have revised for a “simple as 1-2-3 call to action!” Please join us in making a resounding voice for our Filipino community!

Lorna Dietz
NaFFAA Region 8 Vice Chair & NaFFAA Online Coordinator

P.S. I know that you haven’t heard from me for a while. I’m busy with the details for the forthcoming 6th Global Filipino Networking Convention that will be held in Cebu, Philippines this Oct. 9-11, 2009. Sponsoring national organizations are: NaFFAA, NAITAS, and FPACC. Everyone is welcome! You can now register online at http://6thGlobalCebu.com.

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Dear Friends!

Please join us and pass on to concerned members of our community against the exclusion of Filipinos in San Francisco! Our apologies for cross-postings!

To print, forward, download, and view the POSTER/FLIER for the Solidarity Rally, click on the SCRIBD document above.

Call to Action: (1) Join the Solidarity Rally; (2) Sign the Online Petition to support the Citizen Voices from the Filipino communities in San Francisco; and (3) Write a letter to the Mayor & Board of Supervisors of the City & County of San Francisco (scroll to #3 below to copy/paste letter).

1. SOLIDARITY RALLY

When: Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What Time: 5:00 pm
Where: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
What to wear: Wear WHITE CLOTHES, WHITE SHIRTS, ANYTHING WHITE!
What To Bring: Homemade placards and signs; if you have bull horns, please email me asap at [email protected]!

Why: The Filipino American community and friends are urged to attend the rally by the steps of City Hall (Polk St. side) to show our solidarity in supporting Filipino non-profits in SF, all of which were not included in the allocation of close to $9-million of City funds for disadvantaged families. This rally is to pressure the members of the Board of Supervisors, as well as, Mayor Newsom to reconsider funding them.

Those valuable non-profits who serve the most disadvantaged members of our community not funded were West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service, Philippine Senior Center, Family Resource Network, South of Market Clinic and South of Market Employment Center. All who will attend the rally should wear “white” and bring your own homemade placards.

For more information, email Rudy Asercion, Executive Director, West Bay Pilipino Multi Service Center at [email protected] or call 415 724-0641 or, Jose Pecho, Chair, Region 8, National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) at [email protected] or 925.286.6607

2. PLEASE SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION!

Please sign the online petition and passing it on to all your friends, families and list serves for their signatures.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-west-bay-and-other-filipino-non-profits-in-san-francisco

Best Regards,

Rudy Asercion
Executive Director
West Bay Pilipino Multi Service
175 7th Street * San Francisco, CA 94103 * Tel: 415 431 6266 * www.westbaycenter.org

3. WRITE A LETTER TO MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM & MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Please encourage everyone to get the word out about sending this email. If you do not reside in the City and County of San Francisco, you are most welcome to add your personal introduction, for example:

“In the light of my volunteer work in/with the Filipino community, especially in (write the name of your city or county, state), I am coming forward to assist my brothers and sisters in the City and County of San Francisco whose citizen voices and valuable contributions, I believe, have been ignored.”

THE LETTER: (copy and paste to your email)

Dear Mayor Newsom and Members of the Board of Supervisors, City & County of San Francisco:

50,000 people of Filipino descent in the City and County of San Francisco (8% of the population), half a million in Northern California and 2.2 million in the State must surely mean something to city, county and state governments – because these translate into significant taxes paid, jobs created, business generated, services rendered and votes cast.

However, these vital facts seem to have been completely overlooked in the allocation of funds from the $9 million NOFA Family Resource Center Initiative (2009-2010 RFP) for non-profit service organizations in the City and County of San Francisco. Of the 23 non-profits recommended for funding, there was not one single Filipino organization included.

The application for funding submitted by West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, which has been providing direct services to disadvantaged Filipino families in San Francisco for 40 years, was overlooked by city administrators, along with four other Filipino non-profits that had sought funding, namely: Philippine Senior Center, Family Resource Network, South of Market Clinic, and South of Market Employment Center.

We demand that this oversight be rectified; otherwise, it will amount to a gross injustice and a case of discrimination against the Filipino community. There is extreme urgency here as a decision of the Board of Supervisors is set for this Wednesday, July 1.

As tax payers, voters and contributors to the social, economic and political fabric of San Francisco, we demand that the application for funding of West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, Philippine Senior Center, Family Resource Network, South of Market Clinic and South of Market Employment Center be reviewed and their fair and rightful share be allocated to them.

We look forward to your positive response to this very important matter. We shall attend the Board of Supervisors meeting on July 1 when you champion the cause of the Filipino community.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Your Name:
Your signature: _________________________

WHO TO SEND YOUR EMAILS TO: (copy and paste all the email addresses below, and put in your email’s TO: section)

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],

MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO: GAVIN NEWSOM
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: ALIOTO-PIER, Michela; AVALOS, John; CAMPOS, David; CHIU, David; CHU, Carmen; DALY, Chris; Dufty, Bevan; ELSBERND, Sean; MAR, Eric L.; MAXWELL, Sophie; MIRKARIMI, Ross;

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Background Information:

50,000 people of Filipino descent in the City and County of San Francisco (7% of the population), half a million in Northern California, and 2.2 million in the State must surely mean something to city, county and state governments – because these translate into significant taxes paid, jobs created, business generated, services rendered, and votes cast.

However, these vital facts seem to have been completely overlooked in the allocation of funds from the $9 million NOFA Family Resource Center Initiative (2009-2010 RFP) for non-profit service organizations in the City and County of San Francisco. Of the 23 non-profits recommended for funding, there was not one single Filipino organization included.

The application for funding submitted by West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, which has been providing direct services to disadvantaged Filipino families in San Francisco for 40 years, was overlooked by city administrators, along with four other Filipino non-profits that had sought funding, namely, Philippine Senior Center, Family Resource Network, South of Market Clinic and South of Market Employment Center.

We demand that this oversight be rectified; otherwise, it will amount to a gross injustice and a case of discrimination against the Filipino community. There is extreme urgency here as a decision of the Board of Supervisors is set for this Wednesday, July 1.

We count on your support and would like to ask you to pass this on throughout your network. We need to show those in power not to exclude our non-profits and that the tax paying members of our community demand fairness in the allocation of these funds.

Sincerely,

Jose Pecho, Chair
Region 8, Northern California
National Federation of Filipino
American Associations
http://naffaar8.com, http://NaFFAA.org

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SOME COMMENTS FROM THE ONLINE PETITION:

Jun 30, 2009, Raelynn Acosta Hickey, California

I am proud to be a Filipina American born, raised, living and doing business here in San Francisco. My grandfather was in the US Army in WWII as were many of my friends grandfathers. The Filipino American community has had a LONG history here in San Francisco and historically has not gotten the respect, recognition & help it richly deserves from City Hall. Frankly speaking, our community has been screwed by City Hall! The main reason the Filipino community is so large in Daly City is because Filipinos were displaced from San Francisco by City Hall through redevelopment. Where is our Manilatown! Where is our Jewish Museum or our Museum of the African Diaspora? Now you want to cut funding to South of Market nonprofits that offer services to low-income Filipino American children and seniors! If you are trying to push the face of our community in San Francisco out of SOMA (because that is what you will are doing by cutting the funding to these nonprofits) then put us back near Kearny Street or back in the Fillmore Japantown area. As far as I’m concerned, services for our community have been bought and paid for thousands of times over by all the Filipino Americans who have helped and continue to help build San Francisco through their sweat and their taxes. I demand that Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors not STEAL what little funding our community gets. These services have been bought & paid for not only through taxes but through REDEVELOPMENT CONCESSIONS not only in SOMA but all over San Francisco. Do the right thing, please don’t renege on the deals that mayors and supervisors made with our community before you came to City Hall.
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Jun 29, 2009, Delia Rapolla, California

As a Filipino American with many relatives that live in San Francisco and the Bay Area, I feel it is very important that organizations such as WestBay and other non profits in San Francisco serve a large number of residents that needs services provided by these organizations. To completely exclude these organizations from receiving monies allocated for community agencies is an irresponsible action that is a detriment to the future of all San Francisco residents.