You’re invited to a community celebration, Santacruzan 2012: May 27, 2012 at 1pm, Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, CA





If you’ve moved or you haven’t registered yet,
this is a good place to go to.

Milpitas, CA at 1pm on May 27, 2012 – Santacruzan 2012 at Seasons Marketplace at Landess

Shortened URL of invitation:
http://scr.bi/KfymYh

WHAT: Santacruzan 2012
WHERE: Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Suite 113
1535 Landess Avenue, Milpitas, CA 95035
FEATURING: East Parking Lot – Food, Retail, and Business Bazaar
The First Fight of the Season, by Milpitas Boxing and Fitness
408 586-9800

Here is last year’s youtube video of the festivities. Santacruzan 2012 will be bigger, better, and just as entertaining as last year’s first celebration! http://youtu.be/NNf2fVdMJKI

DIRECTIONS:

680 South to Milpitas. Exit on Montague/Landess and take the Landess going East across Hwy 680. Make an immediate left on Dempsey Avenue (Burger King is on the corner) and immediate right on the first driveway that goes into the Mall parking.

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Region 8 – Santa Clara chapter (NaFFAA R8) is one of the co-sponsoring community partners of this event. Contact persons: Ben Menor, Chapter Chair and Clarence Madrilejos, Chapter Vice-Chair. You can also contact Seasons’ mall representative, Gabrielle Ramos, copied in this invitation.

NaFFAA Region 8’s Santa Clara Chapter is supporting this event as part of its cultural empowerment efforts in a Filipino-centric lifestyle mall.

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For media inquiries and RSVPS, please contact Ben Menor at [email protected]

MAY 27, 2012 SANTACRUZAN
AT SEASONS MARKETPLACE AT LANDESS, MILPITAS

The Santacruzan started out as a spiritually-based activity in the Philippines. It was inevitable that faith-based traditions of Filipino immigrants found a niche among the celebrations in their communities.

For instance, Ben Menor, NaFFAA Region 8’s Santa Clara Chapter chair, explained that as a high school teacher and gang specialist for many years, youth participation in these kinds of events helped connect them to the adults in the community as well as prevent them from engaging in street-related or gang activities. He said, “Religion and faith-based activities serve as an important part of keeping our community connected and staying in touch with our culture. By having the Santacruzan being shared publicly, it allows the general public to have a better understanding of the Filipino culture.”

The Hermano Mayor will be Rey D. Tancinco and the Hermana Mayor will be Lourdes “Lou” Santos Tancinco. The Honor Guard will be provided by the Knights of Columbus from St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Union City. Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves will welcome everyone as well as participate in the Santacruzan Procession. Allison Drumm, a Union City-based youth leader, will be this year’s Reyna Elena. The Philippine Consulate General’s representatives will also be there. Father Geoffrey’s Angels Dancers will support Our Mother of Perpetual Help Choir from the St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, a Fremont-based community headed by Susan “Sansu” Ramsey Johnson, the choir director. Rey Tancinco, Lou Tancinco, Ben Acorda, and Ro Khanna are among the sponsors who are helping make the 2012 Santacruzan successful and inclusive for everyone. NaFFAA Region 8 Santa Clara Chapter is the event’s community partner. The 2012 Santacruzan is sponsored and organized by Seasons Marketplace at Landess.

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ABOUT THIS YEAR’S MARIA ELENA

This year’s Reyna Elena is Allison Nicole Drumm, the daughter of Derick andLyn Drumm. She is 17 years old and is attending James Logan High School. Allison is currently ASB Vice President, half way through the school year she has been promoted to ASB President and will hold the position as ASB President next year. She has been an active member of the arts; dancing (Jazz, Belly Dancing, Hula/Tahitian, Ballroom, and Filipino Folk Dance) since she was 3 and playing the clarinet since she was 11. She is the co-founder and president of the Breast Cancer Awareness Association at JLHS, wanting to seek out a community to all who have been affected by breast cancer and has also been apart of the James Logan Marching Band throughouther high school career. She has been accepted into an organization, GlobalGlimpse, who she will be traveling with to Nicaragua to educate young Nicaraguans and to better the community this summer. She is a member ofUnion City’s St. Anne’s Emmaus group, which teaches and guides the youth a successful path in their faith formation. She plans on attending a privatecollege after high school, majoring in aerospace engineering to become an astrophysicist, in hopes of becoming an astronaut.

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Thank you to the Santacruzan 2012 participants!

Our Sagalas:

Reyna Banderada– Nazmyn Flores
Reyna Mora– Denise Tungol
Reyna Fe– Francesca Armstrong
Reyna Esperanza– Joselle Marie Santillan
Reyna Caridad– Regina Calamug
Reyna Abogada– Heather Moore
Reyna Sentenciada– Kristina Solomita
Reyna Justicia– Meriel Ferrer
Reyna Judith– Patricia Uychoco
Reyna Sheba– Chelsy Baculi
Reyna Esther– Sheryll Nicolas
Veronica– Diana Coria
Ave Maria
A– Troy Asia
V– Madeline Montoya
E– Jorelle Babida
M– Eunice Maracha
A– Sharina Castillo
R– Sharliz Castillo
I= Melissa Ferrer
A– Lia Babida
Mary of Magdala– Mary Rose Bautista
Mary, Mother of Christ– Mary Grace Bautista
Mary, Mother of James– Mary Joyce Bautista
Divina Pastora– Csarina Tabor
Reina de Las Estrellas– Angela Roque
Rosa Mystica– Angelika Roque
Angels: Blake Liam Langa and Callie Solis
Angels: Aramina Ziazadeh and Krizlhen Wisco
Reyna de las Propertas– Trish Maxelle
Angels: Amber Moore and Katherine Moore
Reyna del Cielo– Tiffany Alcantara
Angels: Josie Velasco and Alexandra Bautista
Reyna de las Virgines– Alexandra Dreshler
Escort: Julius Santos
Angels: Katlyn Calugan
Reya de las Flores– Kimberly Solomita
Angels: Alana Mendoza
Reyna Elena– Allison Drumm
Escort: Jason Roldan
Emperor Constantine: Mark Solomita
Angels: Abigail Adame and Anica Adame
Arc Bearers: Ian Mangulabnan and Eddieson Adres

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POST-EVENT PRESS RELEASE
NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group
Connecting Media and Community

ONE COMMUNITY AT SANTACRUZAN 2012,
SEASONS MARKETPLACE AT LANDESS

May 29, 2012, Milpitas, CA — Room 113 of the Filipino “lifestyle center” in Silicon Valley, a.k.a. Seasons Marketplace at Landess at 1535 Landess Avenue, Milpitas, California, was buzzing with activity at noontime on Sunday, May 27, as little girls dressed up as angels, accompanied by the various “reynas” (queens) and their escorts and arc bearers, prepared for a hectic afternoon program. This was a youth affair where elegance and good manners took center stage as the participants learned about a Filipino spiritually-based tradition in an inclusive cultural community event.

According to a brief description on the internet, written by Point Cebu Arts & Culture: “The festival comes from a religious origin, a commemoration of the finding of the Holy Cross by Saint Helena and Constantine. Young ladies dress up in lavish gowns of lace and beads and parade on the streets, together with their escorts, in such gala wear. They walk elegantly beneath arches of flowers in a procession while throngs of people take part, holding candles and torches as they sing songs of praise.”

When Filipino immigrants brought this May tradition to their new homes worldwide, the Santacruzan practice eventually became a cultural practice for “building one community” and a reminder of some Philippine hometown traditions. Children and young adults build self-confidence and social skills in a family activity.

The first part of the festivities was focused on celebrating the second anniversary of Seasons Marketplace at Landess. Ria Recinto, Santacruzan 2011’s Reyna Elena, gave a stunning performance in dance and gymnastics — showcasing her 4-time champion status and using ribbons as her props, to an appreciative crowd.

As parents and shoppers took photos and videos during the Santacruzan Procession at the mall’s central walkways, Susan “Sansu” Ramsey Johnson took time out from her upcoming “The Sansu Show” production schedule (GMA Pinoy TV) by directing a choir composed of members from Our Mother of Perpetual Help Choir at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church (Fremont) and Our Lady of Peace Church and Shrine (Santa Clara). In a recent San Jose-based Santacruzan, Sansu Ramsey was acknowledged as the first Filipina-Black American Reyna de las Flores.

The Tancinco Law Offices, aside from being one of the Santacruzan 2012’s merchant sponsors, was represented by Attorney Rey D. Tancinco, the Hermano Mayor, and his spouse, Attorney Lourdes “Lou” Santos Tancinco, the Hermana Mayor. Attorney Lou confessed that this was her first time to wear a tiara, creating a different persona from her “Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika” hosting duties (GMA Pinoy TV).

Ben Menor, NaFFAA Region 8’s Santa Clara County Chair, hosted the program together with youth co-hosts, Ria Recinto, 2011 Santacruzan’s Reyna Elena, and Justin Smaby.

Allison Nicole Drumm, the 2012 Santacruzan’s Reyna Elena, came all the way from Union City, and was escorted by Jason Roldan. Mark Solomita was this year’s Emperor Constantine.

The organizers of the Santacruzan 2012 acknowledge the spirit of volunteerism of its Santacruzan procession’s participants, and thank them for their support, namely:

SAGALAS/REYNAS – Nazmyn Flores (Reyna Banderada), Denise Tungol (Reyna Mora), Francesca Armstrong (Reyna Fe), Joselle Marie Santillan (Reyna Esperanza), Regina Calamug (Reyna Caridad), Heather Moore (Reyna Abogada), Kristina Solomita (Reyna Sentenciada), Meriel Ferrer (Reyna Justicia), Patricia Uychoco (Reyna Judith), Chelsy Baculi (Reyna Sheba), Sheryll Nicolas (Reyna Esther), and Diana Coria (Veronica). Csarina Tabor (Divina Pastora), Angela Roque (Reina de las Estrellas), Angelika Roque (Rosa Mystica), Trish Maxelle (Reyna de las Propertas), Tiffany Alcantara (Reyna del Cielo), Alexandra Dreshler (Reyna de las Virgines), and Kimberly Solomita (Reyna de las Flores).

AVE MARIA – Troy Asia (A), Madeline Montoya (V), Jorelle Babida (E), Eunice Maracha (M), Sharina Castillo (A), Sharliz Castillo (R ), Melissa Ferrer (I), and Lia Babida (A).

TRES MARIAS – Mary Rose Bautista (Mary of Magdala), Mary Grace Bautista (Mary, Mother of Christ), and Mary Joyce Bautista (Mary, Mother of James)

ESCORTS – Julius Santos and Jason Roldan.

ANGELS – Blake Liam Langa and Callie Solis; Aramina Ziazadeh and Krizlhen Wisco; Amber Moore and Katherine Moore; Josie Velasco and Alexandra Bautista; Katlyn Calugan; Alana Mendoza; Abigail Adame and Anica Adame.

The Santacruzan 2012 at Seasons Marketplace at Landess’s success was due to the volunteers and sponsors who supported the event.

Special thanks to: Consul Leah Rodriguez (Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco), Mayor Jose Esteves (City of Milpitas), Father Ronnie Carreon, Father Geoffrey Baraan (St. Anne Catholic Church), Mr. and Mrs. Victor Garcia (Santacruzan Organizers), Mr. Ben Menor (Community Relations Consultant and Host), Mr. Tony Tongson (Hair Couture Salon), Ms. Ria Recinto, 2011 Reyna Elena and this year’s Host with Mr. Justin Smaby (Co-Host), Mr. and Mrs. John Lucero (Arcs Sponsor), Mr. and Mrs. Augusto Uyenco (Virgin Mary Sponsor), Mr. Sal Jumawan (Balloonist), Mr. Ken Bendanillo (Choreographer), Ms. Susan Ramsey (Our Mother of Perpetual Help Choir), Ms. Lorna Dietz (Public Relations), Mr. Bradford Adkins (Public Relations), Participants, Parents, Volunteers headed by Liberty Lizardo, and Performers.

Among the volunteers in the buffet services for Santacruzan 2012, the organizers acknowledge Joe Manarang and Chef Romy Sembrano for the efficient management of donations and table arrangements. Special thanks to Ben Menor for providing Healthy Coffee vending-type drinks.

SPONSORS – Mr. Ben Acorda (Heavenly Ice Cream) and Ro Khanna.

MERCHANT SPONSORS – Tancinco Law Offices, ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel, Seafood City Supermarket, Max’s of Manila, Chowking, Goldilocks, Valerio’s Tropical Bakery, Filipino Desserts Plus, The Coffee Adventure Co., Ideal Vision Center, and Hair Couture.

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations-Region 8 (Northern California), Santa Clara chapter, is the Santacruzan 2012’s Community Partner.

Coordinating the event was Gabrielle Ramos, Seasons Marketplace at Landess’s Operations Assistant. Special thanks to Dinna Bayangos, AyalaFil US Co Inc.’s Director/CEO, for the mall’s management team’s support in the community celebration.

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Post-Event Press Release About Santacruzan 2012, Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, CA

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
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
http://naffaar8.com

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…

USTREAM VIDEO OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE PRIOR TO THE TOWN HALL MEETING: At Coffee Adventure, hosted by DD Pena.


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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.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Advocacy – Define American Town Hall Meeting at Seasons Marketplace at Lan…

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March 16, 2012, Northern CA: NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Summit at Hana Zen Pier 39

Meet NaFFAA Region 8’s (Northern California) PRINCIPAL CORPORATE COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AT&T and Hana Zen! The NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Summit’s COMMUNITY ALLIES are: APAPA,  KAYA, PAPC-USA, FPACC, West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, FFAC, New America Media, FANHS. and YFPA.

The NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Summit is supported by the following NaFFAA Region 8 County Chapters:

NaFFAA R8-San Francisco: Rudy Asercion, County Chair

NaFFAA R8-Alameda: Charito Benipayo, County Chair

NaFFAA R8-Santa Clara: Ben Menor, County Chair

NaFFAA R8-San Mateo – Jinni Bartolome, County Chair

NaFFAA R8-Monterey Bay – Elmer Dolera, County Chair

More details can be found at http://bit.ly/FilPower

March 16, 2012: You’re Invited! NaFFAA-R8 Community Empowerment Summit at Hana Zen Pier 39

APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association), KAYA Filipino Americans for Progress, FFAC-PAC (Friends of the Filipino American Community Political Action Committee), West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, FPACC (Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce), NAM (New America Media), PAPC-USA (Philippine American Press Club-USA), FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society), YFPA (Young Filipino Professionals Association)

APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association), KAYA Filipino Americans for Progress, FFAC-PAC (Friends of the Filipino American Community Political Action Committee), West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, FPACC (Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce), NAM (New America Media), PAPC-USA (Philippine American Press Club-USA), FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society), YFPA (Young Filipino Professionals Association)


SCHEDULED PROGRAM:

Opening Ceremonies / Posting of Colors

Welcome Remarks and State of the NaFFAA Region 8 by Jose Pecho

Welcome Remarks on behalf of Hana Zen by Angie Louie

Remarks by AT&T, Carol Diaz

Legacy of our Community Empowerment Journey by Alice “Tita Alice” Bulos

Continuing the Legacy of Community Empowerment with the Next Generation of Community Advocates by Genevieve Jopanda

The Value of Building community Empowerment through Collaborative Strategies by Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association representative

Panelists on the “Nuts and Bolts” of Building Community Empowerment Before You Start Your Political Empowerment Platforms:

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

Q & A question session 10mins

Response: What It Will Take to Build Political Empowerment through a PAC infrastructure, by Henry Manayan

Response to All the Speakers: How To Share Their Experiences, Expertise, and Skills using Traditional Media and Social Media, by Odette Keeley of New America Media

Closing Remarks: FilAmVote is the Next Step! By Lorna Dietz

NaFFAA REGION 8 ELECTIONS: An election of endorsing the candidates that will be nominated; chaired by Region 8 Commission on Elections Chair & NaFFAA National Legal Counsel, Rodel Rodis, Esq.

Installation of new officers by Councilmember Myrna De Vera, former Mayor of Hercules (June 2011-December 2011), Vice Mayor for 2013, Mayor for 2014

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Our Strength: ONE COMMUNITY!

In November of 2010, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) convened its 9th Empowerment Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area with NaFFAA Region 8, Northern California as the host and organizer of “Empowerment 2010.” The theme of E-2010 was “Building the Next Generation of Community Advocates in an Intergenerational Environment.”

Today, NaFFAA Region 8’s leaders are taking advantage of the political atmosphere, economic conditions, public policy, and the Filipinos’ transcontinental success by using its existing infrastructure, skills, talents, resources and other tools so they can implement a master plan for community empowerment in 2012.

NaFFAA Region 8’s other resounding call to action is: “To empower Filipino communities so they can participate in supporting individuals who desire to hold public office that support the advancement of causes for the Filipino community.”

What does it take to empower these highly-qualified political candidates so that they will be inspired to do their best in order to win? It takes ONE COMMUNITY.

NaFFAA Region 8 believes in coalition-building, connecting dot after dot after dot, mindful that its leaders and supporters have been advocating AND are advocating for community groups and individuals to take action in supporting achievable empowerment objectives. The master plan includes providing a platform for our communities to establish activities for community empowerment as a non-profit organization. Rocking the vote through NaFFAA’s #FilAmVote (http://bit.ly/nzurFs) also means meeting these candidates who can share the nuts and bolts of community empowerment as well as interact with their constituents in a series of gatherings — from socials to workshops.

“ONE COMMUNITY.” What does this mean to NaFFAA Region 8? Through ADVOCACY, our voices and actions will always act as “the glue” that binds the shared hopes and aspirations of our authentic and unique communities.

Can you help us empower more highly-qualified Americans of Filipino ancestry to take a leap of faith in their credibility and strength of character so they can become true servant leaders in public service?

Can you stand on the shoulders of our elders and take the best of their wisdom and experiences so we can walk together, fearlessly and jubilantly, on the roads — less travelled — as ONE COMMUNITY?

Can you support us in becoming ONE COMMUNITY?

Please join us on March 16, 2012 at the NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Conference at Hana Zen Pier 39 in San Francisco, California from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. For more information and for your RSVP options, visit http://bit.ly/FilPower.

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CALL TO ACTION: #FilAmVote



NAFFAA National Website: http://naffaausa.org/

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt organization established in 1997 to promote the active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs. NaFFAA is composed of 12 regions with a national office in Washington, D.C. that monitors legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans. NaFFAA partners with local affiliate organizations and national coalitions in advocating for issues of common concern.

NaFFAA National Office
1322 18th St NW, Washington DC 20036-1803
email: [email protected]
phone: 202.361.0296
web: http://NaFFAAUSA.org
inquiries: [email protected]

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.

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.

Myrna Lardizabal de Vera: There’s a new mayor in Hercules, California

Myrna Lardizabal de Vera

Myrna Lardizabal de Vera

Myrna Lardizabal de Vera’s remarks on Mayorship are found here at the Hercules Patch.

Excerpts of Myrna Lardizabal de Vera’s acceptance speech (when she was sworn in as Councilmember) last December 14, 2010 can be found at the Hercules Patch.

Lorna Dietz’s Notes: Myrna de Vera also created her own website (with a lot of help from Google and initial guidance from her new media publisher-sister, Noemi Lardizabal Dado). She personally maintains her website’s content. Mayor Myrna is an aspiring novelist.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:

Lorna L. Dietz
Vice-Chair, NaFFAA Region 8, Northern CA
naffaar8.com Media Group
[email protected]

Myrna Lardizabal de Vera: There’s a new mayor in Hercules, California

July 5, 2011, Hercules, CA — Myrna Lardizabal de Vera was appointed as the new mayor of Hercules, California at 7:17pm on June 21, 2011 during a special Council meeting at the City of Hercules’s Council Chambers. The 20-year resident of Hercules, California, according to a political observer, was accelerated into office as a result of many factors that stimulated a “fast track” within the city government. After serving in the Planning Commission for five years, De Vera had run for a seat in the city council during the November 2, 2010 elections, pledging “The Right Change, based on Competence, Commitment, and Character.”

Myrna de Vera and John Delgado were elected as Council members and assumed office in December 2010. After Mayor Ed Balico resigned in January 2011 and Vice-Mayor Joanne Ward took over the vacant position, de Vera was appointed as the city’s new vice-mayor. The June 7, 2011 Special Elections resulted in a successful recall of Mayor Ward and Council member Donald Kuehne. Three members of the grassroots recall movement were sworn into office as the newest council members on June 21: Dan Romero, William Wilkins, and Gerard Boulanger. After the ceremony, Myrna de Vera was appointed as Mayor and John Delgado as Vice-Mayor.

It has been less than a month since a new council has been in place, all freshmen council members, with Mayor Myrna de Vera as the oldest “rookie.” De Vera seems to take everything in stride. According to Mayor Myrna, good governance practices are critical to the city’s success in its financial recovery.

Tom Lochner of Contra Costa Times best explained in his article, “Hercules Councilman-Elect, despite resume padding, plans to accept seat,” dated June 11, 2011, how the recall drive started.

“The recall occurred at a time of public anger over the city’s financial crisis and over its business relationship with a company that Nelson Oliva founded and that he said he transferred to two daughters shortly before he became city manager in April 2007; that company, NEO Consulting Inc./Affordable Housing Solutions Group, had $3 million in city contracts over a three-year period, approved by the City Council. But the pivotal event that triggered the recall drive was the council’s firing in December of interim City Manager Charlie Long, who had publicly disclosed the gravity of the financial crisis, and its reinstatement of Oliva from medical leave, if only temporarily. Oliva resigned in January under an agreement that gave him a year’s salary and benefits.”

Mayor Myrna de Vera, during her first address at the City Council meeting, immediately assessed the developments of the first half of 2011 and articulated the direction of her administration for the remainder of the calendar year.

“The past six months have been filled with tough decisions and painful cuts. Projects shelved, contracts cancelled, and the most sobering of all, the laying off of 40 percent of our city staff. City morale is at its all time low.

But many recent changes have been positive. We started engaging the community through citizen ad hoc committees, achieved transparency through a more open city hall culture. We also laid the groundwork for the next stages of change.

We have a long way to go. The council’s priorities are to restore the people’s trust in our city government, build strong city leadership, put our finances in order, and develop new sources of revenue.”

After de Vera stated the kind of workload that was expected of the city council and staff, she added:

“During my oath-taking speech last December, I talked about the journey we are embarking along a steep and rough terrain. Today, we are continuing on this road to recovery, driving our car balanced with the four wheels of community, family, finances, and faith.

What is our destination? We are driving toward achieving our vision of the City of Hercules, free of corruption and fiscally-sound, a city with a transparent council, responsive to the will of the people. Together, we are heading to our vision of a Hercules that — once again — shines, a city we can be once again proud of.”

Myrna de Vera is originally from Cebu City, Philippines. She was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the Hercules City Council, and given a Special Recognition Award by the Hercules Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Myrna de Vera was awarded as one of 2009’s 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. under the “Policymakers and Visionaries” category by the Filipina Women’s Network.

De Vera owns and manages an insurance agency in San Francisco. Her husband, Manuel, and she have been residing in Hercules with their three sons, Mark, Christian, and Emmanuel since 1991.

For the Asian American community in Hercules, Mayor Myrna de Vera symbolizes the relevance of diversity, reflecting the city’s population, in political empowerment. She is the sixth American of Filipino ancestry to sit in office. Vice-Mayor John Delgado is also one-quarter Filipino. The former Filipino American mayors were Goni Solidum, Andy Paras, Ed Manuel, Frank Batara, and Ed Balico. Myrna de Vera is also the first Filipina woman mayor of Hercules, California. For more information about the City of Hercules, go to http://www.ci.hercules.ca.us/. You can reach Mayor de Vera by email at [email protected].

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BEFORE THE NOVEMBER 2010 ELECTIONS: On the Campaign Trail

Myrna de Vera and her siblings visited Seafood City in Concord, California. Adin Martin Villanueva, who takes care of Seafood City’s Northern California Events, asked Myrna to speak to shoppers. You can also catch a glimpse of Rudy Fernandez (formerly of the Antioch City Council) who is a community developer at Seafood City, Concord, CA.

For July 6, 2011 – You’re Invited to a San Francisco – Filipino Community Town Hall Meeting and Palabokan, for Global Summit 2011

In preparation for the upcoming Global Summit on September 27-29 in Manila, spearheaded by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, a series of town hall meetings are taking place worldwide.

Click here to view the invitation from the Philippine Consul General’s Office in San Francisco, California.

For more information about the September event, click here.

San Francisco – Filipino Community Town Hall Meeting and Palabokan (for Global Summit 2011)

The DREAM Act: Jose Antonio Vargas asks us to DEFINE AMERICAN

Please check in with us regularly for upates about the DREAM Act.

We encourage every city to pass a Resolution that supports The DREAM Act.

If you have out-of-the-box ideas regarding how we can all help out, please email Jose Pecho at [email protected] or Lorna Dietz at [email protected]

Updates:

Filipina Council member, Pat Gacoscos, in Union City, is requesting the members of the City Council to support the DREAM Act on June 28, 2011 at the Council meeting. The Hayward City Council, she wrote, had passed a resolution in May 2011.

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define AMERICAN

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define AMERICAN

Photo Gallery: Joanna Rees, San Francisco Mayoral Candidate

Jose Pecho, NaFFAA R8 Chair; Joanna Rees, San Francisco Mayoral Candidate; Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA R8 Vice-Chair; and Ben Menor, NaFFAA R8 Santa Clara County Chair

Jose Pecho, NaFFAA R8 Chair; Joanna Rees, San Francisco Mayoral Candidate; Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA R8 Vice-Chair; and Ben Menor, NaFFAA R8 Santa Clara County Chair


At the Gala Dinner, “A Celebration of Philippine Heritage: A Coming Together,” commemorating 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 on June 12, 2011 at San Francisco City Hall.
Photo Credits: Bradford Adkins, Manila Mail