NaFFAA National Newsletter for February 2013

NaFFAA National Newsletter, February 2013 by Lorna Dietz

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:

NaFFAA National Newsletter for January 2013

Attention, NaFFAA Region 8 members (new and renewal):

For your 2013 membership RENEWALS, contact Jinni Mabalot Bartolome at [email protected] (regional treasurer)

For NEW memberships, contact Lorna Dietz at [email protected] (regional chair) so she can endorse membership sponsorships to the County chairs. Please call (415) 508-5326 and leave a voicemail message. Thank you.

NaFFAA National Newsletter, January 2013 Issue by Lorna Dietz

Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye, from NaFFAA

1.	Sen. Daniel Inouye participates in a Filipino World War II veterans commemoration at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

1. Sen. Daniel Inouye participates in a Filipino World War II veterans commemoration at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

Community activists join Sen. Inouye in a victory celebration after Congress passed the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) fund on Feb. 17, a provision in the 2009 economic stimulus package

Community activists join Sen. Inouye in a victory celebration after Congress passed the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) fund on Feb. 17, a provision in the 2009 economic stimulus package

The shortened URL of this press release is http://bit.ly/senatordanielinouye (senatordanielinouye).

For Immediate Release: Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye, From NaFFAA – By Bing Branigin and Jon Melegrito

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bing Branigin, 202-361-1024
Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296

Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye

Washington, D.C., December 17, 2012 — “Sen. Daniel Inouye never wavered in his life-long commitment to the cause of Filipino World War II veterans, which he championed with passion and persistence during his nearly 50 years of service in the U.S. Congress” says NaFFAA National Chairman Eduardo Navarra. “He was a strong advocate for justice on behalf of our veterans who were unfairly denied official recognition and rightful benefits as U.S. veterans when Congress passed the Rescission Act in 1946.”

Sen. Inouye passed away tonight at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center . He was 88.

“But his legacy in valiantly fighting for all veterans will always remain alive in the hearts and minds of all Americans,” adds Navarra. “His moral courage, vision and leadership inspired us to keep on waging the battle in the halls of Congress and in the public arena. It was Senator Inouye’s resolve, despite many setbacks and obstacles in the legislative struggle, that galvanized congressional support, ultimately leading to a long-awaited victory.”

On February 17, 2009, the U.S. Congress approved the Filipino Veterans Equity Compendation (FVEC) fund, a rider in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, that once and for all restored the status of Filipino World War II veterans as U.S. veterans, and provided them with a one-time lump sum payment. The victory came only a few days before the 63rd anniversary of the Rescission Act.

But it was Sen. Inouye who led the effort over the years to craft the provision that achieved at least partial equity for Filipino World War II veterans. In the contentious debates around the issue of equity and compensation, Sen. Inouye always urged his colleagues to embrace the veterans’ struggle for justice as a matter of honor and dignity. “The historic vote in Capitol Hill was due in large measure to our champions in Congress who were determined to rectify an injustice,” said Greg Macabenta, former NaFFAA National Chair, who also acknowledged the hard work of another senator from Hawaii, Daniel Akaka, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Bob Filner of San Diego.

Former NaFFAA National Vice Chair and White House Commissioner Rozita Lee, who was a constant presence in Capitol Hill during critical hearings and national lobby days, said Sen. Inouye was “truly a great champion for our causes. We will miss his voice, but we know that his fighting spirit lives. We are immensely grateful that we have had the opportunity to work with him in waging a very important campaign.”

Adds Gloria T. Caoile, former White House Commissioner and founder of FilAmVote NaFFAA: “He was a remarkable man who inspired us with his wisdom and integrity, steadfast devotion and drive. We are a richer community because he touched our lives with dignity and grace. Thank you, Senator Inouye!”

PHOTOS by Bing Cardenas Branigin

1. Sen. Daniel Inouye participates in a Filipino World War II veterans commemoration at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. http://naffaar8.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/naffaa-1-sen-daniel-inouye-participates-in-a-filipino-world-war-ii-veterans-commemoration-at-the-world-war-ii-memorial-in-washington-dc-by-bing-branigin-inouye-img_0278.jpg

2. Community activists join Sen. Inouye in a victory celebration after Congress passed the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) fund on Feb. 17, a provision in the 2009 economic stimulus package. http://naffaar8.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/naffaa-community-activists-join-sen-inouye-in-a-victory-celebration-after-congress-passed-the-filipino-veterans-equity-compensation-fund-on-feb-17-a-provision-in-the-2009-economic-stimulus-package.jpg

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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.

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
1322 18th St NW, Washington DC 20036-1803
email: [email protected]
phone: 202.361.0296
web: http://www.naffaa.org

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Please contact Bing Branigin at 202-361-1024 or Jon Melegrito at 202-361-0296 for more information. The shortened URL of this press release is http://bit.ly/senatordanielinouye (senatordanielinouye). Distributed by NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group. [email protected], http://naffaar8.com.

FilAm Vote: Online Voter Registration campaign by naffaar8.com

If you’ve moved or you haven’t registered yet,
this is a good place to go to.
 
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
 
1. Fill out the online form.
2. Print out the completed form and sign it.
3. Mail it!

You can participate in this Online Voter Registration campaign!

HOW? (Please email [email protected] so you can get the HTML code. The information below shows the actual graphics for the HTML codes.)

1. Text link:

Just copy and paste this HTML code into a page on your site and you will create a link to your unique voter registration tool.

Register to Vote Here

2. Add a button:

This is similar to the first option. The code will create a graphical button or banner on your site that links to naffaar8.com’s unique voter registration tool. Copy and paste the following:



3. Add a Widget button

Best option! Like the second option, this code will create a button or banner on a web page. But instead of taking your users to a separate website or page, the link will result in naffaar8.com’s voter registration tool being displayed on top of the page users were viewing. That’s right, users will not leave your site.




NaFFAA Region 8’s FilAm Vote – Online Voter Registration Campaign in the USA

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NaFFAA FilAm Vote – Position Paper for 10th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference, Detroit, Michigan by Lorna Dietz

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

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.

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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