NaFFAA Congratulates Lorna Schofield on her Confirmation as a Federal District Judge

CONGRATULATIONS! For the record: The shortened URL of this press release is (lornaschofieldnaffaa)

TO SEE AND HEAR LORNA SCHOFIELD, we found a youtube video (that is not embeddable). Go to to watch the video.

Lorna Schofield

Lorna Schofield

NaFFAA Congratulates Lorna Schofield on Her Confirmation as a Federal District Judge – Dec. 13, 2012, by Jo…

For Immediate Release

Dec. 13, 2012

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

NaFFAA Congratulates Lorna Schofield on her Confirmation as a Federal District Judge

Washington, D.C. – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is celebrating the confirmation of Lorna Schofield as a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York. By a 91-0 vote today, the United States Senate confirmed Schofield, the first person of Filipino descent to serve in this critical court.
“Ms. Schofield’s confirmation by the Senate is a historic moment not only for our community but for the entire nation,” says NaFFAA National Chairman Ed Navarra. “Given that Asian Americans are significantly underrepresented in the federal judiciary, Ms. Shofield’s addition will greatly enhance the judiciary’s diversity.”
President Obama and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York nominated Judge Schofield in April this year. “Their laudable action is a demonstration of their continued commitment to nominate well-qualified and diverse candidates to the federal bench,” adds Rozita Lee, former NaFFAA national vice chair and a member of the White House Commission on Asian Pacific American Islanders. “We are elated with her confirmation and our community is very proud to see a Filipino American achieve this honor and distinction.”
Adds Gloria T. Caoile, a former White House commissioner: “We need more role models like JudgeSchofield to inspire our young people to aspire for public service.”
Ms. Shofield is the only child of a Filipina mother who came to the United States during the post-World War II reconstruction of the Philippines. Mother and daughter remained in the Midwest after Ms. Shofield’s father left the family when she was only three years old. She grew up in a blue collar community and received a full tuition scholarship to attend Indiana University. She earned her law degree from the New York University Law School and in 2008 was named one of the nation’s 50 most influential minority lawyers by the National Law Journal. She served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for four years before joining the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where she is currently serving as Of Counsel.


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 Please keep checking in for updates. You are welcome to embed the curation below.

See 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.



Press Contact:

Lorna L. Dietz
Vice-Chair, NaFFAA Region 8, Northern CA 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 You can reach Mayor de Vera by email at [email protected].

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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]


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

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 For NaFFAA Region 8 (Northern CA), go to .

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 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 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 or call 415 244-5203.

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


LORNA’s COMMERCIAL BREAK: Check out the new Western Union Back to School TVC featuring Vic Sotto! LIKE this page at! You might be the next big winner. Send money back to Philippines via Western Union today and mention promo code “School.” No purchase necessary. Subject to official rules at (through July 10, 2011)

Emergency Preparedness: Information & Tips You Can Use


September 10, 2010 at 5:17pm

From Keesa Ocampo:

**BAY AREA BENEFIT is in the process of organizing a blood drive in the next few weeks. Please stand by for announcements. (

In the meantime, Blood Centers of the Pacific has an immediate need is for O negative donors and are asking that non O- donors schedule an appointment for the upcoming week. Additionally, we are asking that donors review the attached eligibility guidelines order to review the qualifications before coming into a center.

Irwin Center San Francisco
SF Downtown Center San Francisco
Peninsula Center Millbrae
Marin Center San Rafael
North Bay Center Fairfield
Call: 888.393.GIVE (4483)
Addresses for blood center sites:

September 10, 2010 at 3:00pm

From: Fiona Ma
CA Assembly Speaker pro Tempore

Dear Lorna,

San Bruno Disaster Relief

Shelter, food, crisis counseling

Red Cross Shelter at San Bruno
Veterans Memorial Recreation Center
251 City Park Way (at Crystal Springs Road)
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 616-7180

Secondary Shelter:
Receiving Center at Church of the Highlands
1900 Monterey Dr., San Bruno
(650) 873-4095


San Bruno Emergency Hotline
(650) 616-7180

The city of San Bruno is asking residents who were evacuated to let Red Cross officials know they’re safe by calling this number.

This is a Red Cross website.


Please call your homeowner’s insurance agency or the California Department of Insurance 1-800-927-4357


All San Bruno Park School District schools will be closed Friday. Capuchino High School in San Bruno, which announced earlier that it would open, will also be closed. For further questions please call (650) 624-3100


Tanforan PETCO, (650) 589-3757
1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno
Owners can drop off small animals from 9am to 9pm


12 Airport Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone 650.340.7022
Fax 650.348.7891


Red Cross
Best way to help is by giving money online at the Red Cross’ website at

1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722)

1-888-393-GIVE (4483)
Type O will be needed. People urged to wait until next week to donate

Last evening’s high-pressure natural gas explosion in San Bruno has destroyed numerous homes, displaced dozens of residents, and tragically taken the lives of at least four individuals. My heart goes out to all who are affected.

While the cause of the explosion of the PG&E-owned natural gas line is currently under investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), right now the top priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of those who survived the initial blast and ensuing fire.

On that note, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the emergency crews, firefighters, and other first responders who have been helping residents affected by this emergency since immediately after the initial explosion.

For those who need assistance and live in the affected area, or have friends or relatives who do, it is recommended to contact the Red Cross Disaster Help Line at 650-259-1750. You may also call my District Office at 415-557-2312 for assistance. Another option is to call 2-1-1 for information and referrals of services.

If you do not live in the affected area but would like to help those who do, one of our highest priorities right now is ensuring a constant supply of blood to treat those injured by the fire. If you are interested in giving blood, please call 888-393-GIVE or visit For other ways to help, please visit the Red Cross’ local Bay Area website at

Thank you for helping our neighbors in their time of need.


Fiona Ma
CA Assembly Speaker pro Tempore

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

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

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

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

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

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



Photo of Manny Pacquiao is courtesy of GMA Pinoy TV.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Oct. 7-9, 2009 – Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) Disaster Relief Updates from San Francisco

To read Oct. 2-5 updates, click here.
To read September 30 updates, click here.

This posting is updated as fast as we can humanly possible. Thank you for your patience.



Updates from Keith Kamisugi (through Odette Keeley of New America Media):

The highlights:

Tonight, Friday, October 9, 2009 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m.

* Senator Leland Yee, Assemblymember Jerry Hill, S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, AC Transit Board Member Joel Young, S.F. City College Board Member Steve Ngo and Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano Paynor, Jr. are expected to attend.
* Proceeds will be donated to ABS-CBN Foundation for the typhoon victims.
* Event chair Keesa Ocampo will be available on-site for interviews.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, S.F. Dist. Attorney Kamala Harris, S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Serve as Honorary Co-Hosts of Oct. 9 Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana. Honorary co-hosts also include S.F. Assessor Phil Ting, S.F. school board vice-president Jane Kim and member Hydra Mendoza; more than 20 community organizations part of event coalition.

SAN FRANCISCO (Revised Oct. 9, 2009) – A coalition of community leaders and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area have teamed up to help raise awareness and funds on behalf of more than 700,000 people displaced as a result of the floods that inundated 80 percent of Metro Manila in the Philippines last week. Typhoon Ketsana (known in the Philippines as Ondoy) claimed the lives of hundreds of Filipinos in the worst such calamity in the region’s history.

WHAT: Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)
WHEN: Friday, October 9, 2009 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Program at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Lot 46, 46 Geary Avenue, San Francisco, Calif.
WEB: – for radio/audio, should be used.
EDITORS: Event chair Keesa Ocampo and other organizers are available for interviews.

The event will be hosted by Aimee Allison, host of KPFA’s Morning Show with featured DJs Chief Xcel of Blackalicious, DJ Big Rich, DJ Romeo and peformances by Kristine Sinajon, Gabe Bondoc and Patrick Landeza.

The “Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)” is supported by a number of elected officials serving as honorary co-hosts, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee, Senator Leland Yee, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, Assemblymember Jerry Hill, SF. Mayor Gavin Newsom, S.F. District Attorney Kamala Harris, S.F. Assessor Phil Ting, S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, S.F. Board of Education Vice-President Jane Kim, S.F. Board of Education Member Hydra Mendoza, AC Transit Board Member Joel Young and S.F. City College Board Member Steve Ngo. Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano Paynor, Jr. is also an honorary co-host.

Community organization partners for the event include: ABS-CBN Foundation-USA, Asian American Bar Association, Asian American Journalists Association, SF Chapter, Asian Business League, Bay Area Asian Pacific American Legislative Staffers, Bliss Entertainment, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Citizen Hope, Clubworks, DineForChange, Drink for a Cause, Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce Santa Clara, Filipina Women’s Network, Filipino American Arts Exposition, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California,, Inspire Hope Institute, Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, Philippine American Press Club USA, Philippine Consulate General – San Francisco, San Francisco Fil-Am Jazz Festival Community, San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee, and Young Filipino Professionals Association.

Organizers are requesting a $20 donation at the door. Proceeds will be donated to the ABS-CBN Foundation, which has served over 100,000 families to date. Advance tickets available, as well as complete event and contact information, at

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From: Jacqui Conclara
Date: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Dear Friends in the Fil-Am Media,

Please find attached the latest press release on LBC’s Typhoon Ondoy Project. Starting October 8, LBC can no longer accept donations containing used clothing in behalf of the Typhoon Ondoy victims.

Sincerely, Jacqui

Jacqueline P. Conclara
Coordinator, Marketing Dept.
LBC Mundial Corporation/LBC Foundation
363 East Grand Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel. No. (800) 338-5424, ext. 3040
Fax No. (866) 647-3561


Contact: Patricia G. Garcia/Jacqueline P. Conclara
Tel. No. (650) 876-0410; 1-800-338-5424, ext. 3024/ext. 3040
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]


South San Francisco, Calif. – By virtue of Republic Act (RA) 4653, which was passed in 1966, LBC Mundial Corporation (LBC USA) can no longer accept donations of used clothing in behalf of the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) beginning October 8.

LBC was informed of this directive from the Philippine government only last October 7 at a community meeting at the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in San Francisco.

The meeting, organized by local Filipino community leaders, was held to discuss fundraising activities for the families affected by typhoon Ondoy.

“Used clothing as donations is prohibited under Republic Act No. 4653, thus the Bureau of Customs can seize/apprehend said importation,” stated a letter to the community from Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr.

The letter further explained that “donations in kind (except used clothing) shall be exempted from custom duties and taxes provided that these are directly addressed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.”

LBC wants to apologize to all individuals and Fil-Am organizations that have shown their solidarity to their “kababayans” affected by the flood.

“We understand and appreciate how much time and effort were spent by Filipinos in the U.S. to gather these donations of used clothing. We are all heroes to Ondoy’s victims. Unfortunately, we need to follow the law and the directive from Malacañang,” said Hugo Bonilla, LBC USA’s president and CEO.


Meanwhile, LBC will still continue to provide free sea cargo and money remittance services to other in-kind and cash donations to the typhoon victims.

Cash donations sent through LBC USA will still be remitted to the Sagip Kapamilya project of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.

According to the PCG in San Francisco (PCGSF), the Department of Social Welfare and Development has released a list of priority relief items for the typhoon victims.

These includes: food, non-food, mats, blankets, flashlights, emergency lamps, tents, generators, water container, hygiene kits (bath soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, laundry soap, feminine napkins) baby diapers, and slippers.

The PCGSF also released a separate list of priority relief needs from the Department of Health.

These includes medicines for wounds, the common colds, skin diseases, diarrhea, typhoid fever and cholera as well as intravenous supplies, and other medical supplies and equipment.


Typhoon Ondoy – Congresswoman Jackie Speier of 12th District Introduces House Resolution 800


For the complete slideshow, click here.


Philippine Consulate General
447 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108
415-433-6666 ext. 313 (public information section)

San Francisco, 07 October 2009 – The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) donated several boxes of canned goods, noodles, candies, and other food items as part of their humanitarian assistance to victims of Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines.

SFPD Captain Eric Quema, a Filipino American and one of the ranking police officers in the Bay Area, handed over the donations to Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. today at the consulate.

The donations from the SFPD included food items given by Captain Quema, Inspector Milanda Moore and other personnel of the Special Investigations Division as well as those collected from Lt. Louis Espinda, Sgt. Ray Cruz, Officers Dizon and Gummo and police personnel from the Bayview Police Station.

Consul General Paynor, Jr. welcomed the donations from the San Francisco police force as “indicative of their concern for the situation in the Philippines.”

“We have a number of Filipino Americans in the San Francisco Police Department who still have families and relatives in the Philippines. Their and their colleagues’ immediate response to the call for humanitarian assistance for the flood victims will add to the on-going relief effort being undertaken by the Bay Area Filipino American community,” he said.

Captain Quema is one of the founding members of the SFPD Police Exchange Training Program (PET) with the Philippine National Police (PNP). The program, conceptualized nine years ago by SFPD officers with Filipino ethnicity, has now expanded to include other police officers from San Francisco’s culturally diverse communities. Under the exchange program, the SFPD and their PNP counterparts share best practices on key areas as counter-terrorism, defense and security, and law enforcement. END


October 6, 2009


AF-USA is waiving its 5% service fee on all donations for Typhoon Ondoy until the end of October 2009!

AF-USA Partners with Companies for their Employee giving program


Ayala Foundation USA

Some of the biggest and most prestigious names in the world of business are listing Ayala Foundation USA in their employee giving and corporate matching programs. Chevron, AmGen, Microsoft and PG&E are just some of the companies that have listed AF-USA as another vehicle by which their employees can spread the fire of volunteerism.

Continue reading here.

FWN 100 Selection and Gala Awards Host Committees
Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 1:40 PM
Subject: Invitation to the Awards Gala (Oct 30) honoring The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.


URGENT APPEAL: Women and girls in the Philippines need your support – many of them single mothers and shelters for domestic violence, rape victims and survivors – affected by the typhoons that recently hit the Philippines – the worst in 40 years.

Filipina Women’s Network has collaborated with Feed the Hungry to ensure women, girls and the shelters are not neglected. To donate, please go to and indicate on your donation “FWN Women & Children Fund Disaster Relief”.

Maraming salamat!
The FWN Board