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.

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