NaFFAA National Newsletter for February 2013

NaFFAA National Newsletter, February 2013 by Lorna Dietz

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

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

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

UPDATE on November 26, 2012

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

The description on YouTube:

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

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


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November 16, 2012

Hello, everyone!

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

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

About Alex Esclamado:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warmest regards,

Lorna Lardizabal Dietz
Regional Chair, NaFFAA Region 8

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

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



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The video quality is not very good but the audio quality makes up for it.

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

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.

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)

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

A Community Hall at Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, builds community

Ben Menor, Santa Clara County’s chair at NaFFAA Region 8, and Clarence Madrilejos, the County’s NaFFAA vice-chair, are very busy community coordinators and community developers, with Milpitas’ newest Filipino-centric mall, Seasons Marketplace at Landess, foremost in their collaboration activites and projects. As Seasons’ community developer and E-2010’s “intergenerational leadership in succession planning” champion, Ben explains why a coordinated event schedule in the Filipino American community is a practical, efficient, & collaborative solution. For The Community Hall’s Bulletin Board, go to Ben’s Season’s Marketplace at Landess blog at http://bit.ly/gMwDyF.

In a message to his friends and fellow advocates, Ben said:

This first year of “Building Community at Seasons Marketplace” will offer several programs and activities that will engage your senses — complementary to your shopping and dining experiences. We would like to hear your ideas, too! Email me at [email protected]. The website: http://www.theseasonsmarketplace.com/

You will also be meeting our Community Partners during future events, among them, Seafood City, ChowKing, Xoom.com., and GMA Pinoy TV & GMA Life TV If you are interested in being one of our community partners, please email me.

‘Tis the season for giving — and there’s no place like Seasons Marketplace to make your thoughtful gestures count.

The following videos were taken by members of the NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group (Lorna Dietz and Ben Menor) on October 24, 2010.

Philippine Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. gave a 20-minute talk (shown in two parts) about the methods and strategies that would provide a “continuum of Filipino leadership” in coordinating the yearly events. The reality for the local Filipino American community is that our Consulate officials come and go (the nature of their work) — so as a community, we need to formally set up an infrastructure and process that is able to work effectively and efficiently with the Philippine Consulate General’s office.

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

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THE COMMUNITY HALL’S BULLETIN BOARD

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

Event and Activity Announcements,The Community Hall at Seasons Marketplace at Landess

Emergency Preparedness: Information & Tips You Can Use

UPDATES:

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. (www.bayareabenefit.org)

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
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Call: 888.393.GIVE (4483)
Website: http://bloodcenters.ehclients.com/
Addresses for blood center sites: http://bloodcenters.ehclients.com/blood-donation/donation-locations/
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September 10, 2010 at 3:00pm

From: Fiona Ma
CA Assembly Speaker pro Tempore

Dear Lorna,

San Bruno Disaster Relief

FOR EVACUATED RESIDENTS:
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

FIND A LOVED ONE, LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU’RE OK

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.

www.Safeandwell.org

This is a Red Cross website.

HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE

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

SCHOOLS:

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

PETS:

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

SPCA

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

HOW TO HELP:

Red Cross
Best way to help is by giving money online at the Red Cross’ website at http://www.redcross.org/

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

Blood
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 www.bloodcenters.org. For other ways to help, please visit the Red Cross’ local Bay Area website at www.redcrossbayarea.org.

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

Sincerely,

Fiona Ma
CA Assembly Speaker pro Tempore
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Oct. 15, 2009: Philippine Disaster Relief Coalition Updates – A One-Stop Shop at Customs for Relief Goods

NEWS

From: PCG-SF: Cultural Section
Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM
Subject: LTR-563-2009 6th Letter from Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. re. Appeal for Assistance to Victims of Typhoon Ondoy

Dear Colleagues,

Attached for your information and dissemination is the 6th Dear Kababayan Letter on the in kind donations including used clothing for the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng; and the establishment of the DOF One Stop Shop to process all donations at customs.

Thank you very much.

Lyn Sesante
Cultural Officer

Philippine Consulate – San Francisco – LTR-563-2009 Dear Kababayan 6 – Donation of Relief Goods

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FUNDRAISING

EVENTS IN VALLEJO:

1) Rally to support typhoon victims on Sunday Oct 18 3 – 6 p.m. at Seafood City Lobby and breakfast brunch happening that morning 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center on 820 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo. Contact Eloise Scott 707.642.5643 or Norma Placido 707.643.8057

2) Filipino American History month activities. The state (& nation) are starting to celebrate the month of October as Filipino American history month – the first recorded landing of FIlipinos was on October 18, 1587 on a Spanish Galleon at Morro Bay on the coast of California. We have FREE activities this weekend at our local musuem:

Vallejo Celebrates Filipino American History Month:

For more information on the events listed below, contact Mel Orpilla 707.477.1159 / Belle Santos 707.477.4361 / Lionel Galiste 707.334.1646.

Saturday, OCTOBER 17
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, 734 Marin Street, will hold “Free Family Day” on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. celebrating Filipino American History Month. Documentary videos featuring local Filipino experiences, panel presentation on “Growing up Brown in V-Town”, and presentation by Larry Asera on “Five Generations – From Sakadas to the Boardroom.”

10/17 SCHEDULE:

10-11 a.m. Video presentation:

Remember Our Manongs (Elders), Sonoma County’s Filipino History (DVD) – This feature length documentary film explores the history of the earliest Filipino immigrants in Sonoma County. Mostly single young men, they began arriving in California in the 1920s. The manongs’ (elders) story is one of tenacity and endurance coupled with an extraordinary sense of community. In the film, their inspirational story is told by surviving family members, descendants of former employers, and other key figures in Sonoma County. Sponsored in part by the California Council for the Humanities, the film was produced in 2008 by a core team of mostly Filipina Americans impassioned with the determination to ensure that the manongs will always be remembered.

11-12 “Five Generations – From Sakads to the Boardroom” by Larry Asera

The grandson of one of the Filipino immigrants who first settled in Hawaii in 1906 and then migrated to California in 1925, Larry, dubbed as the energy czar of Vallejo, has accomplished many “firsts” for a Filipino in America in the fields of politics and business. He will present his research on his family history that spans multiple generations.

Noon – 1 p.m. Growing Up Brown in V-Town Panel

Marian Argonza Escobar Hopwood
Lala Llacuna
& more……