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.

EVENTS: Filipino American History Month starts today, Oct. 1, 2011

PAMANA: Preserving Our Heritage

PAMANA: Preserving Our Heritage

Parangal Dance Company
Come and celebrate Parangal’s 3rd anniversary show, in association with Kularts, and kick off Filipino American History Month on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 7pm with

Pamana, Preserving Our Heritage

Parangal presents Pamana – a celebration of Philippine culture through ethnic textiles, music, and dances. Pamana means “inheritance” or “legacy.” Pamana will highlight traditions and rituals passed down by native ancestors, national and master artists, and community elders. In Pamana, Parangal honors and shares what has been taught by those who came before, hoping to inspire the community and next generation so the traditions and stories can be preserved for the future.

The program for Pamana will include a new world premiere piece, a few nostalgic Philippine folk dances, and our latest piece, Subanen, from this year’s San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Featured Artists

American Center of Philippine Arts

Josefina and Levi Malabuyo

Location

Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco

Tickets

$28 in advance

$32 at the door

$23 each for groups of 7 or more

$18 students and senior citizens (60 and over) with I.D.

“First-come, first-served seating”

Purchase tickets at

At Location: Fort Mason Center Box Office

Phone: (415) 345-7575

Online: www.fortmason.org/boxoffice

Parangal’s production of Pamana is part of the In Performance Series at the Fort Mason Center, which is supported by Grants for r the Arts.

Video excerpt from SFEDF2011 by Kirk Schroeder
Pamana design by Jon Cruz
SFEDF2011 Music by Kawayan Folk Arts & Parangal — with Paul Silverio, Maricris Macabeo, Hazel Belga Dela Cruz, Victoria Hafalia, Vanessa Gomez Brake, Yekim Nayacam, Caroline Calderon, Melisa Mayeda, Dio-Ann Valmores, Ophelia Nombrado Sampang, Marissa Cruz, Hazel Ayn Benigno, Karina Fantillo, Ritchel Tan Gazo, June Arellano, Renalyn Tan, Jeff Jermaine Mancilla, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Gilbert Laylay, Major Julian, Kimberly Requesto, Shari Almario, Ben Menor, Mary Jo Malabuyo, Mark Diao, Onardem Mari, Tfc’s BarangayUsa, Patricia Barretto Ong, Jojo Malabuyo, Jon Cruz, Shelly Tomas, Levi Malabuyo, Balitang America, Carlos “Mouse” Munoz, Nika Maglasang, Helen Serafino-Agar, Rachel Perey, Destyn Hernandez Bravo, Elizabeth Deleon, Jay Salazar, Eric Solano, Lorna Lardizabal Dietz, Al Perez and Julius Claros.

US Pinoys for Good Governance and the Spratly Islands Issue

This is a content curation for NaFFAA Region 8’s Evolutionary Files. Shortened URL is http://bit.ly/oIunp6. Please keep checking in for updates. You are welcome to embed the curation below.

See http://www.manilatimes.net/news/topstories/philippines-defies-china/ for an overview of the Spratly Islands issue.

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

Myrna Lardizabal de Vera

Myrna Lardizabal de Vera

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

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BEFORE THE NOVEMBER 2010 ELECTIONS: On the Campaign Trail

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

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

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

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

For more information about the September event, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

Updates:

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

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define AMERICAN

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define AMERICAN

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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Up Close and Personal: Rozita Lee of Las Vegas, Nevada

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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 http://biddingforgood.org/booksforthebarrios/

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.

Sincerely,

Lorna

Photo of Manny Pacquiao is courtesy of GMA Pinoy TV.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Oct. 15, 2009: A Vital Review of the Philippines Disaster Management Story – Issues and Challenges

From Lorna Dietz – Editor’s Note: I just received a re-tweet (Twitter.com) from my sister, Noemi Dado, that Manolo Quezon (or Manuel Quezon III) had tweeted about the THE PHILIPPINE DISASTER MANAGEMENT STORY: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES. Published October 2001 by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center.

For the newly-formed San Francisco-based Philippine Disaster Relief Coalition, this is very timely information.

Here it is.

THE PHILIPPINE DISASTER MANAGEMENT STORY

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