2016 in Review
Events and Milestones that occured in the Filipino community in 2016:
April 2, Bataan Memorial, Bataan Park. The annual event is co-sponsored by the Bataan Corregidor Foundation of New Mexico, FAFNM and FANHS RG.
April 23, Halle Manoa Bldg., Oral History: Kapwa: Connection as Resilience. Speaker: Dr. Mila Anguluan (photo). The event was attended by 26 people. Sponsored by FANHS RG.
May 21, Old Town Plaza. Santacruzan 2016. Sponsored by FAFNM and the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services.
June 2016-2017. The Filipino American Community Council (FACC) obtained a grant from the City of the Albuquerque (City Council) which focused on “Language Acquisition and Filipino History through Performing Arts.” The recital was showcased at the Santacruzan 2017.
June 22-25, 2016: Filipino American National Historical Society Conference in Manhattan, New York was attended by the FANHS Rio Grande members (photo): Pearl King, Dr. Dely Alcantara, Ligaya (Lee) White and Dr. Ted Jojola (obviously, not in photo). Next conference will be in Chicago in 2018.
Aug. 6: Pista sa Nayon (Town Festival) was held at Hotel Cascada. It is a biennial project of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) to raise funds for our non-profit organization. This year’s project focuses on the Filipino beauties who have also helped raise funds. The Mutya ng New Mexico went to Lina Rollins. The runners up were: Christa Harner (first place, Mutya ng Luzon) and Elflor Biddle Lingren (second place, Mutya ng Visaya). There was no 4th candidate who could have been the Mutya ng Mindanao.
Dec.: Christmas Party, Simbang Gabi, caroling and lighting of luminaries (with Bataan veterans), annual projects of Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico.
Princeton Earl King graduated summa cum laude from UNM in May 2016, with a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Management. He started his Masters the week after the graduation at Anderson School of Management (UNM). Princeton is the son of Pearl King, FANHS RG President, who also graduated summa cum laude in Dec. 2015 with a Nursing Degree, among the many degrees she has. Like mother, like son! Visit our Youth Page to see other Filipinos in New Mexico who graduated with honors.
Ace Leonen (photo) graduated cum laude from UNM in May 2106 with a degree in Biology. He is the treasurer of the FAFNM Young Professional and Youth Committee. He is the son of Dale Leonen and brother to Lyle and Ashley and grandson of Vicky Adaoag.
Patricia Anaya Price, in her early 70’s, passed away on January 21. Pat was an artist, actress, acting instructor, choreographer, dancer, and fashion designer. She lived in New York before coming to New Mexico. She is survived by her husband, Alan and her best friend, Cindy Aragon.
Carmenia Alfonso, 74, passed away on April 15. Carmenia was the FAFNM Treasurer. She is survived by six children: Jam, Warlyn, Al, James, Catherine and Steven and eight grandchildren.
Danongan Kalanduyan, father of American Kulintang Music, passed away on Sept. 28 at the Stanford University Medical Center. Danongan, the kulintang master and a resident of South San Francisco, California, conducted a kulintang workshop in Albuquerque in 2004 through a grant. Without him, we won’t have our kulintang ensemble now, 2016, or 12 years later. BACK TO HOME.