2018 in Review
This page chronicles events that have occurred in 2018. For upcoming events, click on Events (see top). For previous years (2015-2017), search by typing the year then “in Review”.
Happy Birthday to our Seniors who jointly celebrated their Jan and February birthdays on Jan. 28 hosted by Myrna Samson. Photo shows, from left: Vicky Adaoag, Myrna, Celia Wheeles, Bonnie Rogers, Pete Noriega, Armeli Quezon, FAFNM President Gloria Kauz, and Annie Bondoc.
April 7: Dr. Dely Alcantara received the Si Se Puede Award from Dolores Huerta at the Cesar Chavez Day on April 7 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for her life long advocacy for social justice, veterans and children’s issues. Photo shows Dr. Alcantara with Dolores Huerta (holding the award for her). To view, click: Dely’s Speech. The Filipino Performing Arts Group (FPAG) performed including a poetry reading by Ashley Yssabelle Leonen – “A Dollar Forty an Hour” (minimum wage in the 1960’s which the Filipino farm workers fought for), a tribute to Larry Itliong, at the event. (The same poem was read by Krystal Limalima and Jasmine Quiambao at the Santacruzan).
April 14, Sat. Picnic Honoring the Bataan Veterans, Bataan Park (photos below). The Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico sponsored the first Picnic Brunch in honor of the Bataan Veterans. It was attended by more than 100 people – families of Bataan Veterans, those who served or still serving in the military, and the Filipino community. The event was organized by Lt Col. Gloria Kauz, president of FAFNM and Maj. Richard Luena (USAF, ret.), liaison to the Bataan Veterans affairs. Thanks to all those who brought food (like letchon) and volunteers.
April 21, Sat., noon, Private Residence in Santa Fe. The Filipinos there had a luncheon party hosted by Celia. A community outreach project of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico. See photos on: Filipinos in Santa Fe.
May 6, Sun. Asian Festival of Cultures, Veterans Memorial Park. The Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group performed along with other Asian performing groups. The Federal Asian Pacific American Council members were also there.
May 19, Sat. Santacruzan, Old Town Plaza, an annual project of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico. Guest speaker: Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. Reyna Elena – Catie. To view slide show, click: Santacruzan 2018. To view, procession and anthem on YouTube, click on: Pinoy NM and click on Playlist then Santacruzan 2018.
June 15, Fri. 80th Anniversary of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Clayton, NM. FAFNM Board of Directors and members celebrated the event with Fr. Bugas. Dinner and Dance was held at the Clayton Civic Center. Sixteen members stayed overnight for the event. This is a community outreach of the Filipino American Foundation of NM.
Fr. Bugas, who is based in Clayton, has been coming to Albuquerque during the Simbang Gabi in December, driving 4 hours one way three Thursdays. He’s been doing this for more than five years. See photos.
Aug. 23. Our beloved Atilano David (1921-2018), 97, passed away on August 23. He was a member of the Filipino American Foundation of NM.
Sept. 22. Pista sa Nayon at Inn at Rio Rancho, a fund-raising project of the Filipino American Foundation of NM. Gloria Dalahay was crowned Binibining Pilipinas New Mexico. See: PISTA 2018.
October 6, private residence. Welcome to the 18 Filipino teachers who just arrived in New Mexico. An article about the Filipino teachers was published on Oct. 15, 2018 on Albuquerque Journal. Click: Teachers.
Oct. (don’t have info on the actual date). Dr. Amor Sacramento Martinez, Dr. Jose Martinez’s mother passed away.
Oct. 13, Hotel Albuquerque. Our very own, Pearl King and Shiela Aguinaldo, Filipina nurses were two of the three nurses nominated for the prestigious NM Nursing Excellence Awards. Pearl is the FANHS RG president and FAFNM treasurer and chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.
Oct. 20, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. Oral History on Nurses. The Philippine Nurses Association of New Mexico and the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande celebrated the Filipino American History Month by having an Oral History Lecture about Nurses. The speakers were: Florence Sabay, MaryAnn Rodriguez, Yasmine Castro and Leo Santos. The nurses (from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe) shared their experiences and challenges in their profession with 40 attendees. Ernie and his brother, Domingo, Quilban serenaded the group with Filipino and American songs. A solo guitar performance by Ernie was dedicated to the late Dr. Amor Martinez (mother of Dr. Jose Martinez) who passed away two weeks before.
Nov. 16, NM Humanities Council. The Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble (PKE) of Southern California kulintang pieces from the Maranao, Maguindanao and Sama-Tausug regions. The members were attending the Conference for Ethnomusicology at Hotel Albuquerque. It was attended by 60 people. We thank the NM Humanities Council and the Filipino American Community Council for sponsoring this event. (Click photos for larger images.) More photos on FACC page which has the links for the video clips.
Nov. 16. Kimo Theater. Pilar (a Filipina) and Frank Leto, dancer & musician as well as wife and husband team, received the Creative Bravos Awards for bringing multicultural music and dances to the community. They have an annual show called Carnavale that features Caribbean and Latin music and dances at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in February. Congratulations.
Nov. 23, WEEKLY TAGALOG LESSONS FOR FREE. Puppetnettes posted the first of the weekly Tagalog lessons on Youtube, designed for children and taught by puppets. This is a public service of Kidstale (producer of Puppetnettes) for children who have no access to Tagalog lessons at NO COST and can be viewed anytime at their own pace. New lessons (5 to 9 min. long) are posted weekly on Fridays (5 pm) on www.youtube.com/user/puppetnettes. The channel also features Philippine folktales and music performed by puppets.
Dec. 8 and 9. Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles came to Albuquerque at the invitation of Gloria Kauz, president of the Filipino American Foundation of NM to conduct consular outreach (passport renewal, dual citizenship, and other consular issues). It was held at the Inn at Rio Rancho.
Dec. 8. Annual FAFNM Christmas Party, Inn at Rio Rancho.
Dec. 6, 12, 20. Annual Simbang Gabi, Sangre de Cristo Church, Albuquerque.