2018 in Review
This page chronicles events that have occurred already. For upcoming activities, click on: Events.
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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.
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. 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.
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. 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.