2019 in Review

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2019 in Review

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Dec. 29, last meeting/potluck luncheon of FAFNM BOD 2019 and a welcome party for the incoming BOD members (here with friends) held at the Aragons.

Dec. 7, Morning, FAFNM Membership Meeting/Election of BOD, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.

Dec. 7, Evening, FAFNM Annual Christmas Party at the Inn at Rio Rancho with speaker Dr. Christopher Gonzaga and a tribute to Past FAFNM Presidents (watch video clips). The 2020 FAFNM Board was inducted by Rio Rancho Gregg Hull.

Five Simbang Gabi (Evening Mass) services with Fr. Joel Bugas, spiritual director of the Filipino American Ministry: Dec. 6, 13, 20 at Sangre de Cristo Church, Dec. 22 at Prince of Peace Church (both churches are in Albuquerque); Dec. 14 at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community, Santa Fe. This is a project of FAFNM, coordinated by Emilie Underwood for several years.

Caroling Group led by Jim Custodio, and coordinated by Myrna Samson went to several members of the Filipino community to carol and raise money for the scholarship fund.

Nov. 9, Inn at Rio Rancho: The Philippine Consul General Staff in Houston assisted 224 Filipinos according to the Consul General report (see below). The Staff which was headed by Vice Consul Marco Lopez (left photo) had a one-day Consulate Outreach at the invitation of Gloria Kauz (in photo), president of Filipino American Foundation of NM (FAFNM). Other Consulate staff were Melinda Hernais (Admin), Edgardo Esteban, Ilisea Garcia-Sarion, Nadjefah A. Mangondaya and Jessie D. Franzela. We want to thank Gloria and FAFNM for helping Filipinos in NM and surrounding states (as far as Oklahoma) for saving a $400 round trip airfare (or a long drive) to Houston! Thanks to all the volunteers and to all for coming!

Nov. 3, 2019. Dr. Dely Alcantara passed away, in Narita airport (Japan) on her connecting flight from the Philippines back to the US. She was in the Philippines attending to her school, MAJICAL Montessori Learning. Photo shows Dely with husband, Dr. Ted Jojola at the 2018 Santacruzan.
Oct. 5, Pamana Awards and Fil-Am History Month, South Broadway Cultural Center. Photo shows the Awardees and graduates and their family representatives.

Aug. 22, Disaster Relief Concert by the Singing Boholano Priests directly from Bohol, Veterans Memorial Park. Sponsored by the Filipino American Community Council.

June 8, FAFNM Independence Day, Haynes Park, Rio Rancho.

Reyna Elena Anna with Rey Constantino Joshua

May 18, Annual Santacruzan at the Old Town Plaza. See Santacruzan page.

FAFNM President Gloria Kauz with Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull (April)

April 13, Remembering the Fall of Bataan at Bataan Park, sponsored by FAFNM. Veterans and families, Filipino community had a picnic/potluck in honor of the Bataan veterans. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller came.

April 9, Leah Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) performed at Popejoy.  Watch video of Lea and Peter, a volunteer from the audience. Thanks to Bamba (Elvie) for this clip: The Whole New World.

Jan 26, DEATH: Allan Sebastian (Jojo), son of former Fil-Am Assn. of NM (now Filipino American Association. of NM, now called Foundation) President, Connie Perkins passed away. His remains were taken to the Philippines. Thanks to Myrna Samson for hosting the rosary at her residence.