Pista sa Nayon was held on Sept. 22, 2018 at Inn at Rio Rancho. This was a beauty pageant coronation night, dinner & entertainment event. It was attended by around 250 people. It’s the biennial project of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) to raise funds to support activities in the Filipino community including college scholarship funds.
Gloria Dalahay was crowned Binibining Pilipinas New Mexico 2018. (See flyer for complete list.)
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Why we raise funds
Filipino American Foundation of NM (former Filipino American Association of NM) has been in existence since 2004. The Filipino American Association of NM, a Filipino community group started in 1975 and was replaced with FAFNM that became a 501C3 non-profit organization.
Scholarship: We are one of the few ethnic organizations in NM that offers college scholarship funds to encourage our youth who are active in the community to pursue education beyond high school. The FAANM, started raising funds for a building but later realized that the building could not be easily sustained. The fund was then used for scholarship funds by FAFNM.
Just like any organization, our activities constantly need funding such as: our annual Santacruzan (which was introduced in 1977), membership picnic (Independence Day celebration), Simbang Gabi (evening mass in December), and Christmas party. We have consular outreach, almost every year, that facilitates the Philippine Consulate in Houston to come to Albuquerque or Rio Rancho to serve Filipinos on immigration issues such as renewal/application of passport, dual citizenship, and other immigration matters. This outreach makes it possible for Filipinos in NM and surrounding states to save money from flying to Houston. Other outreach projects: for the veterans (a picnic in honor of Bataan veterans in April).
We are eternally grateful to the past and present candidates (and volunteers) for helping us raise funds for the FAFNM. We are also grateful to the Christmas Caroling Group headed by Jimmy and Betsy Custodio and Myrna Samson for raising funds for the college scholarship every year. Thank you very much.