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 1975. (It was changed to “foundation” in 2001.) 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 a lot of outreach projects: for the veterans (a picnic in honor of Bataan veterans in April), youth, seniors, and Filipinos from other parts of NM. 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. We have consular outreach that facilitates the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles to come to Albuquerque 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 Los Angeles.
NOTE: The Philippine Consulate staff will be in Albuquerque on Dec. 8 and 9, 2018 on the same day and same place (Inn at Rio Rancho) as the FAFNM Christmas party. Please check Events page.
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 for raising funds for the college scholarship every year. Thank you very much.