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Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM)

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

P. O. Box 94146

                                    Albuquerque, NM 87199-4146

                                     email:  fafnewmexico@gmail.com


FAFNM’s mission is to promote the recognition and maintenance of the distinctive values and historical heritage of Filipinos while striving to enhance the well being of Filipinos through education, health and economic services. In furtherance of this mission, FAFNM shall:

  • promote the teaching of Filipino language, music, songs and dance;
  • •promote an understanding and appreciation of Filipino culture through the development of appropriate educational materials, maintaining a bureau of cultural speakers and performers and advocating and supporting a program of Filipino studies in the community; and
  • facilitate the promotion of the general well being of Filipinos in New Mexico.




A person, family, or organization that supports the mission and pays membership dues may be a member of FAFNM. Members shall be admitted without regard to race, ethnic origin, age, religion, sex, disability, political beliefs, sexual reference or profession.

  • Annual Membership Dues:
    • $10 INDIVIDUAL (18 years +) (NOTE:  Students applying for scholarship MUST update their membership to qualify for scholarship.  See FAFNM Scholarship.)
    • $15 FAMILY (includes spouse/partner and children younger than 18)
  • Century:   $200

Membership cycle: from July 1, current year to June 30 of the following year.  Please renew your membership at our annual picnic/potluck in June (check events) when we have the membership drive. Your membership fee is vital to the continued success of our organization. If you can’t attend, please renew by downloading form below:


 Benefits of Members:

  • Connecting with Filipino Americans in many events and activities.
  • • Learning culture, history, and heritage through the various activities.
  • • Learning music and dances by joining the Cultural Dance Group.
  • • Availing of college scholarship.  (See FAFNM Scholarship.)
  • • Providing support to the Filipino American community.
  • Availing of referrals to social services.
  • Participating in senior social activities.

Members’ Meetings

Members meet three times a year in Albuquerque, two of the meetings are:  picnic in June and Christmas party in December.  Members of committees meet separately, as needed.

Some of the 2016 BODs

Some of the 2016 BODs

2017 Officers and Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Dely Alcantara – President
  • Bonnie Rogers – Vice President
  • Pearl King – Treasurer
  • Gloria Kauz – Secretary

Other Board Members:

  • Vanessa Alter
  • Cindy Aragon
  • Maricar Castro
  • Betsy Custodio
  • Nelo Edillon
  • Patrick Hepburn
  • Maylene Farmer
  • Pearl King
  • Richard Luena
  • Cody Milligan
  • Armeli Quezon
  • Rod Ventura
  • Ligaya White



  • College Scholarship: Every year FAFNM gives college scholarship funds to deserving active and participating members. The amount depends upon the funds raised for that year and the number of students who qualify.  See FAFNM Scholarship.
FAFNM Picnic 2015

FAFNM Picnic 2015

 Special Events  (Visit:  Events)

  • Bataan Memorial Celebration (April) & Lighting of Luminarias (December), both at the Bataan Park.  This is co-sponsored by the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of NM and FANHS Rio Grande.
  • Picnic: Membership Drive (also Independence Day/Dr. Jose Rizal Day) – (June at the Bataan Park).
  • Santacruzan (third Saturday of May) at the Old Town Plaza.  This is co-sponsored by the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services.
  • Simbang Gabi (usually Thursdays in December) with a Filipino priest (Fr. Joel Bugas) at the Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church.
  • Christmas Party.
Santacruzan 2015

Santacruzan 2015


The Outreach Committee provides various support to the Filipino American community.

  • Veterans Affair: FAFNM and FANHS RG co-sponsor the Bataan Memorial Ceremony in April annually and lighting of Luminarias (Dec) with the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico.
  • Bereavement:  Effective June 2014, the bereavement assistance will be extended to immediate relatives only (parents, spouse/partner, children, siblings) and deaths occurring in NM.
  • • Consular:  FAFNM hosts the Philippine Consulate staff of Los Angeles that comes to Albuquerque to do Consular outreach such as passport renewal, dual citizenship application, and other immigration issues. For Filipinos in NM and surrounding states such as Colorado, Arizona and Texas, this saves them an expensive trip to Los Angeles.
Pista sa Nayon 2015

Pista sa Nayon 2015

Carolers & Philippine Consul Staff with Consul Ramirez (bottom, left) and host Pearl King (2015)

Carolers & Philippine Consul Staff with Consul Mary Jo Ramirez (bottom, left) and host Pearl King (2015)


  • Fund Raising:  annual caroling and other projects such as Pista sa Nayon.
  • Grants: Coordinating with Filipino American Community Council (FACC).

Other Committees

  • Nomination/Election: Nominations for BOD (October) and Election of Officers (December)
  • Membership: Membership drive (June)

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