Pamana 2017 & Fil-Am History Month

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Pamana 2017 & Fil-Am History Month

Category : Awards , Uncategorized

Sarimanok, the messenger of good news

8th Pamana Awards

in conjunction with the

Filipino American History Month



To print flyer, click on: Pamana 2017 Flyer

To put ads or congratulation greetings, download: Ad contract 2017 Pamana PDF

Join us in supporting our awardees, honorable mention and graduates by attending this event!

Oct. 21, 2017, Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

  • Hotel Cascada
  • 2500 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505-888-3311):  Map

Sponsored by the

  • Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG) and
  • Filipino American Community Council (FACC)

Celebrating the Fil-Am History Month:  October has been designated as the Filipino American History Month when the first Filipinos landed in Morro Bay (near San Obispo, California) in October 1580’s.  There will be a brief talk about the Coming of Filipinos to the US and eventually to NM and some photo exhibits.  We will also have a few entertainment.

Pamana Awardees:

The awardees (given to adults) will receive a plaque from FANHS RG.  More information will be in our souvenir program at the event.

  • Perla King – Personal Achievement/Historical Contribution.  Pearl (as she’s known to us), our humble FANHS RG president, has chaired many Pamana Award events during her tenure (2009 to present) and has represented New Mexico in many FANHS National Conferences. This year, the FANHS RG Executive Committee salutes her achievements – a recognition long overdue for a leader who always wanted to be in the background.  It was during her presidency that we accomplished two major projects we thought would be impossible to achieve:  Our Rio Grande Chapter hosted the 2012 FANHS National Conference in Albuquerque attended by Filipinos from 30 FANHS chapters all over the US and the publication of the first book about Filipinos in New Mexico (The Filipino American Experience in New Mexico) which was dormant for eight years and finally printed in 2014.  In her 60’s, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, among her many degrees.
  • Maj. Richard Luena, USAF (Ret) – Community Service – Veterans Affairs.  Richard has been a board of director of FAFNM and the liaison officer to the veterans, particularly Bataan veterans, for many years.  He is also a member of the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico and was the vice-president when he spearheaded the 75th Anniversary of the Surrender of Bataan in Albuquerque which was attended by veterans nationwide.  It was a significant event because most of our Bataan veterans have passed away and this might had been the last event when the remaining veterans from other states came together, a gift of time and comaraderie – the best gift Richard (and other volunteers) could give our heroes. His passion in helping our veterans constantly reminds us that we should never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
  • Jennylou Pangilinan-Riel – Educational Contribution.  Who would have thought that this Filipina Math and Robotics teacher would come to New Mexico and help her robotics team, in a predominantly minority high school in Bernalillo, win first place at the state level in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest?  In the US, we have a shortage of Math and Science majors in college but before we can motivate our students to fill this need, we must have teachers like Jennylou who can inspire and make this happen.  Read more from an article in Albuquerque Journal HERE.

Manoa Youth Awardee/Honorable Mention:

The Manoa Youth Award is an integral part of the Pamana Award event and is given to a Filipino American HIGH SCHOOL student in New Mexico. The award is given in the spirit of the late Manoa Alcantara Jojola, son of Dr. Dely Alcantara and Dr. Ted Jojola of the Manoa Foundation.  He/she has excelled in academics, community service and/or participated in activities to promote Filipino culture and who demonstrates pride in their culture through expressive and creative arts. The awardee receives a scholarship fund of $500 from the Manoa Foundation and a plaque from FANHS RG. The runners up (honorable mention) receive a scholarship fund of $200 and certificates of achievement from the Manoa Foundation.

This year (2017), the Manoa Foundation recognizes the contribution of five Filipino high school students who have performed in Filipino performing groups for four to seven years with Filipino American Foundation of NM Cultural Dance Group and other groups thereafter.  (The FAFNM Cultural Dance Group was dissolved in February 2017. There are two groups now where these students have continued to  participate: Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group (ESPFG) and/or the Filipino Performing Arts Group (FPAG). The same youth have helped in raising funds for the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico including college scholarship and benefit shows for calamities in the Philippines. They have represented the Filipino community in many cultural events in New Mexico.  The following are short information about our youth.  More information will be found in our souvenir program at the event.

Miracle McCastle

Miracle McCastle – Awardee. Miracle (16, 11th Grade) has been dancing for 7 years.  For 3 years (from 2013 to mid-2016), she was not only a dancer but also the lead kulintang (an indigenous musical instrument from Southern Philippines) musician for the group.  During that time, she was the youngest (started when she was 12 years old) of the only 5 kulintang musicians (all 4 adults) in New Mexico.  (She is now joined by three new young musicians.)  She was the first and only Filipino to hold a kulintang recital in New Mexico (through the New Mexico Arts Apprenticeship program, see video links) which introduced this indigenous music to elementary students in Rio Rancho. She is a member of both FPAG and ESPFG.  She is also recognized for her leadership (student government) and creative and athletic talents (choir and cheerleading).  She volunteered in distributing care packages for the veterans in the past.

Watch the 2015 Kulintang Recital (Miracle) from youtube by clicking on the links:

Honorable Mention:

  • Angelo Egrubay (17, 12th Grade) has been dancing for six years (now with FPAG).  He was always willing to teach new members the dances he had learned.  He is the assistant choreographer who took over the choreography for male dances when the main choreographer was undergoing medical treatment for months.  He has volunteered distributing care packages for the veterans in the past.  He loves boxing.
  • Mary Josephine Hollins (17, 12th Grade) has been dancing for four years (now with FPAG).  She is a co-founder of the Black Student Union at her school. She is a member of the Students without Border Club that discusses world events and raises funds. Last May-June, she was one of the 10 students picked to travel to France.  She loves to run and is a member of the Track Team.
  • Ashley Ysabelle A. Leonen (18, 12th Grade) has been dancing for four years (now with FPAG).  While still in high school, she has been taking college classes (courtesy of APS) at the Central New Mexico Community College.  She wants to be a dentist.  She writes music, plays the guitar and sings.
  • Francisco (Franz) Soriano (18, 12th Grade) has been dancing for six years (now with FPAG).  He was one of the few Filipino teens in Albuquerque who took part in organizing fund raising for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (which happened in November 2013 in the Visayas, Philippines), on their own.

Filipino Graduates of Fall 2016/Spring & Summer 2017

(Residents of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and surrounding areas)

To emphasize the value of education, we are recognizing our recent graduates who are residents of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and surrounding areas (such as Belen, Los Lunas) from high school and higher education (including associates or vocational).  We present a certificate of achievement and a t-shirt as souvenir.  More importantly, we want you to meet other Filipinos.  This is a FREE EVENT so that students can come.  If you want friends and family members to come, it is important that you RSVP (include names please).  Thank you.

IF YOU KNOW A FILIPINO (IN THE ABOVE AREAS MENTIONED) WHO RECENTLY GRADUATED, PLEASE EMAIL Tessie at and give the names, contact information (and t-shirt size) or have them contact her (or Emilie, see below) BEFORE AUGUST 30.

NOTE:  We will add names to the list below as we receive information.

Our proud Fil-Am graduates:

Masters & College

  • Princeton Earl King:   College (May 2016, UNM Business, summa cum laude) and Masters in Business, (May 2017, UNM Anderson Business School with highest honor). (Out of state now)


  • Zeke Racca – UNM, Engineering
  • Shaine Sagisi – UNM, Dental Hygiene (Out of state now)
  • Sharmaine Sagisi, UNM, Nursing
  • Keanna Salazar – UNM, Nursing
  • Mirinisa Stewart-Tengco – Mount Holyoke (Massachusetts), Math (NOTE: Manoa Youth, Honorable Mention 2011)

High School

  • Catie Cheshire, Eldorado High School
  • Sandy Guamos, West Side High School
  • Latrell Racca, Eldorado High School
  • Sarah Shibuya, Bosque Prep School
  • John Soriano, Rio Grande High School
  • Bianca White, Eldorado High School

For past Pamana events, click on Pamana.

For those who want to put ADS or CONGRATULATORY GREETINGS, download Ad contract 2017 Pamana PDF.  Deadline:  Sept. 10.

Let’s support them by coming to the event.  This is a FREE event but RSVP is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED before Sept. 30 to:

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