Filipinos in

new mexico



Don’t Miss the 2014 Events:


Sept. 27, Sat, 11:30 am, Oral History Meeting/Potluck:  “New Wave of Filipino Educators”. 

Listen to the stories of: 

Medy Tabaday and

McDowell Agwayaway

(Special Ed teachers from Espanola)

Vicky Adaoag, a Mother’s Story

Halle Manoa/NM Asian Family Center (look for “Money Concepts” bldg.),

619 San Mateo NE (between Lomas & Copper). 

Sponsored by the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande.

FREE. Open to everybody.  Please bring a dish.  For inquiry, please contact Emilie ( or Tessie (

Christmas Party (Dec. 13) tickets are available now:

FAFNM Christmas Party, Dec. 13, Sat, 6:00 pm, Courtyard by Marriott, 5151 Journal Center Blvd. NE.  Tickets: $35 (members); $40 (non-members), Half price for children 12 years & under.  Please get your tickets from any of the BODs you know or contact Tessie 440-6883 (  If you want to pay with credit card, please contact Vilma (507-2179), Please note that WE WILL NOT BE SELLING TICKETS AT THE DOOR SO PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS SOON.  If you want to join (and pay the membership price), please get the membership form from: FAFNM page.

Hosts and Carolers Needed:

We need families (or individuals) to host the carolers.  We also need carolers.  Practice starts in November.  Contact Ligaya,

The funds raised from caroling will go to the Scholarship Funds.  We hope you will support us.



The Filipino American Community Council (FACC) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  FACC was designed to operate as an umbrella organization for other Filipino-American non-profits and organizations.  THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF FACC IS WRITING GRANTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY’S ACTIVITIES. 

More on FACC.

Join the Filipino organizations:

All are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations:

The Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM), former Filipino American Association of NM, has been in existence since 1973.  Visit:

Filipino American Foundation of NM

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The Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG) has been in existence since 1998.  It is one of the 30 chapters of a national organization, FANHS, all over the US.  The headquarter is in Seattle, WA.

Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande Chapter

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Support the Filipino businesses:

From DJ’s to Balikbayan boxes to Catering.

Visit:  Filipinos in NM page.

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FAFNM had a successful Karaoke fund raising Night that raised $1,473.59 (with very minimum overhead).  Thanks to Lucky’s Lounge (for offering the place for free), Jery White, Nello Edillon, Mayet Luena, Jaishel Bullock, Willie Laguatan, Robert Divero, and all the volunteers who sold tickets, brought food, and attended.  We truly have a lot of talented Filipinos in NM!!!

Sponsors: Dr. Dely Alcantara & Dr. Ted Jojola, Dr. Jose Martinez & Rick Ayala, Pearl King, Celia Tomlinson, Pete & Aurora Noriega, Rand & Tessie Greenfield, Cris & Emilie Underwood, & Chris Zafra

The proceeds of the Karaoke night were applied to the Scholarship and Outreach funds.  Thank you.

Independence Day/ Dr. Jose Rizal Day &

Membership Drive:  June 14, 2014

Bataan Park

Around 150 people came to the picnic to celebrate Philippine Independence (from Spain) and to honor Dr. Jose Rizal (national hero).  Thanks to those who joined and renewed their FAFNM membership.  Aside from the food and the reunion, the volleyball teams from Espanola and Albuquerque were a big draw as well as several games for kids & adults!  Thanks to the Cultural Dance Group, singers & DJs for the entertainment. To those who did not attend, you can still join and renew.  Your membership and support will help us continue having activities like the picnic and Santacruzan for the Filipino community.  To learn more about the benefits of joining FAFNM and to access membership form, visit:  FAFNM.

Thanks to those who participated and attended the 37th Santacruzan at the Old Town Plaza co-sponsored FAFNM and the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Office.  Chito Zafra, 90+ years old, was the pioneer of this event and she’s still very much involved as well as Heddy Long and Myrna Samson with assistance from Special Events - Maricar Castro and Elvie Orwat.  We hope you will join us again next year.  It’s always the third Saturday in May, same place, same time (5 pm).

Santacruzan, May 17, Old Town Plaza

Karaoke Night

(May 17, Lucky’s Lounge)

Thanks to Jaishel Bullock for organizing the volleyball.  Thanks to all the players from Espanola (winning team) and Albuquerque (some from Santa Fe too).  Awesome!!!


You’ll find more photos of the events below from

The FIRST book (and eBook) about Filipino Americans in NM will be launched in October by the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande.  You are all invited.  Visit this website for details in late September: Fil-Am Experience.