2019 Pamana Awards

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2019 Pamana Awards

9th Pamana Heritage Award and Filipino American History Month Celebration

Every other year, the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG) in cooperation with the Filipino American Community Council (FACC) recognizes Filipino Americans in NM who have contributed to our Filipino and/or New Mexico communities beyond the call of duties. We are holding this event during the Filipino American History Month (October) to remember the first Filipinos who landed in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California on October 18, 1587.  Click on text below for a glimpse of Fil-Am History or the Pamana flyer.

Standing: Dr. Ted Jojola (Manoa Foundation), Pearl King, FANHS RG President and David Bency, Rio Rancho Councilor District 6. Seated: Manoa Youth Awardee Lester Racca, Pamana 2019 Awardees – Dr. Christopher Gonzaga, Mairi Mahal Nunag, MA NCBT, Atty. Rod Ventura. Watch video clips from YouTube.
Pamana 2019 Awarees with Graduates and their relatives. Watch video clip on Graduates and photos taken by our volunteer photographers..

We invite you to join us in honoring them.

9th Pamana Heritage Awards

The Pamana Heritage Awards in conjunction with the Filipino American History Month was held on October 5, 2019 at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Dr. Barbara Gaerlan gave the welcome address about he Filipino American History Month. See video clip of Dr. Gaerlan.

The Pamana Awardees (adults) received a plaque from FANHS RG. The Manoa Youth Awardee (18 years or younger) receivde a plaque from FANHS RG and a scholarship fund ($500) from the Manoa Foundation.  

To emphasize the value of education, we recognized Filipino American graduates from high school, college and masters.  We gave a t-shirt:  “Proud Filipino American graduate” as a souvenir of this event. This is an opportunity for the students to meet others. (NOTE: If you know any graduate, please email Pearl at perlagking@cableone.net or Tessie puppetnettes@gmail.com so that we can start our list before the next Pamana in 2021. Thank you.)

Pamana Awardees (2019)

Community Service and Advocacy

Dr. Christopher Estabillo Gonzaga is currently the primary care physician and specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services (RMCHCS)-College Clinic in Gallup. For over two decades, Dr. Gonzaga has volunteered his services in the areas of healthcare, the socio-economic and cultural milieu.  He has served as board member to the Cibola Medical Foundation, assisted in fundraising for local schools, and provided flu shots at local homeless shelters for many years.  For eight years now, he has organized the program “Feeding the Homeless” where his wife, Dr. Flor Caballar-Gonzaga, a neurologist, children (Gabe and Astrid) and other volunteers raise funds for the homeless.  They had fundraising events that benefit the Wellness Center, a clinic responsible for the prevention of diseases such as diabetes, and the promotion of general well-being among the population through health education.  For his lifetime of volunteerism and service to the community of Gallup, Dr. Gonzaga received an award from American College of Physicians NM Chapter in 2015.  Other notable accolades included being an honoree in 2016 at the 20thRMCHCS Charity Invitational Fundraising event for the many years of dedicated service to RMCHCS and the people of Gallup and McKinley County.  In the same year, he was also a recipient of the Hope and Healing Honors for his selfless contribution to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.  Dr. Gonzaga’s speechhttps://youtu.be/qzkd0-u3KX0. Introduction by Pearl. Dr. Gonzaga singing his two compositions of Filipino songs.

Mairi Mahal Nunag, MA, NBCT (National Board Certified Teacher), teaches Special Education at the Hodgin Elementary School (Albuquerque) where she also serves as Head Teacher. Her accolades included the 2010 Humanitarian Award by the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers (EBRFT) and in 2012, Teacher of the Year. In 2016, she was the Gawad Amerika Awardee for being “The Most Outstanding Filipino Teacher of the Year”. An activist since her college years, Mairi continued to be a human rights, labor and immigration advocate. She initiated the Filipino Educators Federation of Lousiana (where she taught at Baton Rouge). She is the lead plaintiff in the first ever class-certified case against professionals in the US (Mairi Nunag-Tanedo vs. EBRPSS School Board, et al) which won in favor of more than 340 Filipino teachers. Now in New Mexico, she is helping the new Filipino teachers by connecting them to possible individuals and offices in the US and Philippine governments as well as non government organizations that can help them. See video clip of Mairi and introduction by Evelio.

Roderick Ventura, is an attorney who has practiced environmental law, education law, Indian law and various other disciplines. He is currently the Deputy Director of the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, the pension fund that provides retirement benefits for 50,000 retired educators in New Mexico. He worked for DNA People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Nation where he handled a case representing two residents of the Crownpoint area of New Mexico who were opposing uranium mining in the checkerboard area of the reservation. He worked for the New Mexico Environmental Law Center where he fought for underrepresented New Mexico communities who were fighting large corporations that were damaging the environment and disregarding local community concerns.  He has served as President of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico, the Asian American Association of New Mexico and as an officer in the Filipino American Community Council.  He was a founding board member of the New Mexico Asian Family Center.  See video of Rod with introduction by Richard.

Manoa Youth Awardee

Lester Racca (Albuquerque)

Lester (Buknoy) Racca will receive the Manoa Youth Award, an award given in the spirit of the late Manoa Alcantara Jojola, son of Dr. Dely Alcantara and Dr. Ted Jojola, both UNM professors, of the Manoa Foundation.  Lester graduated with a cumulative GPA of 4.317 from Eldorado High in May 2019. He has been a performer with the Filipino Performing Arts Group since 2016 which helped raise funds for the scholarship funds of the Filipino American Foundation of NM.  In high school, he briefly joined the Best Buddies program which promotes one to one friendship with Special Ed students. See Lester’s speech and introduction by Miracle.

Filipino American Graduates (Masters, College, HS) Dec. 2017 to August 2019.

Masters:

  1. Sheila Aguinaldo – Master of Science in Nursing, Grand Canyon University, Arizona, May 2019.
  2. Izekiel (Zeke) Racca – Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude), University of New Mexico (UNM), May 2019.

College:

  1. Renz Bustria – Bachelor of Business Management in Accounting, UNM, December 2018.
  2. Ashley Cabiltes – Bachelor of Science in Music Production (Advance Achievement Awardee), Full Sail University, Florida, May 2018.
  3. Tricia Desquitado-Marx – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, UNM, May 2018.
  4. Jared Fernandez – Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude), Northwestern University, Illinois, May 2019.
  5. Megan Fernandez – Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 2019. 
  6. Michael Isidro – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, UNM, August 2019.
  7. Lyle Leonen – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Cum Laude), UNM, December 2017. 
  8. Lorenzo Pascual – Bachelor of Science in Biology, UNM, May 2018.
  9. Larriane Jiezel Tan – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, UNM, December 2018.

High School:

  1. Justin Cabiltes – Rio Rancho HS, (3rd Honor), May 2018.
  2. Nicholas Centenerra – Central Bucks HS, Pennsylvania, May 2019.
  3. Anna Cheshire – Eldorado HS, May 2018.
  4.  Angelo Egrubay – Volcano Vista HS, May 2018.
  5. Ashley Hildebrand – Rio Rancho HS, May 2019.
  6. Mary Josephine Hollins – La Cueva HS, May 2018.
  7. Ashley Yssabelle A. Leonen – Eldorado HS, May 2018.
  8. Arianna Lumanog – Sandia HS, May 2019.
  9. Matthew Lloyd Macias – Rio Rancho HS, May 2019.
  10. Miracle Angele McCastle – V. Sue Cleveland HS, May 2019.
  11. Jacob Olaguir – Albuquerque HS, May 2019.
  12. Dominic Joshua Pimentel – La Cueva HS, May 2019.
  13. Lester (Buknoy) Racca – Eldorado HS, May 2019.
  14. Remson Ramos – V. Sue Cleveland HS, May 2019.
  15. Rhudovic Ramos – V. Sue Cleveland HS, May 2018.
  16. Adin Rollins – Cibola HS, May 2018.
  17. India Stokes – Cibola HS, May 2018.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!


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Pamana Awards (FANHS RG) PAST EVENTS

Awardees 2015

Awardees 2015 (see caption below)

7th Pamana Heritage Awards, Sept 26, 2015, Hotel Cascada, Albuquerque, NM

 

Pearl King, Dr. Ted Jojola & Dr. Dely Alcantara with Manoa Youth runners up, Gabriela & Angelica Velez and awardee, Bianca White (2015)

Pearl King, Dr. Ted Jojola & Dr. Dely Alcantara with Manoa Youth runners up, Gabriela & Angelica Velez and awardee, Bianca White (2015)

 

Every two years, the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG) celebrates the positive contribution of Filipino Americans to our society through these awards.  The word, Pamana, means heritage or inheritance in Pilipino.  It embodies the ideals, culture, traditions and way of life that are woven into our moral fabric and makes us who we are – inheritors of a glorious past who must bequeath such extraordinary legacy to our future generations.  The awardees receive a plaque (see below).

The Pamana Awards Night also honors our Filipino American teenagers through the Manoa Youth Awards sponsored by the Manoa Foundation.  This is our 7th celebration.  Check out List of Pamana Award Nights.

Top photo shows (from left):  FANHS RG president Pearl King, Manoa Youth runners up Gabriela and Angel Velez, Representative Jane Powdrell Culbert, Manoa Youth awardee Bianca White, Scott Berry,* Major Gloria Kauz, Francis Ong, Louie Velasquez, Sharmaine Ong, Wally Winter, Dr. Ted Jojola, Cristal Everette (representing Jenny DeBouzek), and Divina Underwood (representing Veronica Jumalon). Learn About the 2015 Pamana Awardees and Manoa Youth 2015.


*Scott Berry (Educate Bohol) went back to the Philippines (for the 6th time) with his wife, Zela in October.  We are grateful to Scott for changing the lives of many poor children in Bohol. He is very much a part of their lives now. See video about his October trip: 2015 Educate Bohol.



MEDIA:  Albuquerque Journal article.

2017 Pamana Event

In conjunction with the Filipino American History Month (October), the 8th Pamana event will be conducted on October 21, 2017, Saturday at 2:00 pm, Wyndham Hotel (former Hotel Cascada).  It is a FREE EVENT.  Visit:  2017 Pamana Awards.

Also, starting 2017, Pamana and Manoa Youth Awards will NOT be soliciting nominations.  The awardees will be decided by the Search Committee.



NOTE:  To see full view of photos in the gallery, double click on each photo, then double click again for larger view.  To return to text, click on the (<) arrow at the top right corner of the screen.

 

Pamana Awards

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Pamana & Manoa Youth Awardees 2007 with Philippine Consul Gen. Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon (in pink) and Rio Rancho mayor Michael Williams (on her left)

2007 Pamana & Manoa Youth Awardees with Philippine Consul and Rio Rancho Mayor.  From left:  Gigi Carlson (Educational Contribution), Stan Agustin (Personal Achievement), Sarah Rogers (Manoa Youth Awardee), Dr. Dely Alcantara (Lifetime Achievement), Rio Rancho Mayor Michael Williams, Philippine Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon, Betsy and Jim Custodio (Community Service), Patrick Custodio (Manoa Youth runner up), and Ligaya White (Cultural Heritage & Historical Contribution).

Award categories:

  • The Personal Achievement Award is given to a Filipino American (Fil-Am) who has attained success in his/her chosen profession, field or specialty and has inspired others to overcome obstacles and make sacrifices to achieve his/her goals.
  • The Community Service Award is given to a person(s), not necessarily of Filipino descent, who has been instrumental in promoting cultural diversity, has participated in cultural activities and has been a tireless advocate for the resolution of the Fil-Am community’s issues and concerns OR a Fil-Am, due to their unyielding advocacy and goodwill, has contributed substantially to the community in general.  (In 2015, only this award was given.)
  • The Educational Contribution Award is given to a Fil-Am who not only has excelled in the field of education but also has contributed greatly to the academic discipline of teaching and learning.  The awardee has advanced the improvement of education among the schools and colleges, various interested organizations and nonprofits, and the community.  The awardee is considered an educational leader, an innovative and inspiring teacher, a person who promotes improved teaching strategies and use of technology, and/or has demonstrated ways to raise student engagement and achievement.
  • The Cultural Heritage and Historical Contributions Award is given to a Fil-Am who has contributed greatly to our study and understanding of diversity, cultural heritage, ethnic origins and/or history.  In particular, the awardee has participated and promoted activities that has taught or advanced the study of the Filipino language and history, culture and customs, and/or the Fil-Am experience and history in the US.

Manoa Youth Awardees 2011 with Manoa Foundation founders

2011 Manoa Youth Founders & Recipients: (standing from left) Manoa Foundation founders, Dr. Ted Jojola and Dr. Dely Alcantara, FANHS RG President Pearl King.  Seated from left:  Manoa Youth runners up Mirinisa Stewart-Tengco, the late Ethan Fraser Sabay, Josh Rowden and Manoa Youth Awardee, Carlo James Aragon.

Manoa Alcantara Jojola (1982-2000)

  • 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, between 14 to 18 years old (at the time of nomination). 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. Starting in 2009, the runners up receive a scholarship fund of $200 and certificates of achievement from the Manoa Foundation.

 

Check out the:  List of Pamana Awardees (including Manoa Youth recipients).

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