Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico

2021 in Review

Festivals and Celebrations this year (FAFNM)

Sept. 22, International Day at the Veterans Memorial Park: Fiesta Filipino (International Day)

June, Independence Day, San Ignacio’s Church.

May 30, Annual Santacruzan, St. Theresa’s Church. Santacruzan

Farewell to the People we lost this year

Nov. 7 and Nov. 16. Farewell to Mary Jane Licayan Anderson who passed away on Nov. 7 and her husband, Keith, who passed away on Nov. 16. Mary Jane was one of the active members of our Filipino community who always volunteered to feed us with her delicious Filipino dishes. Our condolences to their families. May they both rest in peace.

April 11, Sunday: Heddy Long, 80, passed away from heart failure. She was predeceased by her husband, Dick Long. Heddy is the first lay person and first Filipina Family Life Director of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. She was the one of the long time Santacruzan organizers. In fact, she was thinking of Santacruzan on her last day, according to Myrna Samson, FAFNM President. Santacruzan is a Filipino cultural and religious event introduced by Chito Zafra in 1977 in Albuquerque (see photo) and still being celebrated until now. Our condolences to Heddy’s family. Heddy has left a legacy in the Filipino community. More about Heddy from the book, “The Filipino American Experience in New Mexico.” (Published by the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande, 2014). Click below:

April 4, Sunday. Bill McKibbin, a dear friend of the Filipino community who always volunteered in many of our activities for several decades, passed away peacefully. Bill is the partner of Cora Romillo, one of our Filipino community leaders, for 25 years. Our condolences to Cora, her family and Bill’s family and friends. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

Milestones among Filipinas in 2021

Oct. 8, 2021, Oslo. First Filipino to receive Nobel Prize. Maria Ressa, Investigative Journalist. View a video clip of her journey to become one of the most influential and fearless journalists in the Philippines. Click on video: Maria Ressa..

July 2021, Tokyo. Hidilyn Diaz, Women’s Weightlifter, Gold Olympics Champion. Click link for video of our: The FIRST OLYMPIC CHAMPION OF THE PHILIPPINES!
March, 2021. Philippines celebrated 500 years of Christianity.


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