"EMPOWERING THE FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY"
NaFFAA of Iowa
Filipino Community Dialogues - an event that took place last Thursday, Sept.27, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the Urbandale Public Library. Our guest panelist were: Dr. Clarence Padilla, Drake University, Pastor Dan Fernandez, Methodist Church, Bernie Marazek, Rockwell Collins and Aireen Snyder, Filipino American Association of Iowa. The event was a joint project with Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity. Topics covered included: history, culture, and current issues facing our communities today. The panel discussion was moderated by Executive Director Mira Yusef, Monsoon.
Governor Kim Reynolds Proclaims October as
FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH !
Philippine Consular Outreach
was held last Saturday, Sept.22-23, 2018 hosted by NaFFAA Iowa in coordination with the Philippine Consulate General Office of Chicago, Illiniois. Consul General Gina Jamoralin together with her staff of (7) provided the following services to our fellow "kababayans" - passport renewals, civil registry, documentation, dual citizenship, and visa applications. Applicants came from all over the Midwest covering such states as Kansas, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota. There were a total of 163 applicants that were processed during the two-day event. A short program took place. The guest speakers were: Consul General Gina Jamoralin, Tina Shaw, Executive Officer Department of Human Rights, Ben Jung, Commission of CAPI, Hieu Pham, Assistant Director of Monsoon and Liza Ung, Senior Marketing Director for World Financial Group.
Article by: Malou Guieb-Campos
On October 4, 2018, a group of Filipino leaders and volunteers led by The National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA Iowa) Chairman Roel Fortich Campos were in attendance when Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a Proclamation of the Filipino American History Month (also known as FAHM). One of the Filipinos who witnessed the signing at the Governor’s Office at the Iowa State Capitol was Naty Balines, one of the Filipino pioneers who migrated to Iowa directly from the Philippines in the 70’s. Others who were present were Theresa Salsberry, Lyrio Read, Malou Guieb-Campos (NaFFAA’s Communications Director, and Aireen Snyder (Filipino-American Association of Iowa’s Business Manager).
FAHM is celebrated throughout the United States during the month of October. Many Filipino American organizations in different states often initiate their own celebrations. Historically, the first Filipinos landed in Morro Bay California on October 18, 1587, thus October was chosen to celebrate FAHM.