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2012FANHS PA Joan May Cordova

2012FANHS PA Joan May Cordova

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Filipino American National Historical Society - FANHS PA receivesPhiladelphia
’ 
s First Filipino American History Month Resolutionsand presents FANHS PA Community Service Awards
Nearly 170 people joined in FANHS PA
’ 
s 5
th
Annual Filipino AmericanHistory Month Celebration at Ocean City Restaurant in Philadelphia onOctober 26
th
, 2012. Highlights of the lively dinner-dance included FANHS PACommunity Service Awards, cultural performances and a multimedia history presentation, as well as the first ever Filipino American History MonthResolutions from the City of Philadelphia.Councilman David Oh read the Filipino American History MonthResolution he had co-sponsored with Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez.Commissioner Rommel Rivera also read a Filipino American History MonthProclamation from the Mayor
’ 
s Commission on Asian American Affairs. WhileOctober as Filipino American History Month is a national observance (initiatedby FANHS 20 years ago) with legislation passed by Senate and Congress, theCity of Philadelphia
’ 
s Filipino American History Month Resolutions presentedduring FANHS PA
’ 
s celebration are believed to be the first in Pennsylvania.
FANHS PA founders Roger Hilario, Mary Faustino, Joan May Cordova, Marife Domingo, Eliseo Silva receive Proclamation from Dr. Rommel Rivera of the Mayor 
’  
s Commission on Asian American Affairs. Past FANHS National President Dr. Joan May Cordova and Councilman David Oh hold the Filipino American History Month Resolution from the City of Philadelphia.
 
FANHS PA Celebrates Filipino American History Month / page 2
In light of the year-long celebration of 
100 years of Filipino AmericanAchievement in Greater Philadelphia,
FANHS PA presented Community Service Awards to eight local leaders. Speaking as both a FANHS PA foundingmember and past FANHS National President, Dr. Joan May Cordovaannounced:
As FANHS honors these eight leaders for their strong community service, we honor their families, their histories, and the communities andcauses they represent.
She also described how each awardee would receivetwo books
 – 
 
Voices: A Filipino American Oral History 
(Stockton, CA: Filipino OralHistory Project Inc.,1984 & 2000) documenting histories of West Coast Filipinoimmigrant farmworkers of the 1930s as well as
Filipinos in Alaska: 1788-1958 
(Anchorage, AK: 1996 & 2006) by the late Thelma Buchholdt, former FANHSNational President and the first Filipina woman in U.S. history to be elected toa state legislature(http://thelmabuchholdt.com ).
Congrats to all FANHS PA Community Service Awardees! Pictured: FANHS PA Past Presidents Eliseo Silva and Kim Barroso, FAAPI President Dr. Rommel Rivera and FANHS PA Community Service Awardees Mary Faustino, Skip Voluntad, Virgie Olivar Luz, Amelia Belardo-Cox, Cyndi Gutierrez, Janet Ismael Escarcha, Noel Abejo, Lovella Calica with Dr. Joan May Cordova and Marife Domingo.
 
 
FANHS PA Celebrates Filipino American History Month / page 3
FANHS PA Community Service Awardees for 2012 are writer/artistLovella Calica, founder of Warrior Writers and the artist collective TatloMestiz@s; Noel Abejo, former Commissioner, FECGP Vice President andfounder past President and advisor for the Filipino American Community Athletic Association (FACAA); Janet Ismael Escarcha, a key volunteer for theGleam of Hope Orphanage(http://gleamofhopeorphange.org ) in Haiti who
“chooses to make a di
fference in my global community 
; Cyndi Gutierrezserves such groups as Interpersonal Violence Against Asian Communities(IVAAC), Asian Pacific American Health Consortium, and recently worked forAIDS Services in Asian Communities (ASIAC); Amelia Belardo-Cox, aConsultant in Organization, Program and Resource Development establishedthe Alma Belardo Arts Scholarship in memory of her sister, Alma, to fund AsianHigh School graduates pursuing an education in the arts; Virgie Olivar Luz,Founding President of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association PAChapter and founder of the Mutya Philippine Dance Company; Mary Faustino,a former assistant for Senator Rick Santorum, served as Co-Chair and Treasurer of the National Pan Asian Business Conference and is past Presidentand treasurer of the Asian American Women
’s Coalition (AAWC)
; and SkipVoluntad, partner in New Populations, Inc., is former chair of the Mayor
’s
Commission of Asian American Affairs and the first Asian serving both theCouncil on Aging and AARP
’s
Volunteer Executive Council for Pennsylvania.
Skip Voluntad with Eliseo Silva 
 Eliseo Art Silva, artist/author and FANHS PA Founding President gave amultimedia presentation on Filipino American History and signed his book,
Filipinos of Greater Philadelphia 
, recently published by Arcadia Press.

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