By Mario Panoringan

The Filipino American Coalition (FAC) Meet & Greet luncheon was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Rene and Mila Medina at their sprawling and gorgeous property last August 26.

Rene Medina with Ben Menor and members of the Filipino American Coalition.

The event took place to share ideas on how the Coalition can make a difference in the Filipino American Community.

The FAC or Samahan is a strong network of individuals that envisions more opportunities for Filipino Americans to have a stronger voice and position in the government or political platforms and to achieve their best in the American mainstream.

One of its goals is to prevent internecine conflicts among the Filipino American community. It has tasked itself to take the leadership role in promoting educational, economic, political, and social empowerment by building mutually beneficial bonding.

FAC officials and members unanimously express the issue on the low numbers in Filipino Americans serving in the government and policy-making positions. It does not help that there’s also a low number of registered Filipino Americans voters. The FAC intends to make a significant change in both issues and address every Filipino American issue.

To this end, the Filipino American Coalition spearheaded numerous events to promote political awareness: voter registration drives and workshops; leadership conference; business and youth summit; the Outstanding Filipino American Women Awards (OFAWA) luncheons; testimonial honoring then Consul General now Ambassador to Turkey Maria Rowena Sanchez; book signing forum and reception in Honor of former President Fidel V. Ramos, candidates fora and endorsements of Filipino candidates, to name a few.

The Coalition contributed financially to the campaigns of several candidates.

Since its founding in 2005, Ademan Angeles, Marico Enriquez, Rene Medina and yours truly continue to work together in promoting the Mission Statement: “The FAC plays a leadership role in promoting educational, economic, political and social empowerment of our communities.”

Serving on the Board since 2018 are President Francis Espiritu (Interim President since 2014), Vice-president Gary de Guzman, Sec. Olivia Parina, Treasurer Edwina Aniag and Board of Directors Ademan Angeles, Marico Enriquez and Mario Panoringan (President 2005-2013). Panoringan also serves on the Advisory.

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In attendance were: Colma Mayor Joanne Del Rosario (Past Board Member) Rene Malimban, Mayor Jose Esteves, Dellilah Merano (Past Board of Director), Assembly member Kansen Chu, Myrna Lim, Daly City Mayor Juslyn Manalo, Councilman Ray Buenaventura, San Mateo County Board of Supervisor David Canepa, Council Glen Sylvester, Perla Ibarrientos,Mark Nogales,Erlinda Reyes, Ben Menor, Manny and Carolina Reburiano, Dan Domingo, Dolores and Perry Diaz, Rommel and Lisa Medina, Rebecca Ayson, Michael Pangilinan, Ed and Lily Mauricio, Marino Gueco, Joseph Callao, Alvin and Marita Padilla, Sister Teodoro Montealto, Fe Enriquez, Cristina Osmena, Atty. Melba Cawit..