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28/10/2013: 1st FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY FAIR HELD IN DC

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-098-2013
28 October 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The first-ever Filipino American Community Fair that brought together many community resources and civic-minded groups in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area was successfully staged here recently, according to the Philippine Embassy.

The fair, which was initiated by the Filipino Young Professionals-DC (FYP-DC) in collaboration with the Embassy, brought together officers of 11 participating organizations and members of eight Filipino-American student organizations.

“As the future of the Filipino and Filipino American community, we look to the young leaders who are present here today for inspiration,” said Randy Lizardo, President of FYP-DC as he thanked Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. his continued support and guidance.

The fair was participated in by ANCOP; Asian American Lead; Asian Pacific American Film; Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance; Feed the Hungry; Kaya Filipinos for Progress; National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; National Federation of Filipino American Associations; Philippine American Foundation for Charities; Philippine Arts Letters & Media Council; and Tanghalang Pilipino.

“The continued success of each of these organizations is dependent upon novel ideas, new energy and continued growth and awareness,” said Lizardo.

First Secretary and Consul Emil Fernandez, head of the Embassy’s Cultural Section, said said the fair allowed members of Filipino-American student associations from the Catholic University of America, George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Montgomery College, Towson University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and University of Maryland-College Park, to be introduced to the causes espoused by the organizations so they may be encouraged to become active members of the community.

“We are elated at the turnout and positive response our organization received today from the many volunteers who signed up to help with our activities,” said Aylene Mafnas, President of the Philippine American Foundation for Charities.

“All we needed all along was an event such as this to promote our work and recruit energetic young minds with a passion that inspires them,” she said. ###