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01/03/2010: Ambassador Gaa Cites Elected Filipino-American Leaders in VA, MD

01 MARCH 2010 WASHINGTON DC – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa cites Delegate Ron A. Villanueva for his “demonstrated performance in the field of leadership and governance” during the one-day concert of Filipino performing artists Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera, entitled “As 1,” at the DC Armory on 27 February 2010.  Villanueva represents the 21st District, City of Virginia Beach, in the Virginia House of Delegates 2010.  During the ceremonies, Ambassador Gaa described Villanueva’s achievements as an elected official as “providing inspiration to a new generation of Filipino-American leaders to pursue higher levels of political engagement and participation. END

01 MARCH 2010 WASHINGTON DC – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa reads the citation for Delegate Kris Valderrama for “demonstrated performance in the field of leadership and governance” during the one-day concert of Filipino performing artists Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera, entitled “As 1,” at the DC Armory on 27 February 2010.  Valderrama has been a Member of the Maryland House of Delegates since January 10, 2007, representing District 26, Prince George’s County of the State of Maryland.  Delegate Valderrama is a member of the Judiciary Committee; Vice-Chair of the Law Enforcement and State-Appointed Boards Committee and a member of the Prince George's County Delegation, 2008.  During the ceremonies, Ambassador Gaa described Valderrama’s achievements as an elected official as “providing inspiration to a new generation of Filipino-American leaders to pursue higher levels of political engagement and participation. Shown in the photo is David Valderrama, Kris Valderrama’s father.  David Valderrama, was the first Filipino-American elected to a state legislature on the mainland United States.  Elected representative of Prince George’s County to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1990, he served for three terms.  Also shown in the photo is the First President of Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce for East Western Virginia and Executive Producer of “As 1” concert in Washington, D.C., Miss Naomi Fitzwilliams, who handed the award to Mr. Valderrama.  END