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25/06/2009: Ambassador Gaa Cites Fil-Am Photographer for Book on Filipino World War II Veterans

25 JUNE 2009 WASHINGTON, DC - Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa (left) presents a certificate of recognition to Filipino-American photographer Rick Rocamora at the Greater Metro DC area launching of Rocamora’s coffee table book “Filipino World War II Soldiers: America’s Second-Class Veterans.” At the launching, Ambassador Gaa said, “This collection of photographs – bound in one impressive book – gives us an intimate look into the struggle of the Filipino World War II veterans and reminds us all of our duty – and our continuing responsibility – to honor the memory of our veterans.  I take this occasion to commend Rick Rocamora for taking on the challenge of documenting our veterans’ long and arduous fight.  These images – while silent - truly are resonant voices from our past and our present that underscores our obligation to never, ever forget.”  The Ambassador’s certificate recognized Rocamora for “his outstanding and meritorious contributions in helping further raise awareness of and deepen appreciation for the Philippines and her democratic history and legacy through the visual arts, particularly in photography, as demonstrated in his coffee table book.” The book talk, signing and reception was conducted by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), KAYA-DC, National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE), National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Philippine Arts, Letters & Media (PALM) Council in partnership with the Philippine Embassy as part of the month-long commemoration of the 111th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. END.

Award-Winning Fil-Am Photographer Launches Coffee Table Book with Talk, Signing at Philippine Embassy in DC

25 JUNE 2009 WASHINGTON, DC - Bay Area-based Fil-Am photographer Rick Rocamora prepares to sign a softbound copy of his coffee table book “Filipino World War II Soldiers: America’s Second-Class Veterans” at a launching at the Embassy of the Philippines recently.  The award-winning photographer’s book is described as “a rare view into their (Filipino World War II Veterans) difficult but always dignified lives, and create a poignant story of pain, persistence and hope.”  Sandra Philips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art wrote of the book, “… Rocamora reminds us, in these quiet and dignified pictures, of the value and integrity of these people…” The book talk, signing and reception was conducted by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), KAYA-DC, National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE), National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Philippine Arts, Letters & Media (PALM) Council in partnership with the Philippine Embassy as part of the month-long commemoration of the 111th Anniversary of Philippine Independence.  Rocamora has received recognition and awards for his photographs from the Asian American Journalist Association, San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, New California Media and the Media Alliance. He was also given a California Arts Council Art Fellowship and a Local Bay Area Heroes Award from KQED and Union Bank of California for his work on the veterans. END.

Coffee Table Book on Filipino World War II Veterans Launched at Philippine Embassy

26 JUNE 2009 WASHINGTON DC – Bay Area-based Filipino-American photographer Rick Rocamora launched his coffee table book “Filipino World War II Soldiers: America’s Second-Class Veterans” in the Greater Metro DC area with a book talk, signing and reception at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy recently.  The award-winning photographer’s book is described as “a rare view into their (Filipino World War II Veterans) difficult but always dignified lives, and create a poignant story of pain, persistence and hope.”  Sandra Philips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art wrote of the book, “… Rocamora reminds us, in these quiet and dignified pictures, of the value and integrity of these people…” The book talk, signing and reception was conducted by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), KAYA-DC, National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE), National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Philippine Arts, Letters & Media (PALM) Council in partnership with the Philippines Embassy as part of the month-long commemoration of the 111th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. END.