Millennials Take Over Leadership of NaFFAA Capital Region
April 18, 2017 | Reston, VA
“We won’t just pass the baton to you, but we will hold the baton together as we continue to lead the Capital Region,” said outgoing Regional Chair Marites “Bing” Branigin to the newly-elected officers of NaFFAA Region 2. “I’m so proud of our young leaders who are stepping forward. But we will be here to support and guide you.”
On that note, incoming Regional Chair Eric Macalma thanked “our Titas and Titos who came before us. Despite very little resources, they have given so much in building our community. But with all the resources we now have, notably in technology, we will work together with our more seasoned leaders to face the challenges before of us.".
Macalma: Let Us Join Senator Hirono’s Battle
May 17, 2017 | Reston, VA
Washington, D.C.–Following news that Senator Mazie Hirono (D, HI) is undergoing kidney cancer treatment, Eric Macalma, Region 2 Chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), as well as a member of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) Executive Board, issued the following statement today:
“I urge our community to join us at NaFFAA and FilVetREP in expressing our hopes and prayers for the swift and full recovery of U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono. Over the years, Senator Hirono has been our champion in winning so many battles. Even today, her dedication in fighting for recognition and benefits for Filipino and Filipino American World War II veterans remains constant.
Honoring Our Heroes
Jon Melegrito via FilVetREP
May 17, 2017 | Reston, VA
Washington, D.C. “Today, we remember with gratitude the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who have served this country bravely in all of America’s past wars,” says Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret), FilVetREP Chairman. “We also honor their families who lost their loved ones in the hard battles of war. They made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.”
One way to honor them on Memorial Day, Taguba adds, is to “tell their stories, and remember their courageous acts and uncommon valor.”
At the American Historical Foundation’s Soldier Experience event on May 25, which featured Asian American and Pacific Islanders who served in the U.S. Military, Taguba shared the story of Corporal Magdalena Estoista Leones. Leones was an intelligence agent under the command of U.S. Army Col. Russell Volckmann, who led guerrilla forces in Northern Philippines from 1943 to 1945.