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ANNIVERSARY THEME: NaFFAA 2.0

CHICAGO (JGL) — Hundreds of Filipino Americans and their friends are coming together  tonight, Saturday, Oct. 21, in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Federation of

Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) in the place where it all began — the nation’s capital. 

The celebration comes amidst the observance of October as a Filipino American month. 

In 1997 during the first National Empowerment Conference, over 1,000 delegates from various Filipino American organizations across the United States endorsed the formation of a new national federation to help amplify and unite the diverse voices of our community into one clear, powerful voice.  

In 1998 during the second National Empowerment Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, delegates unanimously ratified NaFFAA’s Constitution and By-Laws, formalizing NaFFAA’s organizational structure. 

With its theme “NaFFAA 2.0,” NaFFAA will recognize the legacy and accomplishments of the organization over the past 20 years, and highlight our comprehensive vision to unite and amplify the voices of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans living in the United States. “NaFFAA 2.0” represents how NaFFAA is honoring its past while forging a new forward-thinking and balanced approach in uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse Filipino American individuals and community organizations.

NaFFAA’s 20th Anniversary Gala is expected to draw more than 750 attendees and media representatives from across the country and will feature prominent speakers, performers, and dignitaries. During the Gala, NaFFAA will recognize and award key Filipino American leaders, organizations, and corporate partners. NaFFAA will also showcase the collaboration between all generations: from students and young professionals, business leaders and elected officials, to community leaders and allies.

NaFFAA 2.0

With its theme “NaFFAA 2.0,” NaFFAA will recognize the legacy and accomplishments of the organization over the past 20 years, and highlight its comprehensive vision to unite and amplify the voices of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans living in the United States. “NaFFAA 2.0” represents how NaFFAA is honoring its past while forging a new forward-thinking and balanced approach in uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse Filipino American individuals and community organizations.

This reception will feature remarks by NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores and representatives Ben DeGuzman and Jon Melegrito of The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP). All proceeds from this event will benefit Filipino American World War II veterans. For every donation of $100, two Filipino American World War II veterans or their families will be presented replica Congressional Gold Medals. 

The awardees include Loida Nicolas Lewis for Leadership and Professional Development Award; Wells Fargo, Corporation Partner Award; Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP), Joe Montano (posthumous) for Civic Engagement Award; Ed Navarra (posthumous), Alex Esclamado (posthumous), Michael Dadap, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Rodel Rodis, Alma Kern, Greg Macabenta, JT Mallonga, Ed Navarra (posthumous) for Visionary Awards, Bing Branigin, Gloria Caoile, Rosita Lee and Jon Melegrito for Special Awards. 

Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN TV reporter and host, will act as emcee; featured entertainers are Broadway Barkada, JR De Guzman, Comedian and Winner of Standup NBC 2017, Jon Joven, who is a singer and an actor. 

Gold sponsors are ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel, Wells Fargo; Silver Sponsors, AARP, Comcast and Verizon while the Bronze Sposors are Philippine American Foundation, Western Union. 

20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

When: Saturday, October 21 from 5:00-10:00pm

Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Address: 2660 Woodley Rd NW; Washington, DC 20008 (map here)

Attire: Formal/Filipiniana (cultural)

VENUE OF THE CELEBRATION

Parties who prefer vegan option for dinner may notify host. 

VIP RECEPTION

Upon arrival at the hotel, please check in at the Sponsor/VIP registration line, and you will be directed to the VIP Reception. 

The VIP Reception is from 5:00-6:00pm and is open only to our sponsors (and their approved guests), gala awardees, and NaFFAA's Board of Governors. Tickets are non-transferable. The gala program will start promptly at 6:00pm. 

TRANSPORTATION

• Discounted parking is available at the hotel for $20 on Saturday.

• Otherwise, we suggest that you take an Uber, LYFT, or taxi.

• The hotel is also metro accessible via the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station (Red Line). It's about a 5-minute walk from the metro to hotel.

• Please be aware of road closures on Sunday due to the Marine Corps Marathon, and plan your travel accordingly.   

WEATHER

The weather forecast looks great in DC this weekend, with high temperatures in the mid-70's. 

Social Media

• Official Hashtag: #NaFFAA20th

• Twitter: @NaFFAA_National

• Instagram: naffaa.national

• Snapchat: NaFFAA geofilter

• Facebook: NaFFAA.National

• Facebook Filters: NaFFAA blue bottom | Color right | White 20th logo 

For questions, parties may call its Executive Director, Jason Tengco, at 650.867-9837 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (JGL)

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