COUNCIL FOR FILIPINO AMERICAN ORGANIZATION of Central Florida
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January 1, 2015 - Asia Trend Article
The Council For Filipino American Association of Central Florida…Serves the Community
In response to an overwhelming need for Consular services, the Council For Filipino American Organizations, otherwise known as CFAO partnered with the Philippine Embassy, Washington D.C. in the conduct of another Consular Outreach held on September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Marks Senior Center, Orlando Florida.
For two consecutive days, the Consular Outreach Team worked with frenetic speed to accomplish the scheduled appointments. Headed by Mr. Emil Fernandez, Consul General, the rest of the Consular Team composed of Joey Macalula, Eden Regalado, Carol Castaneda, Cynthia Tayam, and Aurora Real provided services to 386 Filipino immigrants, and Filipino- Americans. Breakdown of services is as follows: passport processing, 298; Dual Citizenship processing and Oath Taking, 68; and legalization (of documents), 30.
The CFAO volunteer team is composed of Val F. Dagani, Jr., Mario Ordona, Leilani Fontanilla, Julieann Cruz, Naty Ordona, Tess Snow, Lita Martija, Jeanette O’Meara, Rey Curva, Ray Reynolds, Steven Bongolan, Ric and Marietta Gazmin, Romy de la Paz, Eva Vorce and Rose Curtis .
NaFFAA and GMA Network Announce first Alex Esclamado Memorial Awardees
Jul 31, 2014-
WINNERS OF THE FIRST ALEX ESCLAMADO MEMORIAL AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE:
COUNCIL FOR FILIPINO AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA- FOR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE IN STATE SOCIO-CIVIC AFFAIRS & AID TO THE PHILIPPINES
The Filipino-American Club of Central Florida was organized in 1972 under leadership of Ben Foronda. The club and its successor, the FilAm Association of Central Florida served the community for 26 years. The emergence of new organizations with special interests and ethnic goals led to the establishment of a Council composed of presidents and alternate representatives of the member organizations. Thus the Council for Filipino American Organizations of Central Florida was established in 1998 with Val Dagani Jr as founding chair.
At the national level, it affiliates with NaFFAA to advance FilAm causes and the Filam veterans equity law; assists the embassy in consular outreach and works with Knights of Rizal. State involvement is with the Fil-American Coalition and FilAm Political Alliance conferences; the. 2010 Sunshine State Census; projects in the Philippines and greater Central Florida, partnering with the Department of Labor, building schools in Cotabato, working with Gawad Kalinga and Bantay Bata, providing relief to calamity victims, providing college scholarships, and fostering trade and commerce between the Philippines and the State of Florida.
The Council serves as a volunteer in the Coalition for the Homeless and local soup kitchens; bimonthly health screenings at senior centers, volunteer work for physically and mentally challenged youth, annual feeding at Boys ‘ranch and providing financial support for Filipinos in need.
The Council has advanced FilAm visibility in the community. Helped build the Bataan-Corregidor Monument in Kissimmee, Florida to honor Filipino WW II veterans, and with the former mayor of Orlando, Glenda Hood, built the Jose Rizal bust at the International plaza at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Member organizations: Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation; Bayanihan International Ladies Association; Faith Foundation of Orlando; FilAm Association of Osceola/South Orange; FilAm Veterans Association; Gawad Kalinga Orlando; Ilocano Association of Central Florida; Ilonggo Association of Central Florida; Order of the Knights of Rizal, Central Florida; Ladies for Rizal Auxiliary; Philippine American Chamber of Commerce and VisMindaLuz Association