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Notes on “How To Facilitate A Meeting”

FPACC President Marie Cunning as Facilitator
FPACC President Marie Cunning as Facilitator

CompassPoint NonProfit Services provided these wonderful tips on how to facilitate a meeting. The San Francisco Bay Area is fortunate to have this non-profit organization as a valuable resource for helping us become more efficient and savvy communicators and leaders in the non-profit organizations we belong to.

There are many Filipino American non-profit organizations in the Bay Area that are not aware of CompassPoint’s existence.

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Runway Manila: Faster Travel Time Made Simple

Last June 1, 2017, my sister, Noemi L. Dado, and I were invited to a walk-through of Runway Manila and NAIAx. The dinner invitation was for 8:00 pm. Our Runway Manila field trip started sometime after 9:00 pm. Afterwards, we stayed at the lobby of Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila, until we were off to our next field trip, the NAIAx inauguration somewhere on the expressway.

We are with (from left to right) our Runway Manila hosts: Benjamin (Ben) Diokno, Secretary of Budget and Management of the Philippines, Mark Villar, Secretary of DPWH (Public Works and Highways), and Arthur (Art) Tugade, Secretary of DOTr (Department of Transportation)
We are with (from left to right) our Runway Manila hosts: Benjamin (Ben) Diokno, Secretary of Budget and Management of the Philippines, Mark Villar, Secretary of DPWH (Public Works and Highways), and Arthur (Art) Tugade, Secretary of DOTr (Department of Transportation)

RUNWAY MANILA: FASTER TRAVEL TIME MADE SIMPLE
“The Pedestrian Bridge between Newport City and NAIA Terminal 3″

When the project partners of a 220-meter (722-feet) air-conditioned, elevated walking bridge — that connects the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) Terminal 3 and Newport City, its neighboring 25-hectare (62-acre) residential and commercial area — welcomed their first pedestrians on April 21, 2017, they answered every airport traveller’s frustration. Commute time between NAIA T-3 and Newport City was notoriously slow for incoming and outgoing private and public transportation, averaging an hour each way. The enclosed bridge is roughly a 3-minute to 10-minute convenient and secure walk in each direction. Rising 65 meters (213 feet) above Andrews Avenue and the new NAIA expressway (a.k.a. NAIAx, pronounced neigh-ah), moving walkways and elevators are available for the public’s convenience 24/7 — in consideration of the elderly and differently-abled. The bridge can accommodate 2,000 persons at any given time. Entrance is free in each direction.

Domestic and international passengers as well as daily commuters can realistically lessen dependence on motor vehicles that travel the short distance between the two tourist hotspots. Through Runway Manila, travelIers can use Newport City as a convenient jump-off point to reach other parts of the metropolis. Newport City is accessible to City Link buses and other forms of public transport. Information about free shuttle services in Newport City can be found at http://directionsonweb.blogspot.com/2015/09/Newport-City-Free-Shuttle.html.

Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI) funded the project to the cost of PH1.5 billion as part of its commitment to work with the Philippine government, represented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr), in promoting Philippine tourism by providing tourists and visitors with a convenient and seamless travel experience in the country. As the project proponent, AGI manages and maintains Runway Manila.

VIDEO SLIDE SHOW: https://video214.com/play/QkXysS9tKaPkOfqaGzaqlg/s/dark
SHORTENED URL: http://tinyurl.com/runwaymanila

TO GET TO NAIA, TERMINAL 3: Runway Manila is located between Belmont Hotel Manila and Resorts World Manila, close to McDonald’s on the Belmont Hotel side. After passing through the security gates, with personal belongings going through the required X-ray machines, take the elevator to the fifth floor. Walk on the bridge. After you pass the LED bulletin boards, proceed toward the right section of the bridge. Use the moving walkways for convenience. Turn left. At the end of the bridge, you will see a “Welcome to Runway Manila” sign. Check in your personal belongings at another X-ray machine while you go through the security gates. Proceed to the first corridor just as you make your exit. You will walk by some restaurants and food stalls. Look for the KFC outlet as your point of reference and turn right at the hallway. Proceed to the left side of a wider hallway where a rice-noodles express restaurant is located. Keep moving toward the entrance of the departure area at the ground floor.

We are with (from left to right) our Runway Manila hosts: Steve Reilly, COO of Resorts World Manila, Benjamin (Ben) Diokno, Secretary of Budget and Management of the Philippines, Mark Villar, Secretary of DPWH (Public Works and Highways), and Arthur (Art) Tugade, Secretary of DOTr (Department of Transportation)
We are with (from left to right) our Runway Manila hosts: Steve Reilly, COO of Resorts World Manila, Benjamin (Ben) Diokno, Secretary of Budget and Management of the Philippines, Mark Villar, Secretary of DPWH (Public Works and Highways), and Arthur (Art) Tugade, Secretary of DOTr (Department of Transportation)

A Radiant Digital View: Mga Kapuso, Social Media Tips for 2011

Kapuso Abroad: Making and Building a Social Media Community Worldwide
This content curation, originally meant for GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International’s KAPUSO ABROAD community and subscribers worldwide (I’m a public relations consultant, a.k.a. “marketing help,” for GMA Network, Inc. for the US) has been around for a few months. This time, I’m adding it to my blog so there is a greater reach. Not everything is in here — and you are not expected to use all of them. Even I don’t use everything (not right away!).

My sister, @momblogger, and my niece, @darthlaurian, have been extremely helpful all these years in helping me build my non-techie skills — for our higher good!

Pick and choose your mediums for being “social” and “wired.”

Enjoy!


From Yolanda O. Stern – PHILIPPINES: Will NO-KIDNAP Zones (NKZ) Help Bring Investments?

The shortened URL to this posting is http://bit.ly/nNHOJ9.

Yolanda O. Stern, the esteemed Filipina American Philanthropist and Business “mover and shaker” sent her message about the current situation in her beloved Mindanao where her Projects for Peace are making a huge positive impact in bringing much needed services in health and education — in places that many Filipinos, tourists, and investors have been warned about from some media sources or travel advisories. “Manang Yo” travels to these beautiful islands, isles, and atolls — and is the Voice of Peace for these gentle “people of the currents.”

Together with her husband, Tom Stern, M.D., the couple continues helping out where they can.

I am a volunteer in many of “Manang Yo’s” projects. Not only am I learning more about philanthropy for peace, I’m becoming more and more appreciative about my heritage. I am Proudly Filipina!

Please listen to Manang Yo’s message — and do something to promote PEACE!

Yolanda Ortega Stern in Yakan Attire

From: Yolanda O. Stern, c/o [email protected]
Date: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM
Subject: Will No-Kidnap Zones Help Bring Investments?
To:

RE: US embassy issues travel advisory on kidnappings in Philippines

For Distribution:

NO-KIDNAP Zones (NKZ) in the Philippines:
One Man Dares To Do It First

- Do you believe that crime and kidnappings prevent development and investments from coming to the Philippines, especially to Mindanao?
- Have you been told that no kidnaps-for-ransom can take place without connivance between law enforcement units and their willing handlers who partake of the ransom?
-Have you been told that the kidnappings are a plot to keep Mindanao destabilized in order to further certain agendas?
- Are you aware that Metro Manila has kidnappings as well?

I have, for many years, been told many versions of why the lack of basic services, the absence of schools, the absence of health centers, the absence of lawyers…

The recent re-issue of travel alerts by the US and other foreign embassies after the kidnapping of the Lunsmann family in Tictabon Island off Zamboanga really hit some nerves. There are several kidnap victims who are still being held by somebody somewhere. Some have been held for so long because the families cannot come up with the ransom payments. Many foreign humanitarian aid workers and foreign missionaries suffer direct threats, forcing them to flee to “safer” havens.

How can we find out the truth about these kidnappings? And why can’t law enforcement protect the citizens?

One man has come up with the challenge. As the spiritual leader of Darul Jambanggan, the ancestral and historical seat of the ancient Sulu Sulanate, descendant and heir to Balambaggan (Spratlys), heir to the sultanate, he declares the first “NO-KIDNAP ZONE” in Jolo, Sulu and I quote:

“I can say YES, I will be truthful to everyone in this world that Darul
Jambanggan is a ‘No Kidnap Zone’ in Jolo, Sulu
. I give my assurance
that our people inside Darul are faithfull to us and have no plans to
harm anyone regardless of race, religion etc. Please help me get this message to the media.” Rajah Muda Muedzulail Kiram, Darul Jambanggan, Jolo, Sulu

My friends, associates, pillars of the baranggays and municipalities, members of our bicameral legislature, we need to declare “No-Kidnap Zones Everywhere” and guard and protect the citizens within our areas of jurisdiction, and install kidnap hotlines everywhere before victims are killed or become impossible to retrieve. This business must end. or we will continue to hear from the suspected kidnappers that they are being blamed falsely, and the people will continue to fear being kidnapped and blame law enforcement units.

One man above, dares to do it, let’s try to get more leaders to do the same!

Yolanda

Yolanda O. Stern – President
One World Institute – A Foundation for Heath & Education
www.theoneworldinstitute.org
447 Sutter St., Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
c/o Lorna Dietz at
[email protected]

Suite 403, Cityland 10, Tower 1
156 H.V. dela Costa St.
Makati, Philippines 1008

UPDATE AS OF JULY 27, 2011

If your local government unit or region would like to PROCLAIM AN NKZ ZONE, here are some things you can do.

1. Issue a Proclamation.
2. Email a copy to [email protected]
3. Create NKZ road signs, billboards, and other collateral.

We will update you with more details.

Thank you for considering NKZ as an economic empowerment tool!

NO KIDNAP ZONE

Definition of a NO KIDNAP ZONE

A “No Kidnap Zone” is a community that has decided to focus effort on creating positive development within its economy and society. By refusing to serve as a tool for criminals to exploit or as a shelter for criminals to hide within, a “No Kidnap Zone” exists as a community of peace, prosperity, equality, and justice. The inhabitants know in their hearts, that no person should be the victim of crime.


Other:

www.fpacc.com
www.westbaycenter.org

CANTILAN is now a NO KIDNAP ZONE

This live-streamed video is Part 1 of Yolanda Stern’s presentation about “Philanthropy for Peace” projects at The One World Institute during the E-2010: 9th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference. Part 1 starts at 34:42.

This live-streamed video is Part 2 of Yolanda Stern’s presentation about “Philanthropy for Peace” projects at The One World Institute during the E-2010: 9th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference. (Continued from Part 1.)

May 27, 2011: A Pilipino Culture Night (PCN) with Mabuhay Cultural Club at JTS Northside Community Center


Juniper Tangpuz: A Profile of a Filipino American Visual Artist and Paper Sculptor

My friend, Paulo Cabezas, owner (together with manager, Cara Lewis) of Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, an art gallery in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, had mentioned the name of Filipino American artist, Juniper Tangpuz, a year ago. Today, I am making the time to feature this talented professional to the Filipino communities worldwide. When you look at Juniper’s curated videos, you’ll understand what I’m talking about… Juniper, when you want to find out more about your roots, please holler! We’d love to show you around the new cultural landscape in America that your Filipino heritage influenced.


Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil on Aging-Friendly Communities and Advocacy for Seniors

Please note that the photos in this posting are taken from my archives when I was a volunteer, employee, and consultant at the FilAmSODC, Inc. at JTS Northside Community Center (the venue of the May 24, 2011 event) from 2002 to 2006. There is no relationship whatsoever between 4C.org and my photos. I’m being sentimental because Northside was very much a part of my growth as a Filipino community advocate. :-)


US 2010 Census Data Results for the Asian Population & the Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Population


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS CONTACT:

Mita del Fierro
Vice President – External Affairs, FACCGN
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New FPACC Chapter Chamber Conducts Major Summit as “Not Business As Usual”

Las Vegas, NV, May 12, 2011 — The Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) held its Business Summit last May 6-8, 2011 at the spacious residence of Mita del Fierro, a prominent Kangen Water distributor and trainer, at D’Aria Development by Plasim Luxury Homes, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The semi-annual summit, themed as “Building Synergistic Bridges Toward Prosperity,” also marked the May 6, 2011 inauguration of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Nevada’s (FACCGN) officers and board of directors, headed by Jocelyn Duldulao, an owner of multiple businesses in Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Hawaii. FACCGN’s Vice President for External Affairs, Mita del Fierro, greeted the Summit’s guests to her home while NaFFAA Nevada’s State Chair, Amie Belmonte, gave the invocation. Commissioner Rozita Lee, a community advocate and NaFFAA’s Vice Chair Emerita, installed the officers. Special commendations from US Senator Harry Reid were also given to the newly-organized group. FACCGN board members, Ron Cabildo and Chris Gayoso, provided the “Best of Las Vegas” entertainment that night.

Key community advocates and business leaders graced the event. Seen among the guests were Bernie Benito, Leo Belmonte, Vic Esquivel, Nadia Arroyo, and Myrna Alforque.

In The Beginning

The FACCGN was born from key business leaders’ desires to have an organization that would service not only existing businesses but help future entrepreneurs establish their businesses.
The new officers felt that existing local agencies and programs did not provide enough cultural competence and intrinsic activities that would enhance their businesses and manifest their intentions in expanding their ventures here and abroad.

Jocelyn Duldulao, FACCGN’s president, provided provocative insights during her May 6 inaugural address. She asked the audience: (1) Do you believe that this is the right time to connect the dots between communities, not only here in the US, but throughout the world?; (2) Do you believe that this is the right time to find our true identity in our community and throughout the world?; and (3) Do you believe that this is the right time to find our identity as true Filipinos?

“I do have a great responsibility. When I say ‘Responsibility,’ I mean ‘the ability to respond,’ the ability to respond when called to great duty,” Jocelyn pointed out.

Aside from enumerating the intangible qualities of effective leadership such as having a great heart and a caring attitude, Jocelyn emphasized the importance of supporting for the future and the children who would inherit their legacy. She stressed the need to set differences aside and to work hard.

Jocelyn gave the guests a glimpse of FACCGN’s future. She stated that “Membership grew within a week from six members to over 26 members. We will identify the mastermind alliance that this chamber can put together.”

FACCGN’s mission statement was also shared with the audience. “The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Nevada believes in the synergistic community of businesses committed to creating and providing viable economic opportunities which shall benefit all members of society.”

Jocelyn defined “synergy” as “our synchronized energies for the betterment of our future, synchronized energies that will drive this chamber to become the bridge to our Motherland.”

FACCGN is planning its community outreach about its much-anticipated Training Institute that will help small businesses thrive in the marketplace. The group is also excited that it can become a central resource for information and education about grants or preparing businesses to become seasoned limited liability corporations eligible for other business programs and resources.

Chamber Deals with Tougher Economic Times Ahead

FPACC, together with its host, FACCGN, attacked head-on the issue of recession and its effects in the community. A diverse speaker line-up on May 7, 2011 focused on knowledge, tools, and techniques in dealing with a “Recession Environment” which included Noel Casimiro, Director and Past President of the Filipino American Professionals Association, who spoke about “Effective Communication: A Successful Business Begins with a Strong Customer Relationship Plan,” Lorna Dietz, GMA Pinoy TV’s Public Relations Consultant, who tackled “Building Community through Media & Social Media,” and Commissioner Rozita Lee who educated the delegates and guests about the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Workshops included: (1) “Building An Entrepreneurial Community To Cope With A Recession Environment” with financial adviser Ranier Galgana; (2) “Business Plans that Serve Business Organizations,” moderated by Robert Henry, FACCGN’s Executive Vice President, with panelists Ron Cabildo, Chris Gayoso, Maria Henry, and Christie Garcia; and (3) “A Women’s Forum on Business,” moderated by Cynthia Deriquito, participated by panelists Josie Golla, Dina Collins, Emma Williams, Mita del Fierro, Maria Henry, Jocelyn Duldulao, and Commissioner Rozita Lee.

A welcome treat for the summit’s Saturday event was the appearance of Vanessa Bayot, the 17-year old Las Vegas singer who wowed the delegates with her pop and Filipino songs. Vanessa had auditioned a couple of years ago for American Idol but couldn’t qualify because of the then-age requirement. Prior to Vanessa singing before the delegates, she had performed for Manny Pacquiao.

The Evening Gala on May 7, 2011 opened with awards for the Business Summit’s volunteers. The guests enjoyed the Pacquiao vs. Mosely boxing match on a 118-inch screen and properly celebrated boxer Manny Pacquiao’s victory with dancing, karaoke, kulintang performances, and the “Pangalay” dance (or Fingernail Dance, a courtship dance from the Tausug area featuring the Janggay long nails worn by the women) which included audience participation.

Sunday morning was devoted to “Leadership Training Bootcamp” to properly set up the organization: effective communications during meetings, leadership development, community development, master planning the future development of FACCGN, and action plans. The week after the event was also devoted to a series of daily bootcamps for board members and members.

The FPACC Business Summit was moderated by FPACC’s Strategic Planner and Facilitator, Ben Menor.

FPACC: Bridging the River of Change

FPACC’s treasurer, Cindy Flores, provided the summit’s participants with an overview of what a typical chamber of commerce’s experience is like, especially for the chapters that are members of the Federation. Bert Golla, FPACC’s VP of Finance, talked about the FPACC Foundation which was formed to effectively serve the Filipino communities in the US and the Philippines.

The FPACC Business Summit’s sponsors were also acknowledged. Among them were GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV, media sponsor; FreshPrintz Las Vegas; Red Rocks Tents; Joy’s Restaurant; Jollibee; Red Ribbon Bakeshop; Seafood City Supermarket; Chowking; TSS Grill; Manila Sunshine; Tonie Sison; Bernie Benito; Cynthia Deriquito; Sammy Farah; Nadia C. Jurani, Esq., LLC; and AutoXtreme, LLC.

Announcements about the upcoming FPACC Bi-National Convention on August 18-20, 2011 in Portland, Oregon were also disseminated. For more information about the convention, visit
http://bit.ly/f6xZ44. For more information about FPACC, please email [email protected] or visit http://FPACC.com.

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In the photos:

Mita Del Fierro VP External Affairs, Maria Henry Member, Robert Henry Exec VP, Jocelyn Duldulao President, Christie Garcia Treasurer, Ron Cabildo VP Internal Affairs, Chris Gayoso Secretary, Commissioner Rozita Lee Member, Ben Menor Member