The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) steering committee is now accepting nominations for the Outstanding Filipino American Achievers in America awards.
The awards will be presented during the the 3rd annual poinsettia grand ball on Dec. 12, from 7 p.m. to 12 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Stamford, 700 Main Street, Stamford, Connecticut.
This year’s search aims to honor and salute those who distinguish themselves in their respective fields of endeavors.
In December 2008, NaFFAA-Region I honored about 70 organizations during the 1st poinsettia grand ball and, in December 2009, the Filipino American Young Lawyers. 
This year, the steering committee created 10 categories representing different sectors of society:
• Arts and culture sector, which includes any individual in the performing arts, visual arts, music and other cultural areas, who have made significant  contribution or rendered a positive impact upon culture and the arts;
• Business sector, which includes corporate or entrepreneurial luminaries (general manager and up), and entrepreneur (single proprietorship); any individual or company with exceptional performance in their business, dedication to their customers’ satisfaction, financial stability and success in their own right, as well as generous contributors to the Filipino community and its charitable missions, either in the United States or in the Philippines.
• Civic sector, which includes any leader of the community who leads or have led social or civic organizations in a dignifies and transparent manner of governance, and who has rendered excellent “community service” to the Filipino people in particular, and the Filipino community in general, either in the United States or in the Philippines.
• Government sector, which includes executive level service (director or head of office), executive level service (congressman or any elected position), judicial level service (judge and up) and military service (captain and up ), who have brought honor and favorable recognition to the Filipino-American community and, who, by their exemplary service, further serve as excellent role models and symbols of pride and success for the community.
• Healthcare sector, which includes any individual, group or entity that has made significant contributions in terms of medical care related to their profession and area of expertise, as well as engaged in excellent community health services such as medical missions, health fairs, seminars, workshops and special projects for the good and welfare of the Filipino people or community here in the USA and in the Philippines;
• Media sector, which includes anyone in the print or broadcast media, who has rendered outstanding or significant service addressing the needs and concerns of the Filipino community, through information or opinion that has proven useful and reliable. The recipient must have brought honor and favorable recognition  to the Filipino-American community , and serves as a symbol of pride not only to the Filipino community but also among the American or mainstream community;
• Philanthropic sector, which includes any individual or group, whose unselfish, substantial and nonstop contributions and active participation in all Filipino-American community, and serves as a symbol of pride not only to the Filipino community but also among the American or mainstream community;
• Professional sector, which includes any professional in the fields of accountancy, engineering/technology, law, medicine, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy, education, or any four-year course, who has successfully passed their bar/board examinations, and has secured outstanding achievements in their chosen  profession or field of work;
• Religious sector, which includes any individual (priest, pastor, layman, group of leader) or group/organization (legitimate)/institution/congregation who has a sense of piety which implies devout adherence to religion, in belief and in practice, who possesses an exceptional and exemplary quality of spiritual and religious integrity, and who seeks to inculcate in others the adherence to strict moral standards of conduct
• Young men and women sector, which includes any young, professional, aged 18 to 40 who are achievers/excels in his/her chosen profession, who has served and contributed excellent and tremendous services to the community through the years, or to any organization to which he or she belongs.
• Special citation or award has been created, representing the highest award from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations entitled  “Missionaries of Hope,” which will be awarded to a group, organization, institution or association with impeccable moral and financial underpinnings, and which has engaged in highly successful charitable, advocacy activities and good works, as evidenced by its significant contributions through service in the home, community or to mankind in general, in such fields as health, education, livelihood, housing, livelihood, disastrous calamities, and other worthy community services over a sustained period of time; and whose involvement has reflected favorably upon our cultural heritage, and has a positive impact on the betterment of the Filipino community, especially here and in the Philippines.
• Nominees, when selected, will be introduced at a cocktail party, date and venue to be announced soon  for the first time in their honor, prior to the actual awards ceremony, to allow the awardees to experience greater camaraderie and develop stronger bonds among themselves. There will also be pictorials and interviews. 
Members of the awards steering committee are:
Nena Lozada Kaufman, chair; Nimfa Tinana, Lito Pernia, co-chairs; J.T.S. Mallonga, Esq., Merit Salud, Esq., Gino Ang, Marlene Stern, Cora Reyes and Roger Alama, members.
Deadline for submission of nominations is Nov. 30, 2010.
Call 917.528.1212 or 201.658.0476; or send your nomination via e-mail directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cynthia Palomata

The senseless death of a Filipino nurse, who was hit in the head with a table lamp by an inmate who faked a seizure while being processed at a California county jail, has sparked a debate within health care community and prompted a legislator to draft a bill that will better protect health workers at correctional facilities across the country.
Cynthia Palomata, 55, a resident of El Sobrante and native of Nabas, Aklan, Philippines, was removed from life support on Oct. 28, three days after the suspect attacked her at the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez even as sheriff’s deputies were on duty nearby.

The re-elections of United States Rep. Steve Austria (R-Ohio), the first, first-generation Filipino in the U.S. Congress; Maryland State Delegate Kriselda “Kris” Valderrama, and Hawaii State Senators Will Espero, Donovan dela Cruz and Donna Mercado Kim, and California voters’ confirmation of Tani Cantil-Sakauye to a 12-year term as the state’s chief justice highlight the victories among Filipino-Americans who ran in the Nov. 2 midterm elections. 

In California, three Fil-Am mayors also managed to retain their positions.
Austria won Ohio’s 7th Congressional District with 132,615 votes compared to the 67,393 votes obtained by Democratic challenger Bill Conner.

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