Loida Nicolas Lewis (2nd from left) during a campaign rally earlier this year. With her are (from left) Jerry Sibal, Steven Raga, Angie Cruz and Edwin Josue.  (Photo from the Facebook page of Mrs. Lewis)

New York-based philanthropist and national advocacy leader Loida Nicolas Lewis is urging dual citizens in the Filipino-American community to opt for continuing the Aquino Administration’s programs by voting for Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo.

“Mar Roxas is highly-qualified to become president,” she told Filipino-American leaders and members at recent weekend events in the neighboring state of Virginia.

“He has the experience, both as a senator and in several positions as a cabinet secretary.”

In Power Point presentations and fundraisers on April 2, she touted the achievements of the Aquino Administration, as well as Roxas’ experience as a public servant.

Roxas served as secretary of trade and industry, the interior and local governments, and transportation and communication.

Lewis said she has already raised $50,000 for Roxas and Robredo, including her matching funds.

She added her goal is $100,000.

She urged the attendees to “tell your family, tell your friends to vote for the Ro-Ro team.”

“We are always complaining about other politicians not doing their duty as public servants, but we don’t do anything about it,” said National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region II Chair Bing Cardenas Branigin.

“Loida is giving her time, energy and resources to make a difference.”

Lewis’ presentation compared the presidential candidates’ records and campaign platforms and policies.

Remarked Nony E. Abrajano, Chairman of the Filipino American Community Action Group (Fil-Am CAG) in Hampton Roads: “We were presented the pros and cons of each of the candidates, and it seems that Mar and Leni are the ones who can best bring hope and progress. Please tell your relatives, friends and neighbors in the Philippines to vote for Mar and Leni. They are the team to further move the Philippines forward.”

The events included morning and afternoon presentations at Filipino-American-owned Bistro 7107 and Sweet City Desserts, which separately drew some 40 attendees.

In the Hampton Roads area, some 200 miles south of D.C., Lewis held an educational forum on April 3, attracting a standing-room-only crowd of about a hundred.

CAG and Norma Rubio hosted the event at the Susan Kitchenette.

Lewis, a lawyer by profession, is the first NaFFAA National Chair.

The group, founded in 1987, is known for its advocacy on immigration reform and pension benefits for surviving Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans.

In the Philippines, she is also doing her bit in helping insure a bright future for Filipinos through education.

She started the Lewis College in Sorsogon City, named after her late husband, Reginald F. Lewis, who was chairman and CEO of a multinational food company.

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