Fil-Am community leader Loida Nicolas Lewis (seated, center [holding sign] with Fil-Am Delegates from across the world. Photo taken in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention earlier this week.

Special to the Filipino Reporter

PHILADELPHIA — Filipino-American Delegates from across the U.S. are now part of history at the Democratic National Convention here on July 25-28.

Hillary Clinton is to accept the nomination on Thursday night (July 28) at the Convention.

For several months now, Fil-Ams have been organizing across the country, as well as across the deep blue Pacific for Hillary.

Working together Fil-Ams have registered voters, phone banked, canvassed, get out the vote, recruited supporters and fundraised for Hillary.

All activities lead Fil-Ams to Philadelphia.

From California to New York from Iowa to Guam!

Loida Nicolas Lewis, Fil-Am community leader, businesswoman and philanthropist, was the sole Fil-Am Delegate representing New York.

Citing New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, “if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together,” Mrs. Lewis says this is the essence of the Hillary campaign.

She intimates that Hillary’s public service is phenomenal.

Starting from her young life, she worked tirelessly for children’s welfare, especially those with special needs, women’s equal rights, legal service for the needy.

On Donald Trump she says that he thinks for himself and does not give “blankety-blank” about Filipinos.

Interestingly, she said this with a sweet smile.

Various key speeches were presented during the week, including First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, President Barack Obama.

“Bill is electrifying,” she said.

“He humanized Hillary by telling their love story and her story of making other lives better.”

Loida Nicolas Lewis (center) watching the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

President Obama gave a powerful endorsement Wednesday night stating, “there has never been a man or woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”

Hillary Clinton joined President Obama on stage afterwards.

“We were delirious! Tears in our eyes!” said Mrs. Lewis.

Other speakers endorsed Clinton strongly while portraying Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, as irresponsible, unprepared and even unstable.

Vice presidential nominee Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said that Clinton was the most qualified presidential candidate in history.

Biden said that Trump was less prepared for the White House.

“He has no clue about what makes America great,” Biden said.

“Actually he has no clue period. Trump does not understand the middle class.”

The Delegates chanted “Not a clue!”

Bloomberg, an Independent, called on other Independents to vote for Clinton.

He encouraged others to register to vote, do not abstain, and get out and vote.

He said that Trump was risky, reckless and a radical choice.

“Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated and disillusioned customers who feel they’ve been ripped off,” Bloomberg said.

Single Fil-Ams from various states such as Arkansas, Alaska, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa also served as Delegates, including Joshua Price, Genevieve Mina, Mina Davis, Mike Arulfo and Pasquale Luz.

Fil-Am Delegates from Guam Regine Biscoe Lee, a Guam senatorial candidate, and Sarah Thomas Nededog, Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Guam, are in the City of Brotherly Love with the Guam Delegation, headed by Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo.  

The largest group of Fil-Am Delegates hail from the state of California.

Members of the California delegation include Grace Barrios, Honorable Rob Bonta of the California Legislature, Ray Buenaventura of the Daly City Council, Alex de Ocampo, Honorable Mona Pasquil Rogers, former acting 47th Lt Governor of California, Gloria Perlas Pulido, Honorable Mark Pulido Councilmember and former Mayor of Cerritos, CA., Melissa Ramoso, National Coordinator of Filipino Americans for Hillary and Meriam Reynoso.

Vida Benavides served as a DNC Platform Committee Member.

“Filipino-Americans are here in force at the Democratic National Convention,” said Bonta, the first and only Fil-Am elected into a state position in California, “with a strong presence and well-known reputation for getting things done. Our community has been instrumental in helping get Secretary Hillary Clinton elected as the Democratic presidential nominee. The critical roles our community leaders have in Secretary Clinton’s campaign are a testament of our skill, talent and difference-making ability in this critical national race, as well as in American politics in general. And we will continue to be front and center as we move into the general election — and finish the job we started. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished and the limitless future we have in American politics.”

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