A delegation of Filipino-American business and community leaders from Arizona recently had the honor of attending a special event at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. The occasion was marked by an address from Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., focusing on the integral role of the Filipino community in the United States.
The group in attendance included officers of the Filipino Business Chamber of Commerce of Arizona (FABCCA), the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC), and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) – Arizona.
Key Points from the President’s Address
President Marcos praised the global reputation of Filipinos, stating, “Everywhere I go… they have nothing but good things to say about Filipinos.” This comment underscores the worldwide respect and recognition earned by the Filipino community, celebrating their achievements in various sectors.
He specifically recognized the Filipino community in LA County and the surrounding regions, noting it as one of the largest Filipino communities outside of the Philippines. This acknowledgment highlights the prominent presence and influence of Filipino Americans in these areas.
A primary theme of the President’s speech was the appreciation for the Filipino community’s role in maintaining a strong reputation and serving as ambassadors of goodwill. He urged them to continue their positive contributions, both in their adopted homeland and towards the Philippines, thus enhancing cultural and economic connections.
In Photos: Meeting with the Filipino Community
The President’s words were particularly meaningful for the delegates from Arizona, emphasizing the significance of their roles within the Filipino community. His message of thanks for their ongoing contributions serves as motivation for their future endeavors.
The event celebrated the achievements of Filipino Americans and called for continued excellence in their roles as community and business leaders. It served as a powerful reminder of the strong bond between the Philippines and its community abroad, particularly in the United States, and highlighted the essential role these leaders play in fostering robust bilateral relations between the two nations.
About the Author
Jennifer Del Mar Lewis
Jennifer is an experienced business development consultant with a focus on small businesses, marketing, and promotional products. She holds notable standing within the Filipino community having actively led and contributed to a range of community endeavors and disaster relief initiatives in past years. Jennifer has previously served as Chair of the Council of Filipino Organizations of Arizona (CFOAZ) and presently fulfills the role of Public Relations for the same organization. She is also a Co-founder and current President of the Filipino American Marriage Group of Arizona (FAMAZ).
In addition to these key roles, Jennifer plays an influential part in the Filipino American community, holding positions such as Public Relations for the Arizona Chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), and being a member of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC). She also serves as the Vice President of Public Relations for the Filipino American Business Chamber of Commerce of Arizona (FABCCA) and is Secretary of the Phoenix One World Global Artists Lions Club (POWGALC).