I got word on this great event coming up from our new friends over at Filipino-Americans Redefined Magazine. The event is going to be held in Las Vegas this Saturday and I strongly encourage everyone to attend in order to have a better understanding what it means to be Filipino. For more information on this event, please refer to the following information.
WE ARE ONE FILIPINO HOSTS INAUGURAL SUMMIT IN LAS VEGAS ON APR 30 ENCOURAGING ALL FILIPINOS TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT
SAN DIEGO – WE ARE ONE FILIPINO (WAOF) hosts its “Discover your history, Find your voice, Move forward as one” inaugural summit on April 30 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV with invited special guests, Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay, Marie Mortera (KSNV news anchor), Efren Peñaflorida (2009 CNN Hero of the year), Asia Samson (HBO Def poetry poet), Frances Pascua (Miss Philippines California 2010), Tony Meloto (Founder of Gawad Kalinga) and many more.
TV/Film actress Jelynn Rodriguez will host the summit. Jelynn has been featured on shows such as ABC’s “Samantha Who?”, NBC’s “Las Vegas” and “Days of our Lives”. Jelynn has also hosted on cable networks such as TV Guide Channel, VH1, ABC’s Soapnet.com and most recently as Nike’s official host for the 2011 NBA All-Star weekend. Special guest speakers are Jay Jaboneta, Head of New Media for Philippines Presidential Communications Operations Office, Alex Lacson, author of “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Their Country” and other invited guests.
Admission for the WAOF summit is free and registration starts at 8:30am. All attendees are invited to the official WE ARE ONE FILIPINO red-carpet after-party in the evening at Mix Ultra Lounge in Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, presented by Waterhole Kings/HIPPOE of the VuQo Vodka family, Miester International, Inc., and SICKS DEGREES.
The movement of WAOF started in Sept 2010 at a high-energy rally in San Jose, CA where WAOF captured the attention of Philippines President Benigno Aquino III. He personally addressed the crowd and shared his appreciation and support of being ONE Filipino. This energy continues in Las Vegas as all summit attendees will partake in round-table discussions about growing up Filipino, learn the economics of Filipino spending, understand the power of social media and engage with a large network of all ages and generations of Filipinos.
“Come discover or re-discover what being Filipino means to you. We as Filipinos have struggles ranging from corruption in the Philippines to lack of representation in the US. We have the power to help these concerns, but the great potential we have has yet to be fully recognized by the collective of Filipinos,” says Executive Director, Marcel Ocampo. “It can all change and it all starts with being ONE Filipino; our ancestral roots will always be from one beautiful place – the Philippines.”
WAOF expects attendees to come from all over the US and encourages everyone to bring with them their family, friends, organization and anyone else who would like to be a part of the movement. The WAOF summit will also display a silent auction photography exhibit of historical landscapes in the Philippines and other art pieces provided by Visual Movement and Augaterra Institute.
“The summit will express a live representation of WAOF’s vision: We celebrate our beautiful and diverse culture coming together as one family. Together we can accomplish anything,” says Vice-Executive Director, Sam Magtanong. “We would like to help build the worldwide Filipino community through social progress. Whatever it is that you are interested in, WAOF is here as the support, resource or avenue to help do this.”
Projects that WAOF has begun to support are the rebuild and revitalization of the Filipino-American Veterans Association (FAVA) Hall in San Diego, CA. As part of the rebuild, a National Filipino History Museum will be included in honor of all Filipino veterans. WAOF supports Redefined Magazine, an up-and-coming bi-monthly publication designed specifically for the Filipino American community. Their goal is to be the first cutting-edge, editorial magazine of its kind that addresses the cultural consciousness of what it means to be Filipino-American today and provides an editorial channel targeted specifically to Filipinos and Filipino Americans. WAOF is also at the beginning stages of introducing The United Filipinos College Fund, a fund to help provide scholarships and financial educational aid to Filipinos across the US.
If unable to attend the summit, the website, WeAreOneFilipino.com, encourages visitors to stay tuned for events in a city near them, leave comments, submit videos, donate and be inspired to join the movement. WE ARE ONE FILIPINO is currently a General Partnership with 501(c)3 non-profit pending.
More information on the summit and after-party visit weareonefilipino.com.
WHO: YOU, the Filipino people, and friends of the Filipino.
- We Are One Filipino Inaugural Summit“Discover your history, Find your voice, Move forward as one”
- We Are One Filipino Official red-carpet after-party for ages 21+“Mix your drinks and mix amongst yourselves!
- Inaugural Summit – Monte Carlo Ballroom at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
- Official after-party – Mix Ultra Lounge at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2011
- Inaugural Summit – 9:00am-12:00pm. Press check-in at 8:30am.
- Official after-party – Red Carpet arrivals start at 10:00pm. Press check-in at 9:30pm
WHY: It’s FREE (donations are welcome) and to assemble, show solidarity, and have fun. Show up, tell others, and let the movement spread like wildfires.