Celebrating 20 Years of Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Advocacy

October 21, 2017, During Filipino American History Month


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The 20th Anniversary Gala

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations hosted our 20th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The event was held during Filipino American History Month on Saturday October 21, 2017. In 1997 during the first National Empowerment Conference, over 1,000 delegates from various Filipino American organizations across the United States endorsed the formation of a new national federation to help amplify and unite the diverse voices of our community into one clear, powerful voice. In 1998 during the second National Empowerment Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, delegates unanimously ratified NaFFAA’s Constitution and By-Laws, formalizing NaFFAA’s organizational structure.

With our theme “NaFFAA 2.0,” NaFFAA recognized the legacy and accomplishments of the organization over the past 20 years, and highlighted our comprehensive vision to unite and amplify the voices of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans living in the United States. “NaFFAA 2.0” represents how NaFFAA honors its past while forging a new forward-thinking and balanced approach in uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse Filipino American individuals and community organizations.

NaFFAA’s 20th Anniversary Gala drew more than 450 attendees and media representatives from across the country and featured prominent speakers, performers, and dignitaries. During the Gala, NaFFAA recognized and awarded key Filipino American leaders, organizations, and corporate partners. NaFFAA also showcased the collaboration between all generations: from students and young professionals, business leaders and elected officials, to community leaders and allies.

Your support will help ensure the continuation and success of our work to empower Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the United States and promote leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy for our community.

We thank you for your support!


October 21, 2017


2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC


Saturday: 5 PM – 10 PM

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Silver Sponsors

Gold Presenting Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors



American Petroleum Institute
Compassion and Choices
Family Humble: Rebecca Apostol, Norlyn Asprec,
Rhommel Canare, Gregory Cendana,
Krystle Cobian, and Alma Riego
Aurora Austriaco
Sead Besic
Marie Cunning
Billy Dec
Mariela Fletcher


Brendan Flores
Honorary Consul Henry B. Howard
Romeo and Nadia Jurani
Emraida Kiram
Gus Mercado and Honorary Consul Ethel Reyes-Mercado
Roger Manalo
Dennis Mondero
Drs. Rommel and Aida Rivera
Giselle Rushford


Ayala Land International
Rita M. Cacas Foundation
Rosie Abriam
Irene Bueno
Nani Coloretti
Sonia Delen
Chris Rivera
Mona Lisa Yuchengco

Hotel Accommodations

Located in the heart of Washington, DC, the Marriott Wardman Park is the perfect city destination.

The hotel offers easy access to a variety of restaurants and shops in Adams Morgan or an evening out at Dupont Circle. Conveniently located right by the metro, it’ll be easy to get around the city. A discounted rate of $169.00 per room per night is available for the 20th Anniversary Gala at the comfortable and elegant Marriott Wardman Park for the following night:

Address: 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC
Check-In: Saturday, October 21
Check-Out: Sunday, Oct 22
Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and can be made by clicking here:

Additional Hotel Accommodations

The Dupont Circle Hotel

Address: 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Check-In: Thurs, Oct 19
Check-Out: Sun, Oct 22
Price: Group Rate – $229 for single/double occupancy. There is an additional $30.00 per person/per day for triple / quad occupancy.
To reserve, call:  (202)-483-6000 and reference the ‘National Federation of Filipino American Associations’ by September 30th, 2017.

The Hilton Rockville
Address: 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Check-In: Thurs, Oct 19
Check-Out: Sun, Oct 22
Price: $119 for one king bed or two queen beds
To reserve, call: (301)-468-1100 and reference the National Federation of Filipino American Associations’ or reserve online here by September 28th, 2017.


There are a wide variety of airbnb options for leasing/renting places for short-term periods and that provide hospitality services that are in reasonable price range and walking distance from the event.

We highly encourage you to check out the Airbnb website for more options!

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20 Years of Filipino American Progress

Since 1997, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) has been the standard bearer for promoting the welfare and well-being of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. As a non-partisan and non-profit organization, NaFFAA is the largest national affiliation of Filipino American institutions, umbrella organizations, and individuals. Its thirteen-member regions cover the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. NaFFAA’s organizational membership has consisted of over 500 community organizations, which represent the diverse spectrum of Filipino American interests, ranging from advocacy, business, entertainment, health, law, and student affairs.

NaFFAA’s vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations around three key areas: leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy. NaFFAA’s mission is to amplify the voices of Filipino Americans, advocate on behalf of their interests, and provide resources to facilitate their empowerment. Over the past 20 years, NaFFAA has forged partnerships and alliances with coalition partners in the civil rights community to advocate for their collective interests.

Things to do in DC

Filipino American History Month Events

Tour the White House

  • Anyone visiting DC can experience the history and art of the White House in person after submitting a tour request through one’s Member of Congress
  • Contact Information for Your Member of Congress:
  • Note: Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance.

Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Visit the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art

  • Reopening Celebration Event:  “IluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures” – October 14-15
  • Exhibitions: Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt;  Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia;  Resound: Bells of Ancient China;  and Subodh Gupta: Terminal. – October 14
  • No Fee

Visit Monuments and Memorials

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