October 6, 2017
Contact: Jason Tengco, NaFFAA Executive Director
Tel. 650-867-9837

Largest Network of Filipino American Organizations, NaFFAA, Commemorates 20th Anniversary with Gala in Washington, DC

Awardees, Performers, and Sponsors Announced

Washington, DC — On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) will hold its 20th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. With its theme “NaFFAA 2.0: One Voice, Four Million Strong,” the Gala will recognize NaFFAA’s twenty-year legacy, and highlight its 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 is honoring its past while forging a new forward-thinking and balanced approach in uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse Filipino American individuals and community organizations.

“The significance of this momentous 20th Anniversary celebration cannot be understated,” says NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores. “For NaFFAA to be able to commemorate twenty years of advocacy and leadership, in our nation’s capital, during Filipino American History Month, is a testament to the ingenuity and vision of our founders, the perseverance of our regional networks, and the emerging power of the greater Filipino American community. I invite everyone to come witness what an empowered community coming together looks like.”

NaFFAA’s 20th Anniversary Gala is expected to draw hundreds of attendees and media representatives from across the country and will feature prominent speakers, performers, and dignitaries. During the Gala, NaFFAA will recognize and confer special awards to key Filipino American leaders, organizations, and corporate partners. NaFFAA will also showcase the collaboration between all generations: from students and young professionals, business leaders and elected officials, to community leaders and allies.


Members of the press may apply for media credentials by emailing NaFFAA has a limited number of seats for press outlets, and RSVPs are not final until confirmation is sent.

WHAT: NaFFAA 20th Anniversary Gala

WHEN: October 21, 2017, 5:00PM – 10:00PM ET

WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd NW; Washington, DC 20008

WHO:             20th Anniversary awardees, performers, and sponsors listed below


Leadership and Professional Development Award

Loida Nicolas Lewis

Corporation Partner Award

Wells Fargo

National Advocacy Award

Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP)

Civic Engagement Award

Joe Montano (posthumous)

Posthumous Award

Ed Navarra

Visionary Awards

Alex Esclamado (posthumous), Michael Dadap, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Rodel Rodis, Alma Kern, Greg Macabenta, JT Mallonga, Ed Navarra (posthumous)

Special Awards

Bing Branigin, Gloria Caoile, Rozita Lee, Jon Melegrito


Emcee: Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN TV Reporter and Host

Broadway Barkada

JR De Guzman, Comedian and Winner of Standup NBC 2017

Jon Joven, Singer and Actor


Gold Presenting Sponsors

ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel, Wells Fargo

Silver Sponsors

AARP, Comcast, Verizon

Bronze Sponsors

Philippine American Foundation, Western Union

For more information about the 20th Anniversary Gala, please visit or see previous press releases:

PRESS RELEASE – NaFFAA Reflects on its Achievements During its 20th Year (2017-09-15)

PRESS RELEASE – NaFFAA to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary in October (2017-07-31)