2019 National Empowerment Conference

EPYC Leadership Institute

August 15, 2019

The Leadership Institute is a program under EPYC (Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration) which is a part of the biennial National Empowerment Conference hosted by NaFFAA (National Federation of Filipino American Associations). The first institute started in 2014 at San Diego, California, where EPYC was born. EPYC is an initiative developed by the youth for the youth. Targeting Filipino-American student leaders, EPYC aims to promote best practices for transitioning from student organizing to community organizing, share practical skills and effective strategies for mobilizing the students and youth, and empower Filipino youth to become more effective leaders in their respective organizations.

EPYC State of the Alliance Panelists

Malea Capuno
Secretary of Events and Programming
North West Filipino American Student Alliance
University of Washington, Bothell
Nate Roque
Community Action and Dialogue Chairperson
Northern California Pilipinx American Student Alliance
San Francisco State University
De Alarik Ojeda
Southern California Pilipinx American Student Alliance
Pasadena City College
Rio Villoria
Vice President External
Midwest Association of Filipino Americans
Ohio State University
Janrei Villavicencio
National Chairperson
Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc.
University of North Florida
John Catral
Southern Intercollegiate Filipino Alliance
University of Texas, Dallas



Erick Yanzon
Erick Yanzon

Executive Director

Marijo Manaois
Marijo Manaois

Programming Director

Nina Cedro
Nina Cedro

Scholarship Director

Christian Paneda
Christian Paneda

Outreach Director

Arvin Tablac

Programming Staff

Natalie "Noodle" Bagaporo

Programming Staff

Natalie Nuesca

Programming Staff

Raphael Noah Natividad
Raphael Noah Natividad

Programming Staff

Myron Bañez

Outreach Staff

Justin Suarez
Justin Suarez

Outreach Staff

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is hosting the 2019 National Empowerment Conference (NEC) from August 15-18, 2019 at the Carson Community Center in Carson, CA. Through this year’s theme, “Make It Count: Transforming Mindsets for 2020 and Beyond,” NaFFAA hopes to raise awareness around key issues impacting the community, lay out a clear plan of action for the 2020 Census and presidential elections, and to build a unified vision for the community for years to come.

In 1997 during NaFFAA’s first NEC, over 1,000 delegates from various Filipino American organizations across the United States endorsed the formation of a national federation to help amplify and unite the diverse voices of our community into one clear, powerful voice. More than 20 years later, NaFFAA’s 2019 NEC aims to convene 1,000 Filipinos from all generations and regions throughout the United States, including California and the greater Los Angeles area.

According to the U.S. Census, there are more than four million Filipinos in the United States. In the state of California, there are more than 1.6 million Filipinos, making up the second largest Asian American subgroup. Throughout the NEC, NaFFAA will recognize and award 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.

Your support will help ensure the continuation and success of our work to empower Filipinos in the United States for years to come. We thank you for your support, and hope to see you in Carson for our 2019 National Empowerment Conference!


August 15-18, 2019


Carson Community Center
801 E Carson St,
Carson, CA


Program and speakers subject to change without prior notice