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The Naffaaaaahhhhhkayabang Conference of Filipinos In Seattle

Gloria Arroyo will be attending after all the "Fiesta Sa Seattle ng mga Mayayabang na Filipino". Here’s the press release from Naffaaaaahhhhhkayabang na grupong Filipino.

Gloria will be the keynote during the Gala event on Friday, September 26, 2008 .  Over 1,000 attendees are expected.

Seattle , WA . - Over 500 Filipinos and Filipino American leaders, entrepreneurs, community advocates and members will convene in the Emerald City 's Westin Hotel on September 26-28 to discuss how to " Forge a New Filipino American Agenda for the 21st Century" and promote the well- being of Filipinos and Filipino Americans. The delegation is sponsored by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).

NaFFAA was established in 1997 and has built affiliate organizations from all over the
United States including Guam and the Marianas , and growing into a huge international body.   In over a decade, NaFFAA has helped, not only its members but also the Filipino community at large, in areas of education, voters education, and working partnership with government and non-government agencies to promote diversity.  Specifically, NaFFAA had been in the forefront of the Campaign for Filipino Veterans Equity and Justice through the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity ( NAFVE) .

 NaFFAA monitors legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans and works in coalition with other national groups around common issues and concerns.  In addition, the national office serves as a communications link between affiliate members as well as an information source on federal and legislative initiatives and policies relevant to Filipino Americans.

Veteran United States Representative from the State of
Washington Jim McDermott will keynote at the Gala night.  "My roots in and commitment to Seattle 's Filipino community go back over 30 years to my days as a Washington State legislator.  Working with community leaders, I championed issues like reciprocity for Filipino doctors and dentists, and state bi-lingual education with Filipino American Educators.  As a medical doctor, I was deeply committed to the passage of the first physician assistant program in the State of Washington .  In Congress, my efforts have continued on behalf of the Filipino community, and I continue to fight for the Wards Cove Workers Act and Filipino Veterans Equity.  I believe our community is strong because of the strong ethnic ties we nurture and maintain.  Rest assured that I will continue to speak out on behalf of the Filipino community I proudly represent in the U.S. House of Representatives".
Over 30 enriching workshops designed to benefit the needs of this diverse community.  " This is an election year, it is important for us to hear from both the Democrats and Republicans,  Peter Su from the McCain Campaign will be here, as well as Charmaine Manansala from the Obama Campaign," said Alma Q. Kern, NaFFAA National Chair.

Health and Education are big topics in this conference as well.  A report on the national pilot study done on Filipino children in public schools K-12 will be discussed.   Workshops on Health  include: prevention of domestic violence and human trafficking, cancer and other common illnesses plaguing Filipinos .  Business workshops by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce in the
Pacific Northwest are offered all day, from IT infrastructure for small business, access to capital, branding and marketing to international trade opportunities.

 "  It is not all work, during this important weekend. There is Golf Tournament, arranged by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce. Golf aficionados are really excited by this.  We also have fellowship night on Friday night at the Muckleshoot Banquet Hall.  There will be talent contest among regions and a surprise.  We typically do this to promote camaraderie and sort of warm up for all of us," explained Mariela Fletcher, Overall Conference Chair.

" We are ready and have our speakers lined up.  Workshops for the youth include:  identity and culture, leadership, networking with other youth, to name a few. We also have field trips planned.  We shall tour historical sites : Bulosan Exhibit,
Rizal Park and Rizal Bridge ", said Ian Purganan, Region 7 Youth Chair.

 "We are inviting all of you, students of all levels, young professionals, young parents, retirees, seniors.  This conference is all about how we can empower ourselves as individuals, families, as a community, and productive members of this country, the
United States . This conference is designed for all.  Please attend and be part of the unity movement.  We need to be not just initiators of change but also the implementers of change.  This is our only option, moving forward," said the impassioned Kern.

Kern adds, "In less than two weeks, delegates will start coming in. Organizers of this major event are in high spirits -- making phone calls daily, e-mail blasting, inspiring fellow Filipinos to attend and be part of change."

The registration fee is $195 per NaFFAA delegate, which includes all workshops, materials, meals, and a gala dinner. The registration for Chamber's one-day business workshop is $ 125, which also includes lunch.  Students with ID badge and below the age of 25 are free to attend the workshops.

To attend the conference, be an exhibitor or for more information, contact Mariela Fletcher, the conference chair, at or call 206-892-0075. You may also visit

Meanwhile, Bobby Reyes has requested President Gloria M. Arroyo to deliver a “State of the Nation’s Corruption Address” (SONCA) during the national convention of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) in Seattle , Washington , on Sept. 26, 2008 . She is the NaFFAA convention's keynote speaker. Reyes has been called the “Conscience of the NaFFAA, if not of the Filipino-American community” for exposing the corruption in the federation and in the homeland. He has been fighting for accountability and transparency in the NaFFAA since May 2000. Reyes has also asked Alma Q. Kern, the NaFFAA national chairperson, to deliver her own version of the SONCA, the “State of the NaFFAA’s Corruption Address.” He has written numerous articles about the corruption in the NaFFAA and which reports are found in this website’ NaFFAAgate and the FilVets' Lobby sections. Ms. Kern and her predecessor, Loida Nicolas-Lewis, have refused to release the financial statements about the NaFFAA national conventions, particularly the 2002 event in San Jose , California . Details of the Reyes exposé are found in this article, The “Embezzlement” Issues in the Menorgate/NaFFAAgate Scandals of San Jose

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Imelda, Imelda will be posted later..... we received a lot of e-mails regarding this article from so many readers all over the world... relax!  we will publish this without any cuts...everything will be there from the time she was crowned Miss Manila, by the city mayor who later got killed later after she married the swindler and killer and all of the above description of a bad man, Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Some of the articles coming soon for publication: "Imelda, Imelda"  "The daughter of the late Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson, grew up to become a very successful politician and business leader"  "Rita, the Canadian Model that was gang raped in Manila by policemen"  "No Government Officials Can Prove They are not Crooks"  "Why North Borneo Was Never Secured Territory of the Philippines"  " What Ernie Maceda did in Washington, D.C. having escaped the rape case filed by a secretary brought in from Manila"  And, there are so many stories very interesting for Filipinos to read.....Please stay tuned...for there are lots of articles and stories coming from our very talented Filipino independent writers whom we are to celebrating, especially stories that cannot be published in Philippines for fear of imprisonment for libel. 

Filipino illegal Immigrants both in the US and Canada: What can be done or what can they do to make their stay legal or what they should do before going home on their own, or  where else can they go to find work and settle permanently. How we can help and assist our people in need who are in trouble overseas, including those in North America.

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What's Up Doc?

This section is a special feature on health and life style. Written and compiled by the very well-known Filipino American Surgeon, Dr. Philip Chua, celebrated by the State of Indiana that bestowed upon him the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Indiana Governor, and  now US Senator Evan Bayh. Read more of his CV at the link.

Medical terms for everyone to  learn

Hey you all people out there, do you want to know what those medical terms means at all? Like, E. coli infection   Ankylosing spondylitis   Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder   Hepatitis B or C    Schizophrenia   Click the above link and you shall find out. Keep this vital info into your note book, so,  from time to time you’d know what medical science people are a talking about. The listing is from A to Z. Check it out now!!

The Seven Medical Beliefs that's not true

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day     We use only 10% of our brains    Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death    Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight    Shaving causes hair to grow back faster or coarser    Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals    Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy

WHAT'S A STROKE? : Helping stroke patients to speak    Music 'can aid stroke recovery'  Stroke risk peaks every 12 hours   Heart drug may help threat stroke   Stroke struggle: 'They said I would never become a doctor'      What's Killing Canadians?   What's the "Marburg" Virus?  More disease cures check archives  

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Why are we politically and economically behind countries like Japan , Taiwan , South Korea , Singapore , Malaysia , other countries in the region and no one from our own government and business leaders seems to care?  And, is it true that the government is ran by corruptors and gunslingers? This section will be busy discussing all allegations that our people are accused of doing or practicing. Your feedback is very important for this site... It's about time we all talk about those subjects and find ways to improving our standing in the world community and once again gain the respect and admiration we all used to have. All together, we can be very productive as we are almost there, considered one of the most educated people on earth , even Nelson Mandela learned something from our very own national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, that made him great. Want to know more? Stay tuned.

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