FAHAM induction commemorates landing of first Filipinos in US Featured

FAHAM induction commemorates  landing of first Filipinos in US Salve Vargas-Edelman
By Zen S. Laluna, Las Vegas Correspondent

Las Vegas, NV ─ The Filipino American Heritage and Arts Museum (FAHAM), the first ever to be established in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts a Fundraising Gala-cum-Induction of Officers on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Dallas Ballroom, Texas Station Hotel & Casino at 6:00 p.m. with a dinner-and-dance, art exhibit, cultural and fashion show, brief Philippine History presentation and vendor booths.
The event also commemorates the ”historic landing of the first Filipinos (then known as Indios Luzones or Luzon Indians) on October 18, 1587 aboard the Nuestra Señora de Buena Esperanza which dropped anchor in what is now known as Morro Bay in the Central Coast of California.”*
Keynote speaker and Installation officer Congresswoman Jackie Rosen (D/NV-Dist. 3 ) will address the significant economic, political, and social contributions of Filipino-Americans in the development of Nevada.
Among the inductees include Ditta Camomot, FAHAM founder-and- Publisher/Filipino American Heritage™Magazine; Salve Vargas- Edelman, National President/Board Chairperson; Dr. Thomas Stone, Ruel Rodriguez, Estelita Paulin, Motusi Alston, Gina Bea-Tritley and Lenida Balce- Sutton, National vice-presidents; Marilyn Ante, secretary; Ed Leano, treasurer; Rosemary Stone, chief Internet officer; and Chris Genobaga, chair/Advisory Committee.
Other festivities include a cocktail reception, Meet & Greet with recently elected government officials, and a Silent Auction. Proceeds from the Silent Auction and Gala Fundraiser will all go to the FAHAM.
Entertainment features the FAHAM Cultural Dance Group, Heart of Polynesia, Gina Kim Korean Dance Group, Filipiniana Dance Company of Las Vegas, Viktoria Vysoke, and Sharon Tanyag. A Philippine Tango Dance exhibition will be performed by Ed and Cora Leano, while Sean Argham and Estelita Paulin will showcase a Latin Dance exhibition.
The FAHAM (originally known as Filipino Heritage and Arts Museum, Inc. (FHAM, Inc. and a.k.a. Institution of Filipino-American Heritage (IFAH), was founded by Manuelita “Ditta” Camomot, M.Ed., M.A., in Newark, Delaware on January 8, 1995. It was incorporated on November 20, 1995. Following the induction, FAHAM founder Camomot will present Recognition Awards to several deserving recipients.
A 501(c3) non-profit organization, the FAHAM (or FHAM/IFAH) is dedicated to educate the next generation of Filipino Americans about their heritage by preserving Filipino American history, legacy, arts and culture through a vast collection of artworks, books, articles from writers, poets and artists; relics, artifacts and other expressions of fine arts produced over the centuries, and continued production of artworks, murals, pictures, hand-made products and dioramas, etc., that depict the different periods of Philippine history.
The FAHAM houses memoirs, narratives, biographical sketches and documentations of historic values and anthropology of living and deceased Americans of Filipino descent, clippings of Filipino Americans who made outstanding contributions in the fields of medicine, science and technology, communication, entrepreneurship, public affairs, community service, entertainment, literary, arts and culture, among others; and artifacts and objects of historical importance.
Salve Vargas Edelman, founder-president and executive director of Rising Asian Pacific Americans Coalition for Diversity (RAPACD), was appointed National President and Chairman of the Board for FAHAM. Her task? To establish the first ever Filipino American Heritage and Arts Museum in Las Vegas.
“It is a monumental task but our Philippine legacy matters. So, I am up to the challenge as always,“ says Edelman. In April 2016, the first FAHAM Arts Exhibit was held at the RAPACD Cultural Center for three weeks.
The FAHAM, according to her, is an extension of what she had previously conceptualized as SoVegas Pilipinas or the Philippine Village.
FAHAM (or FHAM/IFAH) is a staunch supporter of the RAPACD Cultural Center and the Twin Lakes Community Clinic located inside the historic Las Vegas Lorenzi Park.

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