Los Angeles, CA --- The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce South Bay Los Angeles Area awarded on March 11, FilAm businesses and nonprofit organizations at its recent induction gala at the Crowne Plaza hotel.
Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP) and Romah Foundation were the 2017 recipients of the nonprofit awards. AADAP executive director Mike Watanabe and community organizer Richard Bis accepted the award from FACC- SLAA president Frederick Docdocil. Also with them were former president Cynthia Tan and awards committee chairperson Loi Herrera.
Other Chamber business awardees were Manio Vision and Carson Dental Care, Micro-enterprise; LBC Carson and Cook4Less, Small Business; and American Geriatrics and World Class Freight, Mid Size Business.
Deputy Consul General Ambrosio Brian F. Enciso III of the Philippine Consulate inducted the board officers and members. They are: Frederick Docdocil, president; Loi Herrera, budget and finance; Jun Aglipay, membership; Janice Jimenez, program; Monette Gavino, recording secretary; Sharleen Aglipay, treasurer; Myrna Ronquillo, assistant treasurer; Henrick Macalintal, auditor; Cynthia Tan and Evelyn Andamo, board advisors.
Joel Jacinto, City of Los Angeles public works commissioner gave the keynote speech. A welcome address was delivered by Marie Cunning, president of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce.
Assemblymember Mike Gipson of the 64th district presented State Recognition certificates to the FACC-SLAA board members and officers.
Singer Shekinah Austria Paguirigan sang in the event. A Filipiniana dance number were performed by Jun and Sharleen Aglipay.
US Congressional Representative Nanette Barragan of the 44th district was represented by field representative KW presented Congressional Certificates of Recognition to the FACC-SLAA officers and board members.
The FACC-SLAA also presented to the audience its 2017 business scholars: Joan Inocando of Cal State University Long Beach and Catherine Quiambao of El Camino College.
The 2017 FilAm Chamber Advocates are Nikkei Credit Union and Platinum West Funding.
The goals of FACC-SLAA are to ensure economic empowerment fro Filipino American businesses; support stellar business student scholars; honor deserving businesses; and provide exemplary leadership in business.