Moving On to the Important Things

If the events we have been attending haven’t been plentiful enough, brace yourself for event season. Clear your plans for the weekend. There is something more interesting than mulling over the elections.

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Mark Mabasa will be performing at Ryan Hall at Holy Name of Jesus. Address is 1555 39th Avenue in San Francisco. Call 415-724-3360 to purchase tickets.  If you open this paper on Thrusday, come by Fort McKinley after 6:30pm and drop by the Rotary Club meeting to pick up your tickets. Proceeds for the concert will benefit the fight against diabetes in the Filipino community.

If a Mabasa concert on Saturday night doesn’t exhaust you, Philippine International Aid is holding its annual fashion show on Sunday at the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Embarcadero in San Francisco. The luncheon and the show featuring designs by Albert Andrada will start at noon on Sunday, November 18, 2018, preceded by a bazaar at 10am. Tickets are $150 and proceeds of the event, now in it’s 32nd year, will help underprivileged kids in the Philippines attend school.

If fashion shows are your sort of thing, on December 1, 2018, Share+Give Initiative is launching a “United Against Cancer 2019 Swimwear Calendar” which will feature eveningwear and bathing suits designed by designers Colleen Quen, Renee Gee, HaydeeQuesedo Castillo, Rolando Carlin, and Gia Galicia. The even will take place at the Burlingame Masonic Hall at 145 Park Road in Burlingame. For tickets, go to

This is where I make a comment about the onset of nippy weather. But we can make light of the weather right now while fires rage and burn in California. The Rotary Club of Daly City and Colma is collecting donation for victims. The air, though improved, still feels heavy with debris.

Post election, I spoke at an even for female office holders and aspirants in New York. The event connected in Congresswomen-elect Alexandra Ocasia-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley from Washington DC who were undergoing orientations prior to their assumption of office. I also had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Underwood, the youngest African-American woman to be elected to Congress. It really does seem like our legislature is changing its face. But we still have a ways to go.

At this event, a “town hall”, we discussed how 100 women are going to be in the two houses come in the next session. We also discussed how the gains were all Democratic. Republican women lost 10 house seats in this midterm election. One of the few outliers was Young Kim who won an open seat in California’s 39th Congressional district. I sat on a panel discussing, among other things, how the Republican party is in dire need of a feminine touch. Despite that, they don’t support them. Without these bipartisan organization like VoteRunLead (which hosted the event), outliers like me would have no national footprint.

I should add, probably should have said it at the beginning, that underdogs like me would have had no viable campaign at all without my community, the Fil-Am community. For that, I am infinitely greatful.