NaFFAA NV’s spectacular gala celebrates 126th Philippine Independence Day in Las Vegas

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by Gloria T. Caoile

On a vibrant evening in Las Vegas, the National Federation of Filipino American Association (NaFFAA) NV hosted an unforgettable gala to commemorate the 126th anniversary of Philippine Independence.

“With an unprecedented attendance of over 400 guests, the event was a testament to the unity and pride of the Filipino-American community,” hailed Jacque de Joya, NaFFAA NV President.

It was a night of excellence with the gala program meticulously curated, encompassing all facets of NaFFAA NV’s mission.  Here are some highlights:

  • The Scholarship Awards – NaFFAA NV recognized the academic achievements of high school students who are embarking on their college journeys. These scholarships serve as a beacon of hope for their futures.
  • Community leaders honored – the evening celebrated 35 community leaders who have tirelessly worked to uplift and empower the Filipino American Community. Their dedication and passion were acknowledged with well-deserved accolades.
  • Cultural Showcase – The Gala kicked off with a mesmerizing Rigodon De Honor performance by NaFFAA NV officers and members. This traditional Filipino dance not only honored our rich cultural heritage but also set the tone for an enchanting evening.

The gala was opened by the Songspell  Performing Arts of Davao with our Philippine National Anthem and a Nationalistic Song in Dance.  The U.S. Anthem touchingly sung by Breanna de Santos.

  • Empowering evening – distinguished candidates for office in the State of Nevada graced the event, emphasizing their appreciation for the Filipino American community’s numbers and the value of their vote. Their presence underscored the community’s influence and impact. NaFFAA NV was also presented with Proclamations from the offices of the Governor and Mayor of Nevada. For a first ever, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Poloce Department attended in full force with Captain Katie Geiger assuring our community, “you can call on us for any assistance you may need.”

“You have created an event beyond compare and showed the strength and unity of NaFFAA NV,” remarked Mariela Fletcher, NaFFAA National President, in her speech to the audience.

Maria Alnee A. Gamble,  acting head of post at the Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles, gave congratulatory remarks to NaffAA NV and an update of programs that affect our communities.   Our very own Philippine Honorary Consul Amie Belmonte gave updates of the services of her office here in Las Vegas.

NaFFAA NV thanks donors G Bank; Nuerology Center of NV; Magical Entertainment; Filipinotown Magazine; CMC Boutique, ito Solutions and US Bank whose sponsorships are invaluable!

As the night unfolded, the dance floor came alive. Attendees reveled in the joy of celebration, moving to lively tunes and creating memories that will last a lifetime. “The spirit of unity and resilience echoed throughout the ballroom, reinforcing the bonds that tie the Filipino-American community together,” Jacque de Joya summed up the evening.

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