SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 7, 2016 – Back in August 2011, 8Asians.com — an Asian American and Asian Canadian collaborative blog — featured an article entitled, “Why Are There So Few Filipino American Entrepreneurs?” which registered 67 percent “Fascinated” reaction on the MoodThingy scale and generated scores of comments and shares on social media.
In the same year, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) kicked off its “Under 40 Millionaire Entrepreneurs: Agents of Change” program. Out of its 26 winners to date, one has been identifiably Filipino American: CelebrAsian 2015 awardee Nicole Ponseca, owner of Maharlika and Jeepney restaurants in New York.
While this doesn’t mean that not much has moved forward for aspiring young or old Filipino American entrepreneurs since 2011, it can be validly argued that there hasn’t been a tipping point of interest or awareness within the Filipino American community and in the larger American society about this ethnic group’s noteworthy achievements in entrepreneurship, “tipping point” being the operational phrase.
Maybe there are many Filipino American entrepreneurs but they have not come out of the woodwork in droves. But as U.S. Bureau Chief of Inquirer.net Rene Ciria-Cruz used to say about ethnic representation, “If we are in invisible in media, we are invisible to ourselves.”
This is why ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) – the largest Filipino media and entertainment network in the world – has embarked on a program that brings to fore not only representation through promotion of Filipino unity and pride, but also empowerment by connecting Filipino Americans and driving education and action through collaborative discussions with subject matter experts.
Enter TFCU: a program designed to connect, inspire and empower Filipino American college students through offerings, events and activities that reflect their needs, dreams and aspirations.
Come November 12, this Saturday, from 12pm to 4pm PST at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, TFCU will kick off its series of informative “TFCU Talks”, beginning on the topic of entrepreneurship.
FILIPINO AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS: Left, Food Network winner and successful TV host, actor-comedian Lanai Tabura; Right, Kickstarter wizard and young entrepreneur Angelia Trinidad. (Photos from http://www.lanaitabura.com/ and http://angeliatrinidad.com/ )
Speakers for the event on November 12 are:
Lanai Tabura – Hailing from the small island community of Lanai, Hawaii, Filipino American (and partly Chinese and Italian) Tabura -– together with his partners, brother Chef Adam Tabura and Shawn Felipe -– won Season 4 of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” in 2013 by bringing the Aloha spirit across America through their Aloha Plate food truck. Currently hosting Season 6 of “Cooking Hawaiian Style” on Lifestyle Network, Tabura is also an accomplished stand-up comedian, DJ and actor. What is his secret of success? Learn about it at TFCU Talks!
Angelia Trinidad – She is the twentysomething Filipina American UCLA graduate whose Passion Planner has had record success on the crowdfunding platform: as in, US$650,000 on Kickstarter level of success. That is 6,584 percent of her original goal of US$10,000. This coming from a former pre-med student who had a mid-college crisis! What really is Passion Planner that 23,000 people backed it up? Get it straight from Trinidad at TFCU Talks!
“TFC has been serving the Filipino American community for over 20 years, so we’ve seen the good work that Fil-Am college students and their groups do all over the U.S. and in the Philippines,” said TFCU Team Lead and BA Executive Producer Troy Espera. “We are so excited to connect with these younger Kapamilyas in our upcoming TFCU Talks to learn how we can support their existing endeavors and partner with them in new ones. Many on of us on the TFCU team were active in groups like PACE and PASU and participated in PCNs and Friendship Games when we were in college. That’s why we wanted to create a fun event aimed at engaging and uniting this next generation of Fil-Am leaders because we know we all share the same mission — to make a positive impact on our community.”
Register now for TFCU Talks by visiting http://bit.ly/TFCUtalk — the first step to realizing dreams and aspirations could just take one click. Admission is FREE.