FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFC Continues to Celebrate what is Unshakable, Unique and United in the Filipino American Community on October 21

TFC shines the spotlight on communities across the country who bravely represent and commemorate the spirit and ideals of the Filipino American in a country that continues to evolve.

TFC Continues to Celebrate what is Unshakable, Unique and United in the Filipino American Community on October 21

City of Carson, Calif., Oct 17, 2017 — Back-to-back-to-back events are happening on October 21 as TFC brings the best of Filipino American talent in celebration of Filipino American History Month.

The City of Carson culminates their Filipino-American History Month celebration with a special tribute to union leader Larry Itliong in the morning, followed by TFCU Talks ‘Rise Up’ in the afternoon.

The City of Carson holds a tribute for farm labor union leader Larry Itliong on October 21, starting with a parade around Veterans Park.

Various organizations will join the entire community in honoring the life’s work and legacy of Larry Itliong – a Filipino-American labor leader and organizer, starting with a tribute march at 9 a.m. around the vicinity of Veterans Park located at 22400 Moneta Avenue in Carson followed by a labor awards ceremony.

This year’s Larry Itliong Labor Awardees are Luisa Blue, elected Executive Vice President of SEIU International, and AFSCME Local 809, a City of Carson employees’ union.  Vocalist, music producer and TV personality Annie Nepomuceno will headline the performances after the parade. The event is free and open to the public.

Annie Nepomuceno will be performing at the Larry Itliong Day celebration in the City of Carson in California. Her work ranges from musical theater to being a featured vocalist of the Filipino-Amercian Symphony Orchestra.

City of Carson Mayor Albert Robles proudly shares that “the City of Carson is the first city to recognize the contributions of labor union leader Larry Itliong.  We are proud to have this annual event and proud to have been instrumental in the movement to get AB 7 passed in Sacramento to have October 25 recognized as Larry Itliong Day throughout California.”

In the afternoon of October 21, TFC’s student outreach, TFCU (TFC University) will host a free youth symposium and networking event called TFCU Talks ‘Rise Up’ at 3 p.m. at CalState Dominguez Hills University Theatre.  TFCU Talks is an opportunity for students and young professionals to connect with successful industry leaders who share their stories and experiences to empower the next generation.

“The ‘Rise Up’ theme was inspired by Larry Itliong’s leadership with the Delano Grape Strike of 1965.  What he did to start the farm labor movement in this country is a great example of standing up for what is right, using your voice, and owning your power to create positive change. We want to remind those who attend TFCU Talks Carson that they, too, have the power and ability to do the same with their talents, gifts, and passions,” said TFCU Program Manager Romeo Marquez, Jr.

Featured speakers for TFCU Talks “Rise Up’ in Carson are actress/philanthropist Monique Coleman, LA City Commissioner Joel Jacinto, and paratriathlete Rob Balucas. Musical artist Low Leaf and the Miniotics dance crew will be performing. Registration starts at 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information on TFCU Talks.

TFCU Talks at the CSU Dominguez Hills is a free event. Inspirational speakers are actress Monique Coleman, LA City Commissioner Joel Jacinto, and Paratriathlete Rob Balucas. Musician Low Leaf and the Miniotics dance crew will be performing. First 100 attendees get free swag bags.

Meanwhile, in the east coast, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) will hold its 20th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme of their anniversary is NaFFAA 2.0: One Voice, Four Million Strong.

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is celebrating their 20th anniversary on October 21 with the theme: NaFFAA 2.0: One Voice, Four Million Strong. 

NaFFAA, the largest network of Filipino American organizations, will recognize its 20-year legacy and highlight its comprehensive vision to unite and amplify the voices of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans living in the United States.

“The significance of this momentous 20th Anniversary celebration cannot be understated,” says NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores. “For NaFFAA to be able to commemorate twenty years of advocacy and leadership, in our nation’s capital, during Filipino American History Month, is a testament to the ingenuity and vision of our founders, the perseverance of our regional networks, and the emerging power of the greater Filipino American community. I invite everyone to come witness what an empowered community coming together looks like.”

During the Gala, NaFFAA will recognize and confer special awards to key Filipino American leaders, organizations, and corporate partners. NaFFAA will also showcase the collaboration between all generations: from students and young professionals, business leaders and elected officials, to community leaders and allies.

The gala will be hosted by Adobo Nation’s Ginger Conejero, and will have performances from the remarkable Broadway Barkada, a group of Filipino artists who seeks to elevate the talent of the Filipino on the global stage.

Adobo Nation’s Ginger Conejero (left) will emcee the 20th Anniversary Gala of NaFFAA at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The artist collective Broadway Barkada will render musical performances for the evening.

For more information about the NaFFAA 20th anniversary gala, please visit their website at

Celebrate a culture that is unshakable, unique, and united with these trio of events on October 21.

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