Legacy Projects are social impact projects focused on the Philippines and Filipino communities abroad that are either social enterprises, philanthropic causes, or civic engagement initiatives.
Ambension Silk Enterprise
Jan Paul C. Ferrer, ‘14
Ambension is a social business enterprise composed of Chicago-area Gawad Kalinga (GK) supporters who believe in using sound business practices to alleviate poverty and joblessness in rural areas in the Philippines. Ambension is in collaboration with GK supporters and with the help of Tony Meloto, GK founder. Together, they have established their first operations at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm (GKEF) site in Angat, Bulacan. They are currently in need of like-minded individuals and organizations to help us build ChicaGrow Incubator, a facility for the propagation of Eri worms and a training center for weaving, knitting, and spinning silk within the Enchanted Farm ecosystem.
Filipino American Dual Citizenship Initiative (FADCI)
Rachelle Ocampo, ‘13 Edward Santos, ‘13
After recognizing the need for more user-friendly information for Filipinos, FACDI was developed to create a streamline process of becoming a Dual Citizen. FACDI partnered with community leader, Cesar Abueg, to develop a website that has an interactive questionnaire that helps navigate users to their options and a checklist for all the documents and steps that an applicant needs. There have been opportunities to also facilitate info sessions on Dual Citizenship like the eligibility requirements and FAQ’s for community members.
JR Calanoc, ‘12
Panalo is focused on driving awareness of Filipino tech talent by connecting U.S. companies to Philippine technology teams as well as providing consulting and web/app development services. Panalo also develops its on web/app-based solutions (i.e., Panalo Labs) to help drive Philippine economic growth (e.g., increase tourism, reduce traffic).
Ryan Letada, ‘14
Anna Marie Cruz, ‘15
Entrepinayship is a platform that aims to empower Filipina entrepreneurs (Entrepinays) by connecting them to mentorship, peer support, and resources to launch or grow their businesses. The organization will increase visibility for prolific and successful Entrepinays as well as act as a bridge to Philippine-based SMEs to support the success of micro enterprises in the Philippines.
Eat and Be Merry: US Tour (EBM)
Lakhi Siap, ‘15
The EB Tour is currently in development will be the first pop-up restaurant series to mix Filipino cuisine and Filipino comedy. EBM will showcase the cuisine of renowned Filipino chef Claude Tayag and the comedy of Filipino Mike Unson in a six-city tour. With EBM’s family style dinner of Filipino dishes planned by Chef Tayag and the comedic routine of Unson, we expect the estimated total attendees of over 1,300 to have a great time during the event.
PH Center of Excellence in Logistics and Supply Chain
Bea Querido Rico, ‘13
The PH Center of Excellence is in progress and will develop supply chain and logistics in the Philippines. This legacy project is specific to the field of supply chain and logistics. The objective is to significantly improve the knowledge and foundation needed in engineering logistics and supply chain management to support the industrial growth in the Philippines.
Civic Education & Policy Advocacy Network (CEPA NET)
Edward Aparis, ‘14
CEPA NET worked with community allies such as the ACLU of San Diego and other Latino, African American, and Asian Pacific Islander communities to spearhead the outreach and engagement of the City of Chula Vista in the creation of new city council districts. Chula Vista is the second largest city of San Diego County, home to one of the largest Filipino American and larger Asian Pacific Islander (API) populations in the region.
At the end, the Filipino American community and larger API were able to maintain their voice and keep their communities undivided in the process, while working with local grassroots leaders, community college students, Latino, and African American populations. The prevailing law that oversaw the process was constitutional law, specifically the Voter Rights Act of 1965, the local Filipino American and API communities were engaged and mobilized around a civil rights issue which staved off the issue of gerrymandering.
Fil-Am Young Leaders Summit
Kit Zulueta, ‘12
Convened in May 2014, the summit brought young leaders from across the U.S., together to empower, inspire and discuss solutions on how to advance Filipino American advocacies in similar communities across the nation. The Summit served as an invaluable opportunity to discuss pressing issues from members of the diaspora confront.
Teach for the Philippines
Angela Cabellon, ’12
Michael Vea, ‘12
Teach for the Philippines is a for-purpose, non-stock, non-profit organization that works to provide all Filipino children with an inclusive, relevant, and excellent education. We enlist some of the country’s most promising young leaders to teach for two years in public schools throughout the Philippines. Michael and Angela help recruit Filipino Americans for the program, from the U.S.
Books for the Barrios
Ryyn Chua, ‘14
In summer of 2015, Green Mango Books with a collaboration with LA Synergy Lions Club sent books to Cebu and Sambuanga. Other cities are planned, specifically Tagaytay, once details set with One World Foundation to send books reliably and cost-effectively.
PH HIV Prevention
Ryyn Chua, ‘14
This project is in development and working in assisting two grants for funding HIV research and prevention programs. One is working in Manila and one in Quezon City. Co-factors that the grants are looking at are how social media and apps are affecting the rise in HIV, as well as sex trafficking and domestic violence. The grant in Manila will focus on gay men, second grant for Quezon City will include gay men, women, and transgender women. Grants will be submitted in May 2016 and June 2016 to private foundations. Announcements of grant awardees will be announced later in 2016.
Ryyn Chua, ‘14
Filipino American community organizations have a difficult time in funding their events. Events allow the Filipino community to unite, organize, and mobilize. Crowdfunding is a new tool for community organizations to raise funds for their events. Launched beta in September 2015, Sayya is currently working with all types of nonprofit organizations to fund their events.
Young Business United (YBU)
Ryyn Chua, ‘14
For the first time in 20 years, the Federation of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce will be taking a select group of young Filipino Americans interested in exploring the opportunities in the high growth market of the Philippines through the 2016 Trade Mission. The Young Business United (YBU) program not only includes participating in the Philippine Business Conference in Manila, but also a cultural immersion tour in Palawan and a summit on how the next generation leaders helps the relationship between the Philippines and US. The YBU program calls upon 100 young leaders, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, students, community builders and young government officials.
- Resolution 001 – Urging Filipino Americans to vote in the 2016 Philippine Elections