Pinoy Pride Festival 5/5-6/2012

Maria Henry, Albie Henry (Photo: Robert Henry)

Pinoy Pride Festival May 5-6, 2012, Las Vegas, NV

Over 20,000 people attended the two day festival at the Town Square shopping center.  FACCGN Chamber member Liza Ochiai, owner of Aloha Kitchen, and long time advocate of the Filipino community produced the Pinoy Pride event in part to bring broader awareness of the Filipino community members who now live in the Valley. According to the 2010 Census the Filipino population more than doubled in size since 2000 and now number more than 100,000.

Guest, guest, Maria Henry, Albie Henry, Robert Henry, Rozita Lee, Marilyn Ante, May Manahan

The celebration included a showcase of Philippine culture not only through a diverse selection of regional foods but through entertainment as well. The Nevada KALAHI Philippine Folkloric Ensemble provided a traditional Santa Cruzan parade which included kids from the Spring Valley Montessori School.  (Watch Video: Pinoy Pride Festival 2012 Santa Cruzan Parade – Kalahi with Montessori Kids .  Video by Robert Henry)  A portion of the event admission proceeds is scheduled to go to Three Square Food Bank.

Chamber members helped man a booth with Juan B Free (Hepatitus B awareness), APALA (GOTV-Get Out the Vote), and Clark County Election Dept.

Robert Henry, guest, Maria Henry, Marilyn Ante, Albie Henry, Rozita Lee, Soonhee “Sunny” Bailey, Mario Salazar

(Watch Chan 13 Tina Patel’s Interview with Liza Ochiai)

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Visits Las Vegas 5/3/2012

Rozita Lee, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Robert Henry

May 3, 2012 Las Vegas, NV 

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan spent some time in Las Vegas in part to send the message for struggling homeowners in Nevada that help is available.  Citing the “landmark” multibillion-dollar settlement aimed at holding banks financially accountable for their role in the housing crisis, Donovan made a point to identify services available to homeowners facing foreclosure or who find themselves underwater on their mortgages.  The settlement includes the country’s five largest loan servicers, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase and is scheduled to return about $1.5 billion to Nevada to help homeowners with principal reduction, loan modifications and refinancing at low-interest rates.  HUD has a hotline set up for inquiries from the public:  Hope Hotline (888-995-HOPE).

Las Vegas Foodie Fest 4/28-29/2012

April 28-29, 2012 Silverton Casino Las Vegas, NV

Silverton casino-hotel in partnership with Red Dragon Events & Promotions brought an epic, weekend-long festival to the food lovers of Las Vegas on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.  Chamber member Ranier Galgana is associated with Red Dragon.

Foodie Fest activities appeal to both children and adult foodies with more than 30 gourmet food trucks, 15 food vendor booths, a farmer’s market, eating contests, a beer garden, carnival rides and games, live demonstrations by chefs, a tequila party tent and live entertainment featuring live bands and DJs.  A portion of the proceeds from the entire event benefit Three Square Food Bank.

SNBRN’s Rapid Reourcing for Small Business Event 4/26/2012

Christie Garcia, Maria Henry, Rita Meier, Robert Henry

April 26, 2012 Las Vegas, NV

The Southern Nevada Business Resource Network (SNBRN) hosted the Rapid Resourcing for Small Business event today at the Vegas PBS facility.  The SNBRN group was formed in December 2010 with the purpose of connecting aspiring and existing business owners with community resources that could help them start and grow their businesses and create jobs in Nevada.

Members of the Southern Nevada Business Resource Network include the Small Business Administration, the Nevada Department of Taxation, Nevada State Development Corp., Bank of America, Internal Revenue Service, Las Vegas Urban League, Nevada Governor’s Office  of Economic Development, National Association of Minority Contractors, Nevada Minority Supplier Development Council, Nevada Microenterprise Initiative, Nevada State SHRM Council, Nevada Dept. of Business and Industry, SCORE, Silver State Works, Paychex,  U.S. Social Security Administration, UNLV Nevada Small Business Development Center, U.S. Commercial Service,  U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development, Vegas PBS,  Vegas Young Professionals, Workforce Connections and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council.

Moving Nevada Forward: Governor Sandoval’s Economic Development Briefing April 23, 2012

NV Governor Brian Sandoval, Steve Hill (Photo Robert Macabagdal)

April 23, 2012 Las Vegas, NV

Photo Robert Macabagdal

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Steve Hill Director of the Governor’s Office on Economic Development met with local Asian community leaders to discuss the Governor’s plans to engage the Asian community in Nevada’s economic development efforts.  Governor Sandoval indicated that trade missions to Korea and China are planned for Fall this year.

Small Town Businesses – Big City Success 4/18/2012

April 18, 2012 Las Vegas, NV

The Greenspun Media Group in association with Workforce Connections hosted the first in a series of workshops to ssist small businesses with their daily issues through sessionsl of educaitonal, informative and networking opportunity seminars.  Chamber members attended to learn more about the history, background and current media channels offered by Greenspun Media Group.

April 2012 FACCGN Membership Orientation & Networking Event

Erica Mosca (Photo: Robert Henry)

Robert Cushman (Photo: Robert Henry)

Bernalyn Gutierrez (Photo: Robert Henry)

Bernalyn Gutierrez, Minddie Lloyd, Guest, Jude Nazareth, Rozita Lee, Maria Araneta, Marian Romea, Maria Henry (Photo: Robert Henry)

April 17, 2012 Las Vegas, NV

The Chamber held its monthly Member Orientation and Networking event tonight with guest speakers Erica Mosca, Clark County School District, along with Robert Cushman, Counselor with SCORE.  The Chamber welcomed new  member Bernalyn Gutierrez.

AyalaLand Inc President Cuts the Ribbon at the Grand Opening of the First AyalaLand Office in the US

Seasons Mall, Milpitas, CA  April 28, 2012, By: Robert Henry

AyalaLand CEO Antonino Aquino, Milpitas Mayor Joe Esteves. Photo: Robert Henry

AyalaLand Inc President & CEO Antonino T. Aquino attended the opening event festivities of the very first AyalaLand office in the US, today at the Seasons Mall, which is owned by AyalaLand.  Milpitas Mayor Jose “Joe” Esteves joined the celebration to congratulate Mr. Aquino and to present to him the Key to the City.  Mr. Aquino reciprocated with a gift as well during the “invitation only” luncheon and press conference which followed the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The luncheon was MC’d by Seasons Mall Community Relations Consultant, Mr. Ben Menor who invited the press in attendance to a lively discussion with the luncheon panel who consisted of Mr. Aquino, Mayor Esteves, Former Hercules Mayor Andy Paras and his spouse Daisy, along with Real Estate Dir. of AyalaFil (US) Co, Inc and Asset Manager of the Seasons Mall, Dinna G. Bayangos.  Although most members of the audience were from the local Bay Area, guests from as far away as Las Vegas were in attendance.  Given the success of the Seasons Mall, the initial questions and comments centered around the natural interest from audience members wanting an AyalaLand shopping mall in their own communities.  The discussion continued, focusing on Mr. Aquino’s assertion that the US, with its significant Filipino demographic is an important market for AyalaLand developments in the Philippines.  This was coupled with the discussion from US

AyalaLand CEO Antonino Aquino, Milpitas Mayor Joe Esteves. Photo: Robert Henry

attendees who agreed with the importance of continuing to develop the natural connections Filipino residents in the US have to the Philippines.  It was generally agreed that the growth of business and investment opportunities (such as AyalaLand’s) would benefit both the Philippine residents in a growing economy, as well as residents of the currently recessionary US economy.  AyalaLand’s strength in the residential market is based on a diversified offering of investments located throughout the Philippines, positioned at virtually every residential price point.  This is a compelling reason for anyone at any income level in the US, to consider placing a portion of remittance moneys into AyalaLand residential property purchases.  Such a move could be both an immediate housing benefit for relatives living in the Philippines, as well as a solid long term capital accumulation play for future retirement by US investors.

Ben Menor, Andy Paras, Daisy Paras, Antonino Aquino, Robert Henry, Maria Henry, Colette Manauis, Mita del Fierro

Their commitment to a diversified business model is a tribute to AyalaLand’s continuing intention to be a significant player in the creation of a rich, positive vision for the future of the Philippines.  Such a vision includes world class developments in other sectors beyond housing, including the hospitality, office, and retail sectors, creating a complete lifestyle approach.   The continued record breaking growth chronicled in their most recent annual report demonstrates the high standards and expectations governing AyalaLand’s direction into the future.

Fe de la Reyes. Photo: Robert Henry

Sam Milby. Photo: Robert Henry

The opening celebration continued with a complete residential product presentation covering the range and depth of offerings currently available, and on AyalaLand’s drawing boards for future development.  Five separate residential brands were identified.  AyalaLand Business Development Head, Ed Del Valle presented a rendition of the “Wealth Management Seminar” approach which is currently being used by AyalaLand to educate and motivate the global OFW market to consider an investment in the Philippines.  The event was capped with entertainment from popular comedienne Fe de los Reyes and heart-throb crooner Sam Milby.

UNLV’s Diversity Leadership Forum April 12, 2012

Grace Lin, Xianya Yang, Caleb Picker, Kathleen Blakely, Swadeep Nigam, Sue Fawn Chung, Marie Mortera, Jose Melendrez, Rozita Lee, Derek Furukawa, Gerri Schroder, Maria Henry, Gorge Henriquez, Christie Garcia (Photo: Robert Henry)

April 12, 2012, Las Vegas NV

Presented at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, the UNLV Office of Diversity Initiatives held a reception and panel discussion this evening on the topic:  The Impact of the Recession on Asian American & Pacific Islanders In Southern Nevada.  The economy and its pervasive impact on our entire nation continues to be an important topic of discussion, particularly for a region such as Southern Nevada, arguably one of the “hardest hit” areas of our country.  The panel’s discussion touched on several key issues including:  housing, jobs, education, and health care.  The panel consisted of a range of Asian ethnicities, and a range of points of view.  From an elected official (Henderson Councilwoman Gerri Schroder), to an honorary Consul General (Kathleen Blakely), to a presidential appointee (Commissioner Rozita Lee), to a historian (Sue Fawn Chung), to a conservative businessman (Swadeep Nigam), the panel discussion was ably led by local media personality, Marie Mortera, KSNV News 3 anchor.

Held at a University venue, students were prevalent in the audience.  One student, concerned about the economic pressures, the high cost of finishing his degree, and a yearning to find gainful employment, suggested that he might opt not to finish his degree and begin working instead.  The panel’s reaction was overwhelmingly in favor of the student finishing his degree for many good reasons.  An example of how this economy presents difficult decisions for all of us at every stage of life.

Feedback from the audience was quite positive, both for the quality of the discussion and the range of relevant topics.  It was generally felt that these sorts of discussions play an important role in allowing us all to sort out these challenging issues and to continue to seek positive solutions.