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.

Healthy Coffee® CEO Rick Aguiluz Announces the Opening of the Healthy Coffee® Las Vegas Office 4/7/2012

Don Palalay, Maria Henry, Arielle Duave

Rick Aguiluz, Robert Henry

FACCGN member Arielle Duave, Founding Member of Healthy Coffee® USA, along with CEO Rick Aguiluz held an inaugural meeting at their new sales office located at the Pacific Asian Plaza at 5115 Spring Mtn Blvd, Suite 211G, Las Vegas, NV  89146.  Healthy Coffee International, Inc. (OTC: HCEI.PK) CEO Mr. Aguiluz said: “We do free Healthy Coffee® taste tests and business opportunity meetings at least three times a week. Our exclusive automatic vending machine is on display. This office location is very convenient for our growing distributor base”.

Alpha Omega Group of Services, Inc Grand Opening 4/2/2012, Las Vegas NV

Seated: Nida Velasquez, AOGS Board Member Linda Villa,
Big Services Broker Glenda Bough. Standing: AOGS Board Member Gary Velasquez, Broker Owner BIG Services Val Bough, Robert Silos, Ruben Cerezo, AOGS Board Member Tom Villa, Val's grand daughter, AOGS Board Member Aireen Aquino, AOGS Board Member Ralph Aquino, AOGS Board Member Joe Camacho, FACCGN Board Member Maria Henry

FACCGN member Joe Camacho, head of the Alpha Omega Group of Services, Inc Las Vegas office, welcomed guests to the Grand Opening of their offices today located at 6655 W Sahara Avenue, Suite A100, Las Vegas, NV  89146.  Visitors and associates from affiliated Alpha Omega offices in California came to join the festivities.

Christie Garcia, Joe Camacho, Mita del Fierro, Maria Henry, Val Bough


NaFFAA NV Honors Community Leaders 3/30/2012, Las Vegas NV

Community Leaders (Photo: Zenaida Laluna)

Nevada state chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), led by Chairperson Amie Belmonte held an event in honor of approximately 30 leaders of various Las Vegas community associations.  Held at the Salo Salo Grill in Las Vegas, the event’s keynote speaker, FACCGN’s Director of Government and Community Affairs, Mng Rozita Lee (2 time former NaFFAA National Vice-Chair) emphasized the need for unification of all the groups and organizations in our Community.

Rozita Lee

Last year’s organizers of NaFFAA’s highly successful Fiesta Filipino, Noel Cazimero (NaFFAA NV Special Events Exec) and FACCGN Board Officer Ranier Galgana (NaFFAA NV’s Chief Liason Officer) unveiled the plans for this year’s Fiesta Filipino to be held at the Boulevard Mall on June 2 and 3, 2012.  Particular comment was made regarding the Asian population demographic from the 2010 census indicating that the Asian population in Nevada more than doubled over the last ten years, and that the Filipino population in Nevada is larger than all the other Asians combined.

Ranier Galgana, Minddie Lloyd, Maria Henry, Amie Belmonte, Robert Henry, Rozita Lee, Mita del Fierro, Christie Garcia

Noel Casimiro

Ranier Galgana, Cynthia Derequito, Amie Belmonte

Amie Belmonte