Ilocano-American Association Nevada Annual Picnic 4/15/2012

April 15, 2012 Las Vegas, NV

Photo: Robert Henry

The Ilocano-American Association of Nevada held its annual picnic today.  It was an excellent turn out with lots of food, fun, music, and dancing.

Photo: Robert Henry

Photo: Robert Henry

Leo Belmonte, Amie Belmonte (Photo: Robert Henry)


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.

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