A Statement From Emmanual (Butch) Rivera, 2018-2020 FASO President
It is with great pleasure as incoming president to welcome YOU to The Filipino American Association of Southern Ohio- FASO. Among FASO’s missions is to foster awareness and education of our Filipino roots, customs and traditions. This serves to teach our youth and remind us of our connection to a far-away country of more than 7,000 islands- the Philippines, we also call Home. The unique spirit, heart-warming, & family-oriented nature of Filipinos are perfect complement to our American way of life. For many years now we continually showcase various regional folk dances and songs, food, music and stories of and about the Philippines, thus bringing to the fore our country’s rich multi-cultural heritage. Not only is it diverse, it transcends borders. Through cultural awareness, we become closer to and with each other bringing appreciation and understanding making us truly a Family. As we grow as an organization we will---- *continue to identify the needs of our members and communities we belong to and around us; *continue to be relevant through practical and creative outreach activities and through Volunteerism. We acknowledge and deeply appreciate the support and contributions of other organizations- locally, across state lines, and even from our other Home- the Philippines. They, who share our vision of collaboration and inclusion- salamat po! It is the spirit of fellowship and community that opens opportunities, creates a window of active exchange of resources. I would like to acknowledge the donors and sponsors, the Friends of FASO, who throughout the years have generously shared their resources through monetary contribution, talent and time. YOUR contribution absolutely goes a long way. As we are purely a volunteer, non-prot organization, all donations go directly in support of FASO’s missions and programs that are made clear to the membership. We will continue to be good stewards of your generosity. To You who have become/are part of the FASO family, to those who unselshly serve on the Board and Committees, to the enterprises that see the value in supporting FASO, to those who are considering and will join FASO, my family and I extend our warmest sincerest thanks. I bid you good tidings as we herald a new year of opportunities and on-going celebration for our shared goals toward a rich and vibrant community. Respectfully, Butch Rivera, MD FASO President 2018
Filipino American Cultural and Performing Arts
FASO's own Filipino American talent who perform the beauty of our rich heritage through folk dancing and musical choral group. FASO has also been involved in the Cincinnati International Folk Festivals and local cultural activities.
Filipino American Outreach Services
Our community outreach services include hosting Philippine Consular visits to provide consular services for the Tri-State Filipinos. This provides easier access than traveling to Chicago.
FASO Monthly Educational Program
FASO will be holding monthly educational programs that are either free to the public or for a nominal fee. Knowledge is power and FASO believes in empowering thru education.
Typhoon Haiyan Victims
Working with many other Filipino organizations and business to help raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan to help rebuild a Fisherman's Elementary school that was destroyed during the storm.
Conversational Tagalog Classes
Our emphasis is to education our community in our language. We have an on going conversational Tagalog class to help everyone who is interested in learning our language.
Our community outreach services include programs such as Philippine Consular to provide Filipino's information about citizenship. The "Damayan Fund" (working together) to help those Filipino's that are in dire financial and social distress. We have worked with multiple charity groups to help raise money for disaster victims from Typhoon Haiyan which will help rebuild their elementary school in Tacloban City. FASO has collected canned goods to donate to those indigent families in our area. We have provided financial seminars to inform Filipino's on how to manage money. Our Staying Healthy at Any Age seminars provide information for a healthier lifestyle.
These are just a few of the services that FASO provides on a regular basis. We believe in giving back to the community that has given us so much.
FASO Officers: Emmanual (Butch) Rivera (President), Vicky Villareal (Vice President), Paolo Villarroya (2nd Vice President), Nicole Makasiar - Secretary, Cora Marsik - Treasurer, Rich Robles - Internal Public Relations, Eric Villegas - External Public, Dale Dona -Auditor
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Leslie Abrenica, Paul David, Sabino Baluyot, Jason Dimaculangan, Bill Guinigundo, CP, Elisabeth Piocos, PHD,, MD, Mary Rivera, MD, Catalina Zablin, Suzy Hussey, Cecilia, Damo, Sabino Baluyot, Ritchie Chiu, Ryan Chiu, Ching Hitzler, Billy Guinigundo, Vanessa Teodoro, Rachel Roberts, Alex Trinidad