2014 National Empowerment Conference
2014 National Empowerment Conference

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is expecting some 500 leaders to attend its 2014 National Empowerment Conference that will be held on August 7-10, 2014 in the Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California.

Since its formation 15 years ago, NaFFAA has served as a unifying voice of the four million Filipino Americans all over the United States.

The theme of this year’s national conference is “We Break the Dawn: Master Planning the Future.” It aims to formulate new strategies for empowering leaders by equipping them with necessary tools and resources.

The participants will be able to become better advocates by learning new skills and adopting new strategies.

NaFFAA is encouraging youth participation in the preparation of a new master plan for the next generation.

Jose Antonio Vargas, White House Initiative Commissioner Billy Dec and Loida Nicolas Lewis, past NaFFAA chairperson, are expected to attend the conference.

Ed Navarra is the current national chairperson of NaFFAA.

NaFFAA-Michigan will send to the conference a delegation composed of this columnist, Fe San Agustin, Loida Moses, Nieves McRoberts, Nina McCaully and Annabel DeBarr.

Ronald Ilagan will be the youth representative of NaFFAA-Michigan in the conference. Eighteen other attendees from

Michigan will attend the Gala Night on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2014. Miss NaFFAA-Michigan Victoria San Agustin Delie will also grade the affair.

In 2012, the National Empowerment Conference was held in Detroit, Michigan. Hosted by NaFFAA-Michigan, the three-day event held at the Marriott Hotel in Detroit was well attended with some 500 leaders in attendance.

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Willie is a teacher at the Detroit Public School. A very popular and influential leader in the Filipino-American community in Michigan, Dechavez is the incumbent Michigan state chairperson of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) and public relations officer of both the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) and the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM). A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he is also vice president of the Bicol Association of Michigan. He is recipient of numerous awards.

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