Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr.
Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr.

Filipino-American community leaders in Michigan will have a chance to engage Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. in a heart-to-heart dialogue on October 29, 2011 when he will come to the Great Lake state to speak at the eighth annual banquet of the Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).

The dialogue will be held shortly before the dinner event which will mark the celebration of Filipino-American Heritage Month in Michigan.

But just for a backgrounder, we would to give our readers key information about NaFFAA and the annual banquet.

NaFFAA is recognized by Washington policy makers, private industries and other advocacy groups as the Voice of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans throughout the US.

It is a non-profit, non-partisan national organization of more than 500 Filipino-American institutions and local umbrella groups. It has 12 regions that represent the almost three million Filipino-Americans in continental US, Guam and the Marianas.

For the past eight years, the Michigan chapter of NaFFAA has been observing October as Filipino-American Heritage Month. And this year, NaFFAA-Michigan chaired by this writer will again spearhead the celebration of Filipino-American Heritage Month with its eighth annual banquet set on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the Marriott Hotel in Troy, Michigan.

His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United States has confirmed his acceptance of NaFFAA-Michigan’s invitation to grace the event.

On the same occasion, we will also honor Twelve Outstanding Young Asian Americans in Michigan who have excelled in their field of endeavors and have made outstanding contributions to the welfare and development of mainstream US society.

NaFFAA-Michigan has likewise invited top elected public officials, corporate executives and Asian community leaders to attend the affair.

The “Greet and Meet the Ambassador” meeting will be held at 5 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel shortly before the start of the banquet.

NaFFAA-Michigan is extending its invitation to top Filipino-American leaders in Michigan to join the reception-dialogue during which Philippine issues and concerns will be discussed.

Attendance at the reception-dialogue will be by invitation only.

In this connection, we are formally inviting our readers to attend the reception and banquet.

Dinner tickets for sponsors are priced at $75 each, and regular tickets cost $50 each.

Make your reservations on or before October 15, 2011 by emailing to this writer at [email protected]

Also, indicate your title or position in your organization so we can properly acknowledged you during the program.

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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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