Officers of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations-Michigan (NaFFAA-Michigan) display the Philippine flag as they pose for photographers with Rep. Martin Howrylak (3rd from left) and Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (right) in the Capitol in Lansing last Oct. 2. Earlier, the state House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring October as Filipino-American Heritage Month. The NaFFAA-Michigan officers in photo are, from left, Sofy Bole, Willie Dechavez (chairperson), Nieves McRoberts-Lukasik and Amy Risvold.
Officers of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations-Michigan (NaFFAA-Michigan) display the Philippine flag as they pose for photographers with Rep. Martin Howrylak (3rd from left) and Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (right) in the Capitol in Lansing last Oct. 2. Earlier, the state House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring October as Filipino-American Heritage Month. The NaFFAA-Michigan officers in photo are, from left, Sofy Bole, Willie Dechavez (chairperson), Nieves McRoberts-Lukasik and Amy Risvold.
[box type=”default” size=”large”] Declare October as Filipino-American Heritage Month [/box]The state House of Representatives has lauded the Filipino-American community in Michigan for continuing “to foster understanding through the development, promotion, and preservation of Filipino values, culture and tradition.”

The lawmakers made the Filipinos proud of their heritage by passing House Resolution No. 220 declaring “October 2013 as Filipino-American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan.”

Introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak, Resolution No. 22 was presented last Oct. 2 to officers of the Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA-Michigan) shortly after the House approved the measure co-sponsored by 17 lawmakers.

NaFFAA-Michigan Chairman Willie Dechavez led the Filipino delegation that went to Lansing to receive the official copy of the newly approved resolution.

House Resolution No. 220 states in part, “We are proud to join the members of the Filipino-American community of Michigan as they celebrate the contributions they have made throughout the entire state. This is a reflection of unselfishness and commitment to the common good that is most commendable.

“It is with pride and gratitude that we welcome this opportunity to salute the many ways in which the Filipino-American community has given its time and energy for the betterment of our state.

“These concerned citizens have truly made a difference, and their professional and civic involvement will continue to enrich our state.”

The same resolution cited the Filipino-American community for giving “to the American people and to the citizens of Michigan a very important gift of a rich culture based on traditional values of family, religion and a strong work ethic.”