THE WE ARE ONE FILIPINO INAUGURAL SUMMIT ON APRIL 30 WELCOMES VICE PRESIDENT JEJOMAR BINAY AS HONARARY GUEST
SAN DIEGO – WE ARE ONE FILIPINO (WAOF) welcomes Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay as an honorary guest at the WE ARE ONE FILIPINO “Discover your history, Find your voice, Move forward as one” inaugural summit on April 30 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Other invited special guests include Efren Peñaflorida (2009 CNN Hero of the year), Tony Meloto (Founder of Gawad Kalinga), Marie Mortera (KSNV news anchor), Asia Samson (HBO Def poetry poet), Frances Pascua (Miss Philippines California 2010) and many more.
TV/Film actress Jelynn Rodriguez will host the summit. Jelynn has been featured on shows such as ABC’s “Samantha Who?”, NBC’s “Las Vegas” and “Days of our Lives”. Jelynn has also hosted on cable networks such as TV Guide Channel, VH1, Disney/ABC’s Soapnet.com and most recently as Nike’s official host for the 2011 NBA All-Star weekend. Special guest speakers are Jay Jaboneta, Head of New Media for Philippines Presidential Communications Operations Office, Alex Lacson, author of “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Their Country” and other invited guests.
Admission for the WAOF summit is free and registration starts at 8:30 a.m. All attendees are invited to the official WE ARE ONE FILIPINO red-carpet after-party in the evening at Mix Ultra Lounge in Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, presented by Waterhole Kings/HIPPOE of the VuQo Vodka family, Miester International, Inc. and SICKS DEGREES. “We’re very excited to have Vice President Binay attend our summit. It is an honor that he is able to join the activities and sit amongst the attendees from all over the world coming together because they are interested in discovering or re-discovering what being Filipino means to them,” says Executive Director, Marcel Ocampo. “We hope to achieve that all attendees, including Binay, will walk away with a deeper understanding of the impact we can make and the power we have as one Filipino.”
The movement of WAOF started in Sept 2010 at a high-energy rally in San Jose, CA where WAOFcaptured the attention of Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III. He personally addressed the crowd and shared his appreciation and support of being ONE Filipino. This energy continues in Las Vegas as all summit attendees, alongside Binay, will partake in round-table discussions about growing up Filipino, learn the economics of Filipino spending, understand the power of social media and engage with a large network of all ages and generations of Filipinos.
“The summit will express a live representation of WAOF’s vision: We celebrate our beautiful and diverse culture coming together as one family. Together we can accomplish anything,” says Vice-Executive Director, Sam Magtanong. “We would like to help build the worldwide Filipino community through social progress. Whatever it is that you are interested in, WAOF is here as the support, resource or avenue to help do this.”
Projects that WAOF has begun to support are the rebuild and revitalization of the Filipino-American Veterans Association (FAVA) Hall in San Diego, CA. As part of the rebuild, a National Filipino History Museum will be included in honor of all Filipino veterans. WAOF supports Redefined Magazine, an up-and-coming bi-monthly publication designed specifically for the Filipino American community. Their goal is to be the first cutting-edge, editorial magazine of its kind that addresses the cultural consciousness of what it means to be Filipino-American today and provides an editorial channel targeted specifically to Filipinos and Filipino Americans. WAOF is also at the beginning stages of introducing The United Filipinos College Fund, a fund to help provide scholarships and financial educational aid to Filipinos across the US.
If unable to attend the summit, the website, WeAreOneFilipino.com, encourages visitors to stay tuned for events in a city near them, leave comments, submit videos, donate and be inspired to join the movement. WE ARE ONE FILIPINO is currently a General Partnership with 501(c)3 non-profit pending.
To register or learn more about the summit and after-party, visit weareonefilipino.com/summit.
WHO: The Filipino people and friends of the Filipino.
- We Are One Filipino Inaugural Summit
“Discover your history, Find your voice, Move forward as one”
- We Are One Filipino Official red-carpet after-party for ages 21+
“Mix your drinks and mix amongst yourselves!”
- Inaugural Summit – Monte Carlo Ballroom at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
- Official after-party – Mix Ultra Lounge at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2011
- Inaugural Summit – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Press check-in at 8:30 a.m.
- Official after-party – Red Carpet arrivals start at 10 p.m. Press check-in at 9:30 p.m.
- It’s FREE (donations are welcome) and to assemble, show solidarity, and have fun. Show up, tell others, and let the movement spread like wildfires.
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We Are One Filipino Summit with Vice President Jejomar Binay in Las Vegas