PACC TEXAS is Top Fil – Am Organization in the Nation!
Proudly score an other one for the Filipinos in Texas. The Philippine – American Chamber of Commerce of Texas, the main organizing sponsor of the popular U.S. Trade Missions to the Philippines and the award – winning Consular Outreach programs in Dallas and Houston that have helped more than 20,000 Filipinos in Texas and neighboring states more than $13 million in travel costs by not going to LA , was voted Most Outstanding Fil – Am Organization in the U.S . in the category of Community Service, Trade Promotion and Aid to the Philippines.
The special award, the first of its kind, was given to the Texas Chamber organization by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NAFFAA) at its recent nati onal convention in San Diego last August. The award is called Alex Esclamado Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Leadership, named after the late NAFFAA founder, Philippine News publisher and community activist Alex Esclamado. Because of Esclamado’s 4 0 – year vigilance advocating equal rights and unity for Filipinos in America, some historians have described him as a modern – day Cesar Chavez. The national federation that Esclamado founded 16 years ago is now active in 50 states comprising 12 regions. Ther e are now more than 3,000 Filipino organizations in the country , representing more than 3.5 million Filipinos. Region 6 (Texas and southwest states) was headed by Gus Mercado of Dallas for 10 years and is now under the leadership of Anthony Guevara of Hous ton who led a large delegation of Texas youth leaders to the national convention .
The AE Memorial Award was received by PACC Texas State Chair Ethel Mercado and Executive Director Gus Mercado, accompanied on the stage by Texas Chamber officers including Te ss Tuazon (South Texas Region Chair), Myrna Carreon (incoming North Texas Region Chair), Anthony Guevara, Richard and Nina MacDonald, Tess Gabay, Tessie Villoria and Emilie McSweeney.
Shown in photo (left to right): AE Esclamado Awards judges Gloria Caoile and Rodel Rodis at the podium, Lourdes Esclamado, Rozita Lee, Loida Nicolas – Lewis, Awardees Ethel Mercado, Gus Mercado, Texas Chamber officers Tess Tuazon, Myrna Carreon, Tess Gabay, Emilie McSweeney, Tessie Villoria and Nina MacDonald. Third row: R ichard MacDonald and Anthony Guevara.
In a post – awarding interview by Media sponsor GMA7 Pinoy TV which was broadcast in the Philippines and worldwide, Ethel and Gus Mercado thanked the organizers and sponsors of the Alex Esclamado Memorial program, and recognized the officers and members of PACC Texas in Houston and Dallas for their dedication and hard work that made the special national award possible. “We wish all our volunteers could all be here tonight, because without their personal sacrifices, we would not have been here receiving these honors,” said Ethel Mercado, State President who concurrently serves as Philippine Honorary Consul – General for Texas and National Chair of the U.S. Federation of Phil – Am Chambers of Commerce (FPACC). Their Chamber F ederation’s “Operation Save Lives” national initiatives have raised close to $1 million for the victims of super – typhoon Haiyan. During their trip to the Philippines on October 17 – 27, 2014, their 50 – delegate strong Trade Mission group will be visiting Le yte and Cebu, where they adopted a neglected island of 6,000 residents for a full year of reconstruction and rehabilitation, in partnership with the ICCP Foundation, OWI and other NGOs on ground.
The Board of Judges that evaluated the many nominees and sel ected the winners included a Who’s Who in the National Fil – Am community leadership: Publisher – Columnist and former NAFFAA National Chair Greg Macabenta who created the AE Memorial Awards; foremost Good Governance advocate and billionaire – philanthropist Lo ida Nicolas – Lewis; Lawyer, Columnist and USP4GG President Rodel Rodis, award – winning Community Activist Gloria Caoile; White House AAPI Commissioner Rozita Lee; and the widow of the great Alex Esclamado, Mrs. Lourdes Mitra – Esclamado.
OUTSTANDING PROJECTS OF THE PHILIPPINE – AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Our Trade and Investment Missions to the Philippines generated more than $40 million for the Filipino businessmen and women and boosted the Philippine economy through business partnerships, imports and exports.