Lt. Carina Dayondon of the Philippine Coast Guard shattered a world record back in 2007 when she became one of 3 Filipino women to ever summit Mt. Everest. Now she's tackled Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dayondon made it to Africa's highest mountain at 4:40 AM on Saturday, October 3rd after journeying across Africa for 10 days. Among her completed summits are Australia’s Mt. Kosciuszko in 2014, Russia’s Mt. Elbrus in 2013, and North America’s Mt. Mickinley in 2006. She's already planning her 2016 expedition to South America to complete her 7th summit.
Urban Habitat is looking for Bay Area-based individuals with demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, and social justice. People who are interested in, and understand how housing, land use, and transportation policies that lack a racial analysis keep low-income communities and communities of color from full access to jobs, health care, and education. People interested in stopping the displacement and gentrification of our communities. If this sounds like you, consider applying for a Fellowship at the BCLI.
Committed to advancing an equity agenda in the Bay Area, Urban Habitat trains people of color and low-income people to become advocate commissioners. Deadline to apply is October 18th.
Join us this Saturday, October 10th, 10:00 AM at Victoria Manalo Draves Park (Folsom & 7th) in San Francisco in commemoration of San Francisco native Victoria Manalo Draves, the first Asian-American olympian who won two gold medals back in 1948 for diving.
FWN is a proud sponsor of the Bronze Plaque Unveiling Reception for Victoria Manalo Draves.
In commemoration of Filipino American History Month in San Francisco, California State Senator Mark Leno sponsors Compositions: A Filipino American Experience, curated by Janet Alvarado of The Alvarado Project. Compositions is a photo journal lovingly developed by Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado in the dramatic capture of the Filipino community in San Francisco during the 1940s & 50s providing visitors an enhanced understanding of the earliest roots of Filipino American life. The exhibit will be at the Hiram Johnson Great Hall from October 1st- October 31st. Opening reception will take place on October 8th from 6-8 pm.
Leadership is the ability to get results. Leaders emerge when people need other people to get results and leaders take action with no guarantee of success. Leaders can get off-track when they try to be everything to everyone. They should focus on their areas of strength and identify their weaknesses. They should bring people who will complement their strengths and fill in the gaps. The power of good leadership forms not only a well-rounded individual but an accomplished team. True leadership comes not from position but from participation and effectiveness.
-Mary Jane Alvero Al-Mahdi
Dr. Connie Mariano (U.S. FWN100™ '07) is the president and founder of the Center for Executive Medicine (CEM) in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dr. Mariano’s highest position in medicine was held as Physician to Bill Clinton, President of the United States, , from 1994-2001. She has also held the title of Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Health Sciences and the Mayo School of Medicine.
An expert on the care of VIPs, celebrities, and world leaders, Dr. Mariano is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences as well as on media specials such as CNN’s “The Health of the President.”
Dr. Mariano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, cum laude, June 1977 from Revelle College at the University of California in San Diego. She attended the nation’s military medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree in May 1981.
Dr. Mariano completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Naval Hospital San Diego, CA in 1982 and 1986 respectively. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1987. She has been a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners since 1982. Dr. Mariano currently is licensed to perform medicine in three states: Arizona, California, and the District of Columbia.
Keesa Ocampo (U.S. FWN100™ '11) is the Corporate Affairs officer for the international media conglomerate, ABS-CBN International. Ocampo, a young philanthropist and community advocate, was born in California and raised in Manila.
Her community involvement and advocacy began as an active stakeholder of numerous organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area like the National Association for Asian American Professionals, Asian Heritage Month Committee for the City of San Francisco, Asian Pacific Fund, the Glide Legacy Committee and the San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee. Her wide span of networks and persistent work to build bridges resulted in co-founding the progressive organization, Citizen Hope, which engages in community and civic service projects.
Ocampo's commitment was catapulted by the series of natural disasters in 2009 as she began galvanizing teams across organizations and communities to begin disaster relief - efforts that were recognized for their vast coverage, speed and success. This pushed her advocacy to span across the Pacific, through her organization, Bay Area Benefit, which serves the international community through "guerilla philanthropy," towards equality and justice. In 2010, she was honored for her humanitarian work with a Presidential Citation from Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Ocampo currently lives in the City of San Mateo and has been a member of the San Mateo Commission on the Status of Women since 2011.
The Filipina Women's Network commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Filipino American History Month by speaking out against state violence and oppression with our sisters at GABRIELA and One Billion Rising.
WEAR PURPLE and join us this Friday, October 9th at 4 pm in uniting with women from different communities against all forms of violence that affect women and families at the front steps of San Francisco City Hall.
The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), represented by Dolly Pangan-Specht (US FWN100™'09 ) and Maria Beebe (US FWN100™'11 and Global FWN100™ '13, board member, and book co-editor) organized a book reading in collaboration with Portland State University’s Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Anthropology, and Center for Women and Leadership. The Asian Pacific American network of Oregon (APANO) and the Council of Filipino American Associations (CFAA) also participated. Global Networks, Janet Labar, and Cynthia Reidy donated books as gifts to the readers. Tambayan and Columbia Distributing provided food and drinks.
Marily Mondejar, FWN founder and CEO, joined the participants via video conferencing to share the three events that shaped the direction of the Filipina Women’s Network.
Image credit: Jon Oribello