San Francisco: FWN New Year Museum Visit: Madeleine Albright's Iconic Pins Exhibition

San Francisco: FWN New Year Museum Visit: Madeleine Albright's Iconic Pins Exhibition

Connect with your FWN sisters at Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, a showcase of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's extensive collection of decorative diplomatic pins.

Enjoy full-access to all exhibitions at San Francisco's beautiful Legion of Honor and bond over lunch at the Legion of Honor Café. Limited tickets. RSVP now: http://www.ffwn.org/event-2409139

WooHoo! Analisa Balares (U.S. FWN100™ '09 and Global FWN100™ '14) Recognized as "Global Visionary" By UBS

WooHoo! Analisa Balares (U.S. FWN100™ '09 and Global FWN100™ '14) Recognized as "Global Visionary" By UBS

Analisa Balares (Global FWN100™ '14)  was recently handpicked by Swiss global banking giant UBS as one of its inaugural batch of “Global Visionaries,” described as a select pool of 10 extraordinary people who dedicate their lives to projects, research, movements and technologies that have the potential to profoundly impact our lives and the society we live in. 

“Analisa understands the economic benefits of higher participation rates of women in the workforce and that a holistic approach needs to be applied to women’s education and development,” said Simon Smiles, chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management." News story from The Inquirer.

WooHoo! Franklin Ricarte Appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to Immigrant Rights Commission

WooHoo! Franklin Ricarte Appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to Immigrant Rights Commission

Devoted FWN volunteer Franklin Ricarte was recently appointed to San Francisco's Immigrant Rights Commission by Mayor Ed Lee. “I’m honored that I was appointed by the mayor to serve in this commission. And my experiences as a Filipino-American and as an immigrant…will inform the kinds of things we need to discuss and work on in the commission,” quipped Franklin. News story from ABS-CBN.

Chef Charleen Caabay Becomes First Filipina-American Female Chef to Win Food Network's "Chopped"

Chef Charleen Caabay Becomes First Filipina-American Female Chef to Win Food Network's "Chopped"

Bay Area Fil-Am Chef Charleen Cabaay of Kainbigan Restaurant recently won the New Year’s Eve edition of Food Network’s cooking competition show “Chopped”. Chef Charleen showcased inventive Filipino dishes using surprise ingredients to win a cash prize of $10,000. News story from ABS-CBN News.

SF Visual Art Committee Selects Final Design for San Francisco's Comfort Women Memorial

SF Visual Art Committee Selects Final Design for San Francisco's Comfort Women Memorial

San Francisco Visual Art Committee in the Arts Commission selected the final design for the San Francisco 'Comfort Women' memorial.  The design was among the 30+ applications that were submitted for the Call for Artists.  The three girls on top of a cylindrical pedestal represent the victims from different parts of the world, and the grandma figure represents the survivors who are continuing their struggle for justice and dignity. The memorial will be accompanied by a plaque that explains the 'Comfort Women' history and its meaning today. 

Victoria Manalo Draves Is First Asian-American U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist

Victoria Manalo Draves Is First Asian-American U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist

Earlier this month, memorial stories started running which honored the passing of the purported first Asian American Olympic gold medalist. Sammy Lee of California was revered for his feats in diving. When in fact, the first Asian American Olympic gold medalist was a Filipina American woman. From The Seattle Globalist.

Women in Sport: Filipina Weightlifter Takes Bronze in Qatar

Women in Sport: Filipina Weightlifter Takes Bronze in Qatar

Filipina weightlifter Kristel Iso Macrohon bagged three bronze medals in the 4th Qatar International Cup and 2016 Asian Cup at the Doha Intercontinental Hotel in Doha City on Friday, December 16. News story from Philippine News Agency via Manila Bulletin.

Filipina Women "Amazing Race" Season 5 Title Winners

Filipina Women "Amazing Race" Season 5 Title Winners

Filipino beauty queens Maggie Wilson-Consunji (Filipino-British) and Parul Shah (Filipino-Indian) won the Amazing Race Asia Season 5 that ran across 12 cities in six countries.

After a tightly-fought final race that ended in Bali, Indonesia, Maggie and Parul were declared the winners of the US$100,000 cash prize, beating by just a few minutes another pair of beauty queens — Chloe Chen and Lee Yvonne from Malaysia, reported GMA News.