THE VOICE OF FILAM BUSINESS IN HOUSTON.
( A 501 c6 tax exempt not-for-profit organization)
We just went back to the days of metal bands and big hair. The music was surely loud and great, as we celebrated one of the great decades.
Thanks to Arnold Ordino for outstanding Photography and Kenneth Ybanez of KYZ Production for a stunning video montage.
(January 11, 2020).
The new officers of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) were installed during our “Back to the ‘80s” event at the Grand (Omni ) Ballroom of the Hilton - West Chase, Houston. The event also marked the 2nd year anniversary of FACCGH.
US Representative Al Green of the 9th Congressional District of Texas led the FACCGH Oath-taking ceremony. Representatives from the international business community, the Sister Cities of Houston and the Mayor’s Office were in attendance (- Mei Frias)
Photos Credit: : Arnold Ordinio Photography
From left to right , Edward Libranda (Board Of Director) , Rebecca Calabia (Auditor), Catherine Landicho (Secretary), Christina Arca (BOD), Maricar Acosta-Gabat(BOD), Virgie Salao (BOD), Congressman Al Green , Noemi Frias (President) ,Loloy Reyes Chairman-Advisory Council) , Evangeline Eberbach (BOD), Frances Licup (Treasurer) and Cerlito Salarda(Vice-President)
Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Ms. Risty Delumpa-Durbin. Risty has established several business ventures here and in the Philippines.. The selection process was based on the Assessment criterias such as :
Mr. Loloy Reyes received two special leadership awards in recognition for his Outstanding Leadership, Dedicated Service and Strong Community involvement.
Mr. Loloy Reyes is the current Chairman of the Advisory Board of FACCGH.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines. Though human lives have been spared, the effect on people’s health and livelihood are beyond measure. The aftermath of the disaster is still beyond anyone’s grasp. We, the officers and members of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (FACCGH) together with the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC), a 501 c3 not for profit organization, are standing by to help in any way we can.
Photo Credit :
A man walks on a road blanketed with volcanic ash from the erupting Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Philippines, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa LopezREUTERS
We are inviting you to help and support us in the medical and humanitarian missions that we will be conducting to the disaster areas. Your donation of any amount will go a long way.
This is the 2019 BINATIONAL Convention held at the Hyatt Regency O'hare , Rosemont, Illinois.
Thank you Loloy Reyes for your great leadership. — Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (FACCGH)
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
— Douglas MacArthur
December 16, 2019
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) and the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) would like to thank the Philippine Consulate General in Houston (under Con.Gen. Jerril Santos) for inviting us this afternoon, together with other FilAm community leaders, to witness the signing of MOUs (Memoranda of Understanding) between Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) c/o Chairman Emmanuel Piñol (former Secretary of Agriculture) and Scott Seed Co. c/o its CEO Coby Krieghauser and between MinDA and the Province of Davao del Norte c/o Governor Edwin Jubahib. The said MOUs represent multilateral agreements underlying the Mindanao Sorghum Development Program, a pilot project of MinDA which will help augment/supplement corn production with the expected growth of the livestock industry. Sorghum, just like corn is a not only used as sweetener (syrup), or for manufacturing beer but is also used as livestock feed and source of ethanol. The initial twenty-five (25) tons of sorghum seeds that will be shipped to Mindanao (for free) in late January or early February of 2020 will be planted on 10000 ha of land in Davao del Norte. This will help boost the economic development of the area and the local farmers (the “lumads” or Mindanao’s indigenous people). Chairman Piñol referred to sorghum as the “seeds of peace” since 4 other provinces (former “hotspots”) in Mindanao — Lanao del Norte, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Basilan— are earmarked for sorghum farming with an additional 500 ha of land (ancestral domain) in the next 2-5yrs.
- MEI FRIAS (VP-FACCGH)
**The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is a government agency of the Philippines created through Republic Act 9996 or the Mindanao Development Authority Act of 2010. The office is mandated to promote, coordinate and facilitate the active and extensive participation of all sectors to effect socioeconomic development of Mindanao.
The Scott Seed Company is a member of the Texas Seed Trade Association. It is a leader in the seed trade industry since its founding in 1946 by, Ira Scott, one of the pioneers of seed production. They work closely with the USDA and the Texas Department of Agriculture.Give customers a reason to do business with you.
(June 10, 2019) .
Service, if it comes from the heart and is borne out of one’s love for people— knows no bounds. It stems from one’s desire to help and in the process, get helped. It is the cycle that is spun and fueled by the spirit of volunteerism. The same spirit that has created the foundation of organizations, establishments (even countries) that we now enjoy.
Atty. Eisma rolled out the plans for Subic, touching base on its history, explaining its operations; citing even the struggles and challenges involved. Most of us have seen Subic during its heydays when the Americans were still occupying the base and the US Navy’s 7th fleet was a constant site. We have witnessed Subic after Mt.Pinatubo erupted and how it struggled to get back on its feet. We have seen how volunteers protected and maintained order within Subic during those dark days and it is very inspiring to see what it has now become and we are looking forward to seeing the plans for a much better and brighter Subic come into fruition. Mabuhay!
On behalf of FACCGH, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who came and attended the Business Forum lat the ITC. It was a huge success! Your presence made the difference. A big shout out to Mr. Richard Arias, Trade Development Manager of the Port of Houston Authority; our sister Chamber from San Antonio, Houston FilAm community leaders and representatives from the sister cities of Houston, Texas West Africa Chamber of Commerce and Caribbean Chamber of Commerce.
A fashion show held at the grand to ballroom of the Hilton Hotel Westchase, Friday, November 22, 2019. From left to right , Loloy Reyes, FACCGH president, Marie Cunning, Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) president Filipino fashion deisgner, Jun-Jun Cambe and. Noemi Frias ( FACCGHVP-Internal ) .
It was a show of grandeur and sartorial elegance as top Filipino fashion designers, JUN JUN CAMBE AND AUDIE ESPINO demonstrated their unique and discriminating taste in fashion designs in a fashion show dubbed as “The 21st Century Filipina: A Fashion Show for a Great Cause” to benefit medical mission in the Philippines.
Attended by various Filipino and international community leaders, representatives from the office of Houston City Mayor Sylvester Turner and United States Congressman Al Green, and members of the Filipino American communities of Houston, San Antonio, Waco, RGV, Dallas, and Austin.
March 22, 2019., the Philippine Consulate in Houston was inaugurated after 25 years of absence. Yes, it is indeed “mission accomplished!” Borne out of the need for government presence and the clamor from thousands of Filipinos for better representation — the Philippine government under the Duterte Administration made our years of hopes and dreams a reality.
In attendance were members of Houston’s Consular Corps, Filipino community leaders, and members of the Philippine diplomatic corps headed by Philippine Ambassador to the US Hon. Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez . PCG Houston, Con.Gen. Jerrill Santos and the Consuls General from LA, Chicago, New York and San Francisco.
Thanks also to the support of Houston’s vibrant international community and the men and women of the Filipino American community who were relentless in pushing for its opening. Prayers work!
“Promoting entrepreneurship” and “bridging local and international business opportunities” is the two-pronged mission of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston. FACCGH was established to help Filipino Americans become entrepreneurs and to provide networks or bridges that can help expand their circles of influence and increase productivity. It is also for this reason that we partner with other Chambers of Commerce in the international community, we embark on Trade Missions, we host Trade shows or Roadshows --- like the one we had last night at the International Trade Center.
Houston is not far behind. Our Mayor’s economic agenda is robust and forward-looking. It draws its strength from Houston’s diversity and inclusivity. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US. It is also the most diverse yet very inclusive which means that no one, no community is ever left behind in terms of economic growth, development and progress.
The same is true in the Philippines -- the government promotes free enterprise and encourages investments. In the January 2019 report released by NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) it said that the Philippine economic growth remained stable as it grew 6.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from the revised 6.0 percent recorded in the third quarter. This steady performance—the seventh consecutive year that the Philippine economy sustained its growth of more than 6.0 percent—brings 2018’s full-year growth to 6.2 percent. This is a firm finish that cements the Philippines’ standing as one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia.
To raise Philippine competitiveness in the global market, the government aggressively pursues measures and policies to facilitate ease in doing business thereby encouraging more investments that boost entrepreneurship, job generation and economic growth in the countryside.
Special shout-out to the men and women of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) for successfully hosting the second leg of the UFranchise Roadshow.
Our guests from UFranchise, the Philippines’ largest franchising company, representing more than a thousand brands is our gateway and vehicle towards this economic growth.
The 2018 Philippine Trade Mission has provided our members to :
October 15-17, 2018
BRIDGE MADE AND STRENGTHENED: (Part1)
The 2018 Trade Mission to Calabarzon was a resounding success.
Gov. Hermilando Mandanas of Batangas welcomed the members of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) led by founder Yolanda Stern of California and President Marie Cunning of Arizona.
Tito Dodo also thanked the members of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) and its President, Loloy Reyes(Chairman of the Calabarzon Trade Mission) for the warm reception he and wife Regina Reyes-Mandanas received the last time they visited Houston.
Goodwill and honest intentions go a long way. Mabuhay! 🇵🇭🇺🇸
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston (FACCGH) together with the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) had a very successful trade mission to the Philippines. Business is booming in all sectors: tourism, trade, import-export, agriculture, construction, manufacturing etc.etc.etc. Visit the Philippines. The time to invest is now.
FACCGH welcomes the delegates from different chambers across the US.
Productive Collaboration held at the Marriot-Sugarland.
The Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce, Inc. (FPACC) continues to set the standard of building business excellence and responsible business leadership for Filipino Americans as it embarks on its 22nd year of service.
FPACC, affectionately called “The Federation” by its members, is a coalition of well-established Filipino-American Chambers of Commerce in the United States. Building upon its bi-national (Philippine-American) platform, the federation is now looking at catapulting its reach to a global stage to include all Filipino business diasporas worldwide, a vision stated by its president, Marie Cunning, during FPACC’s November 2017 bi-national trade conference and leadership elections in Arizona.
The Federation is a strong advocate of business ownership among Filipino-Americans and provides a well-established network of trade and commerce resources for its member chapters in the United States. Among its most senior member chambers are the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (since 1956) and the San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce (founded in 1973).
FPACC’s counterpart in the Philippines, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and its Philippines-USA Economic & Business Council (PUBC) provide access and opportunities for the Philippine-based chamber chapters with U.S.-based businesses through a memorandum-of-agreement between these twin powerhouse organizations that encompass ongoing business-matching, collaboration and trade missions.
Growing US-Philippines Trade and Commerce is FPACC’s cornerstone program and has been a hallmark success story for the Federation. The super trade mission put together by the Federation in October 2016 in collaboration with the PCCI reached a record breaking $900 Million+ (USD) in trade partnership agreements between the B2B (business-to-business) participants from both countries. With the Philippine homeland’s explosive growth in global economic stature, new business opportunities and investments channels are opened for Filipinos both at home and abroad.
Contact info@FPACC.net for more information about FPACC-certified chambers of commerce.
FPACC CERTIFIED MEMBER CHAMBERS represented by President or Board Chair
PACC of Greater Chicago, Adrian Tabangay/Emil Bernardo
FABCC of Arizona, Marie Cunning
FABCC of Arizona East, Ryan Winkle
FABCC of Arizona West, Minnie Palis
San Francisco FACC, Jose Pecho/Angie Louie
FACC of Greater Nevada, Collette Manauis
FACC SouthBay Los Angeles Area, Loi Herrera
FCC of the Pacific Northwest, Anthony Ogilvie
PACC of Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey, Brad Baldia
FACC of Silicon Valley, Benjie Fernandez
FACC of Utah, Agnes Higley
PACC of Central Florida, Inc., Ting Bouffard
FCC of Hawaii, Brandon T. dela Cruz
FACC of San Diego, William Peetoom
PACC of Oregon, Jason Lim/Jan Mason
FACC of Greater Houston*, Leonides Reyes
Las Vegas FACC*, Jing Espiritu
* indicates new members
As of this writing, the following Filipino American chambers of commerce are no longer aligned with the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce. They are: PACC-Texas, FACC-Greater Los Angeles, FACC-Tri-County (San Bernardino/Los Angeles/Riverside), and FACC-Great Lakes of Michigan. These chambers are on their own and, therefore, no longer accorded the accreditation, benefits and privileges of FPACC membership and oversight.
Chapters and individuals that use the FPACC logo to get business appointments with memo of understanding and memo of agreement partners and others and on behalf of their companies or chapters, without expressed or written consent of FPACC, violate FPACC's ethical and fiduciary standards.