FACES February 25, 2016 membership meeting. • Courtesy Photo
FACES February 25, 2016 membership meeting. • Courtesy Photo

Coming into its 26th year, the Filipino American Civic Employees of Seattle (FACES) held its membership meeting, elected half of its Board and adopted its work program for the year.

The mission of the FACES is “to champion the dignity, rights and privileges of all Filipino Americans; to work with Filipino-American and mainstream communities, other people of color and allies to influence policies, programs, procedures and practices that affect our common interests and promote cultural awareness and diversity to instill pride in Filipino-American heritage.”

FACES serves as a link for the Filipino and Filipino American community to the City of Seattle and Mayor Ed Murray’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), which provides for equal employment opportunity and equal access to the City’s array of community resources and services. As a partner, FACES fosters understanding and collaboration, gives voice to issues and concerns, acts as a bridge to the community for City outreach and civic engagement initiatives, and provides cultural events and translation/interpretation services as needed.

The 2016 Membership Meeting elected the following Officers and Board members:

  • Mariano Romulo from Seattle Public Utilities—President
  • Andy Ygona from Department of Finance & Administrative Services—Vice President
  • Eloida Ambion from Seattle Public Utilities—Treasurer
  • Danny Navarro from Department of Information Technology—Assistant Treasurer
  • Rose Almachar Alves from Seattle City Light—Board Member
  • Grace Dygico from Department of Neighborhoods—Board Member
  • Joaquin Uy from Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs—Board Member

FACES also invited the community to join them in Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the free screening of Delano Manongs: The Forgotten History of United Farm Workers and film documentarian Marissa Aroy at noon on Friday, May 20 at the Bertha Landes Room.

FACES’ 2016’s work program includes summer fun and training culminating to a conference on October 26 to mark Filipino American History Month. FACES meets every second Thursday of the month. It is an inclusive membership organization. For more information, visit FACESSea.org.

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