NaFFAA to celebrate Women’s Month on March 12 at a Women Building Bridges virtual event


| Source: National Federation of Filipino American Associations

NEW YORK – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) will be celebrating International Women’s Month by honoring Filipina public officials, pioneers, and changemakers, co-presented by Comcast on Friday, March 12 from 7 P.M. to 8 P.M. ET/4 P.M. to 5 P.M. PT (Saturday, March 13 – 8 A.M. Manila).

The hosts for Women Building Bridges virtual event are top Filipino newscaster and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Karen Davila and Filipino American TV Pioneer Jannelle So-Perkins (Founder and CEO of It will also feature Filipina elected officials from all over the country who will speak about their motivations, experiences, skills, contributions, and civic engagement actions. About 60 percent of newly elected Filipino American officials during this past election cycle have been women.

The event’s central theme is “Anong ‘K’ mo?”, a Filipino saying that means, “What’s your capacity, what’s your talent, what’s your story?” The event is for Filipino women to come together to discuss their goals and share their stories, as well as a networking opportunity between trailblazers and future leaders, featuring a Kumustahan and Kuwentuhan – checking in and getting to know one another. Invited featured leaders include:

  • Rachelle Arizmendi, Mayor, Sierra Madre, CA
  • Juslyn Manalo, Mayor, Daly City, CA
  • Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Vice Mayor, Vallejo, CA
  • Malia Vella, Vice Mayor, Alameda, CA
  • Melissa Ramoso, Mayor Pro Tem, Artesia, CA
  • Krystle Ang Palmer, City Treasurer, Burbank, CA
  • Sofia Aragon, Councilmember, Burien, WA
  • Radiant Cordero, Councilmember, Honolulu, HI
  • Ashley L. Kierkiewicz, Councilmember, Puna, HI

“Anong K’ mo?” will connect them with women leaders such as Loida Nicolas Lewis (Co-Founder, NaFFAA), Gloria T. Caoile (Founding Member, NaFFAA), and other NaFFAA leaders and members, plus Filipina Social Entrepreneurs Len Cabili (Founder of Filip + Inna) and Ayesha Vera-Yu (CEO and Co-Founder of Advancement for Rural Kids).

“In this special and challenging time, connecting is one of the most valuable things we can do. Women, especially, need connecting. No matter where we are, or where we’re from, there are many ways to relate. Women play many roles: mother, worker, mentor, friend. We look forward to meeting many Filipina women, leading in their own fields, and look forward to getting to know them and why they do what they do,” said Carissa Villacorta, NaFFAA Executive Director.

“We are honored to join NaFFAA to celebrate these strong Filipina women leaders who play such significant leadership roles in their communities and beyond,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Comcast Corporation. “It is important that we recognize, listen to, and learn from these women as they share their experiences and perspectives and drive change as elected officials.”

NaFFAA invites all to join us as we uplift the voices of the women in our communities. For more information and to register for free, go to or email

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