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In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May 2020, PALAD hosted a four-part virtual merienda series to engage the community and discuss important policies and issues impacting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Filipino American community. Elected leaders, government officials, community advocates, educators, labor partners, and many more leaders collaborated with PALAD to make this programming possible. Stay tuned for our next merienda series!​
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Merienda #1: Saturday, May 2, 2020 - Filipinos Lead in Government
  • Moderated by: Jessica Caloza, PALAD President
  • Featured Speakers:
    • Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28)

    • Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21)

    • Assemblymember Rob Bonta, District 18

    • Mayor Pro Tem Rachelle Arizmendi, City of Sierra Madre

Merienda #2: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - Filipinos Lead in Politics
  • Moderated by: Bianca Nepales-Gervacio, PALAD Vice President of Programs
  • Featured Speakers:
    • Hon. Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Council President Emeritus, City of Los Angeles
    • Hon. Mark E. Pulido, Former Mayor & Councilmember, City of Cerritos

    • John Santos, AAPI Political Director, Democratic National Committee

Merienda #3: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - Filipinos Lead in Healthcare
  • Moderated by: Vicky Perez, RN, BSN & PALAD Vice President of Programs
  • Featured Speakers:
    • Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, RN & President of National Nurses United

    • Dr. Antonio Moya, MD MPH

    • Aqui Soriano Versoza, Founder & Executive Director, Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)

    • Gennie D. Samala, Client Care Coordinator, Special Service for Groups (SSG) SILVER

Merienda #4: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - Filipinos Lead in Immigration
  • Moderated by: Jaime Geaga, PALAD Vice President of Communications
  • Featured Speakers:
    • Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Founding Director of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, UC Davis

    • Dr. Anthony Ocampo, Author of The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race

    • Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, undocumented filmmaker and organizer

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