Second-generation Fil-Ams encouraged to make better future for Filipinos

By Jared Bray, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Aug. 13, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Hoping to inspire the next generation of Filipino-Americans to build a better future for Filipinos, speakers from across the nation brought insights on innovations and challenges to the first ever TFC “Speaker Salon” during the Pistahan Festival in San Francisco last weekend.

NextDayBetter, a New York-based group of self-proclaimed “social innovation junkies” teamed up with TFC to hold the event.

Julius Paras, one of the forum’s four speakers, talked about philanthropy and how Fil-Ams can be Fil-Am-thropists.

“The best way, if you don’t have money to donate, is starting where you are with what you have and a good intention,” he said. “Whatever community you’re in, wherever you live, if you’re just willing to help and shine light on another person and be a first follower for them, you can be a Fil-Am-thropist.”

Jo Ann Kyle, managing director of ABS-CBN Foundation International also addressed attendees. She sought to motivate the audience by showing images of how the global community helped AFI raise more than $3.5 million in cash in three months for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

“My main message is that we need to find a purpose that will contribute to providing hope for the future generations,” she said.

Citing U.S. Census statistics that show nearly 50 percent of the 3.5 million Filipino-American population is made up of Filipinos who were born and raised outside of the Philippines, Olivia De Jesus, ABS-CBN North America managing director and Pistahan 2014 Hermana Mayor said it’s important to connect with the next generation.

“We want them to give back,” she said. “We want them to serve the Philippines and put their heads together and think of ideas to help build a better Philippines.”

To help them do that, De Jesus said a “hack-a-thon” is being planned, where Fil-Ams can come together to think of products and services that will build a more resilient and progressive Philippines.

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  • filam
    17 August 2014 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Arent they Americans foremost than Filipinos

    Thats actually racist to think of them otherwise