Las Vegas – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations-Nevada Chapter (NaFFAA-LV) has come a long way. As in the past couple years, the association has gone through a lot of changes for the better.
Founded in 1997, the 13-year-old umbrella organization of Filipino American associations in Las Vegas now sports remarkable solidarity and cooperation. The infusion of new, young blood and active professionals into the leadership as well as new faces among the membership which started under the administration of Wilfredo ‘Jing’ Espiritu and continued on to the current stewardship of Amie Belmonte, augurs well for the success of the NaFFAA-NV chapter. Kudos are in order for the immediate past and current officers and members who all had shown great strides in improving the organization, and succeeded in involving, integrating, and empowering more Fil-Ams into the mainstream society of Nevada.
The other good news is that after years of talks-and-talks, there is now a well-established NaFFAA-Arizona Chapter, thanks to the indefatigable work of Atty. Nadia Jurani, NaFFAA Region XI chair, with full support from her husband Engr. Romy Jurani, one of the NaFFAA stalwarts (he was State Chair in 2000-2002). The NaFFAA-Arizona Chapter is chaired by Dr. Rinly Gecosala, but thatâ€™s another story for another day.
The current NaFFAA-Nevada Chapter officers are Amie Belmonte, State chair; Elizabeth Ilagan, State vice-chair; Joseph Gorre, State Youth chair; Cynthia Deriquito, State secretary; Diane Smith, State Corresponding secretary; Romy Guideng, State treasurer; Benlor Rivera, State auditor; Bernie Benito and Ceasar Elpidio, PROs. General Counsel is Atty. Gemma Nazareno.
At the regional level, Atty. Nadia Jurani is Region XI chair, with Atty. Rex Velasquez, Region vice chair; and Brendan Flores, Region Youth chair.