Alex Esclamado Memorial Award for Community Service


Alex Esclamado Memorial Award for Community Service
Presented by NaFFAA & GMA Network, Inc.

What is NaFFAA and who is Alex Esclamado?

Founded at the 1st National Filipino American Empowerment Conference in Washington DC in August 1997, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) was conceived to meet the need for a national entity that could harness the potentials and resources of the thousands of Filipino and Filipino-American organizations across the United States. It has, since, been recognized by the White House, by the US Congress and by State Governments across America as the principal advocate of Filipino and Filipino-American interests.

The visionary, moving spirit and Founding Chairman of NaFFAA was Alex Esclamado, publisher and editor of Philippine News and one of the most ardent advocates of the rights and interests of the Philippines and of Filipinos in America. Among many causes, Esclamado lobbied tirelessly to gain US citizenship for Filipino World War II veterans and the right of Filipino doctors, accountants and other professionals to practice in the United States. Most of all, he conceived, sustained and saw to fruition an Impossible Dream of a national organization of Filipinos in America, NaFFAA.

For his lifelong advocacies, he was conferred the Legion of Honor by President Corazon Aquino and the Ellis Island Award on the occasion of the 250th year of the founding of the United States.

Esclamado passed away from a lingering illness on November 5, 2012, but his spirit lives on in NaFFAA, in all of his civic endeavors and in the hearts of the many people he helped and inspired.

Award Concept: Honoring Community Organizations

NaFFAA has not been alone in rendering exemplary service to the Filipino American community, to the Philippines and to American society. There are many youth, professional and community organizations that have performed as heroically and selflessly as NaFFAA in their respective areas of expertise and concern.

For their exemplary community service, individuals have been accorded due honors. But there has been no vehicle for honoring entire groups or community organizations. This is objective of THE ALEX ESCLAMADO MEMORIAL AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE, as conceived by NaFFAA and GMA Network, Inc.. GMA, for its part, has also been rendering exemplary service to Filipinos worldwide through GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life and GMA News International.

Award Categories

At the outset, three Alex Esclamado Memorial Awards will be given: One for the Youth and Two for any of the following endeavors:

  • Education
  • Senior Citizens
  • Women
  • Health
  • Immigration & Human Rights
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Arts & Culture
  • Aid to the Philippines
  • Civic Involvement

Scope and Format of the Awards

  1. Who will qualify?
  2. The Alex Esclamado Memorial Awards are open to all Fil-Am and Filipino organizations in the United States – whether or not affiliated with NaFFAA – that are undertaking outstanding non-partisan, non-political and non-denominational services to the Filipino community or to the mainstream American community.

    A political party, or any entity engaged in partisan politics, does not qualify.
    A religious organization may qualify only with respect to a project designed to promote community welfare but not religious interests.

  3. Awards Criteria
  4. The following factors will be considered in evaluating nominees:

    • Relevance of the nominated service or project to the award category, i.e., a Youth Service/Project must be directly relevant to the youth.
    • Importance and impact of the service or project and the benefits enjoyed by the beneficiary sector or community; i.e., some services/projects are more important or have more impact and deliver more benefits than others. Qualitative and quantitative criteria and operative results will be applied.
    • History, consistency and sustainability – How long has the service been rendered or has the project been undertaken; how consistently has it been implemented and has served its beneficiaries; and are its impact and benefits sustainable?
    • Degree of group involvement – Has the project been the work of only a small circle of individuals or has it involved and harnessed the skills and resources of the members of organization? This considers the principle that the more members involved, the more the Bayanihan spirit is actualized.
  5. Nomination, Evaluation, and Judging Process
  6. An Awards Committee and a Panel of Jurors will be constituted in consultation with the National Chair and National Vice-Chair of NaFFAA, the Chair of the 11th NaFFAA National Empowerment Conference and GMA International. The Awards Committee will undertake the planning, supervision and management, and the implementation of the entire awards program.

    The Regional Chapters of NaFFAA will be asked to solicit nominations within their respective jurisdictions, including both NaFFAA and non-NaFFAA organizations. The nominees will be endorsed to the Awards Committee which will, in turn, submit the list to the Panel of Jurors.

    Nominations may also be submitted by members of the National Board and National Officers of NaFFAA. These nominations will likewise be submitted to the Awards Committee and forwarded to the Panel of Jurors.

    The Panel of Jurors will evaluate and rate the nominees for each category based on the criteria. The decision of the Panel of Jurors will be final and not subject to appeal.

  7. The Awards Presentation
  8. Presentation of the Memorial Awards will be made on the final evening reception of the 11th Empowerment Conference. An impressive cup, similar to that given to NASCAR champions, will be given to the three awardees. All the nominees in the Regional short list who have been endorsed to the Awards Committee will receive Certificates of Nomination.

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The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt organization established in 1997 to promote the active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs. NaFFAA is the largest national affiliation of Filipino American institutions, organizations and individuals. Its thirteen-member regions cover the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, the Marianas Islands, and American Samoa. NaFFAA partners with local affiliate organizations and national coalitions in monitoring legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans and advocating for issues of common concern.

11th National Empowerment Conference
San Diego, California
August 7-10, 2014

NaFFAA National Office
1322 18th St NW, Washington DC 20036-1803
Phone: 202.361.0296


2 thoughts on “Alex Esclamado Memorial Award for Community Service

  1. Ernesto Gange

    Alex Esclamado, was my Comrade in Arms. Both of us earned our Commission in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ARMY RESERVE , through the Four-Year Advanced Course, Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in College. Alex was appointed ROTC Corps Commander (First Captain) at the Far Eastern University (FEU) Manila in 1953, and I was appointed ROTC Corps Commander (First Captain) at the Iloilo City Colleges ROTC Unit, Iloilo City in 1963. Our ROTC experiences in College, has trained us to become leaders. We were willing to serve and give our lives for our country, the Philippines. Before Martial Law was declared by President Ferdinand Marcos, in September 21, 1972, Alex established the Philippine New In San Francisco, I worked for the Filipinas Orient Airways in the Philippines, and, was elected President of a the Filipinas Orient Airways Trade Union (FOATU) at age 25. I refused to fight against my people, if I was called to active duty in the Army, so, I left the Philippines for the United States in August 28, 1972, via Vietnam and Guam, and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alex exposed the evils of the Marcos dictatorship, through Philippine News, while I joined the group who opposed Marcos, and, later, I joined the Movement for a Free Philippines (MFP) which was founded by the former Philippine Senator Raul Manglapus, whose mission was “TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN THE PHILIPPINES.”. Although I was a Philippine News subscriber, I did not met Alex until May 1997, at the conference, “Focus on the Philippines” in Los Angeles, in May 1997 where we evaluated and help develop the policy on the “role of Filipinio Americans in the RP/US relations.. Sometime in July 1997, Alex called me from Michigan, Illinois, and told me, that, I have to gather the Filipinos in Philadelphia for a meeting, and, I have to pick him up at the Philadelphia International Airport. I requested Dr. Francis Talangbayan to pick up Alex at the Airport, and, the Filipino American Empowerment Congress, the precursor of NaFFAA was formed in Pennsylvania. The mutual respect between us prevailed, but, was kept away from the members, and I have to reveal some of it now.
    1. NaFFAA Region I election, between LOURDES CORRALES versus RUDY NICOLAS, was the most problematic election I witnessed. Ludy, the owner of a Mortgage Company in New Jersey, spent thousands of dollars in full page Ads at the FILIPINO EXPRESS and FILIPINIO REPORTER newspapers in New Jersey and New York. Ludy campaigned very hard, and, chartered Vanloadd of voters (H#AKUT) from NJ/NY area, to Rhode September 2001 TO VOTE FOR HER.. When the votes was counted, RUDY NICOLAS won, Chairman of NaFFAA Region I, to replace Loida Nicolas Lewis. Corrales protested, and, again paid ads in the newspaper, and, constantly attacked Rudy in the INTERNET. Ludy Corrales did not listen to Loida, and she declared that she was cheated in the election by Rudy. I contacted Alex, and, he agreed, that we will resolve the issues between Ludy and Rudy during the Region II conference in Virginia. I brought Rudy with me to Virginia, and, in the morning before the start of the conference, we brought Ludy and Rudy for breakfast, and, after a lengthy discussion, Ludy accepted defeat for Region I Chair, only, after Alex offered her to become NaFFAA NATIONAL TREASURER. The witnesses to that meeting were BEN MENOR and MRS. LULY MITRA EXCLAMADO, wife of Alex.
    2. Pennsylvania Rep. Jeff Coleman, Filipino Amerasian, Goodwill Mission to the Philippines. In 2002 I have convinced NaFFAA Region I Chair, Rudy Nicolas and Alex, to sponsor the goodwill mission, and, both agreed. Alex secured 8 round trip complimentary tickets from Philippin Airlines. The Party of 8 composed of Jeff and wife Rebecca, two Staff members, Alex,and Luly Esclamado, Luis Lopez and myself, We were joined by Loida Lewis at the Malacanan Dinner, hosted by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and FG Mike Arroyo, Vice President Teopisto Guingona Jr, Senator Nene Pimentel, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Victoria Gachitorina and Fernando Ayala. We also visited and had conferences with the Amerasians in Olongapo City, hosted by Mayor James Gordon Jr and, we promised to continue the fight for Amerian rights. We joined the Philippine Congress , and, Speaker Jose de Venecia, declared that the Philippine Congress session is suspended, and, we were welcomed by Speaker Jose De Venecia, Speaker. We visited the Philippine Airline Headquarters, hosted by Lucio Tan and Mr. Zapanta. We also visited former home of Jeff Coleman in Quezon City, then, Jeff and wife, went to Las Palmas Resort, Palawan for their honeymoon, courtesy of Fernando Ayala. Our visit to Cebu City, hosted by Senator John Osmena, and Cebu Provincial tour, sponsor by Governor Pablo Garcia, Bohol tour sponsored by former Congressman now Governor Edgar Chatto. PAL Chairman, Lucio Tan’s Helicopter picked us up at the Batasan so that we would not miss our dinner at Malacanan Palace. These were just few of the things we accomplished with Alex. Of course, Greg Macabenta witnessed our “BULL SESSION”
    “AWAY MAGKAPATID” at the Virginia Beach Hotel, NaFFAA Region II conference, where I asked for an explanation from Alex, ” why did he instruct Executive Director Jon Melegrito, not to pursue the LOBBY for the AMENDMENT OF THE AMERASIAN IMMIGRATION ACT, Public Law 97-315. aka the Amerasian Act of 1982? Alex explained to me, that, “the Priority was the WWII EQUIITY ACT, because, “the Vets will all die very soon>”., Those present were Region II Chair, Gil Zulueta, Noni Abrajano, Bing Branigan, Rudy Nicol;as, Jon Melegrito, Grag Macabenta, These were just a few of my intimate discussions with Alex. Manila Hotel tour was funny, where, we had our pictures taken, including the scene where we were sitting at General Douglas MacArthurs Bed and dthe General MacAratdhurs Suite, at Manila Hotel. x x x


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