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.
At the outset, three Alex Esclamado Memorial Awards will be given: One for the Youth and Two for any of the following endeavors:
- Senior Citizens
- Immigration & Human Rights
- Arts & Culture
- Aid to the Philippines
- Civic Involvement
Scope and Format of the Awards
- Who will qualify?
- Awards Criteria
- 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.
- Nomination, Evaluation, and Judging Process
- The Awards Presentation
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.
The following factors will be considered in evaluating nominees:
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.
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