Fritz Friedman, Chair Emeritus
Mr. Friedman has been President of The Board Of Directors of the Filipino American Heritage Institute since 1999 during which he oversaw the move of The Filipino American Library to its current headquarters in Los Angeles. Born in Manila, he was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, received his BA in Asian Studies at Vassar College and a Masters in Communications from The Annenberg School of The University of Pennsylvania. Besides sitting on the Institute Board, Mr. Friedman is Executive Director of The Assembly For Justice, Chair of the Asian American Alumni of Vassar College, a member of the board of directors for the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival andthe advisory board for the San Diego Asian American Film Festival. Mr. Friedman is also Senior Vice President of Worldwide Publicity for Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Releasing.


Rose Ibanez, MPA, Chair
Rose Ibanez is returning as a Board member after completing her graduate program with honors in the Masters in Public Policy and Administration at CSU Long Beach. She has continued to be a community activist for over 30 years, from student organizing as one of the founding members of UC Irvine Kababayan to advocating for immigrant and human rights work as the Los Angeles Chapter Chairperson of the National Filipino Immigrant Rights Organization (NFIRO) and a member of the Filipino Civil Rights Advocates (FILCRA) and a Planning Commissioner for the City of Carson as former Councilwoman Lorelie Olaes’ appointee. She was a former senior field deputy for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina for 8 years, as a Senior Field Deputy for the east County area of the First District. She is currently employed with the City Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Rose was also appointed to sit on the Los Angeles County Community Action Board (CAB) by Supervisor Gloria Molina to represent the public sector of the First District, which discusses the allocation of Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) for low-income families. Rose is a mother of two beautiful and talented young women, Gabriela and Mikaela, and is married to a life long partner and another community activist, Florante.


John Mina, Board President
Born and raised in Manila , John S. Mina is a human resources analyst with the Ombudsman/Community Liaison Division in the Department of Human Resources for the County of Los Angeles .
Mr. Mina began his career with the County, one of Southern California 's largest employers, in 1997. Working in the public relations hub of the department, John is responsible for marketing special events for the Board of Supervisors, as well as in-house publicity. He is managing editor of the “ County DIGEST ,” the official employee publication and is the creative architect behind various tools for Countywide programs and projects. His other responsibilities lie in the areas of employee recognition, internship recruitment, employee mitigation, as well as junior lead staff member of the division. John holds a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in political science from California State University , Northridge. He is currently the secretary of the Los Angeles County Filipino American Employees Association. But his community involvement reaches far beyond County government. He is also a board member of the Filipino American Service Group, Inc. He supports organizations whose objectives are rooted in education, the preservation of heritage, culture and the livelihood of seniors and less fortunate. John resides in Hollywood , and is also an active member of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, one of Hollywood 's oldest churches.

Abigail Ameri Treanor, Vice President
Abigail Ameri Treanor is secretary of the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Heritage Institute. Ms. Treanor’s involvement with the Filipino American Library began in the fall of 2000, when she was drawn by the inspiring and educational speaker series provided by the Library. Born in Manila, Ms. Treanor was raised in West Covina, California. She received her law degree from UCLA School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California. Ms. Treanor has clerked at the State Bar of California, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Miramax, and the Los Angeles Superior Court. She has also served as a board member to the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association and La Raza Law Students Association.


Vee Cristobal , Treasurer

Paul Estuar, Esq., Legal Counsel
Paul Estuar, Esq. is a Partner with the Los Angeles firm of Litt, Estuar, Harrison, Miller & Kitson, LLP. where he specializes in complex civil rights and class action litigation. Prior to that, he specialized in general civil litigation at Vakili & Leus LLP. He is a past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. He is also a past president of the Philippine American Bar Association and former chair of its Board of Directors. A graduate of Loyola Law School, he received the school's Dean's Service Award and served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. His undergraduate degree is from Columbia University. Mr. Estuar has been recognized for his pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients, including receiving the Pro Bono Service Award from the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. Mr. Estuar serves as Legal Counsel for the Library.


Bernardo Bernardo

BERNARDO BERNARDO received the 2005 FILIPINAS MAGAZINE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (For Entertainment). Citing Bernardo as "an actor par excellence," the nationally-circulated US monthly glossy gave the prestigious award to Bernardo as one of the top ten Filipino Achievers of the Year, in "recognition of the accomplishments of the advocates, role models, and movers and shakers in the Filipino-American community." Bernardo was also named one of the five distinguished recipients of the 2006 THOMASIANS, USA NOBILITY AWARD, given to outstanding alumni of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas for their "outstanding achievements and contributions in their field of specialization and in the service of society." For his tongue-in-cheek efforts to send up the wackier quirks of Pinoy Ghetto Glam USA, he received the GAWAD PARANGAL 2005 BEST STAND-UP COMEDIAN AWARD in Sacramento; and the 2004 BEST ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD in the Via Times Hall of Fame Awards in Chicago. Bernardo appeared as lead in two successive productions of Perseverance Theatre (one of the top 7 regional theatres in America): as Ben Cantil, the nostalgic Merchant Marine in "VOYAGE," a play based on the lives of four generations of Filipino immigrants in Alaska; and, as the despicable cannery foreman Conrado, in PT's world premiere musical, "THE LONG SEASON," its companion piece. He also appeared as Prudencio in the Midwest premiere of the award-winning play "THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO" at Chicago 's Victory Gardens Theater. Out of more than 140 plays in Chicago in 2004, "MAGNO RUBIO" was chosen as one of the top five and was nominated for Best Production and Best Acting Ensemble for the JEFF Awards (Chicago's Tony's). In Manila , Bernardo was an URIAN BEST ACTOR Awardee for Ishmael Bernal's much-acclaimed film " MANILA BY NIGHT." Also known as "CITY AFTER DARK," Bernal's seminal film was chosen by the elite Manunuri (the Phillippines' National Society of Film Critics) as one of the 10 Best Films in the last 25 years in Philipine Cinema. Bernardo has an M.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara; he was also a recipient of various scholarships from the Inner City Cultural Center of Los Angeles, the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco (Summer Workshop) and the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art under a British Council grant. Bernardo received the degree of Bachelor of Literature in Journalism from the Faculty of Arts and Letters from the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.


Michael J. Jaurigue, Esq.

Michael J. Jaurigue is an associate in the Government Contracts & Regulated Industries Litigation Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. Mr. Jaurigue specializes in complex commercial litigation.  He has substantial experience and expertise in the areas of public and private contracts, the Federal False Claims Act, federal and state antitrust laws, California 's Unfair Competition Law, intellectual property, products liability, bankruptcy and business torts.  Mr. Jaurigue represents a diverse number of clients in the aerospace and defense, pharmaceutical and automobile industries.  Mr. Jaurigue is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice in all State Courts in California , the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District.  Mr. Jaurigue currently serves as member of the boards for the Filipino-American Heritage Institute and Filipino-American Library.  In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Jaurigue was recognized as a "Rising Star" by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Pilipino American Bar Association. 

Abraham L. Lim, Esq.

Matthew Lopez

Luz Saldana-Mamawal
Born and raised in Manila, earned a B.S. in Pharmacy degree from Philippine Women's University in 1953. Married and settled in LosAngeles in 1960 and pursued a Master's degree in Pharmacy from U.S.C. School ofPharmacy finishing in 1964. Retired after working in Retail Pharmacy for 33 years for a major drug chain. Past President of the L.A. Philippine Women's Club (1999-2001) a volunteer organization affiliated with the California Federation, and the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Ron Sato


Library Staff

Jonathan Lorenzo, Administrator

Before becoming a staff member, Jonathan Rey Lopez Lorenzo began as a volunteer with the Filipino American Library (“FAL”) in 2004. He was born in Quezon City , Philippines to an Ilocano father from Isabela and a Kampampangan mother from Tarlac. Jonathan moved to California when he was two and a half years old and grew up in West Covina . He was very involved with the Filipino American Student Organization at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend , Indiana where he earned a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. In 2005 he worked in Sorsogon City , Philippines with the People's Alternative Livelihood Foundation of Sorsogon, Inc. through Ayala Foundation's Filipino American Youth Leaders Fellowship Program. Now the FAL Administrator, Jonathan manages the day-to-day operations, organizes events, and writes grant proposals. He considers this position “what (he) most wants to do in his life right now” and is very excited about helping to fulfill FAL's potential as the main educational and cultural resource for everything related to the Philippines and to the Filipino Diaspora. In addition to his involvement with the Filipino American community, Jonathan looks forwarding to attending his Tagalog class, enjoys reading about Philippine politics, and likes singing karaoke. Angeles, organizing the library collection.


Florante Peter Ibanez, MLIS / MA, Webmaster

Florante Peter Ibanez has been involved in community and social activism since his early college days. He worked at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center in the early 1970's, helped co-found UCLA Samahang Pilipino and later graduated from UC Irvine where he also co-founded UCI Kababayan and pushed for the creation of the UCI Cross Cultural Center. While a student he also became an activist of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) who opposed the Marcos Dictatorship in the Philippines and called for social change in the U.S. He has been a labor organizer, Lions Club president, father, hula dancer, computer technician and most recently graduated (2006) from the UCLA Joint MLIS / MA Program in Information Studies and Asian American Studies to emerge as a Librarian with a specialization in archival studies. His passion is to help develop a Filipino American Museum and Research Library. His life partner is Roselyn Estepa Ibanez, whom he met at the 1973 Filipino People's Far West Convention in San Jose, CA.

Edward J. Mallillin, Development Coordinator

Maria Gardoce, Administration Coordinator


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