Fritz Friedman, Chair Emeritus
Rose Ibanez, MPA, Chair
John Mina, Board President
Abigail Ameri Treanor, Vice President
Vee Cristobal , Treasurer
Paul Estuar, Esq., Legal Counsel
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.
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