JULY 2015

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


First Filipino president of social organization

Ronald Sanchez was elected as the first Filipino president of the Camphill Association of North America, which is an movement that provides services to developmentally disabled youth, teen and adults. He worked previously as a Camphill administrator, overseeing services provided to these individuals.
He holds a certificate in holisitc special education program.

Left Photo: Ronald Sanchez

Camphill communities are one of the programs provided by the AmeriCorps program, a program that provides pathways for young people entering the workforce.
The organization was founded in 1959. Sanchez hopes Filipino youth will be attracted to Camphill's mission and volunteer. Filipino American youth have been volunteering during gap years, according to an Inquirer News report.

Former PH senator works for women’s rights

Former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani was honored for her work in promoting women’s rights by Sen. Loren Legarda and the PH House of Representatives.
She was instrumental in the passage of the Reproductive Health Law and the amendment of the Anti-Rape Law. It was through her efforts that the UN continued a series of international conferences that brought forth the 1995 International Women’s Conference in Beijing.
She is regarded as one of the “mothers” of the international feminist movement.
She served as Dean of the Graduate School of Lyceum of the Philippines. She was also a UN diplomat and public servant. Shahani is the sister of former PH President Fidel Ramos.

Teacher chosen as a finalist for Big Apple Awards

A Filipino-American 6th grade teacher was among the finalists chosen for the 2015 Big Apple Awards.
Rosalinda Sevillejo-Bajolo, a native of Zamboanga del Sur, was one of the top 27 teachers considered for the teachers excellence award given in the state of New York.

Right photo is Rosalinda Sevillejo-Bajolo and husband Joebert. (Photo by Elton Lugay)

She teaches Science at Intermediate School 230 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. Bajolo was the only Filipino teacher nominated out of 4,800 for this year.
Bajolo has been teaching for more than 20 years, according to an Inquirer News report.
The only Filipino recipient of this prestigious award was Dr. Marietta Timblaco Geraldino who was awarded in 2013. Geraldino was part of the team who interviewed for the 2014 and 2015 finalists, the report added.

Cebu City native murdered by husband

Indra Marie Quisido-Sarong Jones was shot and killed by her husband Avery Jones after an intense argument June 16 in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, reported by ABC News affiliate KATC.com. Her husband also died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
The 36 year-old immigrated from Cebu City,  Philippines five years ago and acquired her US citizenship. She studied at Louisiana State University-Eunice. Jones also worked at a gas-station full-time and sent her earnings family in the Philippines, according to an Inquirer News report.
Her friends raised about $4,000 to send her body back to the Philippines but they need about $15,000 because of risen costs, the report said. Those interested in donating can donate by visiting the web site www.gofundme.com/indramarie





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