Miguel Sangalang Welcome Luncheon

Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees (LAFACE) objective is to foster the advancement of Filipinos and other minorities in Los Angeles City, and to promote the economic, social, cultural, and educational advancement of Filipinos in the community.

LAFACE put together a “Meet and Greet” event to congratulate and get to know the newly appointed Deputy Mayor of Budget and Innovation, Miguel Sangalang. He is the highest ranking Filipino civil servant in the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s current administration.

LAFACE is very proud to celebrate the success of their fellow Filipino civil servant and member of LAFACE. This event was to let fellow Filipinos, non-Filipino members and other guests to know that LAFACE strives to foster the general advancement of Filipinos in City’s service. It gives support and acknowledgement for contributions given to the City. This is also to offer inspiration to everyone, to witness and experience how LAFACE continues to promote and serve as an advocate for its members. The event was also geared to encourage non-members to sign up and support its mission. The honoree was introduced by Mr. Joel Jacinto, a Commissioner from the Board of Public Works, another high-ranking Filipino appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. LAFACE thanked Council member, Jose Huizar, of Council District 14 for his gracious support which allowed everyone invited to gather and celebrate.

“Founded on the premise that diversity and representation are important – especially in places where people are able to make real change happen, representation is not just about having a seat at the big table. Representation is about being able to contribute in various, unique ways, to encourage and foster new perspectives, to engage in different conversation, and to solve problems with innovative solutions. Representation brings on a ripple effect. And it is ultimately about being more inclusive in the many different types of tables EVERYWHERE – big or small tables, corporate or community tables, artistic or academic tables, and even where we are now – at the dining table, enjoying Filipino food. Representation in key places allows for possibilities and opportunities in various other places. This year LAFACE is celebrating 35 th year anniversary.

For the October celebration of Filipino American History Month, we are celebrating LAFACE’s 35 years of contribution to the great City of Los Angeles, and its Filipino-American civil servants. Please save the date on Friday, October 6, 2017 for Filipino-American History Month celebration at the Los Angeles City Hall.

We are asking all LAFACE members and Filipino City employees to look for old photos from previous LAFACE events to include flyers, newsletters, and other old city memorabilia as well. If you have older family members who worked for the City, please invite them to the event!

LAFACE will be awarding scholarships at the October 6 FAHM event. The formal announcement will be sent via e-mail in the next couple of weeks with the instructions and application form. Applications are due by mid-September. We will be awarding four $500 scholarships. Three will be awarded to children of 1-year LAFACE members:

1. High School Academic Merit

2. College Academic Merit

3. Outstanding Community Service (High School or College) and, our newest category is for a LAFACE member who is working and studying at the same time as follows:

4. City Employee College Student: 1-year LAFACE member, working full or part time for the City, and attending school for higher education (for a trade, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree).

“Thank you all for joining us today! We hope to see you all again at LAFACE’s 35th Year celebration and Filipino American History Month on October 6th. We encourage you to be LAFACE ambassadors, and share with your Filipino coworkers the many things LAFACE has to offer, and together, let us foster the advancement of Filipinos in City Service, and promote the economic, social, cultural and educational advancement of Filipinos in the community.” ~ Miguel Sangalang