Monthly Archives: July 2010

Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Filipina American Nominee for CA Supreme Court Chief Justice

KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress would like to congratulate Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on her nomination for chief justice of the California Supreme Court. Part of KAYA’s mission is to help develop leaders to represent us at every level of government. Through programs such as the KAYA Summer Internship Program and Leadership Summit, we work to inspire and educate today’s young Filipino American professionals to be tomorrow’s leaders. We also want to acknowledge the leadership of other Filipino Americans to remind us that it’s possible. Kaya natin!

Press Release from the Office of the Governor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye as his choice for chief justice of the California Supreme Court.

“Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has a distinguished history of public service and understands that the role of a justice is not to create law, but to independently and fairly interpret and administer the law,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “She is a living example of the American Dream and when she is confirmed by the voters in November, Judge Cantil-Sakauye will become California’s first Filipina chief justice; adding to our High Court’s already rich diversity.” Continue reading


DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos & Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba (USA-Ret.) keynote speakers for the 1st annual KAYA Leadership Summit

Great news!  DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos & Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba (USA-Ret.) have both confirmed their participation as keynote speakers for the 1st annual Kaya Summer Internship Program (KSIP) Leadership Summit this Saturday, July 17.  The FB invite has been updated with the latest schedule of speakers.

If you haven’t RSVPed yet or sent in your payment via PayPal, registration is still $13 online ($15 onsite) and includes breakfast, lunch, and merienda (snacks). Payments can be sent to-

Questions?  Please contact-

Register here:

Click here to register for the FULL DAY session – $13

Click here to register for morning session only – $5

To accommodate other community events taking place Saturday afternoon, we are now offering Morning Registration from 9am-12pm for only $5!

Morning only registration includes:

–the Opening Keynote with DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos;
–A panel with five Capitol Hill insiders; and
–A panel on the recently successful Filipino WWII veterans campaign.

–$5/morning registration
–$13/all day online before July 17
–$15/all day onsite

Full day registration includes all of the above, plus:

–Banh Mi lunch;
–Leadership development exercises;
–A panel with three Executive Branch veterans;
–Merienda (snacks)
–A panel with seasoned political campaign professionals; and
–the Closing Keynote with Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba.

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You’re invited to a reception with David Plouffe

David Plouffe, the architect of President Obama’s winning presidential campaign, will be in San Francisco on July 14, 2010, 7pm, at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. And KAYA member, Ace Climaco, is co-hosting a reception for him in SF and you’re invited. Continue reading

Hyphen magazine presents Alien/ation

Hyphen magazine, in partnership with Paper Hat Productions, presents Alien/ation – a group show of Hyphen illustrators and painters from past and present, whose works have increased the depth of our understanding of Asian America.


Saturday, July 10th
5:30 pm – Artist’s Reception
7:00 pm – Art Riot Extravaganza

Space Gallery
1141 Polk St., San Francisco

$5 at the door
$15 includes a one year Hyphen subscription (50% off!)

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Obama sent delegation to Manila for Inaugration of Aquino III

WASHINGTON, DC–President Barack Obama announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Manila, Philippines to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President-elect of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, 2010.

The Honorable Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative, will lead the delegation.

Member of the Presidential Delegation:

The Honorable Harry K. Thomas, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines

Joe Montano Becomes Northeast Political Director for DNC

Joe Montano just a got a new job description: Northeast Political Director for DNC. Congrats to Joe!

Jose “Joe” Montano, Jr. currently serves as the Northeast Political Director for the DNC. Joe has spent the last 5 years working in Virginia on the two most recent gubernatorial campaigns and for the state party as a member of the DNC State Partnership Program. In 2008 his primary role with the Campaign for Change revolved around constituency outreach, especially among the diverse Asian American communities in Northern Virginia. He was the Asian American Outreach Director for the 2005 Coordinated Campaign in Virginia and a DNC AAPI Field Director in Nevada during the 2004 campaign. Continue reading

KSIP Leadership Training 2010 (Washington, DC)

KAYA’s Summer Internship Program (KSIP) Leadership Training strives to connect summer interns, professional and elected officials on topic discussions, skillset trainings, and mentorship roundtables vital to the development of young Filipino American leadership through a two-day training session at OCA National Headquarters – 1322 18th Street NW.

Click here to download the FULL itinerary: KSIP Leadership Training 2010


To pay online, please visit wtih payments made to
_$10 online before July 10
_$13 online before July 17
_$15 on-site registration
Breakfast, lunch, & merienda/snacks will be provided.

KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress (KAYA) administers the only summer educational and leadership development workshop series in Washington DC, focused specifically on the Filipino American community and its role in public policy and government. The Summer Internship Program (KSIP) Leadership Summit is a free event intended to supplement a Washington, DC internship experience. Through a series of informal workshop and skills building sessions, student participants work with each other, KAYA staff and policy professionals to learn the skills necessary for leadership. Sessions focus on the development of issue knowledge, career exploration, and skill building.

*** This event is open to the public but with a special focus on students and/or recent graduates. While all our speakers are Filipino American, the event is open to all. ***

DRAFT AGENDA – Speaker list in formation: Continue reading