Presented by the National Federation of Filipino American Association Region V, Filipiniana celebrated an evening of dinner and dancing, as well as the presentation of community awards on Saturday, Oct. 22. The evening opened with a welcome and invocation by Dr. Erlinda Rojas-Santos, Vice Chair of NaFFAA Region V. Ed Navarra, NaFFAA National Chair and Donna LaVigne, Chair of Region V presented Outstanding Youth Leader Awards to Jessica Pasion and Theresa Fernstedt. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to retired U.S. Army Veteran Ron Nono, who has been involved with the Filipino-American Community of Southern Colorado since 1993.
Chris Jose, Reporter for Fox 31 News, shared an inspirational message to the young Filipino Americans in the audience. Then the entertainment began with performances by Philippine American Society of Colorado, Filipino American Community of Southern Colorado and Hype 303. LokoMotion Band played live music to end the evening with dance.