First Newsletter Issue:                                                                                                                   January 25, 2016
President's Message:
      First, I would like to introduce myself to those who don't know me. My name is Mariane Pedrezuela Bayani, but you can call me Mayette. I am honored and privileged to be given the task of being 2016 Fil-Am president which I graciously accept and promise to be worthy of your trust.... 

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Meet your 2016 Fil-Am Board Members and Officers:

L-R: Pam Peterman-Past President, Koko Trinidad -Immediate Past President, Mayette Bayani-President, Mike Billedo -Vice President, Juliet Cook-Treasurer, Berna Bray -Social Chair, Willy Blanco -PRO, Rose Nagaj-Membership Chair, Edison Villanueva-Ways & Means Chair, Ana Blackburn-Service Chair, Emelyn Turner-Culture Chair.
Not in photo; Arjho Turner-Secretary, Alex Pascual -Parliamentarian
February Event:
On February 13th, Saturday, we promise an unforgettable Valentine date with your significant other, as we take you to Hawaii for a Valentine Luau, where you can enjoy a sumptuous 8 course sit down dinner, entertainment, an all night ball room dancing and lots of fun. Please come in Hawaiian or festive attire as we will heat up the night with all the festivities.

Please click on image at right to register and purchase your tickets.
The Search Is On For.....
The search is on to recognize an outstanding student in the Filipino-American community for academic excellence, leadership involvement and community service.... 

The following are the criteria that an applicant must adhere to: 
  • Be a High School Senior at an accredited institution in the Greater Atlanta area. 
  • Be a dependent of a paid member of the Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta for at least two (2) consecutive years.
  • Be of Filipino descent. 
  • Have a consistent superior record of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.5. 
  • Exhibit good leadership and citizenship. 
  • Consistently participate in extra-curricular and community/volunteer activities. 
  • Not be related to any one of the current 2016 Fil-Am Officers. 
The most deserving student awaits a minimum of $1,000 scholarship grant!

If you, or someone you know possess the following qualifications, you or she could be the 2016 Miss Fil-Am!
  • Must have at least one-fourth Filipino heritage.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age and not more than 20 years of age by June 2015 
  • Must be a student at or a graduate from an accredited high school or college institution in Georgia or home schooled 
  • Must be single, never been married, and never have given birth to a child 
  • Must be a Fil-Am member in good standing or, if a minor, must have a parent or guardian who is a Fil-Am member in good standing 
  • Must be in good health and has good moral character with no prior conviction of misdemeanor or felony 
  • Must be a legal resident of Georgia 

2016 Miss-Fil-Am will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus the Crown, Sash and Scepter, and the opportunity to represent the Filipino-American community in various events in Metro Atlanta. The 2015 Miss Fil-Am Alison Nagaj, subsequently won the Miss Asian Cultural Experience Pageant.

Fil-Am Calendar of Events!
Balitang Pilipino Staff:
Editor in Chief:
Willy Blanco

Pia Valeriano
Raymond Partolan
Luisa Godbold 
The Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta