The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood (FACCHO) was created to unite Filipino Entertainers with industry professionals such as Business Executives, Business Owners and Business Entrepreneurs worldwide.
It was also created to help organize the business end of FilAm entertainment by providing many opportunities to network with people who can really help your project as well as creating direct opportunities to access money through product placement, sponsorships and the people who may be interested in investments.
Last Thursday’s inaugural dinner event and membership drive held at the Barkada Restaurant & Lounge in Hollywood was the lit flame where communities are strengthened as organizations are encouraged to support diversity – especially Filipino Americans.
Filipino Americans are the second largest group of immigrants in the United States. FilAms are ranked as the second highest paid immigrants in the United States and the largest workforce – employees in the City of, and County of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has the biggest and largest concentrations of Filipino American Community immigrants in the entire United States of America – with 200 plus different organizations.
Together, across the globe in the working world, we empower our people by strengthening our communities. And, this past Thursday, July 12 was just the beginning.
“Within the FilAm culture, there are four movements happening simultaneously. A psychology movement, a food revolution, a film movement and an entrepreneurship movement.” says FACCHO Executive Officer and President Craig Wilson.
He continues, “As the FilAm Film Industry begins to truly grow, I am very proud to be a voice within it. The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood is here to act as a bridge. We see the divide between business and creative art within our community. To conquer that we will have a mix of business execs and artists at this event. We see the divide generationally in America. We will teach to respect our elders and slowly support their traditions by adding our own. We see the divide culturally. The Philippines is changing rapidly. We want to build that bridge so we can support their art and business as well as create opportunities for them to support us. We are stronger when we support and work together.“
One of our newest members, Mylena Christina, a realtor and active on a couple of West Hollywood boards and chambers, joined the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood that night.
Members are the life of our organization. By becoming a member, you gain access to people and businesses that can have a huge impact to your business needs. You also gain exclusive discounts to our events, and your membership supports FACCHO in its efforts to enhance our FilAm Community’s presence in the local industry.
The inspiring evening was hosted by two-time Emmy Award television host and content creator, Jackie Fernandez.
Barkada Menu: Food is limited to per person- 3 Lumpia (combination of Sisig and Lola’s 3 Calamansi Chicken Wings), and for the vegetarians, 1 Garlic Noodles, 2 Caprizi Sticks.
Our journey began with a celebration of Filipino American food by Barkada and FilAm art and performance…including eleven-year-old ventriloquist, Shane Selloria, stand-up comedian Erick Esteban, and visual art by Lyn Pacificar!
“Lyn’s mystically beautiful expressions of nature’s wonder, juxtaposed against repurposed wood in a darkened space. Creation meets reclamation during an evening about inspiration..” says curator and guest Ave Jacinto.
FACCHO’s Guests of Honors include Filipino American actor Reggie Lee (NBC’s Grimm) and two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer Marc Anthony Nicolas (CBS’ The Talk).
The crowd in attendance was inspired. They enjoyed the narratives of how once underdogs like Reggie Lee were able to succeed in an industry that makes it difficult for minorities to excel or even get noticed.
And, for two-time Emmy Award winner Marc Anthony Nicolas, his humble beginnings were truly inspirational who after so many rejections finally landed his dream job working with Tyra Banks on her daytime talk show, but had to leave to care for his dying mother. When his mother passed, it took him three months to recover from his grief. He returned to New York and landed The Talk.
“It was one of those nights that legends are made of. The energy was infectious, you could feel the vibe in the room supporting the movement that is happening. And then there was Marc Anthony Nicolas’ speech. It was a rousing, exciting, emotional roller coaster that captivated and inspired the entire audience.” says Wilson.
It was a historical night on Friday, July 12, 2018 as the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood was officially recognized by the Mayor’s Office and the City of Los Angeles.
Then, the networking began.
Wilson summed it up,”What. An. Amazing. Night. Thank you to my board and all of those that believe in what we are doing.”
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