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Two Filipinas Named San Francisco Commissioners

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Marily Mondejar, president of Filipina Womenās Network (middle) joins SF San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in raising their hands and voices in support of One Billion Rising. FILE PHOTO

SAN FRANCISCO—Mayor Ed Lee included two Filipinas among the 32 community leaders he recently named to serve as city commissioners.
Marily Mondejar, president of the Filipina Women’s Network, was appointed to the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure (“CCII”), the successor agency to the recently disbanded San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Governor Jerry Brown eliminated all redevelopment agencies in California in 2011 as a budget-cutting measure.

Mondejar’s commission oversees land use, development and design approval for   major development projects, including Mission Bay, Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point and Transbay Terminal. The body manages former Redevelopment Agency assets in Yerba Buena Center. These projects are aimed at creating jobs, affordable housing, commercial space, parks and open spaces in Districts 6 and 10.

Mondejar was also in the city’s Redistricting Task Force, which will redraw the boundaries for San Francisco’s 11 supervisors’ districts, to lay the groundwork for the city’s political process for the next decade.

Mondejar has a strong background in public service, having been a member of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women’s Justice & Courage Project, which implements changes in the City’s system-wide response to domestic violence. In 2009 she expanded the campaign to engage the Asian communities and developed coalitions to end violence against women and girls. Last year, she tried the political waters by running for a seat at the Democratic County Central Committee but did not win.

The other Filipina named to a commission is Carmen Colet, chair of the San Francisco Manila Sister City Committee and Commissioner of the Asian Art Museum. Colet was re-appointed to the same position in Asian art museum commission, where she was the first Filipino to be appointed three years ago.
Under Colet’s tenure, Filipino art work and artifacts have seen more exposure than before. Artists such as BenCab, Poklong Anading and Ringo Bonoan were invited to speak and display their artwork. T’boli traditional weavers and their ancient weaving techniques have also graced the Samsung Hall. Target First Free Sunday every October has been designated to honor Filipino Heritage.

Colet hopes to have more Filipino supporters of the arts will help expand the Filipiniana section in the museum.

She is currently chair-emeritus of the San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce having played a leading role in supporting Filipino entrepreneurs and small business for the past decade. She is vice president of Colet Special Vehicles founded by her engineer husband Ralph Colet.


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  • beerhunters

    there you you go again, calling them filipinas, when in fact they are americans.  Yet you would not call Pnoy as chinese and Pres. Obama as Kenyan,  why is this?

    • kanoy

       QUITE SIMPLE,,,,THIS COUNTRY THAT OFFERS ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ANY AVERAGE CITIZEN WANTS TO TAKE THE CREDIT FOR THE PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS THESE VERY SAME PEOPLE ARE DENIED HERE FIND ELSEWHERE
      WATCH WHAT GETS PUT IN THESE PAPERS IF ADRIANNA A FILIPINO-AMERICAN FROM ALASKA ADVANCES IN THIS 2013 AMERICAN IDOL,,,,ALA JESSICA SANCHEZ
      NOT ONE OF THESE FIL-AMS WOULD BE WHERE THEY ARE TODAY HAD THEY STAYED IN THE PHILIPPINES
      THEY DID NOT OBTAIN THEIR SUCCESS AND ADVANCEMENT DUE TO THEIR FILIPINO BLOOD,,,,,THEY OBTAINED IT DUE TO THE COUNTRY THEY RESIDE IN PROVIDED THEM THE OPPORTUNITY ,,,,, BASED ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY,,,,, NOT THEIR BLOOD LINE AND POLITICAL CONNECTIONS

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HVYTBIHMN2QG7JYVNBQPECCYU4 Semplang

         ahhahhaaha..kanoy. there is no such thing as filipino blood….filipino is a nationality

      • kanoy

         GOOD NOW BRIGHT GIRL TELL US WHAT NATIONALITY IS FILIPINO BLOOD? CHINESE? NORWEGIAN? GERMAN? PUERTO RICAN? BRAZILIAN? CUBAN? AMERICAN? RUSSIAN?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HVYTBIHMN2QG7JYVNBQPECCYU4 Semplang

         

        I
        don’t think there is even an American blood, nor Chinese blood.. since blood
        types transcends race…perhaps it should have been the “genes”it is the gene
        that defines how a person looks and Filipinos are Autronesian people… same as
        the inhabitants of Indonesia, Madagascar, ethnic Taiwan, Hawaii, pacific
        islanders, Malaysia…guam… etc..

         

        austronseian
        gene is not pure, it itself is a admixture of diff.erent genes. The largest and
        I think the base gene is Formosan., admixed  with Indian, Turkic, Polynesian and others, all in varying degrees
        depending on where the country is situated.

      • kanoy

         TECHNICALITIES ARE AS USELESS AS THEY ARE MINDLESS IN QUEST FOR AN EXCUSE,,,GENES ARE HEREDITY

  • i_am_filipino

    Because chinese are low class citizen if you speak chinese in public in philippines, europe, asean, australia, canada, everyone will get annoyed because they know you are coming from a country of fake and communist selling fake, fakes, but only fakes products and spying every country and steal information. NEVER TRUST CHINESE. THEIR GODS ARE THE CORRUPT MILITARY IN CHINK LAND AND THEY ALWAYS THINK THEY ARE SUPERPOWERFULLY FAKEEEEEEE AND STUPID COMMUNIST UGLY CHINK

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1543734832 DZ Jones

    They should be called Americans now and not Filipinas. Stop this confusions where you are now a resident in foreign country then you are still called Filipinas

    • riza888

      America is considered the melting pot of the world because different ethnic groups from all over the world have moved there over the years and created a very diverse population. People relate to their ancestry as their ethnicity in the US. They are American citizens, yes, but being Filipino is their heritage and genetic make up.

  • kismaytami

    If they are already American citizens, then they should be called “Americans”. They deserve it.

    • riza888

      “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…”

  • sanjuan683

    Mga unggoy na amerikano na sila, tinalikuran na nila ang pagiging Pinoy o Pinay. Mas mahal nila ang bansang US kaysa bansang sinilangan nila. Kadalasan ang katwiran nila hindi daw matino ang takbo ng gobierno, kadalasan katakot-takot na pintas binibigay nila sa sariling nila bansang Pinas dahil mga corrupt daw ang nasa gobierno. Kaya dun na sila naglagi sa bansang US, na mayroon din sang-damakmak na corruption at may napakalaki pagkakautang na trillion sa China. Ang bansa pinagmamalaki nila na balasubas sa pagbibigay ng war benefits sa mga Filipino veterans ng nagpaloko sa US, na sumali sa giyera ng US at Japan, na sa katunayan ito ay giyera ng US at Japan at nadamay lang ang bansa natin. Kaya hindi na sila tunay na Pinoy, bakit kamo, dahil nanumpa na sila sa flag ng US, maliwanag di ba? Once na nanumpa ka sa isang Flag ng isang bansa, you’re already citizen of that country. Kaya stop calling them Pinoy, huag ninyo lituhin ang mga mangbabasa.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

      Crab? 

      I am happy that our kababayans are doing well abroad. What is it with us na utak talangka pa rin?

    • Anqui

      sanjuan, easy ka lang…many of us like to go leave Pinas with heavy heart.  There is a common denominator for wanting…corrupt public officials who wallows on our money, and choked up the economy.  People of the like of the Estradas, Arroyos, Binays, Enriles, and close friends who make us poor. You may start educating the voting public not to Vote  any UNA senatorial candidate because they are all CORRUPT!!

  • PinoyDude

    There are reasons why Filipinos choose to live in the Philippines, or the US and elsewhere.

    If there is opportunity where you are right now, go ahead and work it with all your might. There are plenty of successful Filipinos in the US and even here in Pinas who did their part to make their dreams come true.

    Pay it forward to your homeland when you become successful—that’s one of your roles in nation building.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    Im happy for these two Pinays. We should be happy for them. At least doon, they can serve with all honesty.

    Congratulations mga kabayan!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    sa dami ng pilipino sa u.s.
    wala pang ni isang cabinet level appointment

    ganyan ang tingin ni
    barack is no black
    sa mga pilipino



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