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Please put my contribution to work immediately to advancing Filipino American and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues and priorities among elected officials and candidates for public office.

Membership Categories

General Membership

Any registered voter in the Democratic Party of New York who supports the mission of the Club shall be eligible for general membership. General Members may vote on any Club election and serve on board committees as chairs, lead organizers or members at-large. Exemptions are made for permanent residents/green card holders who are not registered to vote in the Democratic Party, but faithfully pledge to do so once they become naturalized.

Supporting Membership

Anyone may become a supporting member who supports the mission and priorities of the club. Supporters may serve as lead organizers or members at-large of committees. They may vote in the committee, and in any motions during general meetings of the club that are not directly in relation to the endorsement or election of Club members or electoral candidates.

Take Action Now

Recognize & Honor Filipino WWII Veterans’ Sacrifices for America

House of Representatives from New York State who are co-sponsors of H.R. 2737:  
11 out of 27 (as of April 24, 2016)

Help us get to 100%! Call your representative and ask to speak to someone regarding co-sponsoring a bill.

  1. Find your representative (Click Here)
  2. Call House Switchboard Operator at (202)225-3121 and ask to be connected to the Representative.
  3. When you reach the Representative’s office, explain that you are a constituent calling about a bill (H.R. 2737).
  4. Get the name of the person you are speaking with. Explain why the Representative should support the bill: 
    • There were over 200,000 Filipino and Filipino American soldiers who served in WWII.
    • The bill would recognize the contributions made by Filipino American veterans who fought as American nationals during World War II, when the Philippines was a Commonwealth (like Puerto Rico) of the United States.
    • Filipino Veterans are dying each day, without getting the recognition they deserve. We cannot wait another year on this.
    • Filipino WWII Veterans are the only major ethnic group of WWII American soldiers who never received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal? (This honor has been received by Tuskegee Airmen, Japanese American Nisei, and Navajo Code Talkers, but not Filipinos.)
    • Such a co-sponsorship would be welcomed by the 126,000 Filipino Americans who call New York their home.
  5. Tell us how it went. Email us at about who you spoke with.


Events & Meetings

Democratic Presidential Primary Filipino American Issues Forum

Moderated by CBS NY’s Kristine Johnson, feat. Jason Tengco, and Dr. Paul Y. Song.

April 15, 2016, 6:30PM
Columbia University
Mathematics Building

The Club

Become a member

The FADCNY is open to everyone, but only those who hold General Membership are eligible to serve as committee chairs, and vote on club officers, and electoral endorsements. Join us now.


The Club is always actively looking for community volunteers for special projects. Email us at

Officers & Directors


Aries Dela Cruz, Club President
Steven Raga, Vice President


Aaron Soriano, Political Committee Co-Chair
Marilyn Abalos, Membership Co-Chair
Johanna Contreras, Governance & Finance Co-Chair
Marian Guerra, Communications Co-Chair
Iris Zalun, Membership Co-Chair


Rapi Castillo
Sarah Fajardo
Kristina Joyas
Maria Cruz Lee

Kalaya’an Mendoza
Philip V. McCarthy
Yves Nibungco
Rachelle Ocampo
Ed Santos
Cheska Tolentino

Club Mission

Filipino American Democratic Club of New York is a political club that organizes and leads the Filipino American electorate in New York City and New York State. We are dedicated to advancing Filipino American and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues and priorities among elected officials and candidates for public office.  Our main priorities include the promotion of a progressive platform of the Democratic Party and fair and just representation for Filipinos in the redistricting process. The Club welcomes participation from all New Yorkers interested in supporting Filipino & AAPI priorities.

To achieve our mission, the Club will organize and unite the Filipino community and those who support their issues and priorities to: vigorously participate in the electoral process through canvassing and Get Out the Vote operations; register voters who support the Club’s mission; evaluate candidates for elected and appointed public office and actively support those candidates who best promote the Club’s mission; identifying leaders for appointments and elections within the Democratic Party at all levels, ranging from judicial delegates, county and state committees, to district leaders, presidential primary delegates, and national committees; increasing the number of Filipinos who are engaged in civic leadership through appointments to various local boards and committees, positions such as community boards, community education councils, precinct community councils, neighborhood advisory boards, and community action boards; and actively support the election and appointments of progressive Filipino and AAPI candidates.

In addition, the Club will organize public events such as candidate and issue forums; evaluate pending legislation, adopt public positions, and advise the Filipino community and the public at large of the Club’s recommendations; build coalitions with other organizations that support the Club’s mission; and increase the Club’s visibility and influence by advocacy, community action, and organizing.

Voter Info


We’ll update this if our Club makes endorsements in 2016.


We’ve sent out questionnaires to candidates for key and competitive races in 2016. We’ll update this section when they become available. Candidates that do not return our questionnaire by the deadline will be marked as having failed to respond.

Voter Assistance

APIA Vote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice offer Election Day bilingual assistance in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).



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