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The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, SFV is now FACC- Los Angeles!
Written by Chamber Web Administrator   
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 00:00
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles...FACC-SFV logo
Making History since 2001 
FACC Founders
Photo by: Karlo David
07 April 2011
Rick Rolda, Leo Maranan and Joe Arciaga are the original founders of the San Fernando Valley Filipino American Chamber of Commerce (SFV- FACC, the official name), which is now the Filipino- American Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles! 
Joe originally approached Rick with the idea of starting a civic organization, but after meeting with Leo and various community leaders, the trio decided to continue in the steps of the former Greater Los Angeles Filipino- American Chamber of Commerce, formerly headed by Gloria Weischadle. The DBA name in 2001 was Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley (FACC-SFV). The 3 founders started the SFVFACC back in 2001. Noel Omega joined SFVFACC in 2003 as its Public Relations Officer. Noel became the Charter Co-Founder of FACC-SFV in 2005 when he became president and incorporated the chamber. Noel was the President of the chamber from 2005 to 2007. Leo Maranan then became president from 2007 to 2009. During Leo’s term, the chamber presidency was revamped to a yearly term beginning with the next term. Mr. Ric Rolda was President in 2010. Mr. Rodel Lumanog is now the President for the presidential term 2011. Additionally, Mr. Joe Arciaga was appointed as the first Executive Director for our Chamber in September 2010.

The FACC-LA is proud to announce that the organization has grown tremendously in the years since its founding. We have an office located at the Valley Corporate Community Center at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 205, Sherman Oaks, Ca 91344. Our Chamber holds regular workshops, Business Mixers, the Expo, and other projects. We are also affiliated with Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), United Chamber of Commerce (UCC), Business Federation (BizFed), and the Asian American Chamber Association (AACA). Our Chamber has also been actively supporting outreach projects with our Community Partners such as the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT), Heal the Bay, the Philippine Consulate’s OAV, and most recently with the Filipino-American Census 2010 Complete Count Committee. In addition, our group helps people who want to start a business or expand their business. This year we plan to support FilAm Arts and FPAC 20, the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture which is the BIGGEST Fil- Am Culture & Arts festival in Southern California!   
The FACC-LA is an active member of the United Chamber of Commerce (UCC). The UCC is a coalition of 32 Chamber and Business Organizations representing over 21,000 business that provide 387,000 jobs. We are recognized by UCC as the ORIGINAL Filipino- American UCC member. Some of our individual members have been awarded by the UCC over the past years for Small Business Award and Medium Business Award of the Year. Awardess include Niño Lim of Island Pacific, Leo Maranan of American Healthcare Services, Lulu Regular Mercado of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, Em Roberts, of WFG Team Empower & Partners, Inc., Susan Maranan of D’New Aristocrat, Harold Wilson and Amelia Peters of Harold Wilson Insuance Co., and most recently Luis Abiera of Amapola and Associates as the UCC Medium Business Awardee of 2010. Another highlight was when we were invited to join the Asian American Chamber Association (AACA) in January 2009 during Leo Maranan’s presidential term. The FACC- LA is honored to be the only Filipino Chamber member of AACA. Mr. Leo Maranan of FACC- LA is currently on the AACA Executive Board. 

Mary Ann R. Omega, Vice President of FACC-SFV and Noel Omega, FACC-SFV Past President, Charter Co-Founder and current Adviser. Photo by Awee Agbayari of Radio Manila. 
Mary Ann R. Omega, Vice President of FACC-SFV and Noel Omega, FACC-SFV Past President, Charter Co-Founder and current Adviser. Photo by Awee Agbayari of Radio Manila.
On July 31, 2010, we hosted the 5th Asian Friendship Golf Tournament. The event was held at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91387. On March 4, 2010, the group launched this project at Hilton Universal. The event was emceed by well known Filipino- American media personality and Radio Manila host Awee Abayari of the First Tri-Media Group.  The Kick-off event was attended by different businesses, representatives, donors, sponsors, government officials, Consuls- General and their officials of its respective Asian Nations and most of all the presence AACA members and guests was very evident.

The Asian Friendship Golf Tournament is held annually by the Asian American Chamber Association (AACA) to promote lifelong business relationships and to be able to strengthen the relationship among Asian American Leaders in Southern California. In addition, the purpose is to create an effective networking opportunity for everyone. This event is made possible with the cooperation and support of  11 Asian American Chamber of Association (AACA), such as China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Mongolia, Pakistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines – and is being supported by our Philippine Consulate, Philippine Department of Tourism, and Philippine Trade and Investment Center.  For more information visit: or go to   
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