Our young members show the best examples of youth in the community
Kristelle Siarza shown here modeling the latest of Pinoy Pride themed tee shirts at the FANHS National Conference in St. Louis. Kristelle is a recipient of the Manoa Youth Award presented with the Pamana Awards recognitions through the Rio Grande Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society. Kristelle has spent time as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune and is a familiar host/emcee to our Filipino American community events and programs. Kristelle was graduate of La Cueva HS.
Kila Hartom, Tyler's sister, follows her brother's passion for sports. She is mostly active in soccer, however she is also a voleyball and basketball player. Recently, she scored points to win St. Mary's Cougars against Annunciation. Kila attends St. Mary's School in downtown Albuquerque as an eight grader. She plans to attend St. Pius HS after graduating junior high.
Leland Pascual, grandson of Nita and Jose Pascual of Santa Fe, NM, has a small non-speaking part in "Trade", a film on human trafficking. It was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, UN, and other cities. The film was made in Mexico City and Albuquerque, NM. Leland went to Mexico
Tyler Hartom, son of Blesila and Kirk Hartom, has been a wrestler since he could barely walk. Tagging along with his dad who was a wrestling coach for Highland HS Hornets at that time, he evolved into participating exercises and practices. Tyler became a champion at the age of 4, beating all 4 year olds in New Mexico and then winning against 4 year olds in the Southwest. He is a humble kid who earned countless medals and trophies covering the walls in his room at home. At 16, he has won placements in tournaments both regional and national events from Florida to Denver to Las Vegas, not to mention within the state of New Mexico. Just most recently, December 8th 2007, he placed second in an invitational in Las Cruces, NM. Tyler attends St. Pius HS in Albuquerque. Tyler also played varsity football and soccer at St. Pius.
Jami Abdullah, a member of the FILAMNM Cultural Dance Group was awarded "Outstanding Male Athlete of the Week" of Oct 15-19, 2007 by the Athletic Director, Albuquerque Public School. Eldorado High School Varsity Football won the District Championship for the 5A Division. On offense, Jami plays wide receiver and on defense, he plays corner back. He was awarded a certificate of achievement for being first as corner back in all district and third in all metro. He is currently second in the State in interceptions behind Clovis' corner back. He is the son of Jery and Ligaya White.
Krystal Fournier started to be an active participant of the Fil-Am Cultural scene when she was barely a toddler as a solo performer hula dancer with the coaching of her mom, Kate, an accomplished performer herself. Through the years she has excelled in academics through elementary and now in high school at Albuquerque's Del Norte High where she is active in sports. Here she shows comeraderie with fellow Volleyball team mates, pictured here from the Albuquerque Tribune.
©2007 Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico