FACC Officers 2020-2022
Josie Moralidad Ziman
President (Alexandria, VA) – 2018 breast cancer survivor, a native of Iloilo City, Philippines, is a radio journalist and White House Correspondent for Radio Mindanao Network, Iloilo City, Philippines, and a staff writer for Manila Mail newspaper in the Washington DC area. She anchors a weekly radio program “Pilipinas sa Amerika” featuring the life experiences and success stories of Filipinos in the United States. The radio show is broadcast every Saturday from 10:30-11 pm (Eastern Time) and Sunday from 10:30-11 am (Philippine Time). It is live stream online and on Facebook. In 2018, she was given recognition and award for being an outstanding community leader by the United Federation of Filipino American Educators in the United States or the UNIFFIED. Josie arrived in the United States in May 2002. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Barry Ziman who is a Director for Government Affairs at the College of American Pathologists in Washington D.C.
Edward Penaflor Logan
Executive Vice-President (Lorton, VA) - 2015 Leukemia cancer survivor, a philanthropist, business entrepreneur co-founded 2 start-up companies focusing on supporting Intelligence and law enforcement sectors in the US and advocating blockchain technology adoption in the education sector. Mr. Logan held senior executive positions for various US publicly held companies and recipients of many national /international awards. Lastly, Mr. Logan runs his own NGO that provides assistance to many street children at high risks in Asia by establishing micro-enterprise livelihood programs to combat poverty and advocate for their protection and serving in several US-based non-profit boards.
Vice President of Community Outreach Affairs (Manassas, VA) – Mrs. Cabtuando is happily married to Joseph Cabatuando & had 1 beautiful daughter Charmaine Cabatuando. She been babysitting for 20 years now and earned high-respect from her clients and loved by many children. She was an active member of the Mountaineer (AMSOC) & Philippines Dragonboat Athlete- Aqua Fortis Dragonboat Philippine Team that competes Internationally. She finished B.S. Computer Science in AMACC Makati, Philippines. Ms. Cabatuando served as TAMRI Administrator & was a producer for the IYAM-Movie that was shown in Maryland & Virginia. She has been an active member of Filipino Communities here in DC, Maryland & Virginia (DVM) in various volunteer capacities including The Fil-Am Family Association, Bayanihan Group Inc. of Metro DC, ISA- Ilocano Society of America- Ms. Teen Philippines - America Pageant. MHC-Migrant Heritage Commission whose primary mission is to Bring People together to Foster a Culture of Unity and Service. Live a Life that Matters.
Amante Jun Bustamante
Member of the FACC Charity Cancer Financial Assistance Committee (Leesburg, VA) - Jun Bustamante is a 2 time head and neck cancer survivor. Jun is from Virginia and was born and raised in Naic, Cavite Philippines. Jun is a proud father of two sons and been married to Eunice Castillo Bustamante for 20 yrs. Jun is a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Ashburn Consulting, an IT Consulting that concentrates on CyberSecurity and Network Engineering. One of Jun’s passion is to make a difference for people facing cancer.
Chair of the FACC Charity Cancer Financial Assistance Committee and Childhood Cancer Awareness Initiative (Springfield, VA) - Smith was born and grew up in the Philippines. She graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant administration. She moved to the US in 2002 and has been happily married for almost 11 years. She worked for Marriott & Ritz Hotels for 12 years but switched careers 3 years ago. She is currently working at the Capital One Corporate HQ office in Mclean. She has 2 beautiful daughters, Lucia, 7 years old and better known as LuciaBrave, as she has been a cancer survivor for 3 years now. And she has a little sister, Danielle, who is almost 5 years old. The Smith family has been actively participating and involved in fundraisers for national charity foundations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Make a wish Foundation, and as well as with local (DC area) childhood cancer organizations like Ellie’s Hats and more recently with FACC.
Communication Affairs Manager (Bronx, NY) – Ms. Andrada currently a Nursing Director for a newly formed company called The Nursing Office.Com which is located at the heart of Wall Street District in New York City. Ms. Andrada also works as a Newborn Care Specialist in Manhattan, Tri-State area, Washington DC, California, and Florida taking care of what she enjoys as her most favorite nursing field - Maternal and Child Nursing. She is a proud graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in BS Nursing which is located in Baguio, Philippines. She was a private duty nurse and took care of a stage 4 brain cancer patient in the Philippines and personally understands the challenges many cancer patients go through with this horrendous disease. Jan is a strong advocate in the promotion of WWII History in the Philippines particularly the battle of the Sibuyan Sea which took place in the Sibuyan Sea, Romblon, Philippines. Through the Friends of World War II Memorial, she participated during the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf by representing the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NAFFAA in honoring the heroism of Filipino, American, and FilAm veterans. Currently, she is serving as the Treasurer of NaFFAA New York State Chapter.
Jennifer Hodzic and Family “Hodzic, a Family of Artists.”
Chair of FACC Programming Events and Co-Chair of Childhood Cancer Awareness Initiative (Ormond Beach, Fl) - Both Branko & Jennifer Hodzic were professional musicians at an early age. Jennifer Hodzic was born in Quezon City, Philippines. Jennifer started singing when she was 12 years old. She joined and won many singing contests. Very quickly, she was supporting her whole family performing at various events from the charity, fundraising, corporate, and government events. Branko is a singer, songwriter, guitar player, and producer. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in songwriting and went on to write music for various bands in Washington DC and Los Angeles and created his own band called Sandbox Kings. He recorded and produced two studio albums with his band as well as write jingles for local business in the Washington DC area. He won the Washington Capitals Goal Song contest for the DC professional hockey team. His celebration song was played for two seasons after every goal scored. Their eldest daughter “Roxy” was born in 2010 and in 2014 the triplets were born. The family moved back to the Philippines in 2018 and the kids started doing TV, modeling, and TVC. Roxy is managed by Ogie Diaz Talents and can be seen in commercials with Anne Curtis for Pandesal Mate and with her younger brother in a Del Monte commercial, currently airing in the Philippines this holiday season. Their children have inherited the talents from both families as they show great visual, music, and performing artist potential.
Rey B. Dacul
Education/Health Affairs Manager (Washington D.C.) – Mr. Dacul was born and raised in Basey Samar, the Philippines who is a strong advocate for teachers and educators. Mr. Dacul is currently working as a school administrator that empowers everyone in the community and supports various community events including a cancer-related awareness campaign at the heart of the Nation’s Capitol. He serves as the President of the Unified Federation of Fil-Am Educators (UNIFFIED), a non-profit organization composed of different teachers, educators, and professionals who share in the teaching and providing community services. Thinking of financial relief for migrant workers, Mr. Dacul founded the UNIFFIED-DC Cooperative that is owned and managed by the Fil-Am teachers and educators in DC. He received various community and leadership awards. Also, Rey is a proud alumnus of Leyte Normal University, one of the best universities for both undergraduate and graduate studies specializing in the education major field.
Wilfredo “Willy” De Jesus and Ana Gene “ Diane” De Jesus
spiritual Advisors (Queens, NY) - The DeJesus are a couple of ministers. They both graduated with a Bachelor Of Science In Biological Sciences in Iloilo Doctors’ College at Iloilo City and a Bachelor Of Science in Physical Therapy at Riverside College, Bacolod City, Philippines. Both are Chaplain and Minister of the State of New York. Registered and Licensed Physical Therapist in the Philippines and in the US. He works as RPT in different facilities in the US since 1996 until now while she works as Home Health Care Personnel. They have been ministering to the elderly in the Nursing Home for 18 years. A senior pastor of Christ The Living Hope Church in Queens for almost 3 years and presently a senior pastor of International Fellowship Church in Queens. Together with IFC church, they’ve been actively supporting independent pastors, missionaries, churches, and organizations in the Philippines and also have done Philippines Mission Trip every year since 2016 with his family to support his daughter, Excelsa’s advocacy helping less privileged, critically sick, and special needs children. Believing that “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,” Colossians 3:23 NASB Recently Ptr. Willy faced his health’s greatest challenge when he got sick of Covid 19 which almost took his life and also infected his wife Diane and children (Christian and Excelsa). God is always good, faithful, and true to His promises according to His word, that He is in control of everything going on in their lives. Testing is inevitable and necessary but His presence is always with them to help them. Again, been strengthened by their faith in God as they put their trust and struggles into the hands of God Almighty that healed them and restored their health as well as strengthen their relationship with Him stronger than ever. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25 NASB.
Spiritual Advisor (Waldorf, MD) - Pastor Remo was born and raised in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, Philippines. He is a COVID-19 survivor and the original composer/writer of the popular Christian song “Ang Tanging Alay Ko.” Pastor Remo wrote the song in 1978 when he was studying at a bible school in the Philippines. “My life as a Christian has grown so much being involved in Bible Studies and singing in the church choir. Pastor Remo graduated Valedictorian and was offered a full scholarship in Chemical Engineering but before he finished his first year of studies he decided to dedicate his life to full-time ministry and went to Manila to attend Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute in Quezon City. It was there that the Lord started stirring within him the talent of songwriting. Pastor Remo would write Tagalog songs and teach them in youth choir. During Pastor Remo's senior year, he was assigned to Nueva Ecija for his internship. It was there that Pastor Remo wrote one of his compositions “Ang Tanging Alay Ko (Salamat Sa Iyo) in July of 1978. A schoolmate of his taught it to one of his friends who joined the “Tagis Himig” competition sponsored by DZAS. This is how this song gained so much popularity. It was included in the very first Papuri edition and was chosen as one of the top ten Filipino Gospel Songs of all time by FEBC. Pastor Remo doesn’t take credit for this - He gives our Lord the glory and countless have been blessed by this song. I’ve been told even Manny Pacquiao sings it.”
Easter Jeannette Abella
Co-Chair of the International Volunteer Outreach (Bethesda MD) - Born and raised in the Province of Davao de Oro. She graduated BSN from San Pedro College Davao City. Jeannette worked as a nurse in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for 10 years before migrating here to the US in 2002. While working in different countries, she met a lot of people from different parts of the world. Jeannette loves to learn about the many cultures and traditions of people from different parts of the globe. “ This world is beautiful because we accept each other's differences and we learn to co-exist.” She and her husband (Carl) are both very passionate about helping the poor, especially the kids in the Philippines that they join Feed the Hungry, Progressive Alliance for Filipino- American, Inc, Bayanihan of Metro DC, AAA Lions Club International, FilAm Ministry of St. Michael the Archangel Church and Philippine. Nurses Association and many more. It is their intention to help and make a difference in the lives of our “ Kababayans” especially the poor and sick that need assistance. Jeannette had joined many medical missions, gift-giving and typhoon relief assistance in the Philippines. She also volunteered to accompany sick and terminally ill Filipinos on their final flight from the USA to the Philippines. She currently works as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse in Medstar Washington Hospital Center and Holy Cross Health. Being a nurse during this pandemic is taxing yet very rewarding. She feels fortunate to be on the frontlines and to always have the opportunity to help and be there for the sick and their families.