The Filipino Young Professionals of Washington, D.C.

Trailblazer Filipino American Women Veterans Make History

March is Women’s History Month

Throughout the U.S. military history, many Asian immigrants to the United States enlisted and served alongside their counterparts all the way back to the Civil War. More importantly, many women started to formally enlist in the early 20th century to become part of the growing strength of the U.S. Armed Forces and some of that small number include Filipino American women.

FYP-DC remembers all the women who have served in the military and honors those who are still currently serving our nation.

Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

Babette Bolivar

Babette “Bette” Bolivar was born in Hawaii and raised in various locations in the Western Pacific by Filipino parents Ted Cereno Bolivar, from Camarines Sur and Virginia Dolor of Pangasinan. Her father Ted retired as a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in oceanography. She also holds a Master of Science in management from Troy University. She was also inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

In the first woman-to-woman transfer of command of U.S. Navy Region Southeast, Rear Admiral Bolivar assumed command from Rear Admiral Mary M. Jackson in a ceremony February of 2017. As the current Commander of Navy Region Southeast, she is the regional commander and immediate superior in command, and manages and oversees shore installation management support and execution for 18 installations within Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Cuba.


Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

Raquel C. Bono

Commissioned in June 1979, Vice Admiral Raquel Bono obtained her baccalaureate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and attended medical school at Texas Tech University.

Shortly after training, she saw duty in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as head, Casualty Receiving, Fleet Hospital 5 in Saudi Arabia from August 1990 to March 1991. Her other duties include being a surgeon and head of commands in various Navy locations.

In September 1999, she was assigned as the director of Restorative Care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She currently serves as director of Defense Health Agency (DHA) in Falls Church, VA. The Director of DHA oversees a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the Army, Navy and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime. The DHA supports the delivery of integrated, affordable, and high quality health services to Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries and is responsible for driving greater integration of clinical and business processes across the MHS.

Bono is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and has an Executive MBA from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University.


Florence Ebersole Finch

Florence Finch in an undated photograph. She enlisted with the Coast Guard after working for the Philippine resistance and aiding the Americans in World War II. Credit United States Coast Guard

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FYP-DC 2018 Kick-Off Happy Hour

FYP-DC 2018 Kick-Off Happy Hour

Filipino Young Professionals hosting 2018 Kick-Off Happy Hour

FYP opening the year with 2018 Kick-Off Happy Hour

Washington DC: The Washington DC chapter of FYP (i.e. Filipino Young Professionals) is opening the New Year with a 2018 Kick-Off Happy Hour at Purple Patch in Columbia Heights. As the premier organization for Filipino working professionals, this networking event is designed to connect all Filipino and Asian-Pacific Islanders in the DC metro area.

The event is featured on our social media pages. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP on Facebook. Along with guest speakers, great food, and successful company, the event will feature a raffle for those who select ‘Going’ on Facebook. The event will also be an introduction to the 2018 Executive Board of FYP. For any questions or feedback, please email


Purple Patch
3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Date and Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6 – 9pm

Executive Board

  • Christal Simanski, President
  • John Victoria, Vice President of Finance
  • Stephanie Wong, Vice President of Internal Affairs
  • Walbert Castillo, Vice President of External Affairs
  • Isabella Basco, Vice President of Communications

We are moving!

Yes, FYP-DC is moving…virtually. New year, new look! After five years, we are redesigning our website and will be launching it in a few weeks. Stay tuned for a new layout and more exciting contents for the new year.

Join FYP-DC so you don’t miss out on any of our events and happenings catered specifically for our members.

2017 Multi-APA Collective Toy Drive

Please join us for our 11th Annual Multi-APA Collective Toy Drive.

We have been doing this for over 10 years and DC Asian Pacific American Film – APA Film & NAAAP DC along with Christian Oh helps get all these other community and APA organizations to help collect toys for charity. This year we are going back to collect toys for Toys for Tots. Considering all the natural disasters our country has faced, they will need so much more toys to be collected. Thus, we are trying to bring a new record amount of brand new donated toys. The format is simple. Basically, we ask that attendees bring an UNWRAPPED toy and take in the fun and networking spirit of the holidays. (If you don’t bring a toy, we ask for a MINIMUM $10 donation).

Please get in the spirit of the holidays and help make a child’s Christmas a little warmer! If your APA group wants to participate, please contact us! Food & Drink Specials will be available all evening and bring your business cards to network and mingle. read more…

FYP Conference 2017: Unite, Magkaisa

The Filipino Young Professionals of Washington DC (FYP-DC) invites you to attend our 2017 Leadership Conference ‘Unite, Magakisa’ at Georgetown University’s Healey Family Student Center (see directions and parking information below) this Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Brothers Fantasticamos: @BEAUcanLAST and @eyespk introducing the world to and having a little fun in the process

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FYP-DC aims to elevate the Filipino-American professional to achieve success in their career. The ability to collaborate is crucial for career success, and this is why FYP-DC will host its first-ever conference to discuss the importance of working together.

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Our conference theme, ‘Magkaisa’ (Unite), stems from the idea that we need to work together as a team to reach our goals. The combined effect of a team is greater than the sum of individual efforts. When individuals unite together it creates a diverse environment leading to enhance creativity and decision-making. The collaboration will lead to an increased success in our ability to problem solve in an efficient and effective manner. We believe this can only happen if we unite, together. read more…


FYP provides a wonderful opportunity for young professionals in the DC area to improve themselves personally and professionally.