TAP-DC: Wreaths Across America

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7 AM – 12 PM

Where: Arlington National Cemetery, 1 Memorial Avenue, Arlington, Virginia 22211

On December 15th, TAP-DC will return to Arlington National Cemetery to join thousands of volunteers in Wreaths Across America. This year, we are going to be joined by our friends at FYP-DC and NOVAL-DC

Due to anticipated congestion on Memorial Ave, we are going to meet at Starbucks in Rosslyn (1501 17th St N) at 7:00am and proceed to the Ord-Weitzel Gate at 7:45, near the U.S. Marine Corp War Memorial.

Plans may subject to change. If you are attending with us, please mark that you are going so we can get a sense on how many people will be coming.

Rideshare is your best bet to reach us on time. If you are driving, please reserve your spot ahead of time on Spothero in one of the parking garages in the area. There will be limited cell service so please arrive at our designated meet up spot. All latecomers will be required to catch up with the group on their own. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Questions? Email TAP-DC’s David Chang (david.chang@tap-dc.org) or FYP’s Raymond Javier (raymond.javier@fypdc.org).

We hope to see you there!

This event is hosted by the Filipino Young Professionals of Washington DC, the Taiwanese American Professionals Washington, D.C. Area, and the National Organization for Vietnamese American Leadership.

12th Annual Multi-APA Collective Toy Drive

When: Friday, December 7, 2018 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Where: Calico Blagden Alley, 50 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

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

We have been doing this for 12 years and we love how Asian Pacific American Film – APA FilmNAAAP DC and Christian Oh helps get all these other community and APA organizations to help collect toys for charity.

For our 12th Year, we are supporting Toys For Tots once again and ensuring that this Holiday season will be a big one for all the families who have suffered the many disasters and catastrophes across the country. 

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 $15 donation).

Please get in the spirit of the holidays and help make a child’s Christmas a little warmer!

THANKS TO Oomlato for donating the brand new Echo Dot for raffle!!

Food & Drink Specials 
5-7 pm
$2 off Victory Pilsner, Smuttynose Brown Ale, Draft Prosecco, Draft Dolcetto
$3 slices of Tomato Pie


Asian Marketing Services
Ascend Greater Washington Chapter
DC Asian Pacific American Film – APA Film
Filipino Young Professionals of Washington DC
KATCH Hallyu Group
KSM 메릴랜드한인회 – Korean Society of MD
Korean Waves language culture ESL food (DC VA MD Meetup)
NOVAL-DC (National Organization of Vietnamese-American Leaders)
OCA- Greater Washington DC Chapter
The Social Tea House
Taiwanese American Professionals – Washington, D.C. Area (TAP – DC)
T-MODE Festival

and more to come!!!

WHEN: DECEMBER 7, 2018 Friday 6-9pm
WHAT: 12th Annual Multi-APA Collective Toy Drive – Unwrapped Toy or $15 min donation

November Social & Fundraiser for Typhoon Mangkhut

Big shout out to everyone that stopped by for November Social & Fundraiser for Typhoon Mangkhut last night!

We were able to raise over $600 and 100% of the proceeds will be going towards the victims of Typhoon Mangkhut!

It’s not too late to donate! You can Venmo us at “FYP-DC” 

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for donating to such a great cause & we are very excited to see you all at our future events!

Please be on the lookout for our next event TAPDC x FYPDC : Wreaths Across America

Our ongoing event FYPDC Executive Board Applications! — with Míkéy Lümmünnsad and Rissa Dizon.

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

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch