Filipinos in nm


New Mexicans Helping the Philippines:

Scott Berry on Educate Bohol (Feb. 2014).  Click here for details:  Scott.

Still Helping Typhoon Haiyan Victims.

Wally Winter, a nurse and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, and Veronica Rodriguez of Albuquerque are assisting Project Hope in the Philippines.  See Albuquerque Journal article:  Click on link below:

Filipinos Doing Work in the Philippines:

Sharmaine & Francis Ong:  UNM Filipino college students doing mission work in the Philippines.  See:  Youth.

Filipinos in New Mexico

For Statistics on Asians in NM, see right column under “Where are these Filipinos?”:

There is one main organization

Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM), former Fil-Am Association of NM, which was organized in 1970’s.  This is the “mother organization” of Fil-Ams.  Visit:

Another organization is: 

Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande Chapter (FANHS RG), one of the 30 chapters all over the US.

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Las Cruces Pinoys

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Filipinos in New Mexico

Outstanding Women

Two Filipinas were awarded

NM Outstanding Women

(Governor’s Award): Celia Ruiz

Tomlinson in 1993 (left photo) and

Dr. Dely Alcantara in 2004.  (NOTE:

it takes awhile to download these items.)

To find list, visit the Women’s Commission

and click on  “List of Past Recipients”

& click on years: 1992-1996 (Celia)

and 2002-2009 (Dely).  (NOTE:  The

Women’s Commission was

closed in mid-2011 due to funding



To learn about Philippine-New Mexico connection &

migration of Filipinos to New Mexico, click brochure.

Order your copy or eBook of “The Filipino American Experience in New Mexico”.

Due to some requests, here are the lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem: Lupang Hinirang.

Where are these Filipinos?

As of Nov. 2014, there are 8,074 Filipinos (one race and combined races) in New Mexico.  Click here for details: combined race.  There are 4,647 Filipinos (one race). Click here for details:  one race.


In May (usually second or third Saturday), you can watch the Santacruzan at the Old Town Plaza.  The event usually starts at 5:30 pm Mass at the San Felipe de Neri followed by procession at 6:30 pm and Cultural Show.  Visit:

If you go to church in Albuquerque, most Filipinos go to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 12500 Carmel Ave. NE (near Tramway) where you'll sometimes see Filipino Deacon Leandro Centenera assisting in the Mass. 

The Filipino community participates in celebrating the Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May.  They perform with other Asian performers at the Asian Festival (Civic Plaza), Atomic and Science Museum, and gala. 

Support our own Filipinos and/or members of the Filipino organizations:

To business owners:  If you have closed your business, please inform us by emailing

There are several businesses owned by Filipinos in Albuquerque: 

  1. *Author: Celia Tomlinson. "Don't Ever Tell Me You Can't" written by Celia Tomlinson, available at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Hastings and Rhombus.  She is also featured in  First female engineer in NM, first  minority  female who owned an engineering firm, Rhombus.

  2. *Awesome Healing Acupuncture.  Veronica A. Joseph, Doctor of Oriental Medicine.  3150 Carlisle NE Suite 112, Alb, NM 87110, Tel. 553-5003,,

  3. Balikbayan boxes

  4. *Abq Direct Call Mayolo 505-850-3260.

  5. *Forex.  Nanding & Linda Sarabillo, Tel. 505-298-3904 (h), 505-280-2019 (c), 800 Omaha St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123,

  1. *Basil’s Home Cooking (Caterers).  Basil & Elaine Welch, 2621 Wisconsin St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, 505-299-2911, cell 263-8442,

  2. *College Advising and Planning Services.  Glenda Durano., tel. 505-867-1207, 918-7669.                                                         

  3. *Conrad’s Barber Shop.  Trust your haircut to Conrad Padilla who owns Conrad's Barber Shop, 640 Coors NW (Coors at Fortuna), 505-831-4333.

  4. *DJ Services, Robert Divero, 919-353-9789, trebordivs@yahoo.comFlyer.

  5. *Durano Construction. One of the first green custom builder in NM (winning the highly coveted Best Green Built Luxury Home in the Nation by the National Association of Homebuilders.  Also won many state and local awards as best custom builder), Tel. 505-264-1341.

  6. *Kidstale: Book/DVD, CD: Philippine folktales, Tagalog for the Soulmate.  Latest book/DVD Puppetnettes:  Philippines.   Visit

  7. *    * Elite Travel Authority, 2908 Vista Grande Dr. NW, Alb., NM 87120, Tel. 505-296-5800,

       * Glenn's Auto Repair Shop, 5830 Osuna NE, Alb., NM 87109, Tel. 883-6499,  Owned by Glenn Rose.

  1. *Jewelry & Fine Arts.  Stones & Feathers owned by Evelyn Hickey has hand crafted Native American jewelry, pottery and artwork.  Located at 2021-D Old Town Rd. NW, Alb., NM 87104, tel. 505-242-1877.

Massage:  Patrick Hepburn LMT 4662, licensed massage therapist, Reiki Master teacher, practisioner, Focus For Wellness, 1808 34 th Street SE    ( Home Office)

Rio Rancho, NM 87124-1782, or

Discounts for FAFNM members!

    * The Print Stop owned by Mary Ann Lacida, meets printing and promotional needs.  Located 2641 San Mateo NE (1 block north of Menaul), Alb., NM 87110, Tel. 505-260-4545,

  1. *Radiology Associates of Alb., PA, 4411 The 25 Way NE, Suite 150, Alb., NM 87109, tel. 505-332-5800,  Luis Centenera, MD, Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist.

  2. *Realty.  Patricia Price, La Puerta Realty in Placitas.  She handle real estate from Belen County to Santa Fe.,, 505-867-7473.

  3. *Realty.  Tessie Centenera, Associate Broker of The Referral Company, 6703 Academy St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, Cell 505-803-4626, e-mail:

  4. *Realty.  Cris Underwood.

  5. *Siarza Social Media.  CEO:  Kristelle Siarza.

* Voice Lessons.  Jam Morales Harner, an international singer, teaches Voice Lessons.

Santa Fe

    * A Sound Look, a systems for music and film/design and installation owned by Leonard Pascual.  It is located at 502 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Tel. 505-983-5509,    


Las Cruces (see photos)

The Filipinos in Las Cruces are also visited by Filipinos from White Sands and Holloman AFB and neighbor El Paso, TX.  Photos show them with Rondalla Maharlika.  Photo on left shows them with Ambassador Del Rosario (in dark suit) in 2002.  They participate at the annual marathon held by the Bataan Veterans.  There is no formal organization or cultural group.  They get together during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthday parties.


Espanola and Abiquiu (Monastery)

Filipinos Americans in Espanola and Abiquiu usually attend Santa Fe activities and sometimes drive to Albuquerque for major events.  Filipinos in these areas usually work as nurses and teachers who are with the Espanola Public School.  FAFNM has a group in Espanola.  Contact Yoly Schwaedel,

Abiquiu (which has a population of 350 people) does not have Filipino Americans but thirteen miles of dirt road from Abiquiu main road is the Monastery of Christ in the Desert where 3 to 5 Filipino monks live.  Most of them came from San Beda College in Manila.  The monastery is also a place for retreat for anybody interested.  Visit their website:


The Filipinos are mostly nurses.  The community does not have a formal organization but has a cultural dance group.  We have not known the main contact.


This small town has a vibrant Filipino American community with around 40 families from bases nearby. The president is Joy Juday.  Contact person is the secretary, Helen Wilcox, e-mail:    For Balikbayan Box, you can also visit:  O Shirley Unique Variety Store owned by Teresita Ortega, 116 W. Main St., Farmington, NM 87401, Tel. 505-325-1156.


Royal Oriental Grocery: Remittances, Balikbayan Boxes and grocery items, 917 North Main St., Clovis, NM 88101, Tel. 575-763-1992.  Owner: Josie David.