Rudy Asercion is the former Executive Director of West Bay Pilipino Multi Service Center. Through his work, he mentored disadvantaged, at-risk youth by helping them transition to responsible, productive adults.
Mr. Asercion is currently the Northern California Chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA ) Region 8. He is also a board member of the Philippine American Press Club, the San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce. He is the President Elect of the Rotary Club San Francisco Sunset 2019-2020 and the CEO of The World Independent Film Festival. Mr. Asercion is in the business of Health and Wealth.
Esther Misa Chavez
Esther Misa Chavez is a Co-founder and Principal of CKO+ Media, an integrated media services group specializing in strategic multicultural communications. In the recent past, she was Vice President for Sales and Marketing for North America of Inquirer.net, the online version of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. A pioneer in digital advertising, she launched the top news site for Filipinos in the US in 2002. Under her leadership, the US business grew from a small satellite office to a major contributor to the financial growth of the company, including its US readership. In the past decade, she has developed a broad inter-media Pan-Asian network with other Asian American publishers.
As president of the Philippine American Press Club USA for an unprecedented 4 terms (8 years), she launched three premier programs to honor and acknowledge the work of Filipino American journalists. First is the Plaridel Awards, excellence in Filipino American Journalism, which has become an institution in the Filipino media. Second is the Torch Bearer Awards which recognizes civic leaders and outstanding journalists; and recently, she founded the PAPC Journalism Fund, which will provide grants to Filipino American students about to take up a Journalism Degree in college. Within the community, Esther has collaborated with several cultural, business and civic projects impacting the growing Filipino American community, including the increasingly popular Philippine Independence Day Celebration at Union Square which drew thousands annually for the past 7 years.