“AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE…”: In-house pyrotechnics expelled flames and accompanied ABS-CBN TFC’s Martin Nievera’s live a capella performance of the U.S. National Anthem before a sold out Golden State Warriors’ Filipino Heritage Night last Saturday at the Oracle Arena. The festivities marked the Warriors’ game versus the visiting Milwaukee Bucks which the home team defeated, 117-92.
KAPAMILYA SPIRIT: ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez celebrates the Warriors’ Filipino Heritage Night at the ABS-CBN TFC suite with his mother, Mrs. Conchita Lopez Taylor, his wife Gaucha and Martin Nievera. Filipino American international concert and recording artist Nievera, the first ABS-CBN TFC Goodwill Ambassador and first TFC talent to sing the U.S. National Anthem in a Warriors Filipino Heritage Night, is shown here with with Raymond Townsend, the first Filipino American to play at the NBA, who was honored during the event. Captured on the huge center-hung scoreboard of Oracle Arena is Managing Director Jerry Bennett of the non-profit ABS-CBN Foundation International which was presented a Community Champion recognition by California Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the first Filipino American to be elected to the California Legislature.
Golden State Warriors Director of Group Sales Maria Valdehueza, also a Filipino American, with Martin Nievera at the dugout prior to the start of the game. At the Penthouse Suite for the FilAm community partners are, from left, Assembly member Rob Bonta, Filipina Women’s Network CEO & Founder Marily Mondejar, FWN Board Member Edcelyn Pujol, Martin Nievera, Golden State Warriors Director of Public Affairs Theo Ellington and ABS-CBN Global Head of Corporate Affairs & PR Nerissa Fernandez; Martin Nievera with Omni Hotel General Manager James Lim, his wife Cay and son, Matthew James, Kiel Alonzo and Erick Sta. Maria.
Filipino American Arts Exposition President Al Perez, Filipina Women’s Network Amar Bornkamp from Charles Schwab, Philippine Consul General Henry Bensurto, Jr., FWN CEO & Founder Marily Mondejar, FWN Board Member Edcelyn Pujol, ABS-CBN Global Head of Corporate Affairs & PR Nerissa Fernandez, and Pistahan’s Ken Marquis, also senior project manager at George P. Johnson Company. JaVale McGee, donning the Warriors Filipino Heritage Night shirt, warms up as young Filipino American Warriors fans enjoy their courtside experience. Nievera at the dugout with Golden State Warriors Account Executive, Group Sales and community liaison for Filipino Heritage Night Ashley Tow, Kiel Alonzo and Erick Sta Maria.
One of the Filipina American military flag bearers of the court-wide American flag poses for a selfie with Martin Nievera at the parking lot. Kevin Crews who oversaw the pyrotechnics at the game and his teammate, Matthew Calderon, talked about the Filipino cultural connection with Nievera before the game. Crews is married to a Filipina while Calderon’s stepmother is Filipina.