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Congratulations, Minel Diaz!

We are very proud to announce to you that one of our founders, Ana Melita "Minel" Diaz, is featured and in the front page cover of the November 2011 issue of California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) magazine for her exemplary leadership skills.

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Congratulations, Mr. Sycip!

Wwe wish send our warm congratulatory wishes to ISFFA's Honorary Advisor, Washington Sycip, who is the inaugural recipient of the ASCEND President's Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Benel Se-Liban, named Influential Filipina Woman

On behalf of the entire ISFFA family, I would like to congratulate our Founding President, Benel Se-Liban, for her award as a Most Influential Filipina in the United States! No one is more deserving.  Keep up the good work!

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Susan Legaspi honored with Trailblazer award

ISFFA's very own Chairman of the Board was honored, June 10, by CalCPA with the Trailblazer award.

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Supermoms and Career Women

On May 4th, to tie in with Mothers' Day, our very own Founding Advisor, Carmelita O'Neil, was featured as one of the "Supermoms and Career Women" article published on MDWK magazine from the Asian Journal - Los Angeles.

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Cultivating Your Future

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Typhoon Saola and Habagat Flood Relief Drive

  • Thursday, 16 August 2012
  • ( Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 )


A devastating typhoon “Saola”  and habagat flood hit Philippines recently,  leaving  thousands of  our  kababayans  homeless, helpless and killed by this catastrophe.  The International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting  in partnership with Gawad Kalinga and Ancop USA  is calling on its members and supporters to respond to the recent tragedy in our country.  Let us all help our fellow kababayans and share our blessings. ISFFA is accepting CASH donations,  in any amount, for the benefits of the typhoon and flood victims.  


All contributions are 100% tax deductible as ISFFA is a tax exempt organization under IRC code 501(c)(3).  For more information, call Lyn Naira at 650-228-9440 (SF) and Rey Puentenegra at 213 -247-8753 (LA).   Please make your checks payable to ISFFA (Typhoon Saola and Habagat Flood Relief Drive) and send it to the following addresses:


Los Angeles community: ISFFA 801 S Grand Ave.,  Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90017

San Francisco community:  ISFFA PO Box 716 Pacifica, CA 94044



Congratulations ISFFA-SF Chapter!

  • Tuesday, 07 August 2012
  • ( Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 )


ISFFA: Launch of a New Grand Finance and Accounting Organization in San Francisco

After months of scouring for Filipino professionals and students in the finance and accounting industries in the Bay Area, the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA) San Francisco Chapter has made a debut with a launch on July 21, 2012 at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Burlingame. It was another milestone for ISFFA as the new chapter hosted a powerhouse and action-packed event showcasing the abundance of accounting and finance talents in the Bay Area.

ISFFA Founding President, Benel Se-Liban welcomed and congratulated everyone for attending the historical ISFFA launch in San Francisco. She said, “Your attendance here today showed that you care…you care not only about yourself but for others… and you care in elevating the stature of Filipino professionals in finance and accounting.  I commend our newly recruited officers for their amazing talents and leaderships in bringing ISFFA to you.  ISFFA is here,  for you to be inspired,  to inspire and  to  “ Empower Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.”  Susan Legaspi, EO Accountancy Group and one of ISFFA’s founding advisors, followed suit and recapitulated ISFFA’s core values and programs into three categories – reconnecting to our Filipino heritage; improving management, leadership and mentorship skills; and extending community service.

Two other speakers, Dr. Manuel Valle and David Paraiso, filled up the rest of the morning with their presentations about Developing Leadership Skills and the 2012 Job Market, respectively.   Dr. Manuel Valle from the academe, shared his dissertation on the critical reflections of accounting professionals in the Bay Area while David Paraiso, Mentorship Director of the UCLA-PA Alumni, laid down a career development roadmap after the 2008 global finance meltdown, wrapping up the morning part of the program.

There was never was a dull moment especially when a world-class speaker, Jeffrey Delgado (HGI Advisor), stepped on the stage and pumped up everyone’s spirit with his highly energetic speech on how to positively impact the lives of others through empowerment and creating extraordinary lives to maximize life’s fullest potential.

The excitement escalated even further as the Mapping the Future panelists; Daniel Raval (Liberty Tax) , Don Pintor (PwC), Rianne Suico (MossAdams, LLP), Cynthia Sanchez (Stanford U.) , James Diangson (BofA) and Timothy Lanigan (Devry) conquered the stage and navigated the audience through their roadmaps to becoming successful in their respective life and career. Then the Building Soft Skills and Business Etiquette in a digital age panelists; Bennie Lou Quevedo (Whittier Trust), Rick Gutierrez (WuHoover & Co.), Ty Kaprelian (Becker), Ame Ponce (Ernst & Young) and Arnold Pedrigal (Power ng Pinoy ) shared some tools in developing leadership and communication to achieve success in the digital age.

The event concluded with closing remarks from the LA Chapter President, Rey Puentenegra and the newly inducted San Francisco Chapter President, Emily “Mai” Enriquez who shared their inspiring journeys as leaders of each chapter.  Emily Enriquez captivated the audience with her fervent sharing of the challenges and rewards in leading the formation of a new chapter; and her appeal for support to take the organization to greater heights.

The event was hosted by Michi Valeriano and co-hosted by Susan Legaspi and Soc Padua, ISFFA Executive Directors. ISFFA is thankful to all those who participated including the volunteers who shared their time and to contributors who shared their resources to make such a wonderful event. ISFFA SF officers shared one voice that the path to greatness is rough but through everyone’s continuous commitment and support, this road of endless possibilities leads to ISFFA as it occupies the Bay Area.




ISFFA Attends Reception in Honor of H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III

  • Monday, 11 June 2012
  • ( Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2012 )



Congratulations to ISFFA Scholars

  • Monday, 21 May 2012
  • ( Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 )


We are proud to present ISFFA's 2012 Scholars who were chosen to attend the 2012 AICPA ACCOUNTING SCHOLARS LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on May 31 to June 2, 2012.

2012 AICPA Scholars



Recap: Building Your Soft Skills and Effective Resume Writing Workshop

  • Thursday, 12 April 2012
  • ( Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2012 )

On March 31, 2012, the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (“ISFFA”) held a resume building and soft skills training at Vasquez & Company, LLC office in Downtown, Los Angeles led by Colleen Abang, Practice Manager from Robert Half Management Resources. The workshop was eventually followed by a session to reintroduce ISFFA’s Mentoring Program.  This program aimed to develop the emerging professionals, which is the cornerstone of the ISFFA’s mission. The events were attended by the officers, student and professional members and non-members of the organization.

The organization’s vision is to continue to elevate the stature of Filipino professionals in accounting and finance in the global workforce, to assist, educate, train and mentor emerging professionals, and to promote the Filipino ideals. To promote its vision, the ISFFA leaders have lined up similar events for the year and recruited new batch of advisors and mentors who represents the best in their field. Please visit our facebook page for more photos of the event.


Building Your Soft Skills and Effective Resume Writing Workshop

  • Friday, 02 March 2012
  • ( Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 )

ISFFAns and friends,


You are cordially invited to ISFFA's "BUILDING YOUR SOFTSKILLS AND EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP" which will be held on March 31, 2012. See attached flyer for details. 


If you are interested to attend, please RSVP to Pam Ruetter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have any question on the workshop or if you would like to get in touch with the LA Chapter Board, you can send us an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





New Year's Greetings from ISFFA

  • Saturday, 31 December 2011
  • ( Last Updated on Saturday, 31 December 2011 )

ISFFAns and friends,

Before you get fully busy with the preparation for the new year's eve celebration, your ISFFA family wanted you to reflect on the blessings received and lessons learned in 2011.. and to welcome 2012 with positive thoughts...

Best wishes for a New Year of happiness in a world of peace!

See below for the ISFFA Through the Years Presentation:


Typhoon Sendon Relief

  • Saturday, 31 December 2011
  • ( Last Updated on Saturday, 31 December 2011 )

ISFFAns and friends,

As the devastating Typhoon Sendong left thousands of Filipinos homeless and killed several of our kababayans in the southern part of the Philippines, we are knocking your generous hearts. ISFFA is accepting donations for the benefit of the typhoon victims. Let us share our blessings in the spirit of Christmas. See below for further details.