As part of October’s Filipino-American History Month, Filipino Community Inc. (FCI) held a celebration at the Filipino Community Center to commend Honorary Consul General Jennifer Gomez Strickler. Strickler is the first person to hold the position as Alaska’s Honorary Consul General of the Republic of the Philippines. She was appointed in 2013 and honored by the State Legislature. Chancellor John Pugh presented Strickler with the UAS Meritorious Service Award for her dedication to strengthening relations between Filipinos and the state of Alaska. Under Strickler’s leadership, the Filipino Community has enhanced its scholarship program. Nominated for the award by the President of FCI, Strickler has worked as consul for the Republic of the Philippines in Alaska since 2002. Between 2005 and 2012, she served three terms as President of the Filipino Community Inc. She lobbied for state funding to re-establish the Alaska Office of Citizenship Assistance after funding collapsed in 2007. The FCI was then honored to host the Consulate on Wings, bringing consulate services to Southeast Alaska. Under her leadership, FCI was awarded the 2012 Filipino-American History Achievement Award for Community Service.