Thank you to our Sponsors, Donors, Supporters & Volunteers

We appreciate you all

A heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, supporters, volunteers, members and officers. Your generosity and kindness are greatly appreciated. Your donation will go towards the October 2023 Medical-Dental-Vision Mission in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Sponsorship packages are still available. You can still join the VIP’s.

Meet the VIP’s


The FANOGCS 3rd Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser

It will be a fun and inspirational event.

Please RSVP and reserve your ticket by June 15th by contacting Melody Orillo, Amy Laxamana and A-Jay Manabat.

Facebook Event Page >>

Other ways to support the 2023 Laoag Medical-Dental-Vision Mission.

Please click the forms below.

FANOGCS Souvenir Ad Form latest version

FANOGCS Sponsorship Package 2023 Medical Mission

Other upcoming volunteer events

Philippine Independence Day Celebration (PIDC)


Hyatt Regency
Phoenix 122 N Second St,
Phoenix AZ 85004

June 10th 9am to 7:30pm

FANOGCS is looking for cultural performers or singers to represent FANOGCS during the event.

Also looking for volunteers to help at the Information and Health Screening Table.

Please contact A-Jay Manabat at to volunteer or for any questions about the PIDC event. 
More About the Event >>

FANOGCS Presents
The 2023 Spring Conference

"Acute and Chronic Conditions: Treatment and Management Updates"

This Education Conference is open to all nurses, nursing students, and healthcare professionals.

Date: April 22nd, 2023

Saturday 7:45 am to 5 pm. Registration starts at 7 am.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
McAuley Conference Rooms
3rd Floor Dignity Health Medical Group Building 
3420 S Mercy Drive,
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Avail of the Early Bird $5 discount by registering before March 15th. Please see the flyer for more details.

Click here for more information on the event: Conferences

Scholarship Opportunity for Members!
2023 FANOGCS Nursing Scholarship Grant

The Filipino American Nursing Organization of Grand Canyon State is providing scholarship awards to its members. Two Scholarship awards will be given for one academic year. The award grants $500 each to two deserving members. 

The winners will be announced during the anniversary celebration on June 24th, 2023. Deadline for submission is on June 1st, 2023. Please click on the link for the scholarship form and guidelines.


Here is a little highlight from the 2022 FANOGCS Christmas Party. The theme was “The Christmas Spirit Shines From Our Hearts.” 

We would like to thank all the guests, supporters, donors, volunteers and members for making this event memorable and fun. 

Thank you, Jonathan Magistrado of Duo Cor, LLC for the video highlight and Joanna for introducing him to FANOGCS.


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2023 Calendar of Events

  • January 6th Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • January 13th Founder’s Meeting – 4:30pm-6:30pm – Melody Orillo’s Residence
  • January 28th Project CURE Volunteer – 9am-12pm – Project CURE Center
  • February 3rd Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • February 25th Zumbathon – 9:30am-11am – Tumbleweed Recreation Center
  • March 3rd Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • March 25th Phoenix Heart Walk – 8am-12pm – Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
  • April 7th Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • April 22nd Education Conference – 7am-4pm – Mercy Gilbert Medical Center McAuley A&B 
  • May 5th Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • May 6th Project CURE Volunteer event – 9am-12noon – 2100 W 14th St, Building T3, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • May 27th Sorting and Packing Balikbayan Boxes for the 2023 Mission – 9am-11am – 4434 E Jones St., Gilbert, AZ 85295
  • June 9th Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • June 10th Philippine Independence Day Celebration – 9:30am-8pm – Hyatt Regency Phoenix 122 N 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • June 24th Anniversary and Fundraising Event – 6pm-11pm
  • July 7th Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • August 4th Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • August 26th General Asssembly – Mercy Gilbert Medical Center McAuley A&B
  • September 1st Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • October 6th Executive Council Meeting – 6pm-8pm – Zoom
  • October 2023 Laoag Medical Mission – Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
  • December 16th Christmas/End of Year Event – 6pm-11pm – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chandler, AZ

Filipino American Nurses Organization
of Grand Canyon State


Filipino American Nurses Organization
of Grand Canyon State

FILIPINO AMERICAN NURSES ORGANIZATION OF GRAND CANYON STATE is a professional nursing organization in Arizona established on June 25, 2020. A number of visionary nurses in the East Valley banded together to form this new organization that is member-led and member-driven, and whose mission is to promote and advance the nursing profession through continuing education, leadership development, community service and global outreach. FANOGCS is also a 501( c )(3) designated non-profit organization. 

Our organization was founded to advance the nursing profession among Filipino American nurses with the core values: Knowledge, Empowerment, and Service, especially, and be more responsive to the needs of this unprecedented public health crisis, known as Covid 19, when the pandemic crisis began in 2020.

Member Testimonials
“I joined FANOGCS because I believe in the mission and vision of the organization. We are a group of nurses passionate about promoting education, leadership, community and global outreach. By being together, we can make a difference by utilizing our time, talent and treasure. It’s always been a marvelous feeling seeing the fruits of our labor.”

— Melody Orillo, BSN, RN, Chandler Regional Medical Center
Member Testimonials
“I joined FANOGCS because I believe in its mission to promote and advance the nursing profession through continuing education, leadership development, community service and global outreach. The organization has a strong leadership. Also, I’m a proud member of the FANOGCS Education, Research and Grant Committee.”

— Alily Burayag, RN, Physical Medicine of Arizona
Member Testimonials
“I joined FANOGCS because primarily, I believe in the vision and mission of the organization. I would like to meet and bond with people who might not have the same points of view in life as mine. And to also help with the organization’s plans and actions that I may in turn, improve myself, in whatever aspect I could and have.”

— Mary Joyce Gentoba, B2C Medsurge Tele, Chandler Regional Medical Center
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Membership Categories

Filipino-American Registered Nurses with active Arizona license.

Retired Nurses, LPN, LVN, pre-NCLEX Nursing graduates, Student Nurses, Allied health professionals, non-practicing nurses. No voting privileges.

Registered Nurses with active license outside of Arizona, non-Philippine descent Registered Nurses. May have voting privileges, but may not hold an office.

3-Year FANOGCS Membership (General Member or Member at Large).

Our Mission & Goals

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote and advance the nursing profession through continuing education, leadership development, community service, and global outreach.

Our Goals

  1. To empower Filipino American nurses to become future leaders in our organization and in our workplace.

  2. To develop an organizational culture that enhances camaraderie and focusing on cultivating member cohesion.

  3. To foster unity in diversity. Members come from different backgrounds, lifestyle and nursing specialties, but we are united by our commitment to advocate for nurses, to advance quality healthcare through education, research and leadership.

  4. To exercise independence with our decision making in order to be effective and efficient in meeting our goals and mission in a timely manner.

  5. To plan, coordinate and participate in appropriate health programs and services, including emergency crisis, natural disasters and medical missions to the community both locally and globally, with other associations, 501c3 organizations and agencies.

Our Leaders and Members

Our leaders spring from a roster of dedicated nurse professionals, tasked with leading and fulfilling the organization’s mission and goals. FANOGCS has a 97 strong membership, making it a prominent nurse professional groups in Arizona. Being a newly-formed organization, it has cohesively worked on Covid-related webinars, led in civic-engagement projects for the health and welfare communities and encouraged socially distanced activities and programs to complement member welfare.

For the full list of the current officers and members, please click here.

Read Our Blog

FANOGCS Covid Resources

In 2020, the year of the pandemic, FANOGCS was organized to urgently respond to

the overwhelming public health crisis in Arizona.

“The decision to make our unit the designated Covid unit for our hospital was not received warmly and openly as one can expect. 

It’s mainly due to fear of the unknown: is the virus airborne or droplet; N95 mask or simple surgical mask? Do we have enough equipment to protect the frontline workers?

We had two days to mentally prepare the staff with a townhall meeting and two days after, we were “it”.

For a full text of Donabella’s Nurse’s COVID story, please proceed to this page.

For a full list of articles related to Covid, please click here.