Wednesday, February 26, 2014

FANHS invites you to its 15th Biennial National Conference in San Diego, CA, July 30-August 2, 2014


FANHS National Conference Coordinator:  Judy Patacsil

PR Contacts: Joan May Cordova & Tyrone Nagai



Download/print #fanhs2014 conference flyer: 

Twitter:   @fanhs_national

Official FANHS national conference hashtag: #fanhs2014 

Dr. Leny Strobel will speak on the opening plenary session of the FANHS National Conference. For more on Dr. Strobel: 

California Assemblyman Rob Bonta will speak at the FANHS national conference in San Diego.
Rob Bonta's biography:
Full text to CA legislation (click blue link : ) - AB 123 - Filipino American Contributions to the Farm Worker Labor Movement
The American farm labor movement has had a tremendous impact on the history of California. AB 123 would require the State Board of Education to include instruction on the role of immigrants, including Filipino Americans, in the farm worker labor movement in California.  

Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Announces its

15th Biennial National Conference in San Diego, CA, July 30-August 2, 2014

San Diego, CA—The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), the organization responsible for establishing October as Filipino American History Month, will hold its 15th Biennial National Conference from July 30-August 2, 2014 at the Kona Kai Resort and Hotel in San Diego, California. With the 2014 theme of “Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity, the three-day intergenerational conference will feature research, interactive workshops,  films, plenary presentations, an authors’ reception, banquet and dance, children’s program and a pre-conference historical tour.  FANHS national conferences draw hundreds of scholars, community leaders, students, artists, writers, educators and many more.

For more information about FANHS, a national network of 30 chapters founded by Dorothy Cordova in 1982, and to learn more about the late Fred Cordova, FANHS Founding President, see    

Friday, November 29, 2013

Congratulations to Tomas Claudio Post 1063 VFW for celebrating 90 years!

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Tomas Claudio Post 1063 VFW's 90th anniversary

Tomas Claudio Post 1063 VFW Commander Sostones (Manong Tony) Rivera. Ladies Auxiliary and District President Purita Acosta. Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh presents a proclamation Post 1063. Pictured are Past Adjutant  Senen Fontanilla and Commander Jeffries on November 9, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Celebrate Filipino American History Month with FANHS PA in Philadelphia, PA - October 11

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Please join FANHS PA at our 6th annual Filipino American History Month Celebration

October 11, 2013
6 pm
Joy Tsin Lau Restaurant
1026 Race Street

*  OR

Tickets now on sale! Please buy your tickets from Marife Domingo, Purita Acosta, Roger Hilario
$40 regular
$30 seniors & performers
$25 students
*9 course Chinese banquet dinner
*Dancing with music by DJ Pure J -Jerry Ancheta
*Performances/presentations by
     -Filipino Intercultural Society of Drexel University (FISDU)
     -Philippine Folk Arts Society, Inc. (PFASI) Rondalla
     -St. Augustine Church Choir, directed by Kim Barroso
     -Filipino American Association of Philadelphia, Inc. (FAAPI)
*Raffle prizes & more!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reflections on Filipino American History Month

Mel Orpilla , FANHS National President writes:
"It has been a great Filipino American History Month with meaningful activities commemorating our rich history from Hawaii, to Alaska to New York and everywhere in between. I am so proud to be the FANHS National President and bearing witness to the efforts of Fred and Dorothy Cordova and their incredible vision and foresight. I dedicate my work with the Filipino American Historical Society to my parents, who without their support and inspiration, I wouldn't be here today."  (See video on Mel Orpilla's Facebook page.)
ALASKA: "Filipino Stories Exhibit Opens in Kodiak"
Photo: Property of the University of Washington Libraries via Alaska website 
 Christine R Marasigan , FANHS National Treasurer posted news on this exhibit in Kodiak, Alaska. She says: "Super proud of the people in Kodiak for making this happen. Especially proud of the students who helped document the community. October is Filipino American History Month, making history for 425 years!"

Christine's first FANHS national conference was Virginia Beach (2000), as a guest of the late Thelma Buchholdt,  former FANHS National President and the first Filipina woman in U.S. history to be elected to a state legislature. 
 Drexel Alum and former member of FISDU, Ben Silverio wrote a blog for the Philadelphia Film Society with the headline:
"Celebrate Filipino American History Month at the Philadelphia Film Festival"

Visual Communications in Los Angeles, CA, closed Filipino American History Month with their blog focused on youth.  Beside historical images of Filipino American children from VC's vault, Visual Communications states: "It is our belief that our history lives within and continues with our youth and that we look forward to them to make their own histories."  (Thanks to Michelle Magalong and her My HiFi for references to Visual Communications and many more resources.  Michelle dilligently met FANHS NY President Kevin Nadal's challenge to tweet about Filipino American History Month #fahm2012 every day in October :-)   
Cheers to FANHS founders Dr. Dorothy and Dr. Fred Cordova 
second generation Filipino Americans (now 80!) who not only envisioned Filipino American History Month more than 20 years ago, but founded the Filipino American National Historical Society / FANHS (1982) and co-founded Filipino Youth Activities (FYA) in 1957!  Both organizations mentored generations of youth who continue as leaders of communities throughout the USA.  So many of us are forever grateful for their inspiring work.  The work they began will continue with the dynamic leadership team of FANHS National Officers and Trustees.   FANHS emeriti and old friends will continue to be supportive as well. 
Elected at the FANHS national conference in New Mexico (2012), current FANHS National Officers are:
President Mel Orpilla of Vallejo, California
Vice President Dr. Judy Patacsil of San Diego, California
Secretary Dr. Patricia Espiritu Halagao of Honolulu, Hawai'i
Treasurer Christine Marasigan of Kodiak, Alaska
Other national trustees represent New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico