Sunday, October 26, 2014

#FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth celebrated throughout the USA

Click on the following link to see tweets and images related to #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth ! @FANHS_national thanks all supporters of #fahm2014 .

#fahm2014 in Philadelphia, PA - October 26, 2014 
Photos @ForCommunities  -  Born and reared in Philadelphia, Mary Faustino points to her first communion photo painted on the mural. Marife Domingo and Dr. Aida Rivera speak about Filipino American history month and PFASI and NaFFAA.  
The Filipino American Association of Philadelphia, Inc. (FAAPI) sponsored a wonderful Filipino American History Month celebration beside its Filipino American mural - created by community organizations together with Philly Mural Arts and artist Eliseo Silva. The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) PA Chapter, NaFFAA - Region 1, and the Philippine Folk Arts Society, Inc. (PFASI) all collaborated with FAAPI on this celebration. Drexel student and rondallista Ms. Brigitte Weesner also led national anthems accompanied by the PFASI Rondalla. Mrs. Vicky Arocena opened with prayer before emcee Dr. Joan May Cordova, FANHS National President Emerita introduced all. Speakers including FAAPI President Dr. Rommel Rivera, NaFFAA Region 1 Chair and PFASI President Dr. Aida Rivera, Ms. Mary Faustino and Ms. Marife Domingo - all spoke of the significance of Filipino American history month in relation to their organization. 

FANHS PA's 7th annual #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth Gala is a success!!

Click on the link below for article:
FANHS PA honors grandparents for #fahm2014 gala

Many thanks to all performers, donors, attendees, families and all who support FANHS PA Chapter. Our successful event would not have been possible without you!!
For videos and other media related to the event see accounts by Marife Domingo and ForCommunities plus @thisisFISDU on Instragram ; also see Facebook photos by Vicky Faye Aquino, Yolanda Taurozzi, Joan May Cordova.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Here's why I want to honor our Lolo and/or Lola..."

Click to download flyer: FANHS PA Gala October 17, 2014

For #fahm2014, FANHS PA will honor all Lolos and Lolas/grandparents during our October 17 gala at Joy Tsin Lau Restaurant - 1026 Race Street in Philadelphia's Chinatown, at 6 pm. Click to see flyer above and in photo in next post. 

*All Lolos/Lolas pay just $25 each for discounted tickets and will be recognized as a group at the FANHS PA gala :)

*Special recognition will be given to Lolos and/or Lolas whose grandchildren participate in the FANHS PA project outlined below. 

Do you want your Lola and or Lolo to be honored by FANHS PA during our Filipino American History Gala on October 17, 2014?

Then please tell us why. :)  Please send an email to or

*your name
*your age
*your Lolo and/or Lola's full name

Think about and write one page in response to these questions. OR --Create a 30 second video* where grandchildren answer these questions:

*Why is your Lola and/or Lolo awesome? 

*Tell us what you know about your Lola and Lolo's life story. (You might have to ask them questions first :)

*What advice or  - traditions or Filipino culture shared by your Lolo and Lola - will you remember forever?  

FANHS PA friends will review all writing/videos and announce Lolos and Lolas honored on October 17. 

With gratitude and love for all Lolas and Lolos,

~Tita Joanie / JoanMay Cordova -
and @ForCommunities on all social media 

Please give us permission to post your stories and videos. 
*Upload your video to and please make sure your settings allow us to download your video. We'll screen 30 seconds at the FANHS PA gala on October 17.

#fahm2014 FANHS PA to honor Lolos & Lolas at 7th annual Filipino American History Month Gala - October 17

Celebrate Filipino American History Month with FANHS PA on October 17 - at 6 pm, Joy Tsin Lau Restaurant, 1026 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
*8 course banquet dinner*
dancing with DJ Jerry Ancheta
*live entertainment including: 

PFASI Rondalla, FISDU, 
St. Augustine Church Choir, ++ *

FANHS PA will honor all Lolos and Lolas 
Tickets $45 / $25 all Lolos and Lolas; students and seniors

Special $20 tix for performers 
For tickets:

Monday, August 11, 2014

#FANHS2014 is a success! Cheers and thanks to all!

The Filipino American National Historical Society’s 15th biennial national conference, successfully hosted by FANHS SanDiego Chapter on July 30-August 2 at the KonaKai Resort, drew 500 + participants to more than 80 Intergenerational workshops, an authors’ reception and panels, films, plenary sessions, and a gala with a live band. See many more images and tweets compiled

Photos now on Shutterfly!

Cheers and thanks to all - organizers from FANHS San Diego Chapter, sponsors, donors, presenters, artists, vendors, participants - who made the 15th biennial FANHS national conference a success!  We hope to see everyone at #FANHS2016 in New York City.

Monday, July 28, 2014

#FANHS2014 Authors' Reception on July 31, San Diego, CA

#FANHS2014 latest national conference updates!

PLEASE click on link for latest #FANHS2014 conference press release

July ~ 7/27/14

Dear FANHS Friends,

Greetings! Excitement is building and the countdown to the FANHS conference is now here this week (please see attached press release for additional conference details)! We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this summer at the FANHS 2014 Conference in sunny San Diego! 

Remember that we are planning a tribute for Uncle Fred on Wednesday night, July 30, 2014 at 8-10PM.  Former FANHS Trustee Meg Thornton is helping to coordinate. Please contact her by e-mail if you wish to be a part of the tribute.  We will be dedicating the evening to “Uncle Fred”. This will allow a more organic time, for individuals to participate and or pay tribute to such an influential man. The evening will also set the tone for the entire 2014 FANHS Conference to be a tribute to Uncle Fred.

The FANHS 2014 Conference Authors Reception will be July 31, 2014 at 7-10PM and presenters are already confirmed (please see attached flyer).  However, if you wish to participate in the reception to sell and sign books, please contact Joe Mazares There is still an opportunity to participate as an author in this capacity.

The Kona Kai Hotel (location for the FANHS 2014 Conference) is SOLD OUT for the lower rate. Attached are lists of nearby places to stay. The Kona Kai required FANHS payment in full by 7/25/14. As a result, we have reached capacity for the conference registration with meals on Thursday and Friday. Online registration is now closed. Limited Saturday one day registration will be only on-site. This will be subject to space availability. Gala Dinner tickets sales will be subject to Kona Kai Hotel Discretion/Regulations. Click for additional hotels

As Comic Con leaves San Diego, the next great conference (the FANHS 2014 Conference) will come to San Diego. Some of you will be arriving as soon as Tuesday. We look forward to seeing you and we wish you safe travels. Our FANHS SD Chapter is excited to host the 2014 Conference. We are proud to come together in unity with FANHS Chapters throughout the United States as we represent a nationwide Filipino American community. We will all move forward in the spirit of kapwa and we will honor Dr. Fred Cordova our founding President.  

Judy Patacsil, FANHS 2014
Conference Coordinator/National VP
FANHS San Diego Chapter