Sunday, October 31, 2010

FANHS Pennsylvania Chapter's 3rd Annual Filipino American History Banquet & Dance

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Bringing together community leaders from diverse organizations characterizes FANHS PA Chapter's annual Filipino American History banquet.  FANHS PA's 3rd annual banquet drew leaders from the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia (FECGP a coalition of 20+ Filipino orgs), Asian Americans United (AAU), Asian American Women's Coalition (AAWC), alumni from Temple University's TUPAC, Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School and many more to HK Golden Phoenix Restaurant in Philadelphia's Chinatown on October 22. With a 10-course dinner, raffle and auction, performances by Drexel's FISDU and the St. Augustine Church Choir plus dancing led by "DJ Pure J," everyone truly enjoyed the event! Mr. Gem Daus, professor of Filipino American Studies at the University of Maryland, spoke of how he engages his students in making connections between Filipino American history and contemporary struggles for justice.  Dr. Rommel Rivera, coordinator of the upcoming FECGP and AAWC sponsored  Philadelphia exhibit of the Smithsonian's "Singgalot" photo exhibit, invited guests to the November 19th opening.    Thanks to everyone -- donors, supporters, attendees, performers -- who celebrated! 
~ More photos by Jon Aquino on Flickr

FANHS cosponsors Filipino American History Months events in Vallejo, CA and Washington, DC

FANHS Vallejo Chapter
Film Screenings - October 30
The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Vallejo Chapter and the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum screened "An Untold Triumph", the story of the US Army's 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments. Film-maker, Marrisa Aroy, was also present to discuss her new film "The Delano Manongs," the story of Larry Itliong and the Filipino pioneers who were part of the 1965 Delano Grape strike that led to the creation of the United Farm Workers.  
~ News by FANHS National Trustee and FANHS Vallejo President Mel Orpilla 

Smithsonian APA Program and FANHS cosponsor
"Filipino Martial Arts: From Kali and Escrima to Boxing"
Fans of Filipino martial arts filled the auditorium of the National Museum of American History for a wonderful program featuring a film screening of "The Great Pinoy Boxing Era" (by Corky Pasquil and Agrafino Edralin, available at http://mybarong.com/ ), a panel moderated by Gem Daus of University of Maryland at College Park featuring engaging presentations by Rosie Abriam, Gura-Fifth Degree and president CEO of the Center for Asian Pacific American Women and Professor Linda Espana-Maram of California State University, Long Beach.  To close the evening, legendary martial arts Guro Dan Inosanto gave demonstrations of Kali while lecturing on Filipino martial arts. At 74, he mesmerized the crowd and did not miss a beat or breath.  Dan Inosanto also spoke of his family's immigration history.  He's the son of the late Mary Arca Inosanto and Sebastian Inosanto of Stockton, labor leaders who are among the founders of Trinity Presbyterian Church rooted in historic Little Manila  http://littlemanila.net/  

NEW ARTICLE by Reggie Esteban (of the 757 :-)
"Dan Inosanto Demonstrates Filipino Martial Arts at the Smithsonian"
http://www.mmaindc.com/guro-dan/
Flickr photos by Smithsonian's APA program: http://www.flickr.com/photos/apaprogram/sets/72157625141079449/
Smithsonian's video of awesome program!   http://tinyurl.com/SmithsonianFilipino2010
~ photo below by Joan May Cordova

Friday, October 22, 2010

FANHS Stockton, California news: Giants Lincecum's Filipino roots in Stockton!

Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University, FANHS National Trustee and Little Manila Foundation Co-Founder writes:
"...Starting pitcher is none other than Timothy Lincecum, one of major league baseball's best ever pitchers. I had always heard that Tim Lincecum was part Filipina/o, and so I did some internet digging. Lots of media reports say that Lincecum's grandparents were immigrants from the Philippines. In fact, his roots in Filipino America go even deeper than that. Tim Lincecum is fourth generation. And this is what I found:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/341831-manny-pacquiao-and-tim-lincecum-two-filipinos-at-the-top-of-their-game
Please read through to the end of the article, where you will read about Rebecca "Becky" Asis, Tim Lincecum's mother, a third generation Pinay born in Seattle (according to ancestry.com records).
From the article:
A second-generation Filipino-American, Becky is one of Balleriano and Philomena Asis' 10 children—eight girls, and two boys.
     Balleriano was born in Honolulu, Hi., his father Genaro Asis was born in Mindanao, Philippines; his mother Alberta Alcoy was born in Cebu City, Philippines.
    Philomena was born in Stockton, Calif., her father Leoncio Marcigan was born in Batangas, Philippines; her mother Anustasia Dominguez was born in Siquijor, Philippines.
     Some of you may remember the Asis family as one of the pioneering families in Stockton. Alberta Alcoy Asis went to Hawaii in the 1910s with her mother as a sakada and married Genaro Asis, who was a leader in the 1919 sugar strike. The Asis family later migrated to the Stockton area and then the Seattle area. Alberta Asis was one of the founding members of the Maria Clara Lodge of the Caballeros de Dimas Alang in Stockton in the 1920s and her oral history is in our FANHS archives (BA/NC81-Fil-009CA). I wish we knew more about his mother's maternal relatives, the Dominguez/Marcigan family from Stockton. My research found that Leoncio and Anastasia arrived in Los Angeles in 1924 from Hawaii. Their daughter Philomena was born in November, 1930 in Stockton. Perhaps some of you may remember them in Stockton?
     Go GIANTS! (with apologies to our FANHS national president who can still root for the Phillies!) And happy Filipino American History Month!"

NEWS FLASH : SF Gate blogger quotes Dr. Dawn Mabalon:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/hawaii/detail?entry_id=75782
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FANHS Stockton Chapter and the Little Manila Foundation 
To honor Larry Itliong on Sunday, October 24

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More states proclaim Filipino American History Month!

FANHS Midwest Chapter
Dr. Gil Pilapil, former FANHS President, sent this Proclamation from Illinois 
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FANHS Yakama Valley Chapter (Washington)
Rey Pascua sent this news

Monday, October 4, 2010

"Honoring Filipino American History Month!" Remarks by Hon. Bob Filner, 29 September 2010


FANHS thanks everyone who worked on making Filipino American History Month legislation possible. 

What other activities, resolutions, or statements  are FANHS Chapters and friends working on in various local areas?  Please keep ups posted!

Dr. Joan May T. Cordova

U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION 669--RECOGNIZING FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH IN OCTOBER 2010

For full text: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r111%3AS29SE0-0143%3A

Many thanks to all those who made this legislation possible! For previous legislation, including H.Res. 780 passed in 2009, please see blog posts for October and November 2009 http://fanhsis25.blogspot.com/2009/11/h-res-780-passes-on-110209-filipino.html

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FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter, Virginia


FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter hosted their first ever red carpet premiere of the film, "Atlantis Down." With numerous stars in attendance, FANHS HR honored Filipina actress Mae Flores for whom the City of Portsmouth (Virginia) proclaimed "Mae Flores Day" in honor of Filipino American History Month. Congrats to Dr. Allan & Edwina Bergano, FANHS HR President Veronica Salcedo, Emer Lunasin and the entire 757 crew for success on this original commemoration!

FANHS Seattle



Many thanks to Carmen Espanol, Gerie Ventura who are working with the FANHS national office to roganize this October 10 Merienda and open house of the FANHS National Archives.

For news on additional activities:
http://www.facebook.com/notes/carmen-espanol/2010-fahm-filipino-american-history-month/429191005735