Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Critical Review of Filipina/o American Curriculum

For "A Critical Review of Filipina/o American Curriculum" by Dr. Patricia Halagao, Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales and Dr. Joan May T. Cordova,  please order the AAPI Nexus Journal 7:1(2009)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New York Governor Proclaims Filipino American History Month!

Cheers and thanks to everyone in FANHS Metropolitan New York Chapter !  Many thanks, too,  to Dr. Kevin Nadal, FANHS NY Chapter President for all his hard work -- and for sharing this great news!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Visit the Smithsonian's "Singgalot" Exhibit in Philadelphia: Congrats to all on a great opening night, November 19!

'Singgalot - The Ties That Bind' Exhibit Launching (227)
Special congratulations to community organizations who worked so hard to raise funds for the Philadelphia exhibit of the Smithsonian's "Singgalot" -- Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia (FECGP includes FANHS PA in its "umbrella" coalition), Asian American Women's Coalition (AAWC), Filipino Intercultural Society of Drexel University (FISDU) ! Pictured above: Dr. Rommel Rivera, Past President of FECGP & current President of the Filipino American Association of Philadelphia, Inc. (FAAPI - one of the oldest Filipino American organizations in the USA);  Dr. Joan May Cordova, FANHS National President; Ms. Marife Domingo, representing FECGP, AAWC and FANHS PA; Ms. Amada Robertson, St. Augustine Church Choir; Philippine Consul General Cecile Rebong (who traveled from New York);  Mr. Kim Barroso, FANHS PA Past President and Music & Liturgical Director, St. Augustine Church;  Ms. Grace Rustia, FAAPI; Dr. Aida Rivera, President of Philippine Folk Arts Society, Inc. (PFASI).
For more info on the Smithsonian's "Singgalot" in Philadelphia:
More photos by Jon Aquino
New article in Philadelphia City Paper 
Please also join Dr. Joan May T. Cordova, Harvard scholar & FANHS National President, in a guided tour of "Singgalot" on December 8, at 5:30 pm.  Dr. Cordova's tour is sponsored by FANHS PA.
Download event flyer here: 
**NEW:  Photos of Dr. Cordova's tour, courtesy of Jon Aquino: 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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

~Click on photo collage to enlarge

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 ), 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  

NEW ARTICLE by Reggie Esteban (of the 757 :-)
"Dan Inosanto Demonstrates Filipino Martial Arts at the Smithsonian"
Flickr photos by Smithsonian's APA program:
Smithsonian's video of awesome program!
~ 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:
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 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:
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 
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


For full text:

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

(Click image below to enlarge text.)

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:

Thursday, September 30, 2010

October is Filipino American History Month! FANHS celebrates throughout the USA...

FANHS Los Angeles Chapter

FANHS National
Secretary Ron Buenaventura
is working with Jonny Itliong, son of legendary labor leader Larry Itliong, to organize this Filipino American History Month Event in Carson, California. For more information on Filipinos' role in the UFW, see Marisa Aroy's film

City of Carson, CA passes "Larry Itliong Day"

 Did you know about 20% of Filipinos have some Chinese ancestry? President Corazon Aquino, Cardinal Jaime Sin, and national hero Jose Rizal are some of the more famous "Tsinoys", or Chinese Filipinos. As the Philippines is so close to Fujian province, Chinese influence in Filipino culture dates back centuries and is as ubiquitous as pancit and lumpia. The first Spanish-established Chinatown was the Parian, which later became Binondo. These Chinatowns survive through massacres, revolutions, wars, and martial law.
[Free parking on basketball court. Enter via College Street.]

from ALASKA, FANHS Trustee Christine Marasigan - Alaskero Partnership Organization (APO) &
University of Alaska Anchorage  


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

FANHS PennsylvaniA 3rd Annual Filipino American History Banquet - October 22

Please save the date for the FANHS PennsylvaniA (FANHS PA) 3rd Annual Filipino American History Banquet - Friday, October 22, 2010.

Hong Kong Golden Phoenix Restaurant
911 Race StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19107-1805

For more info, contact FANHS PA President Kim Barroso

More info forthcoming!

2009 FANHS PA banquet photo collage - Click to enlarge.

FANHS members involved in "Singgalot" programs
Singgalot will be at the San Francisco Public Library until October 24. The SFPL website notes:
The exhibition "Singgalot: The Ties That Bind" celebrates 100 years of the Filipino American experience through a panel exhibition that includes over 100 photographs, images, and historical documents drawn from the National Archive, the Library of Congress, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and personal collections.
Developed by the Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Program and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The national tour has been made possible by Farmers Insurance logotype and the Smithsonian Institution.
FANHS members and friends are involved in various programs related to "Singgalot."
*Image is from the Los Angeles mural by Eliseo Art Silva, FANHS PA Founding President

Friday, August 13, 2010

FANHS San Diego Chapter's book signing for "Filipinos in San Diego" on September 17

After a successful FANHS San Diego book launch for "Filipinos in San Diego" there will be another book signing is on September 17 at 7 pm at Southwestern College Student Center in Chula Vista

Congrats to FANHS San Diego for its August 21 book launch!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Latest FANHS Journal now available!!

For many years, former FANHS National President Dr. Gil Pilapil has assumed responsibility for the publication of the FANHS Journal. Each volume is a collection of both scholarly and community based research presented at various national conferences of FANHS. All of us at FANHS are very thankful for Dr. Pilapil's generous contributions and fundraising for this project.
Dr. Pilapil writes: "The latest issue of the FANHS Journal dated 2009, Vol. 7 has been published and I was going to take it to the conference in Seattle until my flight to Seattle was canceled by the airline... It is available at the old price of $10 for members and $12 for non-members." To order, please send checks made out to FANHS to:
Dr. Gil Pilapil
P.O. Box 1882
Springfield, IL 62705
To FANHS presenters: You're all encourage to submit your articles to be considered for publication. Please email your submission to Dr. Gil Pilapil The next issue of the FANHS Journal will be published in 2011 (Vol. 8).

Sunday, August 8, 2010

FANHS Oregon Chapter publishes new book!

Congrats to FANHS Oregon Chapter! Here's their latest news from Lourdes Cereno Markley:
"Hooray! Our Arcadia series book on Oregon authored by Ronny Lim and Dolly Specht is done! "Filipinos in the Willamette Valley" is ready for ordering. Dolly Specht, our local prez, gave me an author's copy, a pre-publication copy. You can pre-order through or through me"
Watch for FANHS San Diego Chapter's latest release, too!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

FANHS national conference - new photos !

Many thanks to Florante Ibanez for sharing his FANHS 2010 national conference photo album with us.

FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter (Virginia) members and friends meet FANHS banquet keynote speaker Mona Pasquil, former Lt. Governor of California.

Pictured are: M.A. Matel, Tracie Liguid, Marco Mercado, Dionne Paniza, Veronica Salcedo, CJ Riculan, Lee Garduque, Ray Obispo, DJ Imperial, Allan Bergano, Edwina Bergano, Rose Gutierrez, Cheryl Burk, Emer Lunasin, Samantha Hyde & Lapa family of Hawai'i, Joan May Cordova - FANHS National President
~photo by Florante Ibanez

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MANY THANKS to all who supported FANHS!!

What a memorable time we had in Seattle! More than 500 joined us at FANHS this year.

Many, many thanks to all who sponsored, presented, performed, volunteered, organized, donated to and attended the 13th biennial national conference of FANHS this July 21-24, 2010 at Seattle University! We appreciate everyone who has been part of FANHS in some way -- including many of you who've supported FANHS from a distance.

People have stopped to write and tell me how much they enjoyed and learned from this conference. The "morning after" FANHS, professor/author Leny Strobel wrote about "The Good Work of FANHS" on her blog:

Aldrich Sabach of PEP shares his FANHS 2010 collection with all of us: And watch out for the DVDs -- of the conference and of "Dance Down Memory Lane" -- available from FANHS Hampton Roads (Virginia) Chapter. Contact Edwina Bergano for more information on the DVDs.

We'll add to these links as we move forward and continue to promote Filipino American history.

I'm ever hopeful,
~(Auntie) Joanie / Joan May / AJM / NJM

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Please support FANHS vendors!

Please plan to support FANHS vendors at the FANHS national conference "Marketplace" in the Seattle University Student Union, 1st floor, room 160. Vendors may begin setting up after 12 noon on Wednesday. Please be aware that construction is taking place nearby; it'll be difficult to park close to the entrance. FANHS will provide vendors with parking permits on Thursday - Saturday.

BIOS of FANHS National Conference Presenters

FANHS has a wonderful team of national presenters of all ages and backgrounds -- elders, students, scholars, artists, professionals, writers.

In an effort to be "green," bios of FANHS national conference presenters are linked here and will not be in the printed program. Efforts were made to include bios of all presenters who emailed their bios to me. A number of presentations were added by the program committee later in the planning. We apologize for any omissions.

Monday, July 19, 2010

FANHS national conference schedule on ScribD

***A FEW CHANGES have been made to the schedule. Please register and join us for the FANHS national conference. The most current schedule (that includes specific venues) will be ready for you when you register on Thursday morning.
See you soon!!


A detailed schedule for the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) national conference, July 22-24, is found on the ScribD link below. Everyone -- even conference presenters -- will need to register for the conference, at least for one day. (The official conference program, to be distributed at the registration area, will list locations of presentations, films, workshops.)

To register for the FANHS conference, print, complete and deliver forms you'll find here:

If you have any questions, email:

Sunday, July 18, 2010

FANHS Seattle Tour update

If you've already paid for the FANHS Seattle tour, please note that three tour buses will leave from the Seattle University parking lot in front of Pigott Hall. Please be there by 10:30 am on July 21.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

TRANSPORTATION info to Seattle University

***Here's the Seattle Light Rail Schedule:

***Detailed info on how to take the new Light Rail from SeaTac airport to Seattle University. Thanks to Damian & Judy Cordova for this public transportation route to Seattle University.
"To board, you have to take the elevator/escalator out of Baggage Claim, cross over the bridge to the Parking Structure, then follow the signs to the leftthrough the parking structure and out to the Light Rail station. See the links below for updated, detailed info and schedules. However, as Trustee Emily Lawsin told our Michigan Chapter elders: if you have a lot of luggage, or if you are arriving late at night, or if you are a senior citizen, or can't walk far, then you should book a taxi or Shuttle Express if you aren't renting a car. Some companies have a flat fee from the airport and you can make a reservation online. Note: If you're staying at the Silver Cloud Inn on Broadway, you can also catch Bus #12 from Downtown (on 1st Ave. & Union St. -OR- 2ndAve. and Marion St.) and get off across the street from the hotel, on Broadway and Madison. Metro Route 12:

***IF you are in a Seattle University dorm, you'll be going to Campion Tower Dorms - 914 E. Jefferson Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 296-5600 If you're in a Seattle U apartment suite, you'll be at Chardin Suites 1020 E. Jefferson Seattle, WA 98122

***From SeaTac Airport: Shuttle Express to Seattle University (425) 981–7000 ($35)

***Your Seattle University lodging package, available at the front desk upon arrival, will include:
1) the electronic key to let you onto your floor and in your room2) a credit card for your non-conference food ($57 [to be paid to FANHS at registration] for 3 breakfasts / 2 lunches/ 1 dinner) 3) other SU information.

***Info for those going to Silver Cloud Hotel on Broadway: Taxi fare is $45-50.Cheaper alternative is taking Light Rail from SEA-Tacoma Airport to the Westlake Station. From the station, call the Silver Cloud Hotel206.325.1400 and they will send their free shuttle.
More detailed info here:

Monday, July 12, 2010

See you in Seattle! FANHS national conference, July 21-24, 2010 @ Seattle University

We look forward to seeing more than 500 FANHS members and friends at the 13th biennial national conference of FANHS this July 21-24, 2010! Delegations from Alaska, Hawai'i, the Midwest, New Mexico, Virginia Beach, New York, California and beyond will converge on Seattle University next week.

For the latest updates, please check this blog, our FANHS Facebook page or follow me on Twitter @ForCommunities It would be so helpful if folks would please try not to contact the FANHS national office unless absolutely necessary.

*Seattle Filipino American History Tour (July 21) is now closed. Three buses have been filled.
*Saturday night banquet is closed. If you've already registered, you have a seat. There will be no banquet tickets sold at the door or available to one-day FANHS conference registrants.
*For tickets to the July 21 Far West Convention Reunion dinner, please see The Far West dinner will begin at 8 pm at the Filipino Community Center (FCC). This follows the "FANHS Welcome Dinner" -- home cooked by FANHS national, FANHS Yakama and FANHS Alaska Chapters -- that will be held at Immaculate Church Hall from 5-7 on July 21.

*Vegetarian options are available for all meals at Seattle U. Please email me if you'd like to be part of the vegetarian count

Camp FYA at Seattle University's Student Center, July 22-23:
  • Start - 10:00 am
  • End of Scheduled Activities - 2:30 pm
  • Pick-up Deadline - 3:00 pm
To register children aged 5-10, contact:

*The FANHS national conference will also feature workshops by members of Palubuniyan Kulintang Ensemble , Kodiak (Alaska's) Youth Banduria performers, playwright Jeanne Barroga, films, and much more! Watch for the listing of conference workshops... We're excited!

~photo of Seattle Space Needle by Joan May Cordova

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

FANHS appreciates its supporters!

As a non-profit organization run 100% by volunteers - including the FANHS Executive Director and FANHS national archivist - the Filipino American National Historical Society truly appreciates the energies and resources of all who've supported FANHS for more than 26 years.
All FANHS officers, national trustees, chapter leaders and members pay for all travel and expenses to attend meetings and special events like the FANHS biennial national conferences. Many FANHS events and projects are also funded by local FANHS leaders and friends. Cheers and thanks to all!

**At the FANHS 2008 conference in Alaska, Titania Buchholdt and family continued the tradition begun by her late mother and former FANHS national president Thelma Buchholdt who sold indigenous clothing, various textiles and artifacts from the Philippines -- including many rare pieces -- and donated all sales to FANHS.

**At the July 23rd FANHS fundraiser, "Dance Down Memory Lane" (see poster in earlier post), Primo Kim Villaruz will selling his latest CD "Make it Right!" with proceeds going to FANHS.

**Linda Nietes, of Philippine Expressions Bookstore in Los Angeles, will be a "Silver Sponsor" for this year's FANHS National Conference. Philippine Expressions carries many of the books written by writers who'll be part of the FANHS Authors' Reception on July 22.

**The Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS) is now a "Silver Sponsor" for the 2010 FANHS National Conference.
Many thanks to you all!!

We'll continue to highlight other FANHS supporters. There's still time to show support for this year's national conference. If you'd like to buy an ad or make other donations to FANHS, please download form here or email:

For more information about FANHS, please see:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

CAMP FYA @ FANHS National Conference

The Filipino Youth Activities (FYA) was an award winning youth organization catering to young Filipino Americans. Founded in 1957 in Seattle - FYA offered leisure time activities for more than 40 years. Currently, the Khordobah FYA Drill Team continues the legacy …

Camp FYA is replicated in some of the cultural and educational programs enjoyed by thousands of young Filipino and Filipina Americans. During the 2010 FANHS National Conference and on the Seattle University campus, CAMP FYA will offer an entertaining blend of activities for camp participants.

Cost: $25/child
Schedule: Thursday and Friday (July 22 & 23)
Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Open for children entering kindergarten to age 10 years old. (There will be a different program for youth aged 11-17.) Space is limited to 20 campers.

· Light noontime snack will be provided.
· Sample of activities include, but not limited to: parol making, folk dance, story telling, doll making, historical fun facts, intro to Tagalog, Philippine geography, and music.

To register: e-mail Damian Cordova at
or call 206.721.7711

Please include the following information:
· Name and age of child
· Parent’s name and contact information (email, phone, and home address)
· Special medical needs (e.g., allergies, diet restrictions, and etc)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

FANHS National Conference "Schedule at a Glance"

You'll find the FANHS Schedule here or in the jpeg on the left. The image is quite clear after you click to enlarge and/or download.

For more info on the FarWest 40th Reunion dinner on July 21st, see:

For a pdf, contact:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Please register for the FANHS National Conference

For conference pre-registration rates, please register for the FANHS national conference using registration forms below. Print form and mail with your check to the FANHS National Office, 810 - 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Reg form here:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Meet Authors at the FANHS National Conference

One highlight of the FANHS national conference
is the Authors' Reception on July 22, 2010.
Plan to buy some of most recent* as well as classic favorite publications -- literary, historical, cultural studies -- by and about Filipino Americans. Join us as we celebrate with readings, food plus time for autographs and sales. Just a few of the many authors planning to be at FANHS include: Rita Cacas & Juanita Tamayo-Lott (Filipinos in Washington, DC*), Evangeline Buell (Twenty Five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride), Peter Bacho (Leaving Yesler*), Theo Gonzalves (The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora*), Amalia Bueno, Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Oscar Penaranda, Geronimo Tagatac (Growing Up Filipino II), Enrique dela Cruz, et. al. (The Forbidden Book), FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter in VA (In Our Uncles' Words: We Fought for Freedom and In Our Aunties' Words), Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales and PEP teachers (Pin@y Educational Partnerships Volume II*),
Leny Strobel (Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous*), Fred Cordova (Filipinos Forgotten Asian Americans), Dorothy Cordova (Filipinos in Puget Sound*), and many more.
If you'd like to be part of the FANHS Authors' Reception, please register for the conference using the form below. Contact if you'd like to be listed in this blog. See you at FANHS in July!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Dance Down Memory Lane" @ FANHS national conference

~Click to enlarge poster designed by Jeanette Tiffany for FANHS

Dance Down Memory Lane

Friday, July 23, 2010 - 7:30 pm, Seattle University Campion Towers Ballroom - 946 Jefferson Street

Primo Kim Villarruz
Seattle’s most famous & beloved Filipino American entertainer performing 1940’s style swing, Latin & blues
backed by his band Mike Slivka / drums, Chris Clark / bass, Jim Day / guitar, and Tony Rondolone / sax
augmented by guest artists* Angelo Pizarro / guitar, Bob Antolin / sax, Ernesto Pediangco / all Latin percussion, Dion Cordova / congas, Tess Guerzon / vocals, Rene Laigo / vocals, and Anthony Cordova / vocals

the original Tamaraw
groundbreaking local Pinoy rock band reconcocting 1970’s style Latin funk in their first ever reunion featuring veterans Allan Bergano / keys, Steve Aspiras /sax, Damian Cordova / timbales,
Ramon Salvador / congas, John Sakura / trumpet, Terry Takeuchi / trombone, Larry Quetola / drums,
Al Montante / vocals, Leonard Berman /guitar, and Manuel Carrillo / keys
and invited friends Norris Bacho / keys, Peter Jamero / keys, Matthew Vining / drums, Mike Guerzon / bass, Caesar Cabrera/trumpet, Timoteo Cordova / congas, the seven guest artists* performing with Primo, and other artists TBA

In the historical spirit of “Dance Down Memory Lane,” guests are encouraged to wear 1940’s or 1970’s attire. A free half-hour swing dance lesson will precede the dance. There will be an official video documentary of this event.

Limited number of $50 VIP/sponsor tickets available only through July 4th A souvenir lanyard
entitles VIP/sponsors to access: 1) a pre-event reception in the ballroom starting at 6:30 PM; 2) the backstage/artist hospitality area; 3) a VIP viewing area near the stage; 4) an “after-hours” on-site musicians’ soiree;
and 5) a cameo inclusion in the official video documentary.

general admission $25 before July 22; $30 day of show
seniors 65 or older & high school students - $15 before July 4 (valid personal and or school ID will be checked)
For tickets – for non-conference attendees – contact Lolie Farinas / marketing director at

James (Buddah) Dimalanta / production director, Dr. Fred Cordova / master of ceremonies
For all other event information, contact Anthony Cordova / producer (206) 853-7513

This is an official fundraiser for the FANHS 13th National Conference at Seattle University from July 21-24, 2010 and co-sponsored by SU’s Filipino Alumni Chapter. To register for the FANHS conference contact (206) 322-0203. FANHS conference registration includes the option to purchase a discounted ticket for “Dance Down Memory Lane.” ***If you're a registered, full-time FANHS conference participant, please message to reserve your discounted ticket for "Dance Down Memory Lane."

FANHS National Conference Update!

If you have not already done so, please send your completed program proposals (in response to the Call for Papers) to ASAP. Some of you have sent in abbreviated proposals or email requests. We need all bios and complete abstracts. Looking forward to hearing from you all!

FANHS workshop and panel presentations submitted now include: "Mixing Up and Emerging Filipino Identity in Alaska," "Navy Experiences in Charleston and Long Beach," "KDP-CAMDI: A Retrospective," "Filipino Americans in Detroit and Lansing, Michigan," "The Relevance of Performing Filipino Legends and Filipino American Folktales," "Creating Workplace Empowerment: The FACES Experience," "Filipino American Jazz in San Francisco," "Filipinos in Washington, DC," "The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino Diaspora," "Establishing and Maintaining a Digital Archives," "Manila is in the Heart - Time Travel with Al Robles," "Mining the Filipino Student Bulletins – Primary sources and the National Archives" and many, many more...

For the first time in the history of FANHS, special CHILDREN's WORKSHOPS will be organized this year. You're all encouraged to bring your whole family to FANHS's very unique intergenerational national conference!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

FANHS National Conference Updates

Dorm rooms at Seattle University are still available. To reserve dorm rooms, please call the FANHS National Office: 206.322.0203

The closest hotel is Seattle's Silver Cloud that features a free continental breakfast, a shuttle to downtown, swimming pool, rooms cleaned every day and a bathroom of your own. It is only two blocks to the conference site. Please call the Silver Cloud directly and mention that you're part of the FANHS National Conference: 1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122, USA

Monday, February 22, 2010

California Lt. Gov. Mona Pasquil to be FANHS national conference speaker

"Lt. Gov. Mona Pasquil FANHS conference speaker"
by Dr. Fred Cordova

Seattle (FANHS National) – Simeona (Mona) Viernes Pasquil – the first woman, more importantly the first Filipino American, to be appointed acting Lieutenant Governor of the State of California – has verbally agreed “unanimously” to be the principal speaker at the Filipino American National Historical Society’s 13th National Conference July 24 in Seattle. Lt. Gov. Pasquil will speak at the conference’s Saturday evening dinner. The three day conference is being held at Seattle University.

A third-generation Pinay from Sacramento, Calif., Mona - as all of her friends call her - was an active participant in FANHS’ Fifth National conference in 1994 at San Francisco.

Mona’s parents, Cornelio and Connie Viernes attended the First Young Filipino Peoples’ Far West Convention in Seattle. That 1971 gathering, earmarked as the “Birth of the Filipino American Movement,” has spurred the 2010 FANHS conference theme, “Quest for Emergence – A Retrospective.” A 1971 reunion will be held the Tuesday before the conference opening.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Filipino American National Historical Society
July 22-24, 2010
Seattle University
Broadway and Madison / Seattle, Washingtin 98122

Postmarked by Sent After
June 18, 2010 June 19, 2010
FANHS Member $100.00 $120.00
Senior Member (62 and over) $ 90.00 $100.00
Student Member $ 90.00 $100.00
Non-Member / Regular $140.00 $150.00
Non-Member / Students & Seniors $110.00 $120.00

Full Registration includes conference sessions / Thursday –continental breakfast and Authors’ Reception /
Friday - box lunch and membership meeting snack / Saturday - evening banquet.

One-Day Regisration includes sessions and meal for the day – but not Saturday dinner:
Members $ 40.00 Non-Members $ 50.00
Members: Students and Seniors $ 30.00 Non-Members: Sr/St $ 40.00

Banquet Only: $50.00 per person
Historic Tours: (Wed. 7/21/10) - tentative fee w/lunch - $30 / Space is limited

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Conference Registration
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Are you a FANHS member? (check one) Current membership? (check where applicable)
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__ “At-large” member

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Family $40.00 $250.00 $350.00
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Mail forms to FANHS / 810 18th Ave., Rm 100 / Seattle, WA 98122

Early registration/payments must be postmarked by June 18, 2010. Mailed registrations will be accepted by office until July 20, 2010. Later registrations will be on-site. Please do not send cash.

Housing Options for Seattle Conference
Each conference attendee must secure own housing accommodations. Please mention
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Conference for following reduced rates.

Seattle University / for reservations contact FANHS (206-322-0203 /
Residence hall housing with shared bath facilities (no tax charged)
Double accommodation Single accommodation
$27.50 per person, per night $32.50 per person, per night
Each room has a sink and mirror. Standard rooms have the following amenities: Beds made up for arrival complete with chocolates on the pillows; towels and washcloths are provided: desks and wardrobes for each person in the room. Microwave/refrigerator combinations are available in Bellarmine and Xavier Halls.

Standard Apartment Housing / limited / available on a weekly basis only (no tax charged)
Studio (1 twin bed, private bathroom $68.50 per person, per night
Townhouse (2 single bedrooms sharing 1 bathroom) $57.00 per person, per night
Quad (4 single bedrooms sharing two bathrooms) $53.00 per person, per night
Double (1 bedroom, 2 twin beds, 1 private bathrooms) $51.50 per person, per night

A minimum of two meals is required for each night stayed. Meals are inexpensive and delicious. Housing and meals are offered as a package. Conference fees pay for one meal each day.

Guests may use the facilities and indoor swimming pool at Connolly Athletic Center. The fee is $5 per day.
The University does not provide towels or a locker at Connolly, so bring your own towels.

Parking for guests staying on campus is complimentary.

Silver Cloud Hotel / 1100 Broadway / (206) (across the street from Seattle University)
Reservations: 800-590-1801 /
Standard Single King – Single or Double Occupancy $149.00 plus 15.6% tax
Standard Double Queen – Single to Double Occupancy $149.00 plus 15.6% tax
King Jacuzzi Upgrades – Single or Double Occupancy $149.00 plus 15.6% tax
There is a $15 surcharge for each adult beyond double occupancy in a room with 2 queen beds (maximum of 4)

Complimentary continental breakfast
Indoor swimming pool and exercise room
Free use of laundry facilities
Courtesy Shuttle Service to Designated Downtown Seattle Locations
Parking - $16 per night

Homewood Suites Hilton / (downtown Seattle / near hopping and theaters)
Reservations: 206-692-8282 /
Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, 2-burner stove, microwave, coffeemaker, dishwasher,
Dishes and utensils)
Living room has sofa bed and dining table. Complimentary high-speed Internet access in each suite.
One king size bed $169.00 plus 15.6% tax each night
Two queen size beds $169.00 plus 15.6% tax each night
No extra charge for two or more people
Complimentary hot breakfast each morning
Welcome Home Reception – complimentary light meal and beverages (Mon. – Thu.)
Exercise room
Free shuttle to grocery store two blocks from Seattle University
Parking $25 per night

FANHS National Conference - July 21-24, 2010 CALL FOR PAPERS

13th National Conference
Seattle University
Broadway and Madison / Seattle, WA 98122
July22 - July 24, 2010




1. TYPE OF PROPOSAL (check one):

___ INDIVIDUAL PAPER/PRESENTATION - Individual papers/presentations on related topics will be
grouped into panels. Presenters will each have 15 to 20 minutes to make an
oral presentation of their work.
__ PANEL A panel includes three or four personal accounts or papers, each 15 to 20
minutes, on specific historic events or experiences. Include list of participants.
Indicate name of session chair/moderator and/or contact person on form.
___ ROUNDTABLE A Roundtable includes personal accounts of specific experiences and the
subsequent sharing of similar experiences and ideas with others in the group.
Indicate name of session chair/moderator and/or name of main contact person.
___ WORKSHOP A Workshop teaches research techniques or shares research skills or sources. Indicate name of the session chair/moderator and/or the main contact person.

___ FILM Film must touch some aspect of Filipino American history or experience.

Sessions will provide time for discussion between presenters and those in attendance.


NAME ____________________________________________________________

ADDRESS ____________________________________________________________

CITY/STATE/ZIP ____________________________________________________________

PHONE _____________ E-MAIL_______________________ FAX ____________

AFFILIATION ___________________________________________________________

3. LIST AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED (there will be a fee for extraordinary requests)


4. Attach three (3) copies of a one-page abstract and a brief vita – including address, e-mail and telephone and bio of each participant. Also include a stamped return envelope addressed to the person submitting the proposal. Mail to:
FANHS NATIONAL OFFICE / 810 18th Avenue, Room 100 / Seattle, WA 98122.
Or e-mail:

5. DEADLINE: March 31, 2010

Filipino American National Historical Society

13th National Conference
July 22 – July 24, 2010

Seattle University
Broadway and Madison
Seattle, WA 98122

Join Filipino American scholars, historians, authors, filmmakers, educators, archivists, community researchers, student activists, and just plain folks eager to share their research, resources, expertise and personal experiences.

Meet authors and poets: Estrella Alamar, Evangeline Buell et al, Concordia Borja-mamaril, Fred Cordova, Joan May Cordova, Theo Gonzalves, Abe Ignacio, Herb Jamero, Peter Jamero, Emily Lawsin, Dawn Mabalon, Mel Orpilla, Oscar Penaranda, Barbara Posadas, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales; playwright Timoteo Cordova; filmmakers Stephanie Castillo, Linda Revilla, Domingo Los Banos and Noel Izon; and many others.

See historical materials and exhibits produced by several FANHS chapters.

Take the tour of Filipino American historic sites in the Seattle area – including Carlos Bulosan’s
grave site.

Learn how to document oral history and family genealogy, and different ways to collect, preserve and use old photographs, newspapers and other historic ephemera; develop an archives; do journal writing; plan a photo exhibit; and write proposals.

Enjoy the artistry of Filipino American plays, musicians and other performers.

View selected films by Filipino American film makers or about the Filipino American experience.

Visit the National Pinoy Archives.

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Seattle University Filipino Alumni Chapter
Seattle University United Filipino Club
FANHS Yakama Chapter
FANHS Seattle Chapter

For more information call FANHS National (206) 322-0203 or email:

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