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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)

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!

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

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 Fo

Congrats to Nestor Enriquez & FANHS New Jersey Chapter!


FANHS Oregon Chapter Hosts "Pinay Power" Symposium

FANHS Oregon Chapter Symposium - October 17, 2010 Fil-Am Center, Portland Speakers: Aimee Santos-Lyons; Salma Ahmad; Pia de Leon; Dolly Pangan-Specht Moderator: Eric Tadeo   Link to video on Facebook: Many thanks to Ronnie Lim for posting videos!

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 Riv

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

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

FANHS Metropolitan New York Chapter Hosts Successful Open Mic for Filipino American History Month!

For other FANHS Metropolitan New York Filipino American History Month Events NEWS FLASH by FANHS Metro New York Chapter President Kevin Nadal NYC Mayor Bloomberg declares October as Filipino American History Month

More states proclaim Filipino American History Month!

FANHS Midwest Chapter Dr. Gil Pilapil, former FANHS President, sent this Proclamation from Illinois  --CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE-- FANHS Yakama Valley Chapter (Washington) Rey Pascua sent this news

"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:

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 Chin

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

Image 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

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!!

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 wil

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!

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

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

FANHS National President's 2010 Message

2010 FANHS President's Letter by Dr. Joan May T Cordova

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.

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:

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.

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'

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

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 p

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, Philippi

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:

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:

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 Pa

"Dance Down Memory Lane" @ FANHS national conference

~Click to enlarge poster designed by Jeanette Tiffany for FANHS FILIPINO AMERICAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY (FANHS) invites you to 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, L

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 i

FANHS National Conference 2010 poster


FANHS National Conference Updates

HOUSING 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

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


Filipino American National Historical Society 13th NATIONAL CONFERENCE July 22-24, 2010 Seattle University Broadway and Madison / Seattle, Washingtin 98122 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION 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

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 PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM. INCLUDE IT AS COVER PAGE OF YOUR PROPOSAL TITLE OF THE PROPOSED PAPER, PANEL, WORKSHOP or FILM ___________________________________________________________________________ 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 nam