Thursday, December 9, 2021

#FANHS2022 Call for Proposals - now due February 1, 2022! Extended deadline :-)

Via @FANHS_national 16 January 2022 WE’VE EXTENDED OUR DEADLINE! You still have time to submit your conference proposal for #FANHS2022 to be held in Seattle on August 11-13, 2022! The new due date is Tuesday Feb 1, 2022. For more detailed information, go to #FANHS #FilipinoAmericanHistory via email from The FANHS 19th Biennial Conference will be held August 11-13, 2022 at Seattle University located at 901 12th Ave in Seattle. Visit for more information. The year 2022 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). This year’s conference theme is FANHS 40: Past, Present, Future. We are looking for conference proposals that: Remember, revisit, and reclaim the rich history of Filipino Americans. Share current research projects and learn how historical issues still affect us today. Provide workshops on how to collect, disseminate, and preserve history for the future. Proposals may be submitted for: Individual papers or presentations (to be grouped with other individual submissions) Panels (three or four papers or presentations on a single topic) Roundtables (several individuals presenting personal accounts of specific historical events or experiences) Workshops (teaching research techniques or sharing research skills or sources) Film Screening (full or partial film screening and Q&A with audience) Proposals are a synopsis (500 word limit) of your presentation topic. Panels or Roundtables with multiple presenters should submit only one Proposal/Google Form for the whole group. Older presentations and those that were accepted for the FANHS 2020 Conference in Hawaiʻi are also welcome. Please include contact information and a brief Bio (100 word limit) for all presenters. To submit a proposal, please fill out the proposal form online: If you have any other questions, feel free to email Note on Proposals and Conference Registration: Since FANHS is a completely volunteer-run, non-profit organization, conference presenters/participants are expected to pay conference registration fees prior to the conference in order to be listed in the program. FANHS does not turn away presenters for lack-of-funds; please consult with the conference committee for volunteer or payment options and/or your local chapter or trustee about fundraising strategies. A limited number of student scholarships may also be available. (Conference Registration Forms will be available in Winter 2022.) Copyright (C) 2021 Filipino American National Historical Society. All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: Filipino American National Historical Society 810 18th Ave Ste 100 Seattle, WA 98122-4778

Friday, October 29, 2021

Updates: FANHS Pennsylvania / FANHS PA's 14th annual #FAHM party 31! Must read Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia (FECGP) President Roman Ventura's FAHM message

UPDATED 1 November 2021: FANHS PA's 14th Annual #FAHM program is a success! Many thanks to all who joined FANHS PA's virtual celebration of #FAHM2021. We're happy to see so many organizations represented: FANHS Hampton Roads@FANHShr (Virginia) and FANHS San Francisco Chapters / Philippine Folk Arts Society (PFASI); Asian Americans United - AAU in Philadelphia / Philippine Community of Southern New Jersey (PCSNJ) / St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia ... and more friends and family! Thank-you, all. While we didn't record the event, we have a pdf of slides with working links. Please just tweet @ForCommunities if you'd like a copy. Here's how our FANHS PA Filipino American History Month program flowed:
Let's all take FECGP President Roman Ventura's FAHM message to heart. Roman is the youngest ever FECGP President, a Drexel FISDU alum (yaay!!), and FANHS PA co-organizer. While he writes this for members of the 23 organizations of the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Phildelphia, his message of bayanihan is so relevant to all our communities. We thank-you, Roman.
Dear Community Members, Magandang gabi sa inyong lahat! Today was a beautiful fall day and a great time to begin Filipino American History Month. Why do we especially emphasize "History" rather than heritage as many other titular months are called? It is because we together are writing the history of our people, the Filipino people, our kapamilya. In a Filipino sociology course that I took in college, we discussed the Filipino value of bayanihan (the spirit of communal unity, belonging, and cooperation). It is key for us to work together to ensure that our community thrives as one, especially as the Filipino Americans gathered here in the Greater Philadelphia region. I am proud to be entrusted with your confidence to lead our community and the Filipino Executive Council with all of its member organizations as we forge ahead and pave the way for a bright tomorrow. Our differences only strengthen us as each organization pursues their own goals with the support of its peers. Regardless of any past differences or difficulties, we cannot let ourselves fall into a crab mentality now, lest we doom our organizations to grow old and outdated on islands isolated, worlds apart from one another. Why else would we be part of a larger community, the Filipino Executive Council? Growing up in California I always saw that the Mexican-American community celebrated Cesar Chavez one of the co-founders of the United Farm Workers in Delano, California. But did you know that Filipino manong Larry Itliong was the driver for that organization to exist? I like to think that it was his adherence to the bayanihan spirit that allowed him to see that the only path to success for the greater community was to unite both the Filipino and Mexican farm hands in order to achieve the goals to benefit the organization. In a similar vein, the Filipino Executive Council was enacted to allow the organizations here in the Delaware Valley to unite and gather support for one another. While we may have a shared heritage from a country of islands, it does not mean that we must stay on Islands in our adoptive home here in America. We can be proud of our respective regions and provinces, speak different Filipino languages, cook our special dishes that remind us of home, but at the end of the day we all are Filipino-Americans residing here together. One of the greatest directives of the FECGP is collaboration, and I take this as an opportunity to ensure we can establish a welcoming environment for new organizations join us in our mission the further advance the Filipino-American community here in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. Only by working together can we improve and build upon that which our predecessors provided to us and that we can only hope we can leave better than we found it for our successors. As the sun sets on today, it is time to be an example. The time is now to make this happen. I hope that you all join me in resoundly committing ourselves to our community, collaboration, and the Council. Let us write our lasting story here, together. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat! Mabuhay ang Pilipino Americans! Mabuhay ang FECGP! Happy Filipino American History Month, Roman Ventura FECGP President

Sunday, October 24, 2021

#FANHS PA supports "Hope and Harmony," Philippine Folk Arts Society, Inc./PFASI's Rondalla Concert, 28 October, 7 pm EST

The Philippine Folk Arts Society, Inc. (PFASI), featuring the Philadelphia region's premier Philippine rondalla/string ensemble, invites you all to “Hope and Harmony,” PFASI’s 9th annual rondalla concert on October 28, 2021 at 7 pm EST. With “Hope and Harmony” as PFASI’s 2021 theme, one goal of the virtual rondalla concert is for everyone to find hope in uplifting music and the cultural strengths of gathering - even virtually - as a supportive community. For it’s this hope found in culture and community that sustains us amidst ongoing struggles for racial justice, the challenges of health care, rising militarization, and the need for creating harmony in our fragile global home. While the virtual concert is free to viewers, donations are encouraged and will support Pakiglambigit 2021 - the Public Service, Extension, and Covid Outreach Program of the University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development. Register for PFASI’s virtual concert here: FANHS Pennsylvania Chapter (FANHS PA) and the Philippine Folk Arts Society, Inc. (PFASI) have supported each other's work throughout the years. We look forward to seeing you at Hope and Harmony on October 27. UPDATED 29 October 2021 Congratulations to President Dr. Aida Navidad Rivera and everyone at PFASI for another successful PFASI Rondalla Concert, your 9th! Special thanks for so much hard work by the awesome video production team that includes Vivian Oano Murray and Marife Domingo. The whole concert is on YouTube. To celebrate community spirit, this link goes directly to my favorite song, "One Love." With love @ForCommunities, ~Joanie (JoanMay Cordova)

Join FANHS Pennsylvania Chapter's (FANHSpa) 14th annual Filipino American History Month celebration, 31 October, 4-5 pm, EST

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Please join us on 31 October 2021 at 4pm EST. FANHS PA Chapter organizers are planning another fun party - our 14th annual #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth event - that will once again combine teaching/learning history with memorable performances in a total celebration of our communities. Previous FANHS events have drawn friends from diverse organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region including yours. (Search the archives on this blog for lots of photos and reports : ) Behind the scenes and on camera, you'll find: *Kim Barroso, FANHS PA President and choir director and liturgist at St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia - will be welcoming all. *Marife Domingo, a community leader/organizer with too many organizations to list ;) is organizing special performances you won't want to miss. *JoanMay Cordova, (aka Tita/Ate'/Auntie Joanie ) - who works @ForCommunities everywhere - will be moderating discussions of video clips that highlight #FAHM2021 activities from various FANHS chapters and other organizations. *Roman Ventura, FISDU alum and current - and youngest ever - President of the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia (FECG) will be doing tech.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Google features link to #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth resources!

Many thanks to Google staff (Pin@ypower?!) for choosing to feature #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth on Google's homepage. Thanks to @FANHS_national Vice President @KevinNadal for pointing out this great news and sharing the photo and link.
If the link is no longer on Google's homepage, just copy/paste/click this link Here's a sample of the valuable information that you'll find re #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth #FAHM2021
#FAHM2021 #Google #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth #KevinNadal #DawnBohulanoMabalon

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

October is #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth! For #FAHM2021 activities, see @FANHS_national on all social media and this link

October is #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth! For #FAHM2021 activities, see @FANHS_national on all social media and this link plus #FAHM hashtags on all platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Monday, July 19, 2021

@FANHS_PA to host film screening + discussion with Dr. Judy Patacsil: "Silent Sacrifices: Voices of the Filipino American Family," on 21 August 2021 @ 3 pm EST

You're all -- plus your organizations, FANHS Chapters, friends, family - invited to join FANHS Pennsylvania Chapter at a film screening and discussion of "Silent Sacrifices: Voices of the Filipino American Family" with Dr. Judy Patacsil via on August 21st at 3 pm EST. Dr. Judy Patacsil, President Emerita of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), is Faculty Equity Coordinator and Professor of Filipino Studies at San Diego Miramar College where she also founded the Mental Health Counseling program. Born in San Diego, California to pioneering Filipino immigrant parents, Judy is the lead author of “Filipinos in San Diego” and a current FANHS San Diego Chapter officer. As a licensed psychotherapist who holds a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in culture and human behavior, Judy co-authored the accompanying guide book for the film, “Silent Sacrifices: Voices of the Filipino American Family,” and has given international workshops and presentations on its still relevant themes since the early 2000's. She is a proud daughter of Eugenio Patacsil (RIP), a posthumously awarded WII Congressional Gold Medal recipient; and Virginia Patacsil (RIP), a pioneering WWII war bride, who was honored as Mother of the Year (1963) by the Filipino Women’s Club of San Diego. ((Copy/paste this link to see the event flyer The link is great for posting on Twitter or adding to emails; better resolution than the jpeg. ))

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Evangeline "Vangie" Canonizado Buell, @FANHS_national President Emerita, spoke @FilipinaWomen's Network - 25 June 2021

"Buffalo soldiers didn't shoot Filipinos," said Vangie, while describing her grandfather's experiences as a Buffalo soldier in the Philippine-American War. She told moving stories about her grandfather who stayed in the Philippines and married her Filipina grandmother. You'll find more stories in Vangie's book, "25 Chickens and a Pig for a Bride: Growing up in a Filipino Immigrant Family," available at EastWind Books in Berkeley, California. Vangie also showed photos from her Acadia publication, "Filipinos in the East Bay."
Read more about Buffalo Soldiers in this article that also quotes Vangie: Cheers and thanks to Vangie! You're always an inspiration! We also appreciate @FilipinaWomen / FWN's programming. Learn more here: #FWN #FilipinaWomen #Pinays #VangieBuell

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Updated thanks to all who joined @FANHS_PA's virtual party on June 19, 2021

What a fun virtual party we had today! Many thanks to all of you for joining us. Sending special cheers and thanks to singers. All of you are great! 🤗🎤🎶 We're also very impressed with your knowledge of Filipino American history. There's always more to learn with Also check out social media @fanhs_national on Twitter and Instagram. (We're @fanhs_pa ) Are we the first in FECGP to pioneer virtual bingo and karaoke? Please feel free to share this with your organizations: Condolences and prayers again to Beth's family and PCSNJ. We value the time to gather as a community to pray, learn, find joy in our music and sharing. All brings hope after seasons of many challenges. Mabuhay at maraming salamat! ~FANHS PA organizing team: Kim, Marife, Roman, Joanie #FANHSPA, #FANHSHamptonRoads, #FilipinoAmericanHistory #PCSNJ #FECGP #Philadelphia #FISDU
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Want to play bingo while learning #FilipinoAmericanHistory? And do you like to sing? Whether you choose to play bingo, sing a karaoke song, or even just cheer and applaud as a spectator, you're all invited to join our virtual party. We hope you'll bring family and community to meet new and old friends at our fun event on June 19, at 5 pm EST. You'll find the zoom link in the flyer above.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

@FANHS_national founder Dorothy Laigo Cordova interviewed by @ChrisDaniels5 @King5Seattle

Dorothy Cordova Dorothy Cordova, 89, is the single most important person in preserving the region’s Filipino American History. At a small office in a vacant school building in Seattle’s Central District, she has collated decades worth of material and started a national historical society, with 36 chapters across the country. ((The Filipino American National Historical Society/FANHS is now 39 years old.)) She went to school in Seattle with the late community leader Bob Santos, and said she took on this project because, “The term we use is ‘forgotten Asian Americans,’ which we are. There was very little written about us."

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Happy 1-year Anniversary to "FANHS Now!" organized by @FANHShr Hampton Roads Chapter, Virginia

FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter (Virginia Beach, VA) celebrated the first anniversary of their highly successful FANHS Now series of virtual programs with an outstanding #AAPI Heritage Month presentation by Francis Tanglao Aguas, Professor of Theatre and Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies at the College of William and Mary on 25 May 2021. Welcomed by FANHS HR Chapter President Ray Obispo and FANHS HR Founding President Dr. Allan Bergano, Professor Aguas was formally introduced by William & Mary alum and FANHS national trustee emerita Veronica Salcedo. We urge everyone to watch this as well as many other excellent FANHS NOW programs on their YouTube Channel. Photos of today's event are by FANHS National President Emily Lawsin.

Monday, March 8, 2021

@FANHS_national founder/director Dorothy L. Cordova in @SeattleAAFF Seattle Asian American Film Festival short documentary by @RamonDompor

Filipino American National Historical Society's (FANHS) founder and executive is featured in a short film by @RamonDompor at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. To order tickets and learn more info, copy/paste the link below:

Monday, March 1, 2021

Oral History workshop with @FANHS_National President @EmilyLawsin 6 March 2021 REGISTER HERE
via @EmilyLawsin on Instagram emilylawsin Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:30pm PST: Honored to be facilitating this introduction to Oral History Workshop, co-sponsored by several @fanhs_national FANHS Chapters: San Francisco @fanhs_sf , East Bay, San Diego @fanhssandiego, Greater Chicago, and Yakama Valley. Space is limited - All are welcome to register but priority will be given to FANHS members. Please register here: 💜 ❓Questions: Please email sf.fanhs@ Thank you to @fanhs_sf Chapter & #FANHS Trustee Dr. Lily Ann Villaraza @lilyannnpete for organizing this. . . . #OralHistory #HowTo #Interviews #FilipinoAmericanHistory #FilipinoAmerican #Pinoys #Pinays #Filipino #Filipina #Filipinos #Pinoy #Pinay #Filipinx #KnowHistoryKnowSelf #nohistorynoself #tsismiswithfootnotes #dawnmabalonisintheheart

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Thanks to Devin Cabanilla @devcabano of @FANHS_seattle for photos From FANHS National President @emilylawsin on Instagram "Once the pandemic is over, maybe you, too, can visit the FANHS National Pinoy Archives in Seattle, or the late Uncle Fred Cordova’s favorite @taitungrestaurant Tai Tung Restaurant, or the late Uncle Bob Santos’s karaoke bar Bush Garden Restaurant! 😉🤣😁 Thanks to Devin Cabanilla @devcabano of our @fanhs_seattle Filipino American National Historical Society - Greater Seattle Chapter for the photos. #FANHS2022 #BernieMemes #BernieSanders #BernieMittens @fanhs_national "

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Learn more about FANHS Metropolitan New York Chapter @fanhsmny

FANHS MNY is dedicated to promote understanding, education, enlightenment, appreciation and enrichment through the identification, gathering, preservation and dissemination of the history and culture of Filipino Americans in the United States. Learn about the history of Filipino Americans in New York City, as told by Emmy-nominated journalist Ernabel Demillo and Asian American Life: (Copy and open link)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

FANHS Houston Chapter (Texas): "HEAR NOW: Filipinx Voices FANHS-HTX Town Hall 01OCT20" @fanhshtx

FANHS Houston Did you know October is "Filipino American History Month" #FAHM? Let's kick it off with another Filipino American National Historical Society - Houston Texas Chapter Town Hall! *** In this Town Hall Zoom meeting, you will get: - A chance to meet other Filipino American Houston leaders and community members - Promote your organization and upcoming events -Find out more information about Filipino American History Month and - What events, campaigns and awareness will be created by FANHS-HTX and FANHS national during the whole month of October. *** For further information or questions, please email


 FANHS NOW Session #7 for Filipino American History Month 2020...October 29, 2020

Seattle Pinoys....sons of the Manongs of the 1920s and 30s...share their Vietnam War experiences after 50 years of silence. Thank you for your service. Thank you for upholding the Pinoy legacy of respect, honor and love of country and community created in spite of the harsh racism and discrimination endured by our fathers and uncles who came to America in the the 1920s and 30s. Mahalz.

FANHS Santa Clara Chapter (California): "Kuwentuhan Ng Kalsada: If Our Streets Could Talk" 10/03/2020

In this session, speakers will explore with the audience on how to curate their own city experience taking elements learned by the FANHS Seattle Exposure Trip. We will share how our own personal narratives and purpose led to why we embarked on creating this trip for the younger generation of Filipino Americans. A dialogue will take place to instill the significance of sharing personal stories and their impact on a place and era. Each narrative ties into the overall fabric of Filipinos in American history.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

FANHS Journal (Vol 10, 2020) is now online!

 Via @fanhs_national on Twitter

We are excited to share our first issue of the FANHS Journal (Vol 10, 2020) under new co-editors, Dr. Terese Guinsatao Monberg & Dr. Patricia Espiritu Halagao. Special issue honors legacy of Dr. #GilPilapil Available for free at  

#FilipinoAmHistory #FANHS

More about the journal via @EmilyLawsin, #FANHSnational President, on Instagram

MT @fanhs_national We are excited to share the latest issue of the FANHS Journal (Vol 10, 2020) under its new co-editors, #FANHS Trustees, Dr. Terese Guinsatao Monberg and Dr. Patricia Espiritu Halagao. @patriciahalagao This Special Issue, "Collaborating with our Ancestors," pays tribute to the memory and work of our previous editor, Virgilio R. Pilapil, MD, (1938 - 2019), who edited the journal for 25 years. The editors highlight Gil's enduring legacy as a community-based historian and editor in shaping the FANHS Journal and FANHS research more broadly. By analyzing Gilʻs work across place and time, the editors hope to use this issue as a model for the kinds of content they are looking for in the future. We hope you will join us in continuing the legacy of FANHS Journal Editor, Virgilio Pilapil, M.D.

Due to the generosity of FANHS National and other donors, we are able to make this Special issue freely available. Please download a PDF copy of the journal or click on E-publication book. A limited number of hard copies are available for purchase for $25 + mailing costs. For more information and publication guidelines, contact Please help us promote FANHS and the FANHS Journal by sharing widely.

The FANHS Journal is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published by FANHS. The journal is published biennially (one volume every other year) with the aim to eventually publish one volume every year. The goal of the journal is to promote the mission of FANHS by publishing, disseminating, and promoting research related to Filipino American history. The journal publishes research by community-based and academic historians as well as personal histories. It is looking to expand its genres and dialogues through new journal sections like "Collaborating with Our Ancestors" where there are intergenerational conversations between authors of today and classic pieces.

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Registration is open for #FANHS2022, the 19th biennial national conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)

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