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Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) San Diego to host National Conference July 31-August 3

Posted by lecrowder in Back To Our Roots, Events, Home, News, Our Stories on 03 16th, 2014

Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) San Diego to host National Conference July 31-August 3

Take a look at the Conference trailer!

FANHS 2014 Conference Theme
Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity

FANHS San Diego Chapter decided on the theme “Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity” last fall. It was in early November 2012 just prior to the Presidential Election and after Filipino American History Month in October. We thought about the importance of an action oriented theme as our nationwide Filipino American community just celebrated the 425th Anniversary of Filipinos landing in California, and as our country was about to embark upon a decision–moving forward as a nation.


Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) understands the importance of Filipino Americans moving forward in unity. “Kapwa” refers to an indigenous and decolonized term which means shared identity. The core value of kapwa encompasses 1) interaction with others on an equal basis; 2) sensitivity to and regard for others 3) respect and concern; 4) helping each other; 5) understanding each other’s limitations; and 6) rapport with and acceptance of others.


FANHS has a vision to build leaders for the future taking into account a decolonized perspective which looks at our past, our present and our future. Decolonization promotes the cultural connection to one’s kapwa (shared identity), making it possible to identify with one’s people and history, despite personal, generational, educational, social or economic differences. FANHS returns to California in 2014 where Filipinos 1st landed in what is now the continental United States.

2014 also marks the 100th anniversary of the 1st sailing through the Panama Canal which accomplished a land divided and a world united. As the 1st U.S. port of call on the Pacific Coast, north of the Panama Canal, San Diego celebrated the opening of the canal with a grand exposition. This exposition contributed to San Diego’s expansion and attracted many visitors, putting San Diego on the map for the 20th century.

The history of Filipinos coming to the port of San Diego began centuries earlier when Filipinos sailed on the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade ships. Mindful of these significant sailings and the core value of kapwa, as FANHS comes to San Diego we will examine our history, our struggles, and our shared and different identities. With our FANHS 2014 National Conference, we will move our communities forward in unity.




NY/NJ on Super Bowl Mode – Fil-Am Seahawks Player Doug Baldwin Talks About His Filipino Roots

Posted by FAN Admin in Connections, Home, News on 02 3rd, 2014

NY/NJ on Super Bowl Mode – Fil-Am Seahawks Player Doug Baldwin Talks About His Filipino Roots

NY/NJ on Super Bowl Mode – Fil-Am Seahawks Player Doug Baldwin  Talks About His Filipino Roots
By Momar Visaya
Published: February 1, 2014 | No Comments

NEWARK – Doug Baldwin barreled into the collective consciousness of Filipinos with one single act: he entered the CenturyLink Field in Seattle proudly carrying the flag of the Philippines to raise awareness to the recent natural disaster that devastated most of eastern Visayas, a place which his beloved grandmother Pica used to call home.

“My grandmother, she’s Filipino. She’s from the Visayan islands of Tacloban. When the typhoon hit, her family was impacted. Everybody’s safe now. I talked to her before the Vikings game and she was just very distraught about everything going on and I wanted to do something to lift her spirits and lift the spirits of the Philippines in general  so I thought carrying the (Philippine) flag would be a nice gesture,” Baldwin told us Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII held at the Prudential Center.

He’s never been to the Philippines but if and when he does, it will be with his lola.

“My grandmother told me I can’t go until we can go together,” he quipped.

Baldwin—for a good hour or so—responded to questions from media around the world. Questions ranged from his team’s preparations for the Super Bowl to how he was liking New York so far to his pre-game rituals to his days at Stanford.

We were able to squeeze in questions about his Filipino blood, and growing up in a part-Filipino household.

One of the things he mentioned doing prior to Sunday’s big game is his carbo-loading and we jokingly asked if lumpia – a big favorite of his – is part of his diet during this time.

“It’s good, it’s good,” he said smiling “but it’s fried.”

He added though that during off days, lumpia and other Filipino dishes are fair game.

“My grandmother prepares lumpia every time she visits us in Seattle. I cook it on off days,” Baldwin added.

On his Twitter account, where Baldwin gives his followers a peak into his personal life, he shares photos, anecdotes and bible verses.

For his post on New Year’s Eve, he posted a photo which showed him rolling and frying lumpia with his mom. He captioned it – “Turnt up and rollin up… Lumpia that is. S/O to Angry Momma Baldwin in the back. That’s where I get it from #NYE2014”

It is also through Twitter where he engages with his fans and followers and responds to their questions. One follower asked him where he eats in Seattle, and Baldwin replied with “I cook… duh. You saw the lumpia!”

Baldwin was referring to a previous tweet he posted a frying pan with four golden brown lumpia being fried, and used this caption “I know my Filipino peeps know what’s up.”

“My grandma made the lumpia when she was here. So she froze them for me so I can take them out and cook them every once in a while,” Baldwin told “Every time she comes here, she wraps some up for me so I can have it whenever I want to.”

On the day that typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines (November 7 in the US), he tweeted “Prayers up for the Philippines. Faith that that the family we will be ok.” In the days that followed after the devastation, he posted links and posters that announced fund-raising efforts in the Seattle area for those devastated by the typhoon, including one from his team, Seattle Seahawks.

Then on November 17, Doug Baldwin stepped onto the field at CenturyLink Field in Seattle carrying a Philippine flag.

“Have faith and everything’s going to work out. It’s a devastating situation but out of every devastating situation, something great can come out of it so just have faith and keep pushing forward,” he said when asked about his message to Haiyan survivors back home who are still struggling to get back on their feet.

Asked how it was growing up with a half- Filipino mom, Baldwin said, “She’s half and half, she exposed me to all the traditions from both my Filipino side and my African American side. It was my grandmother more so who told me more about the traditions and culture (of the Philippines).”

‘Doug Baldwin: Pinoy heart’

In an essay written by Seahawks guest columnist Steve Kelley and posted on the Seahawks website, he traced the Filipino blood running through Baldwin’s veins.

Baldwin’s Lola Pica married his grandfather Junius, who was stationed in the Philippines, and moved to Gulf Breeze, Florida. She kept her native country’s heritage and customs alive by teaching them to her daughter Cindy and then passing them along to her grandson Doug.

The essay asserted that Pica made the Philippines important to Baldwin. “Much of the foundation for his success came from his time, learning about the country from his grandmother,” Kelley wrote.

“She had a hard life,” Baldwin said before leaving on a short bye-week vacation (“I might go to Hawaii. I’ve never been there.”). “She didn’t have a whole lot, growing up in the Philippines. She’s a very intelligent woman, but she wasn’t able to go to school because her family could only afford to pay for her sister to get an education.”

Kelley also found a commonality among the diverse set of players that comprise the Seahawks—that these players had one or more strong family members as role models—mothers, fathers, brothers or sisters—that preached to them the value of perseverance. They were toughened by their environment, but they were given the tools to use that toughness in the right ways.

“When Baldwin’s grandmother would tell Doug about her life growing up, the times she had to do without, she wasn’t self-pitying. She taught him to overcome. When football scholarship offers didn’t come in daily stacks of mail, his mother and grandmother encouraged him to make the most of the opportunities he was given, not dwell on the schools that didn’t want him,” Kelley wrote further.

“They told me about how their lives had been and how they got through those times,” Baldwin said. “They taught me my values growing up.”

Through perseverance and hard work, Baldwin was able to earn a scholarship to Stanford, where he eventually majored in science, technology and society.

In his junior year, he faced a major crossroad. He wasn’t playing as much football as he would have wanted and he realized that school was even harder than the sport.

“I didn’t know if I wanted to play football anymore,” he said. “I was struggling with football and I was struggling with school. I asked my mother if I could come home and find a way to finish my education without playing football.”

His mom, Cindy told him she couldn’t afford to pay for his education. She encouraged Doug to go back to Stanford, to show the same kind of courage and mental toughness his grandmother had when she was growing up. He was told, “Control what you can control and leave the rest up to God.”

It was a lesson that Doug Baldwin carries up to this date.

During this week’s media interviews, one scribe asked if he was ready to play in an extremely cold weather and how this could affect their game.

I distinctly remember his response: “The weather is not within our control, what we can control is the way we have prepared for this battle. We’re ready.”

(NYNJ January 31, 2014 LifeEASTyle Magazine pg.2)

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Did You Know? – Filipino American History Month Resolution

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home, News on 01 20th, 2014

Want your city or state to recognize Filipino American History Month in October? Start drafting your letter to your  Mayor and the Governor of your City!



Filipino American History Month Resolution

Making American History for 425 years


The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) has been observing October as Filipino American History Month for the past 21 years, since 1991. The month was established to commemorate the first documented landing of Filipinos in what is now kown as the continental United States over 425 years ago.

FANHS was the first to pass a resolution to commemorate Filipino American History Month. Click here for the FANHS original proposal.

The United States Congress passed subsequent Resolutions to Recognize October as Filipino American History Month nationally in 2009, 2010, and in 2011. Thank you to all the friends of FANHS nationwide and in D.C. who made it possible.

Click here to download the full text from 2009: and here to read the September 29, 2010 Congressional Record: and here for the Senate Resolution from October 5, 2011.


House Resolution 780, in concurrence with Senate Resolution 298, read in its entirety as law:

“Whereas the earliest documented Filipino presence in the continental United States was on October 18, 1587, when the first “Luzones Indios” set foot in Morro Bay, CA, on board the manila-built galleon ship Nuestra Senora de Esperanza;

“Whereas the Filipino American national historical Society recognizes the year 1763 as the date of the first permanent Filipino settlement in the United States in St. Malo, Louisiana, which set in motion the focus on the story of our Nation’s past from a new perspective by concentrating on the economic, cultural, social and other notable contributions that Filipino American have made in countless ways toward the development of the history of the United States;

“Whereas the Filipino American community is the second largest Asian American group in the United States, with a population of approximately 3,100,000 people;

“Whereas Filipino American servicemen and servicewomen have a longstanding history in the Armed Forces from the Civil War to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, including the 25,000 Filipinos who fought under the United States flag during WWII to protect and defend this country;

Whereas nine Filipino American have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the United States Armed Forces;

Whereas Filipino Americans are an integral part of the United States health care system as nurses, doctors, and other medical professions;

“Whereas Filipino Americans have contributed greatly to the fine arts, music, dance, literature, business, journalism, education, science, technology, government, politics, fashion, and other fields in the United States that enrich the landscape of the country;

“Whereas efforts should continue to promote the study of Filipino American history and culture, as mandated in the mission statement of the Filipino American National Historical Society, because the roles of Filipino American and other people of color have been overlooked in the writing, teaching and learning of Unites States history;

“Whereas it is imperative for Filipino American youth to have positive role models to instill in them the importance of education, complemented with the richness of their ethnicity and the value of their legacy; and

“Whereas Filipino American History Month is celebrated during the month of October 2009: Now therefore be it

“Resolved That the House of Representatives –

“Resolved That the Senate –

“(1) recognizes the celebration of Filipino American history Month 2009 as a study of the advancement of Filipino American as a time of reflection and remembrance, and as a time to renew efforts toward the research and examination of history and culture in order to provide an opportunity for all people in the United States to learn and appreciate more about Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to the Nation;

“(2) urges the people of the United States to observe Filipino American History Month 2009 with appropriate programs and activities.”

Fred Cordova, advocate for Filipino community, dies at 82

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home, News on 01 8th, 2014


For more information about Filipino American National Historical Society throughout the nation, please visit  to find a chapter near you!


Fred Cordova, advocate for Filipino community, dies at 82

Fred Cordova, who died Dec. 21, was hailed as “an irreplaceable part of Seattle’s civil-rights history and a giant within its Filipino community.”


By Nancy Bartley

Seattle Times staff reporter

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As Fred Cordova’s eight children were growing up there was one thing about their dad they had to accept: They had to share him, not just with each other, but with the entire community.

On Dec. 21, Mr. Cordova died of complications from an illness, leaving behind an entire community who mourned his loss and believed they personally knew him.

“Few individuals command the depth of respect that Fred inspired,” U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, wrote in a letter to Mr. Cordova’s family. “He was an irreplaceable part of Seattle’s civil-rights history and a giant within its Filipino community. He was a pioneer and leader in so many causes and organizations.”

Born June 3, 1931, in Selma, Calif., he was adopted and raised in a family of migrant-contract-farmers. He moved to Seattle in 1948 to attend Seattle University. While there he met Dorothy Laigo. Both were studying sociology, and they later married.

Mr. Cordova became a sports editor at the Catholic Northwest Progress, later worked for Seattle University and then the University of Washington as a public-information official.

Despite his professional success, he never forgot his roots or the challenges and prejudice he faced growing up among farmworkers.

In 1957, he co-founded the Filipino Youth Activities of Seattle and created the award-winning Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team. For more than 50 years, Mr. Cordova mentored thousands of young people, his friends say.

During the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, he was an outspoken advocate for economic justice, racial equality and ethnic identity. He was the weekly commentator on issues important to communities of color for KYAC-FM Radio’s “Dark Voices” series.

In 1982, he was the founding president of the Filipino American National Historical Society, creating its national archives.

“We had a lot of respect for him,’’ said Frank Irigon, an Asian-American activist. “He was known to all of us as Uncle Fred Cordova. He was a person who personified being Filipino, someone who was proud of being Filipino American and wanted us … not to lose sight of it.”

Alma Kern, president of the Filipino American Community of Seattle, wrote on the organization’s website that Mr. Cordova was “one man, who dreamed, spoke and accomplished what millions of us only wished for and talked about. He was one man in a sea of millions of Filipino Americans, and yet, he looked deep into our hearts and saw our potential and showed us by example what we are all capable of doing.’’

Mr. Cordova lectured on Filipino culture and history at the University of Washington. In 1998, Seattle University awarded him an honorary doctorate for lifetime achievements in research, writing and promoting Filipino American history and community.

He started the national effort to make October Filipino American History Month.

For many years, the family gathered for Sunday night potluck dinners at the Cordovas’ Montlake home.

“If you were a Cordova, you had to share Dad with the community. That was very important,’’ said Cecilia Cordova, one of his daughters. “Ever since I can remember, my parents were always volunteering … with the civil-rights movement, with education, with youth groups. There are so many people whose lives he touched. So many people who feel they know him intimately.’’

He was a member of Immaculate Conception parish for 50 years and was ordained as a deacon about 10 years ago. Despite failing health, he created the San Pedro Calungsod Guild, in honor of the Filipino saint, and led efforts to propose a national shrine at Immaculate Conception, an ethnically mixed congregation.

“When he would preach he would say, ‘Look around. This is what heaven looks like,’ ’’ Monica Hall, an Immaculate Conception parishioner, recalled. He was “very honest about his faith journey’’ and, she added, “He was a character.’’

A die-hard Seahawks fan, he didn’t hesitate to add “Pray for the Seahawks!’’ when he addressed the congregation, Cecilia Cordova said. His most prized possessions included a Doug Baldwin (Seahawks wide receiver) jersey, which, she said, Mr. Cordova will be dressed in beneath his burial vestments.

Mr. Cordova is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his children, Anthony, Damian, Timoteo, Dominic, Dion and Cecilia Cordova and Bibiana Shannon, all of Seattle, and Margarita Cordova, of New York City; 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is survived by brothers Don Bilar, Phil Ventura and Ernie Balucas, all of California. His sisters Feling Dangaran, Catherine Autentico, Pauline Panetto, and brother Sam Balucas died previously.

Rosary and vigil service is set for Immaculate Conception Church at 7 p.m. Friday; the funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, with interment following at Calvary Cemetery, 5041 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Filipino American National Historical Society, 810 18th Ave., or Immaculate Conception Church, 820 18th Ave., both Seattle, 98122.

October is Filipino American History Month

Posted by lecrowder in Back To Our Roots, Connections, Home, News on 10 1st, 2013

For the past three years the Mayor of NYC, Mr. Bloomberg has signed a proclamation to officially name October as Filipino American Heritage Month (FAHM) in NYC.

As we say farewell to October let us continue to find ways to celebrate our Filipino heritage and culture every day!


It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Posted by lecrowder in Back To Our Roots, Home on 06 20th, 2013

What better way to appreciate all the splendor of the Philippines by thinking of a genius campaign for tourists and enthusiasts alike!

Its More Fun in the Philippines campaign began a couple years ago and continues to develop more and more appeal for folks to visit the 7,000 islands of the Philippines.

Each gorgeous photo of iconic Philippine images is paired with a clever


Maligayang Araw ng mga Nanay: Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by FAN Admin in Home on 05 13th, 2013


Once there were two women who never knew each other.
One you do not remember, the other you call mother.
Two different lives, shaped to make your one…
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun.
The first gave you life and the second taught you to live it.
The first gave you a need for love, and the second was there to give it.
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name.
One gave you a seed of talent, the other gave you an aim.
One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears.
One gave you up … that’s all she could do.
The other prayed for a child and God led her straight to you.
And now you ask me, through your fears,
the age old question unanswered throughout the years…
Heredity or environment, which are you the product of?
Neither, my darling neither.
Just two different kinds of love.

~ Author Unknown ~

Filipino Heritage Camp/August 1-4/Golden Colorado “A is for Adobo-The Philippines from A to Z”

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Connections, Events, Home on 05 1st, 2013

August 1st -4th, 2013 in Golden, CO

2013 Directors: Sarah Parino & Maeline Barnstable

What does Filipino Heritage Camp mean to you?

“I Love Camp” – FHC 2nd Grade Camper

“This is my Favorite Camp” – FHC 5th Grade Camper

“I don’t want Camp to end” – FHC 7th Grade Camper

“It’s worth so much to see our girls grow with confidence – giving them the tools to cope with adoption/race issues we don’t fully understand. They look forward to seeing their long lasting friends every year.” – FHC Parent

“I did not realize how much camp would help me as a Parent too!” – FHC Parent


The Filipino Heritage Camp is one of a handful of camps around the country designed especially for families with children adopted from the Philippines. Committed to exploring both the cultural and the adoption aspects of growing as an adoptive family, it is one of ten camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Inc. FHC 2013 is going to be a great year as we return to Golden, Colorado, which proved to be so much fun and such a great venue for camp last year. FHC will again be planning an optional “Family Fun Day” for folks who would like an extra no frills day. Our incredible Filipino community volunteers will return with us to cook delicious food, entertain, teach, and interact as counselors and adult role models with our kids.

This year’s camp theme is “A is for Adobo-The Philippines from A to Z”.  We plan to have a grand time, exploring the culture, people and land of the Philippines, including Filipino-American culture today, especially with our friends in the Filipino community.

We will return to the American Mountaineering Center, in Golden, Colorado, which was a lovely meeting space for FHC 2012.  There were plenty of outdoor activities available in the foothills of the Rockies.  Lodging will be available for those traveling to Colorado from a distance. We will also be spending time at the Filipino American Community of Colorado’s wonderful cultural center, which is about 15 minutes away.

Planning for our 2013 camp is underway, so watch this site, check your email inbox, and follow us on Facebook for updates as workshops and activities are solidified.   Some of the highlights for 2013:

  • Again this year, we will be providing programming specifically designed for our adult adoptee community.
  • Opening Ceremony will be on Thursday evening after a potluck dinner where we can renew old friendships and welcome new faces.
  • Friday afternoon and evening we will include some free time in the schedule for your family to explore Golden, CO.  There are many opportunities for swimming, hiking, shopping, and dining, all within walking distance of our hotel and meeting space.
  • Our Saturday evening Dinner and Dance Party will be held at the Filipino American Community of Colorado’s Cultural Center, where we will spend some relaxing time with our wonderful community volunteers.

As always, we will explore the unique gifts and challenges that come with our mostly transracial adoptive families. We realize that as your children grow, they will be dealing with issues faced by any child of color, no matter their country of birth. At our camp, they are with a sea of families who are like theirs, and with children who are in the majority for a few days. Though we enthusiastically celebrate their birth country, we also celebrate adoption as a culture of its own. The similarities of being with other families “just like theirs” is what really bonds the children and their families so immediately at our camps.

We hope to see you at camp in August. For further information, please contact us, or visit our Facebook page.

The Ties Program: Birth Country Travel–A Journey Back, A Journey Forward

Posted by lecrowder in Back To Our Roots, Home, Our Stories on 03 29th, 2013

CT Workshop Info

Saturday, April 13
2:45 to 4:15 PM

Windsor Public Library
323 Broad Street
Windsor, CT 06095

RSVP for the workshop!
Please indicate your country(ies) of interest.

This workshop will encompass information from the following two workshops:

Birth Country Travel–A Journey Back, A Journey Forward
A heritage journey is one of the most significant factors in the identity building process of internationally adopted children. So, what’s the journey all about? What age is the best age? How can families prepare? What role does “adoptee loyalty” play in the journey? What are the pros and cons of group vs individual travel? What adoption exploration is possible in country? How do the kids react before, during and after the trip? This workshop will address the top questions asked by families considering birth country travel.

Teens and Tweens–
What I Would Tell You if I Could Find the Words
If you are raising a tween or teen, chances are they are holding back. It’s what my 12 year old daughter calls “restricted information.” “Why is it restricted?” I ask, holding on to her every word, listening for clues for what is on HER mind, despite the fact that via my professional work, I’ve got a pretty good clue.

“Because I don’t want to hurt you, or make you feel bad about stuff,” she replies. “But what stuff?” I ask. “You know Mom, just stuff.”

So what’s the stuff? What are tweens and teens pondering in the corners of their minds? The answer: questions and thoughts related to:

1. Fitting in
2. Their relationship with their adoptive family & adoptee loyalty
3. Feelings related to their birth family and birth country
4. And the double whammy-things that combine both birth and adoptive family
5. Understanding background, a.k.a. Life History
6. Poverty in birth country
7. Why? Why? Why? (to a million things)
8. Abandonment issues, insecurities, and control
9. Self-worth & guilt
10. Hope

This workshop will take a look at concrete questions & thoughts that MAY be going through your child’s mind, or may be soon.

In this very interactive workshop, you will hear and experience the thoughts of international adoptees….the “restricted information” shared openly and honestly by adoptees themselves. It will provide insight to help you create a strategy that will strengthen your relationship with your child.

RSVP for the workshop
Please indicate your country(ies) of interest.

Learn more about our sister organizations:

World Ties
Humanitarian aid in your (or your child’s) country of birth. Information is on each country page on The Ties Program website. In the right hand column, look for “Project Kindness”

Gift of Identity Fund
The Gift of Identity Fund, Ltd. provides funding to international adoptees visiting their birth country with the goal of helping them understand their identity, heritage, and culture.
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Filipino Ties Motherland Tour for young adoptees! June 23 – July 6, 2013

Posted by FAN Admin in Events, Home on 03 26th, 2013


Philippines Adoption Travel

Filipino Ties- Our Flagship Program
June 23 – July 6, 2013

Private or Semi-Private Travel

“The end of all our exploring will be to arrive
where we started and know
the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot



Our Flagship Program

  • Offers a comprehensive, meaningful, fun itinerary where all activities are optional so you can do the things important to YOUR family.
  • Is staffed by:
    • A Ties group leader, who creates community, builds bridges and deals with details. This enables you to focus on your family and the profound meaning of the journey.
    • An adoption professional who is available to support your family as you discover the message of the journey, prepare to connect with significant people and places important to your family, and explore how to help your child weave what they experienced into their life story.
    • An English-speaking Filipino guide who will share lifestyle, customs, humor and warmth.
  • Includes our signature “Connect & Chat” for kids and “Talk Times” for parents, both of which are optional. These informal gatherings give you a chance to reflect on the journey as the journey unfolds.
  • Gives you opportunities to visit people and places important to your family, in a supportive environment.
  • Prepares your family logistically and emotionally for the journey.
  • Invites your participation in Project Kindness—The Philippines.



Filipino Ties Itinerary

  • Arrive in Manila, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. Filipino Ties families stay in moderate, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, help families relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Tour Manila and see Rizal Park, Intramuros and Fort Santiago.
  • Stroll along Manila Bay and yes, eat scrumptious Filipino cuisine.
  • Enjoy an afternoon with children living at The House of Refuge.  Better come prepared with a song to share.
  • Bargain hunt at Greenhills Mall for traditional Filipino goods.
  • Take the bus to Tagatay City. Along the way visit a Jeepney factory and observe how these unique vehicles are constructed. Stop by Las Pinas Church to see one of the world’s finest old organs, completely made from bamboo.
  • Witness the beauty of Lake Taal and Mt. Batulao, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes.
  • For most families, Manila will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey.”
    • Meet Inter-Country Adoption Board and their staff.
    • Visit your child’s orphanage and meet caregivers. If your adoption connections are elsewhere in The Philippines, The Ties Program will help with those arrangements too.
  • Enjoy two nights at a resort on the sandy shores of Subic Bay.
  • Explore Las Casas de Acuzzar, a living architectural museum celebrating the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Interact with Aeta (an indigenous people) families in Pamaulaklakin village where you’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration and a tribal dance performance.
  • Experience a festive farewell dinner featuring traditional Filipino music and dance.

Relax. Savor. Reflect.