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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.




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


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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Support Little Manila Foundation (CA): 2013 Fil-Am History Calendars AVAILABLE!

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home on 12 16th, 2012

Our 2013 Filipino American History Calendar

Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 9:00PM

Just in time for the holidays and the new year, our sixth annual Filipino American History Calendar from FANHS and Little Manila Foundation is hot off the press and ready for you to order! Order TODAY because we sell out every year! (Last year we sold out in one week!)

All calendar proceeds benefit the preservation efforts of the Little Manila Foundation and the Museum Fund of the Filipino American National Historical Society.

At only $10, it’s the perfect gift for everyone and an affordable way to learn Filipino American history. Each month features a historic photograph from the Filipino American National Historical Society’s extensive archives as well as community members’ personal albums,  as well as important dates in Philippine and Filipino American History. The calendar is designed by Stockton Filipino American Rick Narvarte. This year’s cover features the glamorous Los Filipinos Tailoring Shop, located at 232 S. El Dorado Street in the heart of Little Manila in the late 1920s. The Lazaro family (from left, Placido, a friend, Juliana, and Juliana’s daughter Asuncion Guevarra (Nicolas) ran the shop.

This year’s photographs features veterans of the First Filipino Infantry, strawberry workers, UFW Co-Founder and former Filipino Community of Stockton president Larry Itliong, a Manuel Roxas Post Christmas party, a Caballeros de Dimas Alang float, the Castillo family restaurant in Little Manila, the Aynaga family and Cecil Bonzo at the farmer’s market “under the bridge” in Little Manila, a big crowd of Bridge Generation Pinays and Pinoys at a luau party in the 1940s. The photographs feature members of the following families and organizations: Caballeros de Dimas Alang, Filipino Youth Association (circa 1940s), Manuel Roxas Post and Auxiliary, the Filipino Community of Stockton, Castillo, Engkabo, Lazaro, Nicolas, Reyes, Unsod, Juanitas, Aynaga, Ninonuevo, Somera, Peña, Inosanto, Mata, Arca, Bonzo, Ybera, Saturno, Villegas, San Juan, Saguindel, Tomek, Agdeppa, Navarro, Cabayan, Itliong, Caballero, Gesulga, Rosal, Liwanag, Ente, Cordova, Bilar, Sabac, Riego, Batugo, our Little Manila Afterschool Program students, and many, many more. In fact, if you trace your roots to Stockton, you have a relative or friend in this calendar!

Almost every day features a different significant date or event in Filipino American history. If you had your 2012 Calendar, you would know Dec. 13, 1928, California farmers passed a resolution to exclude Filipino immigration. Also, on Dec. 13 1941, Filipinos in Stockton called a boycott of Japanese businesses and wore “I Am Filipino” buttons to protect against anti-Japanese racial violence that unfortunately erupted against Asian Americans during World War II . And those are just a few examples of all you will learn from our calendar!

WHERE TO BUY: (buy now online or via phone! Delivery and mailing begins Thursday 12/21)

Online – Little Manila Foundation Online Store:  Buy Now!
– Because of USPS delays and possible inclement weather, we cannot guarantee Christmas Eve delivery, but ordering by MIDNIGHT THURSDAY 12/20 is your best bet as the orders will go out Friday 12/21 via priority mail from Stockton. If you live in the Stockton area or the SF Bay Area, keep reading for other ordering options.

To Buy in the Stockton area:

• Every Little Manila Foundation board member has calendars to sell:
Elena Mangahas, Dillon Delvo, Lorenzo Romano, Florence Quilantang, Addie Suguitan, Fay Olympia, Sylvia Oclaray, Tony Somera, Jessica Hernandez, Sandi Olega Miyai, Flora May Teague, and Dawn Mabalon. If you know any of these board members, contact them and they can sell you and deliver any quantity you need!

• By Phone (in Stockton only): (209) 477-7143. Clearly state your name, the number of calendars, and your phone number.

• Email Us: Go to this page on our website: Tell us your name, how many you’d like to order, and someone will get back to you ASAP.

• Yet Bun Heong Bakery
Filipino Center, 6 W. Main St., Stockton, CA 95202
10:00 – 3:00 PM daily; only until 1:00 PM Saturdays. Closed on Wednesdays.

To Buy In San Francisco/Bay Area:

• Arkipelago Books

1010 Mission Street  San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 553-8185

Give the gift of Books:

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home on 12 10th, 2012



lakas makibaka


Give A Book This Christmas!


Celebrate Christmas with a gift that keeps giving, even to the next generation that follows.

Give a Book for Christmas, not just any book but a Filipiniana book that embodies the thoughts, words and aspirations of the Filipino people. Fortunes come and go but the culture of a people stays as long as the people live. But culture must be nurtured among the young so that it is passed on to the next generation. And when memory fails, there is nothing like Philippine booksstack_of_books 25% that document all the cultural treasures of a people to bring back the customs and traditions that enrich the Filipino.

In our 28 years of serving the Filipino Community in the US, this is the first time that we are offering a special Christmas sale of select items suitable as gifts for your loved ones. We take pride especially in the children’s titles that we have chosen as

Since the sale is only until December 15, please shop early so that you will receive your order on time for Christmas.

Maligayang Pasko at Masaganang Bagong Taon!

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!


Time to get ready for PASKO (Christmas) part I

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home on 11 15th, 2012

With the Holidays around the corner what better time than now to order those one of a kind gifts!

A is for ADOBO is a must have alphabet picture book for Filipinos (and non) of all ages.  It will have you salivating with curiosity from each and every photo. Perfect for those who are not familiar with Filipino cuisine and other edibles! You can order from Tahanan Books, and Asia for Kids.