page contents

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.




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.

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.

Colorado Gives Day TODAY!

Posted by lecrowder in Events, Home on 12 4th, 2012

Four Days a Summer…Impact for Life!

Give TODAY, December 4th from anywhere in the world, and YOU can have an impact.

100% of your donation comes to us on Colorado Gives Day! Thank you @Community First
Foundation and FirstBank! And…the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases the value of every dollar donated. Make your tax deductible year-end donation to Heritage Camps TODAY and help change lives for adopted children! Please DONATE HERE NOW!

How do we Change Lives?

• We Celebrate Adoption!
• We Create a Community that is sustaining for the whole adoptive family.
• We make Connections for Life between adoptees, adoptive parents, and the supportive cultural community.
• We facilitate Cultural Immersion for the adoptees and for their families to feel like they belong to the culture they were born into, and to the culture of adoption.
• We provide Countless Resources for adoptive families to have access to all year long.

Being adopted is not a stigma, nor certainly is it not a disease, but it is something that needs to be reckoned with, moreso for some than for others, and in so many different ways. It is like an “extra layer” in someone’s life that can have an impact on the adoptee and on the entire family. It is the not knowing exactly who you are or where you came from that can have lifelong repercussions. It cannot be ignored, and it can surely be celebrated! At Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, we hit it right over the head, and we have so much fun doing it! In four days, we can have a lifelong impact on an adopted child, and on their entire family.

Please help us make this happen again for the 1,000s of children and their families who come to our camps each summer.

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families
c/o Pam Sweetser
Executive Director
2052 Elm Street
Denver, Colorado 80207
Email Us or call 303.320.4234
Where was your Adopted Child Born?
Viet Nam
Other Country
African Continent
Caribbean Country
Central American Country
Central Asian Country
Eastern European Country
South American Country
United States

2012 “I Am… Filipino American” Contest for Children

Posted by lecrowder in Back To Our Roots, Events, Home on 09 28th, 2012

2012 “I Am… Filipino American” Contest for Children

October is Filipino American History Month. And, to celebrate the achievements of Filipinos in America and encourage cultural pride in our youth, The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey will be holding its 2nd Annual “I Am… Filipino American” Contest!

Contestants must answer both questions:
What is it about being Filipino American that makes you proud?
How have you shown your Filipino American pride?
Be creative! Entries can be submitted in any of the following formats:
Short Essay (no more than 100 words)
Poem or Song Lyrics
Video (no more than 15 seconds)
The Grand Prize Winner will receive:
Two (2) free tickets to attend and read/showcase their winning entry at the 2012 TOFA-NY Awards Program ( in Carnegie Hall on October 27
This year’s hosts include: Jose Antonio Vargas and Bessie Badilla; special guests Broadways star Adam Jacobs (Lion King) and Ali Ewoldt (Les Miserables and West Side Story); and performers Gail Banawis, Kay Habana, Alyssa Shoemaker, Roberto Villanueva and Tiffany Viray.
Read/showcase their winning entry at the 2012 FANHS Metro NY ( FAHM Closing Ceremonies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on October 30
At this event, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed to Mr. Joe Bataan, also known as the “King of Latin Soul.” Joe Bataan, whose given name was Bataan Nitollano, was born and raised in Spanish Harlem in 1942 to an African American mother and Filipino father. As a musical pioneer, he has credited as one of the innovators of SalSoul (Salsa and Latin Soul), Latin Funk, Latin R&B, Latin Jazz, and Boogaloo.
A Filipino American themed gift basket (valued at approximately $150)
One (1) Runner-Up will receive a Filipino American themed gift basket

To qualify, you must be of Filipino descent, in grade 1-12, and reside in NY/NJ/CT.
Deadline for submissions is: Saturday, October 20, 2012 EST midnight.
Submit all entries to: with “FAHM Contest” in the subject. Include your name, age, city/state, along with phone number or email address.

For more information, contact:
Venessa Manzano, School Director
follow on Twitter | friend on Facebook | forward to a friend
Copyright © 2012 The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email to stay informed of our upcoming programs and activities promoting Filipino language and culture. Many thanks for your interest and continued support.
Our mailing address is:
The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey
2520 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, 3D
Jersey City, NJ 07304

Add us to your address book

Pnoy 50% OFF Sale until Sept 25th!

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Events, Home on 09 20th, 2012

What up PNOY App Fam!

The summer is winding down and we feel like having a SALE!! Everything 50% OFF starting 9/20 thru 9/25, just visit and use the “KAMPEON” coupon code to redeem your savings!!

Changes are coming!! New site, new “name”, with new new gear! More info after the jump!


Peace, Love, and Service Always!

Sept. 15: Noodles Fundraiser for Heritage Camps!!

Posted by lecrowder in Connections, Events, Home on 08 27th, 2012

For all you Colorado folk who have been touched by adoption do support Heritage Camp for Adoptive Families fundraiser!!! See details below!!

SAVE THE DATE! September 15th Noodles Fundraiser for Heritage Camps!

Contact your friends and neighbors, and download this invitation to a fun dinner at Noodles (locations around the state) to benefit Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families! It’ll be a a fun Saturday night dinner out with the kids, and with all of your friends too!

DOWNLOAD THE INVITE HERE, then print it out! You must have it with you at Noodles on the 15th for HCAF to receive the benefit!

Thank you and mark your calendars NOW

Philippine’s National Soccer Team “AZKALS” to play in the US

Posted by FAN Admin in Events, Home, News on 07 23rd, 2012

Read FULL  article here

August 11 vs. Chicago Inferno for a ‘international friendly match” at Wheaton’s Joe Bean Stadium.They will travel with the Virgin Island team to Indiana for another friendly exhibition game….

The Azkals play for the Asian Football Confederation, is using the U.S training camp and friendly matches to prepare for the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup which will be hosted by Malaysia and Thailand in November.

The Azkals reached the semi finals of the the Suzuki Cup in 2010!


Philippine Azkals to play in Chicago and Indianapolis in August

FAN nominated as one of 5 for The Outstanding Filipinos in New York

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Events, Home, News on 07 16th, 2012

The Filipino Adoptees Network has been nominated as one of 5 recipients under Youth and Sports in hopes to receive top honors at The Outstanding Filipinos of New York! We are honored to be recognized and would like folks to learn more about the adopted Filipino experience through the nomination process. Please look at the other nominees who are movers and shakers in the Filipino American community of New York.

You must first like the The Outstanding Filipinos in New York (TOFA 12) Facebook group in order to vote for the FAN nomination.

Thank you in advance,


The Ties Program: BIRTH COUNTRY TRAVEL— A JOURNEY BACK–A JOURNEY FORWARD Workshop/ July 18/ North Carolina

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Events, Home on 07 4th, 2012

Participate in this unique workshop….


A heritage journey is one of the most significant factors in the identity building process of internationally adoptive children.

So, what’s the journey all about?

What age is the best age?

How can families prepare?

How can you integrate service work if you’d like?

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?

What role does FACEBOOK play in homeland journeys?

Questions welcome! Presented by: Becca Piper, Founder/Co-Director The Ties Program–Adoptive Family Homeland Journeys & World Ties Where: Lake Lynn Community Center 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh, NC When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Prioritize it ….plan to come! Please RSVP by emailing your a )name, b) country of interest and c) number of attendees to: Free will donation to World Ties, our sister 501(c)(3) organization helping children and families in countries visited by Ties families. Hope to see you on June 9. If you would like to have a workshop presented for your camp, conference, etc. please email