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none 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

none 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!


none 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?
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Other Country
African Continent
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United States

none Maligayang Pagpapasalamat! Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by lecrowder in Home on 11 22nd, 2012

Dear Fam and Friends,

Wishing you and your loved ones a belated Happy Thanksgiving! The Filipino Adoptees Network hopes to continue building with you in the future.

Please come back to the site for more information Filipino/English children’s cultural books of the Philippines and other gift ideas for Christmas/ Pasko.

Looking forward

Filipino Turkey stuffed with Rice


none 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.

none 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
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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

none 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!

none 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

none Pinoy Educational Partnerships: A Filipina/o American Studies Sourcebook Series Available!!
Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home on 08 23rd, 2012
Begin the new school year with the PEP Sourcebook series! Pin@y Educational Partnerships: A Filipina/o American Studies Sourcebook Series is still the best and most comprehensive resource on Filipino/o American Studies.

Lorial, as a previous customer, we would like to share two special offers with you. Complete your set with an exclusive loyalty discount and tell a friend for a referral bonus!

Exclusive 15% Loyalty Discount:
By receiving this email, we have noted you as a previous customer of our products or a member of our email list. Send a receipt of your new purchase to and we will credit you back 15% via Paypal.

5% Referral Bonus:

Referrals must be new customers.  After your referral completes her purchase, have her email the receipt to, mentioning your name.  She will receive a 10% discount, and you will receive a 5% bonus via Paypal as a thank you for your referral.

Note: All offers are based on purchase price before shipping and taxes.

Volume I, Philippine and Filipina/o American History – $30.00
Volume II, Filipina/o American Identities, Activism, and Service – $30.00

none Parenting As Adoptees
Posted by lecrowder in Connections, Home, Our Stories on 08 17th, 2012

Dear friends, family, colleagues, and members of the adoption community:

We (Adam Chau and Kevin Ost-Vollmers) are excited to announce that the anthology Parenting As Adoptees is now available at Amazon as an e-book ( The following well respected adoptees are contributors:

Dr. Bert Ballard, Susan Branco Alvarado, Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter and her daughter Courtney Cooper-Lewter, Lorial Crowder, Shannon Gibney, Astrid Dabbeni, Mark Hagland, Dr. Hei Kyong Kim, JaeRan Kim, Jennifer Lauck, Mary Mason, Robert O’Connor, John Raible, and Sandy White Hawk.

Through fourteen chapters, the authors of Parenting As Adoptees give readers a glimpse into a pivotal phase in life that touches the experiences of many domestic and international adoptees – that of parenting. The authors intertwine their personal narratives and professional experiences, and the results of their efforts are powerful, insightful, and potentially groundbreaking. As Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW, LCPAA, PLLC, notes:

“Rarely has the experience of parenting as an adopted person been laid to bear so candidly and vividly. The authors provide a provocative, touching and, at times visceral and unyielding, invitation into their lives as they unearth and piece together the magnitude of parenting when it is interwoven with their adoption narrative. It is a prolific piece that encapsulates the rawness that adoption can bring from unknown histories, abandonment, grief, and identity reconciliation which ultimately reveals the power of resiliency and self-determination as a universal hallmark in parenting.”

Moreover, despite its topical focus, the book will resonate with individuals within and outside of the adoption community who are not parents. “Parenting As Adoptees,” writes Dr. Indigo Willing, “contributes and sits strongly alongside books by non-adoptees that look at issues to do with ‘the family’, race, ethnicity and migration. As such, this book should appeal to a broad audience interested in these various fields of inquiry.”

Parenting As Adoptees can be downloaded onto your computer, Kindle, and Kindle app supporting tablet/phone (such as iPads, iPhones, Droids, etc.) by going to this link:

In a few weeks, the book will be available at Barnes & Nobles for the Nook. Additionally, this fall we will be publishing a limited edition hardcopy to coincide with a book signing event in Minnesota. Please visit the Parenting As Adoptees website ( for more information. Additional reviews and excerpts from the book can be found there. And to receive regular updates, please “like” the book’s Facebook page:

Thank you for your time. We hope that you check out Parenting As Adoptees, and we would greatly appreciate it if you would share it with other individuals/groups whom you believe would find it of interest.

With warm regards,

Kevin Ost-Vollmers, Land of Gazillion Adoptees

Adam Chau, CQT Media And Publishing


Kevin Ost-Vollmers
C: 612.382.8568

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