FANHS Houston has come a long way since 2015 when it was established. Our community is made up of mostly first and second generation Filipino Americans. Our city does not graduate students in Asian studies or PhDs. We do not have Filipinos running for office. Houston is a working STEM city by day and by night – community activists. We work to establish systemic ways that we are not forgotten. We create artifacts that will withstand all perpetuity by: supporting to pass bills in Congress to recognize WWII Filipino veterans, collect oral histories and store them in the Rice University Houston Asian American Archives. We have written our Filipinos of Houston book to debut for Filipino American History month, we obtain mayoral proclamations to celebrate the history of our Filipino DJs, we create local documentaries – aired on our local TV station, we tour the only Buffalo soldier museum and share the story of the soldiers in the Philippines and we do spoken word with our African American brothers and sisters. For the past 5 years, FANHS-HTX has marched with the 8000 Bataan Memorial Death March attendees, to let others know Filipinos were an integral part of American history. Houston is home to the largest Medical center, built by Filipinos – we must be recognized. For Filipino American History Month, our annual day and night of storytelling we celebrate our elders as role models, and we stand on their shoulders to build and nurture the identity of future generations, not forgotten.
January – Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony at the Lone Star Flight Museum
February – Flip ‘N Patties FANHS Filipinos of Houston Book Collection
March – Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range and Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony
April-May – Work on Filipinos in Houston Book
June – 2018 FANHS National Conference Chicago
July – Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, San Antonio
August – Rice University Tour of the Woodson Research Center
January 2017: FANHS-HTX and NaFFAA Region 6 hosts NaFFAA National
On January 26-28, 2017 FANHS-HTX hosted the National Federation of Filipino Americans (NaFFAA) at Harmony School 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099. January 26, Thursday. A flag was presented to S.H.A.P.E. Community Center at 3815 Live Oak, Houston, TX 77004. S.H.A.P.E. (Self-Help for African People through Education) Community Center was founded in 1969. When you walk into the building, photos of Martin Luther King and the many community members that have come through are posted on the wall. In one room is a cafeteria where weekly soul food is served for an affordable price to locals. Another room, to the left is circular, this is the elders room. Flags from all nations were posted there, all flags except the flag of the Philippines. Deloyd T. Parker, Jr. has been the Co-Founder and Executive Director of S.H.A.P.E. for over 46 years. PK (Peace Keeper) McCarey, a champion of the Filipino American National Historical Society mentioned that Parker was her mentor.
As NaFFAA and FANHS-HTX members entered the room, they were greeted by Parker and McCarey. The feeling was like coming into a family home. A few greeted with happy smiles, an elder with suspicious looks peering down her glasses. Eventually, she smiled. I brought my only Filipino flag which was marched on the Bataan Memorial Death March on White Sands Missile Range in 2016. Parker, McCarey, and other elders spoke a few words. FANHS President concluded with a poem. Brendan Flores as well reaffirmed the symbolism of bringing the flag the S.H.A.PE and why the flag is only making its presence known now.
March 2017: FANHS-HTX Marches on Bataan Memorial Death March
March 19, 20 2017 FANHS-HTX and FilVetREP marched the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. The evening before, a fundraiser for FilVetREP was held. Over one hundred Filipinos from the El Paso community were in attendance. See the photos of the gala here.
October 2017: Eat, sing, dance, and hear stories for Filipino American History Month
Start your day on October 14, Saturday at 12 noon by visiting the Filipino Young Professionals (FYP) Filipino Street Festival at Levy Park. Visit the Filipino Food and T-shirt booth and buy some Filipino BBQ or a chicken lollipop. You can pick up a limited printed edition t-shirt with artwork created by Kristian Kabuay, pre Filipino script, Baybayin artist. The T-shirt will adorn the word “KAPWA”. Kapwa is the core concept in Filipino personhood. Kapwa means how we are equal, and connected to our fellow human beings. Click here to read more.
October 25, 2017: Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Region 7 had 15 recipients represented in Washington D.C.
Watch the video here.
DELFIN ADRIATICO SR
Guest Lecture, Christy Poisot (ASIA 299) called “Discover Asia in Houston, February 24, 12:00 to 12:50, 254 of the Mechanical Laboratory (MEL) building Rice University
May 20, 2016: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – record your family stories on StoryCorp.org using the StoryCorp app via the White House Initiative for Asian American Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) initiative.
|Oct 2 2016||FAHM Kick Off –
Our DJ History
5110 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
|Sun. 3:30-5:30 p.m.||FREE||FANHS members or new FANHS members or anyone curious about FANHS|
|Oct 8 2016||The Buffalo Soldiers and The Philippine War||Buffalo Soldier Museum
3816 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004
|$10 pp entry
Open Lunch at The Dunlavy on the Bayou after
|FANHS President + PK McCarey led tour|
|Oct 12 2016||Mayor Proclamation of Filipino American History Month and Open Forum||BEST OF FILIPINIANA 9671 Bissonnet Houston Texas 77036||7:00 p.m.||Free||Various FilAm orgs including FANHS|
|Oct 15 2016||Filipino American History Film Fest + lectures||Rice University
|Noon – 5pm||Gratis
|Intergenerational Youth Panel
FilAm Author – Ray Burdeos
Filipino Martial Arts
Ancient preFilipino Script Baybayin
FILMS + Discussion
Duty to Country 20 min
Little Manila 30 min
Delano Manongs 30 min
|Oct 19||OCA Tea Talk – Why is Filipino American History important for all Asian American History||Red Cross
2700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098
|Oct 22, 2016||Isang Mahal||College Station||All day dance competition||SIFA-FANHS-
Connect with Miko Jao
|Oct 29, 2016||Filipino Street Fest
We show 15 min film and have membership table.
|Bayou City Pavilion||12noon – 6 pm||Gratis
|Members attend if possible.|
December 2016 Congress Approves the Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Filipino Veterans
The Filipino Veteran Recognition and Education Project Region 7 leadership will be collecting the names of veterans qualified and/or next of kin who can receive a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal. Evidence of service must be provided to ensure you will be a medal recipient. A letter of confirmation will then be sent by the Filipino Veteran Recognition and Education Project acknowledging your veteran as a recipient.
To add a name of a veteran to the roster please complete the following relevant form:
Filipino Veterans Enrollment Region 7: https://goo.gl/forms/UTS17nEDgR9u9D8G3
Deceased Veteran or Family Member/Relative: https://goo.gl/forms/AqBSurZmdRAhqxri1
December 19, Saturday, 4:30-8:00 p.m.: Warrior Paint Party: Lincoln Bar
December 15, Tuesday – DEADLINE CALL FOR PROPOSALS to the FANHS National Conference in New York.
November 19, Thursday, 5:30-8:00 p.m.: Asian Americans in Houston: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures Location: The Heritage Society
October 26, 2015 Advisory Board Meeting Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University
FANHS-HTX Chapter #32 is incorporated.
June 24, 2015, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Lone Star College – Greenspoint: Why Care About Oral History?