2018 Events

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


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2017 Events

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.

SHAPE Community Center

S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, NaFFAA, and FANHS-HTX

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.


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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.


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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.




Cresencio Docto

Justo Dumlao

Byron Gambulos


Gerundio Gatdula



Alfredo Quijano

Francisco Ramirez

Purisimo Reyes


Federico Villamayor



2016 Events


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


March 20, 2015 Bataan Memorial March, White Sands Missile Range


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.

May 30, Kamayan with Yana Gilbuena, 6:30 p.m. at Boheme, 307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006


Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival June 9, 10, 11, 17, 18 featuring Little Manila

FANHS National Conference in New York City (June 22-26, 2016)


Date Event Where Time Price Who
Oct 2 2016 FAHM Kick Off –

Our DJ History


Lincoln Bar

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


Sat. 10-noon


$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

Anderson Hall

Room 117




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



Gratis All
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

What’s Next?

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 SocietyHouston_History_Magazine_Flier


October 27, Tuesday “Visions” Taping with Miya Shay, ABC-13


October 26, 2015 Advisory Board Meeting Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University

October 24, 2015 Warrior Paint Tour at Isang Mahal (One Love), College Station


October 2, 2015 FANHS-HTX goes to Washington D.C. for WHIAAPI!



July 26, 2015 Warrior Paint, 3-6 p.m., Hanh’s GalleryHonor-Our-Veterans-1




FANHS-HTX Chapter #32 is incorporated.

June 24, 2015,  Wednesday, 7 p.m., Lone Star College – Greenspoint:  Why Care About Oral History?