AAPI Heritage Month: FANHS-HTX 2024 FANHS Conference Auction

AAPI Heritage Month: FANHS-HTX 2024 FANHS Conference Auction

For AAPI Heritage Month, we would like to remind everyone what our FANHS-HTX chapter does for the community.

The Greater Houston chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS-HTX) promotes understanding, education, enlightenment, appreciation, and enrichment through the identification, gathering, preservation, and dissemination of the history and culture of Filipino Americans in the Greater Houston area.  Since 2015, the chapter has written the Filipinos in Houston book, the Texas chapter for The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies, recognized WWII Filipino Veterans by instrumentally engaging with politicians to pass a bill in Congress, hosted book clubs, and lectures, collaborated with artists, and working with the Houston community to collect stories and artifacts used for research for the Houston Asian American Archives (HAAA) at Rice University.

Full details of our organization’s work can be viewed on this website, going back to being founded in 2015.  We are the 32nd chapter of 40 of a 40-year-old national organization.

We are all volunteers and humbly ask for your support for our 2024 FANHS National Conference fundraiser.


Proceeds help with ensuring the 2024 FANHS National Conference in Houston is a success, which will allow FANHS-HTX to showcase our great city and provide a welcoming space for the history of all shared journeys to be shared at this momentous event.

Use this link to submit your Donation item’s description

Once donation form is received; you will receive a confirmation within a few days from Auction Chairperson

Submission forms are requested by May 142023 for processing into the online auction catalog. Feature details highlighting businesses, donors, artists, etc. are welcome for this national online auction. Auction donors are requested to mail their donated item(s) directly to the final auction bidder(s) for this virtual event.

TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE ONLINE AUCTION CATALOG, and check back periodically to see new auction donations added as they come in.


2022 Filipino American HISTORY Month is in October!


Welcome to Filipino American History Month where we educate, meditate, and reflect on how FAHM affects those in the diaspora and the Fil-Am community.

In October 1992 was the first time that Filipino American History Month (FAHM) was celebrated in the United States – a year after FANHS passed a proclamation (spearheaded by Fred Cordova). Since then, FAHM has been celebrated annually all over the country – with initiatives by FANHS chapters, local community nonprofit groups, government organizations, and college student organizations. In 2009, U.S. Congress declared October as FAHM, and in 2015, President Obama celebrated the first FAHM at the White House. 

Below is a list of events going on in Houston, Texas and virtually where you can become more aware and empowered to celebrate this long time tradition and support Filipino American National Historical Society.

Saturday, October 1, 2022
Kick off FAHM with FAHNS-HTX! (Filipino American HISTORY Month)
Be More Pacific Houston
506 Yale Street Ste E. Houston, Texas 77007

Saturday/Sunday, October 8 – 9, 2022
FANHS Auction

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Know My Kuwento Workshop #1
FREE – Early Bird Special | Discount Code: FREEOCT11
Ends Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 11:59 pm CDT
$25 – General Admissions

Thursday – Sunday, October 13-17, 2022
FAHM Celebration at the White House on Friday, October 14, 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 (Landing at Morro Bay)
Know My Kuwento Workshop #2
Link: bit.ly/KnowMyKuwento
FREE – Early Bird Special | Discount Code: FREEOCT18
Ends Sunday, October 9, 2022 | 11:59 p.m. CDT
$25 – General Admissions

Friday, October 21 & 23, 2022 Opening Night
Lumpia 2 Movie Premiere
Location: Regal Edwards Greenway Grand Palace & RPX

Saturday, October 22, 2022
FYP Filipino Street Festival
Constellation Field, Sugar Land, Texas
Filipino Street Festival

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (Larry Itliong Birthday)
Know My Kuwento Workshop #3
FREE – Early Bird Special | Discount Code: FREEOCT25
Ends Sunday, October 16, 2022 | 11:59 p.m. CDT
$25 – General Admissions

Sunday, October 30, 2022 – 12:00 PM – (2PM Yoga Flow) – 6:00 PM
Lost Lotus Yoga presents
Filipino Soul Festival
Yoga—Costume Contest—Live Music—Vendors—Food—Community

As our bodies create in our yoga practice, Filipinx Artist of Houston, Kevin Trinidad, will be offering ambient sounds and music in response to the flow led by Natasha Ponciano, founder of Lost Lotus Yoga. In addition to the live beats, another layer is added to this experience by harnessing our vibrations from the movement and celebrating Filipino American History Month with food, vendors, and fun. We’ll finish off the community celebration choosing the winner of the costume contest! Don’t miss out on this vibrant and sensorial experience as you get to know the Lost Lotus Yoga Community a little better.


FANHS 7th Anniversary Picnic

Join FANHS-HTX as we celebrate our 7th Anniversary during AAPI Heritage Month 2022! There will be food, fun, flash mobs AND MORE!

We will do a celebratory FANHS-HTX Flash Mob Dance and we need YOU to make it memorable! A choreography tutorial video will be sent to participants to learn at home, and we will have one optional rehearsal day TBD. Sign up to join the FANHS-HTX Flash Mob HERE!

Who Can Attend: This is a FREE EVENT for EVERYONE! Members and Non-Members. Bring your family and friends, and please RSVP for food headcount. FREE LUNCH will be provided!

Where to Find Us: You can find us at Menil Park closest to Mulberry street, under the BIG Oak Tree in the middle of the park.

What to Bring:

  • Picnic blankets, banig/mats, chairs, and pillows
  • Anything to keep cool! Hats, umbrellas, fans, coolers with ice, etc.
  • Sunscreen, bugspray.
  • Mask, hand sanitizer, hand wipes 
  • Additional snacks, dietary foods, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Picnic games, kites, frisbees, portable music instruments like a guitar or ukelele (no amps)
  • Leashed pets are allowed


  • Click here for the Park Map
  • Recommend coming as early as possible because parking fills up fast
  • Street parking around Menil Park is free
  • Free parking lots:
    1. Bistro Menil Parking Lot off of W. Alabama, in between Mandell and Mullberry
    2. Parking Lot corner of West Main and Loretta, across the street from the CW Twombly Gallery and Menil Drawing Institute


  • The closest public restroom is on the side of the Rothko Chapel, in a bungalow. It is ADA accessible. 
  • There are restrooms inside the museums, but you will need to sign in to the front desk first and they are a distance away from our picnic area.


  • Currently, the weather is predicted to be in the 80s. Warm and sunny.
  • Stay cool and hydrated

***Please review the Menil Park Policies


Formulate with FANHS(HTX) virtually!

Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:00 PM


Join us on Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 PM CST on Zoom to let us know your thoughts on when, where, and how these upcoming events should take place. Filipino American National Historical Society – Houston, Texas Chapter is here for the community, so we want to know what works best for the community! Teamwork makes the dream work!


Be a part of the planning! FANHS-HTX invites our members to help formulate the plan of action for 2022. We all brainstormed ideas together at our 2022 Welcome Mixer, so now it’s time to iron out the details!

Celebrating ‘National Siblings Day’ (April 10, 2023)


Celebrating ‘National Siblings Day’ (April 10, 2023)

By Jerick Alegarbes

Not everyone who grew up in a household had experienced living with a sibling. But for those who do or did, having a sibling can be either annoying or enjoyable among other things. Today we celebrate “National Siblings Day“. A sibling can be described as someone who you grew up with and has the same parents as you. But a sibling doesn’t have to be related to you by blood. It can be your stepsister, stepbrother, a very close friend, or even someone who you have spent time with long enough for you to consider them as family. The bond that you share with a sibling can be something unlike no other.

National Siblings Day was made possible by Claudia Evart of the Siblings Day Foundation (https://www.siblingsday.org/). She founded this holiday back in 1995 after the untimely passing of both of her siblings. She has fond memories of them, and this day was a way for her to celebrate those memories with others who have experienced something similar. Since then, National Siblings Day became more popular throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries as well, and it became a celebration of siblings, former and current.

In some cultures, it is important to acknowledge your siblings by calling them using certain kinship terms. In the Filipino language, or ‘Tagalog’, we have a few terms that we often use to refer to or describe our siblings:


The first one is ‘Ate’ (ah-teh), or older sister. It is used by younger siblings to either show respect or to simply acknowledge that they are not in fact older than their other female sibling. It can also be used towards older women who are not your sibling, but someone who is a friend, colleague or neighbor out of respect. For example, you are with your older sister, and her name is Anna. As a younger sibling, you would refer to her as ‘Ate Anna’.


The second one is ‘Kuya’ (coo-yah) or ‘older brother’. It has the same use, but it is mainly for addressing older siblings and older males. In the case of addressing older males as kuya, it is a little more important to mind the gap in age. Although kinship terminology is important in Filipino culture, some older males might prefer to be called ‘manong’ or ‘tito’ instead to feel more respected. 

For example, you are at a store and you acknowledge the clerk as an older male, but not old enough for you to call him ‘manong’ or ‘tito’. As a younger person, you would simply refer to him as ‘Kuya’.


Thirdly, the term that is associated with a younger sibling is ‘Ading’ (ah-ding), but it is not used directly towards younger siblings. Most of the time, kuyas and ates just refer to their younger siblings only by name. 


Lastly, the term that is commonly used to describe the youngest sibling is ‘Bunso’ (boon-soh). Same with ‘Ading’, it is not used directly towards your youngest sibling, but it can be used to refer to them in third-person. For example, when a mother calls everyone for dinner, she would say to an older sibling ‘Tawagin mo na si bunso para makakain na tayo.’ (Please call Bunso so that we can eat.)

In the Philippines, these are the most common terms for kinship. But depending on the region, some Filipinos refer to their siblings as ‘kabsat’, ‘ditse’, ‘manoy’, ‘manay’, etc.

Regardless of whether you use these kinship terms or not, National Siblings Day brings importance to the people whom you have had the privilege of growing up with. It doesn’t matter if you are the youngest sibling or the oldest. What matters is that you get to cherish those memories with them as you get older. So if you have even just a little bit of time today, let your siblings know about this day and look back at those memories with them.


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Remembering the Bataan Death March (April 9, 2023)


Remembering the Bataan Death March
(April 9, 2023)

By Jerick Alegarbes

Bataan Peninsula, Philippines – U.S. Army National Guard and Filipino soldiers shown at the outset of the Bataan Death March. Allied forces were forced to surrender to the Japanese on April 9, 1942, the largest surrender in U.S. history.http://www.nationalguard.mil

In the face of adversity, we often find ourselves choosing between hope and despair. Our lives are dependent on our will to survive, no matter how hard the circumstances are. In the case of Filipinos during WWII, survival meant to fight and suffer under the oppressors.

On April 9, 1942, thousands of Filipino soldiers alongside their American counterparts marched along the Bataan fields and jungles after a grueling defeat from the Japanese. The aftermath of the siege left thousands more dead. In the span of 3 years, both U.S. and Filipino soldiers were put in confinement camps, suffered diseases and were brutally beaten. It wasn’t after the end of the war in 1945 when all the prisoners were freed. But the suffering they felt stayed with them long after that. It was recorded that a total of 75,000 soldiers participated in that march. 

FANHS-HTX participates in the Annual Death March Memorial at the White Sands Range in New Mexico.

As the remembrance of this day, a memorial is held at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where thousands of people join and challenge themselves to march up to 26.2 miles. This event was first sponsored back in 1985. It is meant to educate the later generations of the pain and suffering that our ancestors once felt, and to show that they chose to live with hope, even if it means enduring harsh conditions and possible death from the hands of oppressors.

For more information, please visit https://bataanmarch.com/about-bataan/

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Versatility and Deliciousness: Celebrating National Lumpia Day (March 16, 2023)


Versatility and Deliciousness: Celebrating National Lumpia Day (March 16, 2023)

By Jerick Alegarbes

Shanghai Lumpia, one of the most common and savory Filipino snacks.

It is no surprise that Filipino food has been increasing in popularity in the United States in recent years. With the rise of social media, people are becoming more aware of the types of soups, stews, snacks, desserts, and even the fast food giant Jollibee, which was recently crowned to have the ‘Best Fried Chicken in the United States’ by the US-based publication, Eater. But a certain Filipino staple still rules the hearts of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans: the Lumpia.

Lumpia is a type of spring roll that is usually filled with ground meat, vegetables, and sometimes shrimp. The filling is then wrapped in a thin crepe-like wrapper made of flour, water, and sometimes eggs, hence the name ‘egg roll’. The lumpia is then deep-fried until it is crispy and golden brown. The end result is a delicious appetizer or snack that can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of dipping sauces.

There are many different types of lumpia, each with its own unique filling and flavor. Some of the most popular types of lumpia include Shanghai Lumpia, which is filled with ground pork and spices, and Vegetable Lumpia, which is filled with various vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, and even bean sprouts. Lumpiang Sariwa, also known as Fresh Lumpia, is a non-fried version of the dish that is wrapped in a soft, crepe-like wrapper and filled with a mixture of vegetables and meats.

Article: Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino Spring Rolls) – Kawaling Pinoy

Chinese New Year fireworks over Binondo/Intramuros Bridge in Binondo, Manila, where there is a huge population of Chinese immigrants and their descendants. Photo by Noel Pabalate/Manila Bulletin.
Source: More than 120,000 people join CNY countdown in Binondo, Manila (Manila Bulletin)

Lumpia has a long and rich history in the Philippines. The dish is believed to have been introduced by Chinese traders and immigrants who settled in cities all around the country such as the Binondo District in Manila. Over time, the dish has become an integral part of Filipino cuisine and is enjoyed by people of all ages.

March 16 has been recognized as the “National Lumpia Day” in the United States. National Lumpia Day provides an opportunity to not only enjoy this delicious dish but also to learn more about its cultural significance. Many Filipino communities celebrate this day by hosting lumpia-making contests, food festivals, and other events. It is also a great day to share recipes and cooking techniques with others who are passionate about this dish.

Lumpiang Gulay (Vegetable Lumpia)

One of the best things about lumpia is that it is versatile and can be adapted to suit different tastes and preferences. For example, vegetarians can make a delicious vegetable lumpia by using a mixture of their favorite vegetables as a filling. Similarly, those who prefer spicy food can add a few extra spices to their lumpia filling to give it an extra kick.

Article: Spicy ‘Dynamite Lumpia’ recipe by Panlasang Pinoy

To review, National Lumpia Day is an important celebration that recognizes its significance and taste. It is a day to celebrate the cultural heritage of the Philippines, as well as to appreciate the versatility and deliciousness of lumpia. Whether you are a seasoned lumpia lover or trying it for the first time, the 16th of March is a special day to indulge in this delectable and beloved dish.

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FANHS 2024 Conference to be held in Houston, Texas

FANHS-HTX is pleased to announce that Houston will be the host city for the FANHS Conference in 2024. The theme is to be announced as well as further details on timing and location. In the meantime, let’s congratulate the recently announced committee leads! The “Space City” looks forward to welcoming all chapters from all over the nation. Plan your trip and learn about us and support FANHS-HTX fundraising for the conference by obtaining a copy of our book Filipinos in Houston!

Event: Health(CARE) Heroes: Filipino Women in Houston’s Medical Community


Health(CARE) Heroes: Filipino Women in Houston’s Medical Community

Women’s History Month is an annual celebration observed every March to honor the contributions and achievements of women throughout history. It is a time to recognize the women who have broken barriers and paved the way for future generations.

The origins of Women’s History Month can be traced back to 1980 when President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. This week was chosen because March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day recognized globally to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project (NWHA), a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving women’s history, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9‘, which proclaimed March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”

Here In Texas, we have different communities celebrating women’s history each year. For Filipino Americans, the contribution to healthcare has been one of the biggest, mainly because of the women who have spent most of their lives dedicating to their careers in the medical industry. This year, we are highlighting certain individuals within the industry who will share their stories with our community and our youth.

FANHS Houston has created a space to hold and listen to these stories of the folks who embody and practice care and also talk about the care means for all of us as a community. That is why we proudly present to you the ‘Health(CARE) Heroes: Filipino Women in Houston’s Medical Community’, an event that will be held on Saturday, Mar 11, 2023 at the Missouri City Branch Library between 1:30 – 3:30PM.

Our speaker for this event will be will be none other than Jenah Maravilla

Jenah Maravilla (she/her) may be an organizer and activist, but has always been a writer. An Alumnus of both Texas A&M University and Texas Tech Health for B.S. in Nursing, Maravilla permanently pivoted away from healthcare when co-authoring Filipinos in Houston with Christy Poisot. Alongside being the founding Secretary of UniPro Texas and participating in both FANHS Houston and Filipinx Artists of Houston, she became inspired by our storytellers to show up in historically exclusive spaces. All of Maravilla’s work centers around honoring those that came before, empowering those present, and shifting the conversation to radical vulnerability.

In addition to the stories that will be shared, we will also:

  • Celebrate stories from women in the Chapter 4 of the ‘Filipinos of Houston’ book called “Caring for Houston: establishing a medical community”.
  • Premier a short film from our interview with the legendary Radiology nurse in Houston, Ms. Joanna Villoreña Po.
  • Provide electronic pledge cards for Filipino Americans to commit to voting for change.

Food will be provided by TJ Filipino Cuisine

Planning to attend? Please fill up the RSVP form here:

As part of the Houston Filipino American community, you have the ability to make a change by voting in elections. FANHS Houston, with the help of Houston In Action, has provided an electronic pledge card to make sure you are informed in the upcoming local elections and to show lawmakers that we are and have always been a huge group dedicated to use our rights and have our voices heard.

If you want to fill out the pledge card form prior to the event, you can go to this link:


FAHMily Film Screening of “Lumpia With Vengeance”


‼️ FANHS-HTX Exclusive FAHMily Film Screening of #LumpiaWithAVengeance ‼️

After a remarkable film festival circuit run, “Lumpia with a Vengeance,” the savory, award-winning, independent Filipino American comedy feature, will have a special ONE-TIME screening in Houston brought to you by the FANHS-HTX!

Sunday, October 23, 2022
Regal Edwards Greenway Grand Palace
3839 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77027

$25 Admission (100% proceeds benefiting the 2024 Filipino American National Historical Society Conference in Houston)
Doors Open at 1:30pm • Screening begins 2:00pm

*Every ticket includes a digital comic book, limited edition stickers, and Meet & Greet reception with the film’s producer AJ Calomay and actor Earl Baylon.

Bonus: Every ticketholder will receive a FREE digital copy of LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE: INTERLUDE #3 comic book and limited edition stickers.

Cosplay Contest: Come dressed up as your favorite comic book character, arch nemesis, or hero and enter to win recognition and a prize!

*We will be having an after-party at Be More Pacific after this event and mention ‘FANHS-HTX/LUMPIA MOVIE’. 15% of food and drink sales will go towards the fundraising for the upcoming 2024 FANHS National Conference here in Houston*

Don’t miss this special screening in honor of Filipino American History Month, and supporting the 2024 FANHS National Conference!



FANHS-HTX Travel Scholarship

FANHS-HTX Travel Scholarship 2022

Scholarship Awards: Ranging between the cost of the Conference Registration to $300
Scholarship Opens: March 1, 2022
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022 11:59 p.m. CST
Scholarship Recipient’s Announced: end of April 2022

If you are interested in a Travel Scholarship for FANHS-National Conference in Seattle during August 11-13, 2022, please complete this FANHS-HTX Travel Scholarship Application 2022.

Requirements: You must be a paid FANHS-HTX member during the 2022 year to obtain this scholarship. If you have not paid your dues, we encourage you to pay your membership before you submit this application: https://fanhshtx.com/membership/.

For more details on the National Conference, please visit the Conference website: https://fanhs-seattle.org/conference/

Update: The 2022 Travel Scholarship is now closed.
Announcement date will be posted shortly.

Thank you for participating!

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