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 pleaseRSVP 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.
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)
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!
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/.
AVANCE Houston is a local chapter of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating pathways to economic mobility through high quality, culturally responsive, two-generation programming that ensures school-readiness for young children and opportunities for parents to build social and economic capital. This Spring, AVANCE is offering virtual personal and professional skills workshops!
The Healthy Relationships/FRAMEWorks Program serves adults ages 18+ and offers workshops designed to strengthen relationships. These workshops have been developed to improve economic stability and deliver key skills to families from different backgrounds. The overall goal is to create stronger and healthier relationships in the community. The Healthy Relationships Program serves single, dating, and married couples.
The Building Futures Program provides healthy relationship skills to youth ages 14-18 through a designed curriculum for high school students. Marriage skills and relationship skills programs may include parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution, and job/career advancement.
This is an incredible opportunity for both youth and adults that even offers incentives to participate. Classes are also available in Spanish! Check out the AVANCE website for more.
Join us in a safe space to reflect on 2021, recognize one another, and talk about upcoming FANHS events for 2022 like the National Conference in Seattle, WA from August 11-13. It’s going to be an epic year!
This virtual event will also include a mixology demo! Stay tuned for more info about ingredients/supplies so you can follow along at home.
Thank you for an incredible year. As a BIG SALAMAT (THANK YOU) to our members and our supporters, we would like to gather one last time in 2021 to celebrate together. Please join us at our end-of-the-year FANHS-HTX Holiday Party! _____________________
DINNER We will be serving a full course Italian dinner by Italiano’s, which includes appetizers, salad, Homemade Garlic Knot dinner rolls, a variety of delicious pasta, holiday cookies and cupcakes, drinks, and wine!
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS Per Archway Gallery protocols, masks are required save eating and drinking
PARKING Limited parking in the venue surface lot off of Fairview Street. Free street parking along Dunlavy St. and Maryland St.
Alief Art House is located on the corner of Beechnut St. & Dairy View Ln. *A shipping container on the grounds of the Alief Community Garden at the Alief SPARK Park and Nature Center. (Street parking available along Dairy View Ln.)
FYP BANIG AND TREAT begins at 5pm Bring the whole family out for trick-or-treating Fil-Am style! Come in your Halloween costumes and visit each banig/station for Halloween treats!
FANHS-HTX MOVIE NIGHT begins at 7pm FANHS-HTX’s rescheduled Movie Night from May has been moved to this night! Join us in screening Yellow Rose, as well as a few other projects by local storytellers/artists.
FEATURE PRESENTATION: YELLOW ROSE (Sony Pictures) YELLOW ROSE is the timely story of a Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.
iKuwento (FANHS-HTX) Mini documentary featuring community members and what being Filipino-American means to them.
Sumulong (FANHS-HTX) A reflective short about the resilience of the Filipino community during the historic Winter Storm blackout.
Project Gnosis (Tyresidon) Project Gnosis is a cyberpunk urban fantasy focused on exploring myths and legends from around the world. In this world, mythic creatures live throughout the world in secret. However, this secrecy is always near its breaking point due to conflicts. Many groups alter the relations of the mundane and the extraordinary, some more malicious than others. We follow a group of misfit agents as they investigate supernatural crimes and conspiracies in this dark reality.
6FANHS-HTX x SEAPhoto FAHM Art Exhibition Filipina-American artists/curators Erika Mei Chua Holum and Kat Cua’s FAHM art exhibition will be on display throughout the night. They embody the FAHM theme by featuring photography to showcase youth activism in the United States through ephemeral materials of direct actions and organizing efforts.
THIS SATURDAY! Join us at Alief Art House to unveil Filipina-American curators/artists Erika Mei Chua Holum and Kat Cua’s latest work for Filipino American History Month 2021! They have embodied this year’s FAHM theme with photography to showcase youth activism in the U.S. through ephemeral materials of direct actions and organizing efforts.
Filipino American National Historical Society, Houston, Texas Chapter (FANHS-HTX) celebrates, honors, and recognizes Filipino American History Month (FAHM) starting October 1 through 31, 2021. FANHS-HTX’s mission is to promote understanding, education, enlightenment, appreciation, and enrichment through the identification, gathering, preservation, and dissemination of the history and culture of Filipino Americans in the United States, specifically in Greater Houston and Texas. Fanhshtx.com
You may be asking, “What? There is a Filipino American HISTORY Month?” Yes, the emphasis is on the HISTORY of Filipino Americans. In this article, we’ll explain the history of Filipino American History Month, ways to celebrate, and what to expect this coming month.
History of Filipino American History Month (FAHM)
On October 18, 1587, Filipinos aboard Unamuno’s Spanish galleon crew landed on Morro Bay in northern California (FilAm Tribune, 2020). Filipinos first set foot on American soil 33 years before the first pilgrims came in 1620. This is why Filipino American History Month is celebrated in October. We commemorate the first documented landing of Filipinos over 434 years ago in what is now known as the United States of America. Just let that sit with you for a moment and let your mind take in the math. This may or may not be a surprise to you, and that’s probably because many of us did not this in our history books in school growing up. Well, that is all about to change for you right now.
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) has been observing Filipino American History Month in October since 1991. In 2009, the United States Congress passed resolutions in 2009, 2010, and in 2011 to recognize Filipino American History Month in October nationally. The month is dedicated to honoring, celebrating, and raising awareness of the significant contributions of all Filipino Americans in the history of the United States. The late Dr. Dawn Mabalon, FANHS National Scholar and Trustee Emerita said in 2013, “History is inclusive of heritage and culture, but it’s also about the ways we have built and changed this nation–our stories, political struggles, transformations, labor, migration, activism, impact of imperialism & war, victories, etc. –whereas heritage is more limited to what we pass down in terms of culture, tradition, and legacies. History is inclusive of heritage and much more. WE MADE HISTORY. WE HELPED BUILD THIS NATION. That’s what this month is all about” (FANHS-National). Yes, she is right. The history of Filipino Americans are the experiences of all Filipinos who lived and are living in the United States. We helped build and shape this nation, and we continue to do so in this pandemic world. We must celebrate ourselves, our history, and every Filipina/o/x American. We do this for our ancestors who came before us. We do this for every struggle we have faced. We do this for every Filipinx in a role we could have never imagined we could ever be. If we don’t celebrate Filipino Americans and uplift our history, who else will?
This year’s theme is 50 Years Since the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention, marking the year 2021 as the 50th anniversary of the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention, a meeting that took place at Seattle University in 1971 and brought over 300 young Filipino American participants from the West Coast of the US (FANHS-National). The convention is the impetus for the Filipino American Movement, specifically the formation of Filipino American studies and youth activism. Check out Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS-National) official press and original article, on Filipino American History Month – October 2021 – FANHS (fanhs-national.org)
How to Celebrate Filipino American History Month
You are in luck! The Filipino American community is vibrant and full of fun and educational activities during FAHM. Below is a list of events and suggested activities hosted by FANHS-HTX, local Filipino American organizations, and national events. The majority of events are FREE and OPEN to the community unless otherwise noted. Save the dates in your calendar!
FANHS-HTX FREE Events | Open to All People
October 1st: FANHS-HTX Filipino American History Month Kick Off and Karaoke at Be More Pacific Kitchen and Bar 6pm CST FREE EVENT. OPEN TO COMMUNITY. For more information visit bit.ly/fanhshtxfahmkickoff
October 9th: FANHS-HTX x SEAPhoto Filipino American History Month Art Exhibition 5pm CST at Alief Art House located at Alief SPARK Park & Nature Center, on the corner of Beechnut & Dairy View, Houston, TX 77072. Filipina American curators and artists, Erika Mei Chua Holum and Kat Cua embody this year’s FAMH theme by featuring photography to showcase youth activism in the United States through ephemeral materials of direct actions and organizing efforts. FREE EVENT. OPEN TO COMMUNITY.
October 30th: Yellow Rose Movie Screening and Banig or Treat with FANHS x FYP at Alief Art House located at Alief SPARK Park & Nature Center, on the corner of Beechnut & Dairy View, Houston, TX 77072. FREE EVENT. OPEN TO COMMUNITY. Banig or Treat starts at 5pm CST and all families and children are welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes. At 7pm CST, we will feature several Filipino-American films:
iKUWENTO, a web series documenting profiles of Fil-Am Community Members in Houston, Texas.
SUMULONG PROJECT, a web series documenting the Texas Winter Storm 2021. The project is directed by FANHS-HTX Webmaster, Jerick Alegarbes
YELLOW ROSE, this feature film is an award-winning Filipino American movie, starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Dale Watson, and Princess Punzalan. Watch the trailer here.
Thursday, October 14-28th: FxAH x Philippine Consulate General Art Show at Philippines Consulate General, Houston located at 9990 Richmond Ave #100N – Houston, TX 77042 6The event will be an exhibit of paintings, artworks, and panel discussion of Filipino-6American artists from the Filipinx Artists of Houston (FxAH) collective in Texas.
Friday, October 22nd: Debut Screening of Urban Trade, short film directed and written by Filipina-American, FANHS-HTX Vice President, Cybil Pallugna-Saenz. Visit Urban Trade | 6SWAMP and visit FANHS-HTX Facebook for the live streaming.
Are you looking for a Speaker, Presentation, or Workshop for Filipino American History Month?
Filipino American National Historical Society-Houston, Texas Chapter is more than happy to give a virtual talk to your group, school, organization about Filipino American History Month and Filipino American history, identity, and culture. Send your request via email to email@example.com. Please request at least 3-5 business days before the requested event.
Individual and Family Friendly Activities in Houston
Here are some ideas you can do to celebrate Filipino American History Month with friends, family, co-workers, and your community.
See and Learn
Attend one or all of the virtual and face-to-face FAHM events.
Keep an eye out for Filipino American articles from our FANHS-HTX Sulat Writing Group on fanhshtx.com and social media.
Oct. 1 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Chef Reina Montenegro Noon PST; Author Tony Robles 2pm PST – sfpl.org/events
Oct. 1– FANHS-Houston, Texas Filipino American History Month Kick Off and Karaoke at Be More Pacific Kitchen and Bar 6pm CST FREE EVENT. OPEN TO COMMUNITY. For more information visit bit.ly/fanhshtxfahmkickoff
Oct. 2 & 3 – FANHS National presents “50 Years Since the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention” -Reunion and Panel, at 3PM-5PM PDT, via Zoom. Coordinated by Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova, Cosponsored by FANHS National Office, FANHS Now, and the FANHS Museum. Register at https://forms.gle/bXZ2s38obkzBvMwi9
Oct. 2 – 2021FANHS Sac-Delta Reunion — 2 PM – 6 PM – American Legion Post 604, 8831 Gerber Rd Sacramento, CA 95828 — Co- sponsored by FANHS SAC-DELTA and American Legion Post 604 — For more info: 916-284-9349
Oct. 2 – “Larry: A New Musical” VIRTUAL PREMIERE of first workshop of songs at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET. Register at tinyurl.com/LarryPremiere
Oct. 2 – FANHS-Santa Clara Valley-FAHM on the Farm at Veggielution (Free Event) –10-12:30 p.m. We will be celebrating FAHM with a focus on Farmworker’s History. We will have a cooking class by Filipinx Herbalist-Angela Angel, talk stories from community members like Robert Ragsac talking about growing up in Pinoytown, arts and crafts activities for the children. Farm volunteering is available to help plant seeds, pull weeds, and harvest crops. We will end it with a Filipinx Farm to Table Lunch provided by Veggielution Cocina. -Location-Veggielution 647 South King Road. San Jose, CA 95110
Oct. 3 – Opening ceremony of the exhibition at the USS Hornet “120 Years of Loyal & Faithful Service by Filipinos in the U.S. Navy” – 1pm at 707 W Hornet Ave., Alameda, CA 94504 aboard the USS Hornet. This exhibition is in celebration of Filipino American history month of October. Our thanks to our partner organizations Bataan Legacy Historical Society, USS Hornet and Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans. FANHS Stockton will have an information table at this event https://uss-hornet.org/calendar/filipino-american-history-month-2021
Oct. 3 – Sunday Jump: Still Standing Open Mic — Pilipino Workers Center, 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 – 5pm PST – Features Faith Santilla, Carl Angelo and Nisa Longga, and Gingee, with Community Spotlight: FANHS OC/IE Chapter — registration at bit.ly/sjmic10321
Oct. 4 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Performance – A Celebration of Filipino American Poetry 7pm PST– sfpl.org/events
Oct. 6 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Demonstration – Healthy Filipino Cooking 5:30pm PST– sfpl.org/events
Oct. 7 – KUMU and FANHS Present “Far West Convention Revisited” 7pm-10pm PT http://kumu.ph
Oct. 7 – FANHS Monterey will have a viewing of the film “No Dogs” at the Filipino Community Hall of Salinas Valley / 250 Calle Cebu / Salinas, Ca. 93901 — 5pm to 9pm PST — It is a short film written by Alex Fabros and Georgina Tolentino. Contact person is Jason Agpaoa (831) 229-3803 E-mail: Jason_Agpaoa@Yahoo.com — film trailer at No Dogs – Official Trailer on Vimeo
Oct. 9 – FANHS-Houston, Texas x SEAPhoto Filipino American History Month Art Exhibition 5pm CST at Alief Art House located at Alief SPARK Park & Nature Center, on the corner of Beechnut & Dairy View, Houston, TX 77072. Filipina American 9curators and artists, Erika Mei Chua Holum and Kat Cua embody this year’s FAMH theme by featuring photography to showcase youth activism in the United States through ephemeral materials of direct actions and organizing efforts. FREE EVENT. OPEN TO COMMUNITY.
Oct. 9 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Author: Hot Off the Press, Filipino and FilAm Literary Reading 5pm to 6:30pm PST – sfpl.org/events
Oct. 9 – FANHS Sonoma Chapter Gathering – noon to 4pm PST — Adobo Cookoff plus more — Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 –Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text Angie at 707-484-9952 to confirm by Oct. 1st.
Oct. 10 -The FANHS Museum Presents “Afternoon at the Museum” Speaker Series via Zoom — 1:30pm to 3:30pm — “Brave Crossing – A Journey In-Between” By Maria Alvarez Stroud, Author and Historian — Please pre-register for this event at this link — https://tinyurl.com/maria-stroud
Oct. 13 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Demonstration – Tutorial: Diosa Blooms Shrimp Chips Bouquet 1pm PST – sfpl.org/events
Oct. 14-28 – FxAH x Philippine Consulate General Art Show at Philippines Consulate General, Houston located at 9990 Richmond Ave #100N – Houston, TX 77042 The event will be an exhibit of paintings, artworks, and panel discussion of Filipino-American artists from the Filipinx Artists of Houston (FxAH) collective in Texas.
Oct. 16 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Film: Alimuom, Screening and Filmmaker Discussion 3pm PST- sfpl.org/events
Oct. 20 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Author: Laurel Fantauzzo, My Heart Underwater 6pm PST– sfpl.org/events
Oct. 21 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Celebration: Book Release, Manong Joaquin, Collected Verse of Joaquin Legaspi 6pm PST– sfpl.org/events
Friday, Oct. 22 – FANHS-Houston, Texas Debut Screening of Urban Trade, short film directed and written by Filipina-American, FANHS-HTX Vice President, Cybil Pallugna-Saenz. Visit Urban Trade | SWAMP and visit FANHS-HTX Facebook for the live streaming.
Oct. 23 – FANHS-Santa Clara Valley-Delano Manongs Park Fundraiser —Time and Location-TBA in San Jose–the FilAm community in San Jose is getting together for a community event to raise funds for Delano Manongs Park. Screening of Delano Manongs, food, drinks, entertainment, live art, silent auction, and raffle. Family friendly event.
Oct. 24 – FANHS Delano Chapter, in collaboration with the Central Valley Empowerment Alliance (CVEA), will honor the legacy of Larry Itliong with a grand opening celebration of the CVEA’s Itliong Resource Center, a social service agency targeting farm workers in Poplar — 9am to 10pm — A car caravan will then travel to Delano for a historical tour of Delano. It wraps up with a rally for farm workers at Reuther Hall, site of the signing of the first union contract, in 40 Acres. Contact Alex Edilor at email@example.com for more information or visit https://www.cvempowermentalliance.org/
Oct. 24 – 2021 FANHS Ohio Chapter Meet Up — 1 PM – Merwin’s Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113 — Coordinated by FANHS Ohio Chapter– For more info: emails firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 27 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Author: Tif Marcelo, The Holiday Switch 6pm – sfpl.org/events
Oct. 28 – FANHS-Santa Clara Valley-Filipino American History Month Flag Raising at San Jose City Hall–6 p.m. In honor of Filipino American History Month, FANH-SCV and other FilAm orgs will be celebrating with the city of San Jose. We will also be lighting up city hall with Philippine colors-Location-San Jose City Hall Rotunda Outdoor Area
Oct. 28 – FANHS-Santa Clara Valley-FAHM JAM–5-9 p.m.(Free Event) A Filipino American History Month Celebration in the South Bay. A festival with music, entertainment, food, vendors, and so forth -Location-Garden at the Flea at the Berryessa Flea Market in San Jose
Oct. 28 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Lydia Ortiz, Artist Spotlight 7pm – sfpl.org/events
Oct. 30 – FANHS-Houston, Texas Yellow Rose Movie Screening and Banig or Treat Event a FANHS-HTX x FYP-Houston Collaboration at Alief Art House located at Alief SPARK Park & Nature Center, on the corner of Beechnut & Dairy View, Houston, TX 77072. FREE EVENT. OPEN TO COMMUNITY. Banig or Treat starts at 5pm CST and all families and children are welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes. At 7pm CST, we will feature several Filipino-American films. iKUWENTO, a web series documenting profiles of Fil-Am community members in Houston, Texas. SUMULONG PROJECT a web series documenting the Texas Winter Storm 2021. The project is directed by FANHS-HTX Webmaster, Jerick Alegarbes. The feature film is an award-winning Filipino American movie, YELLOW ROSE. Starring Lea Salonga, Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, and Princess Punzalan. Watch the trailer here. RSVP HERE – bit.ly/fahmilynight
TBD — Metro New York Chapter’s Community Recognition Awards
Filam Tribune (2020) First US landing of Filipinos in 1587 filamtribune.com/first-filipino-landing-morro-bay-california-usa-1587/#:~:text=The%20first%20documented%20Filipinos%20landed%20at%20Morro%20Bay,Unamuno%20led%20Manila’s%20voyage%20to%20Acapulco%20in%201585.
Who brought you here? What makes you American? What makes you Filipino? What does community mean? How do we build a more supportive community?
In this year’s Filipino American History Month celebration we want to encourage all of our communities to reflect on decades of Filipino American resistance, activism, in the hopes to inspire and foster a united Filipino American community.
We won’t be able to answer these questions in one sitting, but showing up is the first step. Showing up for yourself, for the future generations, for the stories that drive us. In these series of events, we will highlight Larry Itlong’s story in the hopes to inspire and empower us to make a difference.
Our community is rich with extraordinary people like Itliong who fought for their communities’ right to live and thrive. But they were never alone. These same extraordinary people needed the help of day-to-day actions, simple solidarity. We want to continue engaging in sharing stories of communal resilience and resistance.
See below for a video and an article to educate and encourage. Larry’s story is one out of countless other stories that are often overlooked.
This event is brought to you by a partnership with the following organizations: