How to Celebrate and Honor Filipino American History Month

By Dr. Pat Lindsay “Pinky” Catalla-Buscaino, FANHS-Houston, Texas Chapter President
October 1, 2021


Happy Filipino American History Month October 2021!

#FAMH #FAHM2021 #FANHSHTX #FANHS #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth

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.

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.

We made history. We helped build this nation.

Dr. Dawn mabalon

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 (

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
  • 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.

Houston FAHM Events

  • 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  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 and social media.
  • Read about Filipino American History happenings in FANHS and beyond (
  • Read a Filipino American book or join a book club! Need a book to read? Get a copy of the Filipinos in Houston book written by Christy Poisot and Jenah Maravilla:
  • Listen to the stories of Filipino American oral history in Rice University’s Houston Asian American Archive.
  • Visit your library and research Filipino American History in Texas. Start here: Portal to Texas History and search for Filipino news vintage newspapers.
  • Visit murals created by Filipino American artists and take pictures.
  • Take a picture next to the Dr. Jose P. Rizal bust at the McGovern Centennial Garden in the Museum District.
  • Visit Filipino American historical sites across the country in person or research it online.

Preserve and Honor

Support and Take Action

  • Become a FANHS-HTX member! 
  • Request a presentation or workshop by FANHS-HTX. Contact
  • Join a Filipino American Student Organization at your college campus
  • Petition for Filipino American Studies at your local college and university
  • Support your local Filipino American Houston organization
  • Support a Filipino American restaurant or pop-up catering business and eat Filipino food.
  • Buy from a Filipino grocery store and make Filipino food at home!
  • Support your local Filipino American small businesses
  • Support Filipinx Artists of Houston Collective:


Nationwide FAHM Events 

Here is a comprehensive list of ALL EVENTS by FANHS Chapters and Fil-Am Community in chronological order. Note: New events may be added throughout the month. For updates

  • Every Sunday in October except for 10/31 – FANHS Santa Clara Valley offers tours of San Jose’s Pinoytown – or Update: Sold out, but if you are still interested you may email to be on the waitlist.
  • Oct. 1-3 – 4th Annual Pinayista Summit –
  • Oct. 1 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Chef Reina Montenegro Noon PST; Author Tony Robles 2pm PST –
  • 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
  • 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
  • Oct. 2 2021 FANHS 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
  • Oct. 2FANHS Metro New York presents Little Manila Block Party, Woodside, Queens NYC – 11am to 4pm Eastern – 70th Street and Roosevelt Ave –
  • Oct. 2FANHS-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
  • 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
  • Oct. 4 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Performance – A Celebration of Filipino American Poetry 7pm PST–
  • Oct. 6 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Demonstration – Healthy Filipino Cooking 5:30pm PST–
  • Oct. 7 – KUMU and FANHS Present “Far West Convention Revisited” 7pm-10pm PT
  • Oct. 7FANHS 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: — film trailer at No Dogs – Official Trailer on Vimeo
  • Oct. 8, 12pmFilipino Young Professionals-Houston, Texas (FYP) Rice University, Houston, Texas Celebrates Filipino American History Month with FYP’s Cultural Ambassador dance troupe.
  • Oct. 9FANHS-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 –
  • Oct. 9 at 12 AM PDT to Oct 10 to 5 PM PDT FANHS 2021 Online Auction — Catalogue of Items here:
  • Oct. 9FANHS Sonoma Chapter Gathering – noon to 4pm PST — Adobo Cookoff plus more — Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 –Email 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 —
  • Oct. 13 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Demonstration – Tutorial: Diosa Blooms Shrimp Chips Bouquet 1pm PST –
  • 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-
  • Oct. 20 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Author: Laurel Fantauzzo, My Heart Underwater 6pm PST–
  • 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–
  • 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. 24FANHS 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 for more information or visit
  • 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
  • Oct. 27 – San Francisco Library’s “Mostly virtual Filipino American History Month Presentation: Author: Tif Marcelo, The Holiday Switch 6pm –
  • 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. 28FANHS-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 –
  • 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 –
  • TBD — Metro New York Chapter’s Community Recognition Awards


Filam Tribune (2020) First US landing of Filipinos in 1587,Unamuno%20led%20Manila’s%20voyage%20to%20Acapulco%20in%201585.

Home – FANHS (


Join FANHS-HTX on Saturday, October 24, 2020 for “Our Community Journey” at Alief Art House

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:

Don’t forget to RSVP here: link will be provided soon.

Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong written by Dawn B. Mabalon, PhD with Gayle Romasanta

Delano Manongs Video on PBS Viewfinder

October 1, 2020 — 2nd FANHS-HTX hosted Virtual Townhall Meeting in the can!

What a great turn out for our #FAHM2020 Filipino American History Month Kick-Off event! We are thrilled to have shared the wisdom of our special guests:

We also recognized our Lifetime and Annual FANHS-HTX Members, heard from the team at UniPro Texas, The Catastrophic Theatre, NAFCON Texas, and more!

Thank you to everyone who joined in the Zoom and for supporting our Kick-Off #FAHM2020 Event.

#FilAmFillOut 2020 Census Challenge

By Danielle Erica, Executive Administrative Director

The census is a headcount of every living person in the United States of America done every 10 years. It contributes to government representation and financial allocation. This affects the Filipino community by potentially giving us Congressional apportionment, civil and voting rights such as Tagalog ballots, redistricting, and providing data to base future surveys, reports and research on. Federal funds for the next 10 years could be allocated to communities where Filipinos live. If we are not counted, it is possible we will not receive any of those benefits.

Texas has the 3rd largest population of Filipinos in the United States with a total number of 146,320. The Greater Houston metropolitan area alone has 62,917 — Making Houston the city with the most Filipinos in all of Texas.
(Data is based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates via

The deadline to fill out the census is October 15th and it is approaching FAST! Texas has one of the lowest census response rates, which means it is imperative that we count every Filipino in the Greater Houston metropolitan area so decision-makers know we’re here and we need resources for our Filipino community to grow and thrive.

At this point, you may be asking “What can I do to help?”
You can help spread the word about Census importance by participating in the #FilAmFillOut Census Challenge on social media before October 15th! It’s easy! Do the following after you fill out the 2020 Census:

1. Post your favorite family photo on Facebook or Instagram.
2. Copy and paste the Caption Template below to use as your caption. *
3. Tag 10 other Filipinos to challenge them to fill out the 2020 Census and post their own family photos.

* Caption Template :

Filipino families are underrepresented and this can improve if we #FilAmFillOut the 2020 Census! Let’s show everyone we are here and that we deserve access to resources to help our Filipino community thrive.

Take the Fil-Am Fill Out Census Challenge!
1) Complete the Census at
2) Copy/paste this post and upload a family photo, making sure to use #FilAmFillOut
3. Challenge 10 other Filipinos to do the same

I challenge [Tag 10 Filipinos here] because I believe you and your family count! Let’s make sure we are represented in the Census!

We are doing this for our families and for the future of the Filipino-American community! We as a people are so strong, and we are so much stronger when we work together. If we can just encourage each other to complete the Census before the deadline, we could see so much positive change for the generations to come.

National Book Tour Stops in Houston Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong

BookCover - Larry Itliong

There will be a weekend of events welcoming Gayle Romasanta, author of Journey for Justice:  The Life of Larry Itliong September 13-15, 2019!

Come to a rare book talk about a Filipino American farm worker


When:  Friday, September 13, 2pm
Where: Rice University 6100 Main St., James Baker Hall, Room 102, Houston, TX 77005

Filipino-American Larry Itliong
Author Gayle Romasanta is on a crusade to recover the farm worker’s story

On September 7, 1965, Larry Itliong convinced 2,000 Filipino farmworkers to walk away from the California vineyards and began the famous Delano Grape Strike.
Read more:

Special thanks to Alden Sajor Marte-Wood for bringing this historic book to his class!

The class will conclude with a tour in the Houston Asian American Archives in the Woodson Research Center in the Fondren Library, hosted by Amanda Focke

Meet the Author of Journey for Justice – Gayle Romasanta

BookCover - Larry Itliong

When:  Saturday , September 14, 10am
Where:  PCCI Community Center Houston, 9101 West Bellfort St, Houston, Texas 77031

This book, written by historian Dawn Bohulano Mabalon with writer Gayle Romasanta, richly illustrated by Andre Sibayan, tells the story of Larry Itliong’s lifelong fight for a farmworkers union, and the birth of one of the most significant American social movements of all time, the farmworker’s struggle, and its most enduring union, the United Farm Workers.

Creatives Get Real Chat with Author Gayle Romasanta – Filipinx Studio Tours – Mural Photo op

When:  Sunday, September 15, 2pm
Where:  Sabine Street Studios, The Silos at Sawyer Yards

We will visit Sabine Street Studios and conclude the Silos at Sawyer Yards to tour the spaces where artists in our community create. We will then engage in a “Creatives Get Real” discussion with Gayle Romasanta and other FilipinX local artists about the Journey for Justice Book: The Life of Larry Itliong, its historical significance, and the importance to continue to create artifacts in our community that tell our collective stories.

We will then conclude with a photo opp in front of the mural by Royal Sumikat. See

(All sites very near each other)

1st stop:
Sabine Street Studios, host Anthony Pabillano
1907 Sabine St
Houston, TX 77007

2nd stop:
The Silos at Sawyer Yards, host Rachel Gonzales
1502 Sawyer Street
Studio 301
Houston, TX 77007

3rd stop: Future Tribez mural by Royal Sumikat

OCA Partners with FANHS and UNIPRO to bring Filipino American representation to OCA National Conference

OCA Greater Houston has partnered with the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS-HTX) and UNIPRO Texas to bring an iconic showcase of speakers, authors, and films to the OCA National Convention, right here in Houston, Texas!

Here is a reference for you to clear your calendar to make sure you catch these must-see films, panels, and book talks to meet an amazing representation of today’s Filipino American national icons!

Houston Marriott Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive Westchase 34, Houston, Texas 77042


Consolidated Schedule

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Location: Briarpark Room

Film Screening:  Nothing on Us: Pinays Rising

Film Screening: Nightcrawler (Dir. Alexander Humilde)

In the urban jungle of Manila, the call center capital of the world, anonymous call center agents spill the beans on the Philippines’ most in-demand job, revealing the country’s rapid westernization and cultural suppression

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 6:30 PM Location:  Briarpark Room
Film:  Call Her Ganda
 | 93 Min | Directed by PJ Raval

When a 26-year old Filipina transgender woman and sex worker, Jennifer Laude, is found dead, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. Three women pursue justice, activist attorney Virgie Suarez, transgender investigative Meredith Talusan, and Jennifer’s mother Julita.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:30 PM Location:  Briarpark Room
Film:  ULAM
| 80 Min | Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo

ULAM: Main Dish is the first food documentary following the rise of the Filipino food movement via the chefs crossing over to the center of the American table

Friday, June 28, 2019 – 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Location: WESTCHASE 12
Book Talk:  “Filipinos in Houston”
by Christy Poisot and Jenah Maravilla
MODERATOR:  Lieszl Compas

Join us in a discussion with authors Christy Panis Poisot and Jenah Maravilla and hear how they selected the best images of the first families, their descendants, and community leaders who were organized to recall how their stories contribute to the history of Filipinos in Houston.

Friday, June 28, 2019 – 1:45 – 3:15 PM Location: WESTCHASE 12
PANEL:  Data Privacy: A Right or Obstacle to Innovation?

MODERATOR: Mark Sampelo

In this day and age, consumers want to protect their privacy and assurance that companies are protecting their data. Companies are subject to a wide range of national and international data privacy laws that protect the personal data and privacy of individuals while maintaining the ability of organizations to use personal data for legitimate business purposes. How can we be sure our data is being protected and what are companies using our data for? How can we access the data that companies have on us? And as a community with language and cultural barriers, is our data equally being protected? In this panel, you will learn about the history of Data Privacy and why it has become so important in the recent media. The discussion will explore the history of Data Privacy, why the subject is a hot topic, what data privacy means to you and our AAPI community.

Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location:  WESTCHASE 34
Book Talk: “Brown Skin, White Minds” by E.J.R. David

He has published theoretical and empirical works on Internalized Oppression or Colonial Mentality. His first book “Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino-American Postcolonial Psychology” focuses on colonial mentality and its psychological implications among Filipino Americans. He was the recipient of the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues Distinguished Student Research Award, among many other distinguished awards.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Location: RICHMOND 23
Panel: How to Care for Your Elders MODERATOR:  TINA TRAN, AARP TEXAS

AAPIs are the fastest-growing population in the United State, but that does not mean that we have not contributed to the building of this country. Our elders have given a lot towards creating the fabric of this country, and despite this elderly AAPI populations experience the most social isolation and poverty. Join our panel as we hear from experts on the current problems facing aging AAPI populations and what we can do to take better care of our elders.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 1:30pm Location:  Briarpark Room
Film Screening:  Nothing on Us: Pinays Rising screening

In NOTHING ON US: PINAYS RISING, Pinay Rapper Ruby Ibarra makes her directorial debut showing how she orchestrated an ambitious vision for her music video of “Us,” working through logistical nightmares and corralling a crowdsourced all-Pinay cast of 200 to create a multi-dimensional narrative. This documentary showcases the song’s global tropes of resistance and solidarity, serving as a Pinay anthem for women to continue rising.

Music Video:

Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 2:00 AM – 3:30 PM Location: BALLROOM F

Asian American leaders from Houston played a key role in getting legislation passed for the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award a US civilian can receive. The WWII Filipino Veterans Act and the Chinese American WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act were passed and finally acknowledged Asian American soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives for this country. Join us in hearing from leaders who were a part of working together as a coalition as they share what the process and political strategy was like in getting such critical legislation passed.

Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 2:00 AM – 3:15 PM Location: Grand Foyer
Panel: The Power of We: AAPI Womxn for Social Change


If you have ever tried to work alone towards broad social change, you know how difficult it can be. However, our potential to affect change can expand exponentially when we put our hearts and minds together. Learn from this panel of AAPI women community leaders, who will speak on their experiences of working toward social change as well as the power of coming together as AAPI women.

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.

Families can make their way to the Cultural Corner in the Children’s area and listen to FANHSxUNIPRO members read storybooks every half hour about growing up with the Asian American and Filipino American experience from children’s books such as Cora Loves Pancit, The Ugly Vegetables, and Salamat Po.

Sing Karaoke, get your face painted, play Filipino American History trivia games, and have your caricature drawn at 5p.m. by local artist Jessicatures.

Make your way to the main festival grounds and watch traditional dancing on stage, grab another bite to eat from local Filipino Food trucks like Flip ‘n Patties.

Take a break from the outdoors and walk to Four Points by Sheraton just across the parking lot and visit the Filipino Film Festival hosted by OCA Greater Houston Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFEST), a proud partner with the Filipino American National Historical Society and UNIPRO as part of the FYP Filipino Street Fest.

The HAAPIFEST Filipino Film Festival will feature untold stories of Filipino American history that are not found in current history books.  Learn about the California Grape Strike in the film Delano Manongs, the contributions of the Philippine Scouts in Forgotten Soldiers.  Also featuring other films created by up and coming Filipino directors such as Flip the Record and Bicultural.  SHOWTIMES

FilipinX Night of Storytelling

Conclude your evening, buy a beer at Four Points by Sheraton hotel bar and settle in for the evening with a special presentation.  Enjoy artistic performances in the Night of Storytelling.  The evening will kick off with a performance a Filipino Martial Arts performance by the Ground Dwellers, followed by a Baybayin pre Filipino script performance by San Francisco artist Kristian Kabuay, and then Lane Wilcken, Filipino tattoo artist from Las Vegas.  To close out the evening, local Filipino artists will share some spoken word.  Seating is limited so donation tickets can be bought here.  All proceeds go to the Filipinos of Houston book and funding similar educational events with FANHSxUNIPRO.

The after-party will conclude at the Smash Brothers Anniversary event at Capitol Bar.

The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) has been observing October as Filipino American History Month for the past 21 years, since 1991. The month was established to commemorate the first documented landing of Filipinos in what is now known as the continental United States over 425 years ago.  The FANHS Houston Chapter was established April 1, 2015.  It is the 32nd chapter out of 34 in the United States.

Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. (UniPro) educates, empowers, and connects the Pilipino American community by providing a platform for dialogue and growth. UNIPRO unites Pilipino Americans through collaborative action, leadership development, and advocacy.

The United States Congress passed subsequent Resolutions to Recognize October as Filipino American History Month nationally in 2009, 2010, and in 2011.

Major General Tony Taguba Visits Houston

Enjoy our segment on Pinoy TV – we talk about the Filipino Veteran Recognition and Education Project and the Bataan Memorial Death March.

Join us!!!! 20min mark. Directed, Produced, and Narrarated by Christy Poisot – FANHS President, Houston Chapter.

Congress Approves Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino World War II Veterans

Arrangements for President Obama’s signature for  historic legislation to be announced 

Washington, D.C. Today, the U.S. Congress finally granted national recognition to the 260,000 Filipino and American soldiers who served under the United States Army Forces of the Far East (USAFFE). They have waited for more than 72 years.

The House of Representatives approved S.1555, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015, passed by the Senate via unanimous consent in July. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

“Today is truly a great day, a significant seminal period in American history – second only to the liberation of the Philippines and surrender of the Japanese Imperial Forces on August 15, 1945,” says Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret), chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP). “Now we can tell our veterans with pride in our hearts that this grateful nation has, at last, granted them recognition for the selfless sacrifice they endured in war, and restored their dignity and honor in service to their nation.”

Seventy years ago this past February, the Congress passed the Rescission Act of 1946, a bill that stripped Filipino soldiers the benefits promised them by President Roosevelt.

In hailing the bill’s passage, Taguba recalls the many conversations he’s had with veterans who endured “a lifetime of injustice and indignation” inflicted by the Rescission Act. “Yet, they remained steadfast and resolute, hoping our country they willingly defended would right the wrong brought upon them. Their courage and strength were their salvation. They placed their trust and expectations on their sons and daughters, on members of Congress, and the American people who believe in them.”

Long overdue

“I’m very happy because this recognition is long overdue,” says 99-year old Filipino World War II veteran Celestino Almeda of Gaithersburg, MD, one of the less than 7,000 surviving veterans residing in the U.S. today. “We responded to President Roosevelt’s call to serve and risked our lives fighting under the American flag. But after the war was over, we were treated unjustly, which was painful and humiliating.”

Rudy Panaglima, 86, of Arlington, VA. has also harbored the same disappointment and frustration over the years, but is nonetheless “thrilled that the U.S. has now recognized us. It’s better late than never.” Panaglima was only 13 when he served with guerilla forces near his home in Cagayan, as a courier and scout. In 1995, he availed of the naturalization benefits granted to Filipino World War II veterans and immigrated with his wife Pura to the U.S.

“If Alberto Bacani were here today, you would see him beaming with joy,” says Marla Miranda Mooney of Stafford, Va. “On behalf of my grandfather and all our family, we are grateful for this timely recognition bestowed on World War II Filipino veterans and for all who worked diligently on their behalf for this day to become a reality.  For my grandfather and all the veterans we honor with this award, the price to ensure democracy and restoration of peace worldwide meant risking personal safety. Though some were not professional soldiers, all of these extraordinary individuals answered President Roosevelt’s call to service.  To them, we were not two separate people — we were One; united against anyone and anything which threatened our lives, liberty, and our pursuit of happiness.” Bacani, who fought in Corregidor as a Major in the Philippine Commonwealth Army, died in November 2013.

Paving the way

The Filipino Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 garnered bipartisan support from 312 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and 71 in the Senate, paving the way for Congress to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal, which – along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – are the highest civilian awards in the United States.

The CGM bill was introduced in June last year in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), with U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) as lead co-sponsor, and in the House by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2), with U.S. Rep. Joseph Heck (R-NV-3) as lead co-sponsor.

“We did our due diligence by securing more than the two-thirds majority required in both chambers, to ensure its passage,” says Marie Blanco, FilVetREP’s legislative director. “We know how much it means to our veterans and their families.”

She adds: “We are extremely grateful to Sen. Hirono and Sen. Heller, and to Rep. Gabbard and Rep. Heck for their leadership in pushing this bill through to the finish line. We are appreciative as well of the senior leadership in both the House and Senate, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and, of course, to all the cosponsors and their staffers for championing this very important legislation.”

Historic step

In a statement released earlier, Sen. Mazie Hirono paid tribute to Filipino World War II veteran Domingo Los Banos of Kaua’i, who joined the Senator last week aboard the USS Missouri “to recount how these veterans were instrumental to our victory in the Pacific, but had to fight for decades to receive the benefits they earned. The unanimous support this bill earned in the Senate and the overwhelming backing it has in the House honors the sacrifice so many of these veterans made for our country.”

“For months, we have said that time is running out to recognize Filipino World War II veterans for their brave service,” adds Hirono. “Today’s House passage is the culmination of decades of work by these veterans and their families to recognize their key role in the Allied victory, and their decades-long fight for benefits.”

“Today, the United States Congress took an historic step forward in honoring the more than 200,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers that served our country during World War II. With unanimous support from the United State Congress, our bill now heads to the President’s desk,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “Our Filipino WWII veterans have waited decades for this recognition alongside units like the Tuskegee Airmen and Hawaii’s own 442nd/100th Infantry Battalion with the Congressional Gold Medal—our nation’s highest civilian honor. With just 18,000 of these Filipino World War II veterans still alive today, we cannot afford to wait any longer. I urge the President to sign this bill into law before the year’s end, and honor our veterans with this long-overdue recognition.”

U.S. Rep. Coleen Hanabusa (D-HI-lst), in her remarks during the House proceedings, acknowledged former Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, for championing the cause of Filipino World War II veterans during their many years of service in the Senate. “They fought to repeal the Rescission Act,” Hanabusa said, “and they did everything they can to restore their rightful benefits. They would be proud to know that Congress finally did the right thing.”

Grassroots support

Ben de Guzman, FilVetREP’s Outreach Director, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support for the national effort to raise awareness about the critical role Filipino World War II veterans played in the Pacific Theatre. “A coalition of national advocacy groups serving Filipino Americans, Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders, veterans service organizations, and countless local organizations and advocates at the local level took part in this national campaign. Their engagement with their senators and representatives in the last 17 months was instrumental in moving the CGM legislation forward,” de Guzman said. “Without grassroots support, it would have been difficult to mount the kind of campaign needed to bring us to this historic moment, which we celebrate with pride today.”

Among the advocacy groups that assisted in the nationwide effort is the San Francisco Veterans Equity Center (SVEC), which has helped hundreds of Filipino World War II veterans over the years. “They are so delighted to finally receive the recognition they have been waiting for a long time,” says SVEC Exec. Director Luisa Antonio, who is also a FilVetREP Board Member. “Leo Ansis, an 89-year-old New Philippine Scout, felt that his service has been forgotten, but very excited to hear of the bill’s passage. Mrs. Lourdes Poblete, a member of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and a recognized guerrilla who served from 1942 to 1944 is also overjoyed to receive the honor while she is still alive. She is 92 years old.”

Preserving an American story

The stories of veterans Almeda, Ansis, Los Banos, Panaglima and Poblete have inspired the work of the Bataan Legacy History Society (BLHS), which has been educating the American public since 2012 about the role of Filipinos in World War II. In 2014, it started working with the California Department of Education to have their stories taught in public classrooms, a program that was finally approved in July.

“The recognition of their sacrifices and valor comes at an auspicious time when we are about to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines,” points out BLHS Exec. Director Cecilia Gaerlan. “The Filipinos formed the majority of the USAFFE and they forged an unbreakable bond with their American brothers in the trenches of Bataan and Corregidor. Their forces were able to delay the timetable of the Imperial Japanese Army despite suffering from massive disease and starvation and fighting without any air support.  These facts are now included in the U.S. history curriculum framework for Grade 11 in California.”

“Indeed, our heroes accomplished their mission and we are deeply and eternally grateful to them for defending our country, for preserving our freedom, and granting us to live free for generations to come,” Taguba said. “Now, we have to accomplish ours by ensuring that this American story is preserved for posterity.”

The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP), is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, community-based, an all-volunteer national initiative whose mission is to obtain national recognition of Filipino and American WW11 soldiers across the United States and the Philippines for their wartime service to the U.S. and the Philippines from July 26, 1941, to December 31, 1946. For more information about Filipino WWII veterans and how to get involved, visit our website at or find


Sen. Mazie Hirono (center), who sponsored the Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 in the Senate, pose with leaders and members of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP), shortly after Congress approved the bill granting recognition to Filipino World War II veterans. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Hirono’s office).

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who sponsored the Congressional Gold Medal Award legislation in the House, congratulates Filipino World War II veteran Rudy Panaglima following the passage of the Congressional Gold Medal bill. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Gabbard’s Office).

The Filipino DJs of Houston

The Filipino American National Historical Society will kick off October as Filipino American History Month with a toast to the story of the Filipino American DJs of Houston. Watch the Texans game at Lincoln Bar and then help us toast our Filipino DJ History in Houston!

East Coast and West Coast have recognized the contributions of Filipino American DJs’ influence on community and culture building. It is time we do this in the South.

We will share the profiles and stories of a few of the DJs we have identified as contributing to the story of Filipino American Houston DJs. We hope to further discover more stories.

You can listen to interviews here: Houston Filipino American DJ interviews.

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