Vietnam Vets = Wing Luke + FANHS 11/11

We will be screening the Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project the Wing’s theatre on Saturday November 11th 2017 at 10:30am, in commemoration of our Vets.

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Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project

In honor of Veterans Day, The Wing will be showing short films featuring Filipino American, Chinese American and Japanese American veterans throughout this day. Free with regular admission; $2 off military discount.

FANHS Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project – November 11, 2017   27 minutes  Pereda Yano Productions

“Three years ago FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society) began filming the memories and experiences of Filipino American Vietnam veterans in a round table format.  What usually would be a 90 minute session turned into a 4 hour marathon with the men telling stories they had never shared before. Ador Yano filmed the session while I was leading the conversations which were the best interviews I ever conducted.”  – Dorothy Cordova, FANHS Executive Director

This 27 minute film contains excerpts from those discussions, led by Dorothy Cordova and organized by John Ragudos, a Vietnam veteran and FANHS member who was instrumental in convincing the veterans to tell their stories. Dorothy, along with her late husband Fred Cordova, founded FANHS in the 1980s.

FANHS is still thriving and capturing the histories of Filipino Americans throughout the country. Dorothy, a well known and respected historian and archivist, continues as the Executive Director and resides in Seattle. She is the author of `Filipinos in Puget Sound” (2009 – part of the Images in America series by Arcadia Publishing, Seattle: WA).

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FilAm Slavery – a Community Conversation

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Join FANHS as we confront and discuss modern day slavery in the aftermath of Lola Eudocia Pulido’s story in The Atlantic by Alex Tizon.

This will be an open forum where attendees can share their feelings on The Atlantic story, and also perspectives on the situation of domestic servitude/slavery within the United States, the Philippines, and abroad.

Please join us at FANHS National HQ in the Central District – lower level archives. Parking lot in rear of building.

Thank you Aunt Dorothy Cordova for hosting.

810 18th Ave, Seattle WA 98122
Wednesday, May 24th (Part 1)
6:00pm to 8:00pm

REGISTER at our Facebook Event Page
Forum Part 2 will be on Wednesday, May 31st.

Kulintang Seattle Workshop

KULINGTANG MASTER FLYER v2

Meet and learn from Kulingtang Guro, Manuel T. Dragon, one of the original core members of Danny Kalanduyan’s Palabuniyan Kulingtang Ensemble of San Francisco.

Live, hands-on instrumental use of the Kulingtang, learn basic melodic tones & rhythm patterns.

Where: Lake Washington Girls Middle School
810 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
(Legion of Mary Room, entrance located outside of Immaculate Conception Church parking lot)

Door Time: 6:15 pm Registration & food/refreshments (Limited space)

Workshop Time/s: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Daily Sessions
(Tuesday session is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm)

Cost: FREE
(Note: Selected participants will have opportunity to play in Kulingtang Master’s ensemble in a live performance at the Northwest Folklife Festival with Filipiniana Dance Company on Saturday, May 27, 2017)

For more information & registration email buena.ventura44@yahoo.com or call 206-465-3399

Save the Date! Congressional Gold Medal Memorial

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Memorial Tribute Fundraiser Dinner

Renton Pavilion Event Center
233 Burnett Ave S, Renton, Washington 98057

Reception:           5:30 pm
Dinner:                7:00 – 10:00 pm
Tickets:                $100.00 ($125.00 after April 1)
Sponsorships:     $250.00 to $1000.00

You are invited to support our Filipino veterans who will be honored by Congress with the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) for their service and sacrifice during World War II.  On November 30, 2016, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 was passed and was signed into law by President Obama on December 14, 2016.  There are an estimated 20,000 veterans and/or family remaining who are eligible to receive the CGM.  All net proceeds from this fundraiser directly benefit:

Please email FilVetREP, Reg 8 to confirm details of sponsorship ads and/or table or ticket purchases.

Contact – FilVetRepRegion8@gmail.com

Co-Sponsors include FilVetREP Region 8, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society/Calugas Chapter, FilAm Leagues of Pierce County, FANHS, Seattle, Tacoma and Yakama Chapters, FilAmREACT, FCA, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Bataan Corregidor Survivors Association and Their Families, Asian Pacific Directors Coalition, NFFAA, Region 8, Filipino American Civic Employees of Seattle and Filipino Lawyers of Washington.

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60’s Valentine Dance!

Mark your calendars!!  Get tickets here!! More details below!!
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The Greater Seattle Chapter of FANHS is excited to host a Valentine Dance fundraiser on February 11th, 2017 to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
We are pleased to introduce the David George “California Dreamin’ Big Band . The band features our own Anthony Cordova, Denise Duque and Don Monares performing top 10 hits from the 60’s commemorating the Summer of Love Monterey Pop Festival. This band is awesome! DO NOT miss this event which will be filled with nostalgic and timeless classic dance tunes that will surely conjure up wonderful and cherished memories of a period of time in the 60’s.
Please join us for a fun filled evening of LOVE and partying celebrating Valentines Day 2017. Your support of this fundraiser will enable the Chapter to pursue several projects scheduled for 2017-18.
Hoping to see you there! Free parking to first 50 cars.
Sincerely
Catherine Bryant, President
Greater Seattle Chapter of FANHS

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/60s-valentine-dance-by-greater-seattle-fanhs-tickets-30412577839

Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino WWII Veterans

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by Greater Seattle Chapter of Filipino American National Historical Society

US Congress Approves Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino WWII Veterans

It is with great respect and admiration that we congratulate the Filipino Veterans of World War II on receiving House approval for the Congressional Gold Medal on 11/30/2016.  President Obama will be receiving the bill for signature soon. Over 70 years were lost waiting for recognition of their military service.  The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest award the U.S. can bestow.  This is a partial vindication of history for Filipino Veterans who served the United States and lost their veterans benefits in the Rescission Act of 1946. Over 250,000 soldiers in the U.S. Territorial Philippines answered the call to arms serving under American command. Additionally, 16,000 Filipino Americans enlisted in the U.S. and the 1st & 2nd Filipino American Infantry Regiments were formed in California. This medal is a new historical landmark for WWII Filipino and Filipino American Veterans who answered the call to arms in California, the Philippines, and across the U.S.
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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 passage of the Congressional Gold Medal bill. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Gabbard’s Office).

Greater Seattle FANHS echoes the sentiments made by Congressional sponsors that this honor affirms courage and sacrifice made by Filipinos. Seattle also recognizes the hard work in realizing this achievement by all the people involved in the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project. We recognize the gallantry of past soldiers who could not witness this award, and we salute the 7,000 remaining veterans who are still with us.

The sacrifice of Filipino WWII Veterans has been an unsung story that will no longer be overlooked. Their military efforts are a contribution to American history that will be seen with distinction and achievement.  The Seattle chapter would like to recognize a few Filipino American WWII heroes who are still with us in the Pacific Northwest: Florentino Ceniza, Dan Figuracion, Escolastico Galarosa, Joe Taton. Other heroes will be recognized posthumously with multiple awards being issued in the Seattle area.  We look forward to future honors and ceremonies in celebration of them.

The Veteran’s registry for inclusion in the Congressional Gold Medal award will remain open until December 30th, 2016.  Submit the name and any supporting documentation of military enlistment to www.filvetrep.org if you do know of an eligible Filipino WWII Veteran.

Sincere thanks and congratulations,

Greater Seattle Chapter FANHS

In Memoriam – Uncle Bob Santos

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We are deeply saddened and grieving for the loss of one of our own. Uncle Bob Santos was an icon to Filipino Americans and a hero to people seeking social justice.  The Greater Seattle Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society extends its deepest sympathies to his family and our extended community.  We are with you during this time in heart and soul.  Robert Santos has been a history maker in Civil Rights, Filipino America, and champion for multiple communities – especially Seattle’s International District.  FANHS will continue to memorialize Uncle Bob’s history and his many achievements.

In October 2015 Uncle Bob received the Julita & Silvestre Tangalan FANHS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from FANHS National.

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