In Memoriam – Uncle Bob Santos


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.

Condolences via Twitter:

Event Gallery: Seattle Manongs – Delano Manongs Screening

FANHS Seattle screened “Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farmworkers” Hing Hay Coworks on 05/19/2016. We were honored to have in attendance Emmy Award Winning Director Marissa Aroy, Richard Gurtiza, and Rey Pascua.  Our attendees spanned generations from young to old, and reached across the ethnic diversity of Seattle.  We are proud to have shared a Filipino narrative of American labor history with our community for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Through education and collaboration we are achieving inclusion and unity in our historical efforts.

Thank you! – Project Lead, Devin Israel Cabanilla MBA

Music Video Recap with music from DAKILA – “Makibaka”

Event Photography by Joel Aguiar with Media4Movement.

Delano Manongs – Seattle Screening Event

On 05/19 the Filipino American National Historical Society of Greater Seattle will be screening the “DELANO MANONGS: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers“. This Emmy nominated documentary reveals the involvement of Filipinos in the Civil Rights era of 1965 who sparked the biggest labor movement in American history and partnered with Cesar Chavez. This amazing film will bring attention to both Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month & Labor History month in May.
Delano Manongs – Seattle Screening 
Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Hing Hay Coworks
409 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104
Early Bird $5 – unavailable
At Doors $10 – waitlist to be called at doors, no additional guest availability.

Special Guests will be: Director Marissa Aroy, Larry Itliong’s friend Rey Pascua, and union activist Richard Gurtiza.


Our screening will bring together Asian American film-makers, Asian American historians, and Larry Itliong’s personal friends to discuss and relate their experiences to the larger community. Delano Manongs Director Marissa Aroy will be present to share her vision on the creative process of filming. Never before heard commentary will come from activist Rey Pascua who travelled to Delano in his youth to work with Filipino Labor leaders. Richard Gurtiza will also be on our panel to illuminate the Seattle relationships with Filipino American labor.

The event will take place at the Hing Hay Coworks, a new community and entrepreneurial space from SCIDPDA located in the heart of Chinatown-International District.

Through the film screening, artist presentations, speaking panel, and community discussion we will increase awareness and collective community growth that will bring interaction across Seattle in the Asian Pacific American communities.

Thanks to our Sponsors & Partners: Office of Arts & Culture SeattleColumbia Legal Services , The Alaskeros Foundation , Kalsada Coffee, Hood Famous BakeshopHing Hay Coworks, and Nate’s Wings & Waffles.

See our tribute to our community sponsors below…

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Queens for a Night – FUN ! Raiser

Come to FANHS National’s next event for fun, food, and dancing!  Your participation helps fund our members, presenters, and historians at the Bi-ennial conference in New York City this summer.

  • What: Queens for a Night – an invitation to be crowned and dance the night away
  • Why: fundraising for conference attendees – New York or Bust!
  • Who: The Dance Party Band, Atasha Manila, multiple food & drink vendors
  • When: Saturday, May 7th 2016, 7:30pm
  • Where: Immaculate Conception Hall
  • Price: $15.00Contact the FANHS Office for tickets: 206-322-0204  or

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Kalsada – International Women’s Day Highlight


Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day!

bio-pic-carmelWe are giving a highlight to Carmel Laurino who is the founder of the Kalsada Coffee Company.  Their beans are grown in the Philippines and roasted in Seattle.

Carmel is truly an international woman, and leads a team composed primarily of women across two global hemispheres.  She is also a former FANHS archive researcher who worked with Fred & Dorothy Cordova. It is because of a Filipino American historical reference that Kalsada was conceived.

   1. What is Kalsada and what role do you play in it?

Kalsada Coffee Company is a social corporation working to bring to the international market Philippine coffee.  We work closely with our producer partners in quality building initiatives so that they may reach specialty quality standards.  As the founder, I wear many hats, currently I live in the Philippines and handle the operations and manage the Philippine based team.

    2. How is Filipino coffee distinct from other varieties?  What are your beans?

12248210_10207453714043313_5610582460074264729_oThe coffees we’re sourcing from the Philippines are different varietals of arabica coffee from upland communities of the Cordillera region.  Since we’re in the Asia Pacific Region, most would assume the flavor profiles would be similar to Indonesian or Vietnamese coffees but the Philippines has surprised us! We’re finding flavor notes that are normally associated with African coffees – floral and citrusy, but also nutty and chocolate-y notes that you would find in South American coffee.  We continue to strive and work closely on the farm level to uncover other flavor notes and continue to define and redefine the Philippine coffee profile.

    3. What was your experience at FANHS and how did it shape you?

I remember spending some time as an undergraduate at the University of Washington visiting and doing archival research at FANHS.  I enjoyed listening to the stories of Auntie Dorothy and Uncle Fred.  Their passion for storytelling and documenting the Filipino American experiences was inspiring and is part of my journey in starting Kalsada.  I was doing research on the presence of Filipinos in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the century, the pensionados and part of that research was at FANHS.

    4. What is the historical significance of Filipino coffee?

12079603_10153575712325801_6983437125054525883_nThe Philippines was once one of the major coffee exporters in the 1800s and was once sold in Pike Place Market before Starbucks even set up shop. There’s a distinct photo of the Filipino Coffee Company taken in 1909 that inspired my journey and was the initial spark in my curiosity in exploring what happened to this industry and what it would take to bring it back to Seattle.

    5. How is your enterprise influencing the Filipino and American business circles?

We began exporting and roasting our product late last year and we’re slowly gaining traction in the US and our initial supporters have been Filipino American business owners.  I believe there is a desire to support brands that connect back to our shared heritage and build meaningful and sustainable impact in our global community.  This connection through great tasting coffee (perhaps I’m biased) seemed only natural and we hope to continue to build our relationships with local and national businesses so that we may be able to support more coffee growers in the Philippines.

For more amazing stories on the experience of Kalsada’s social enterprise please visit their page.


Join us at UW on 02/27 – “Lessons From Our Man@ngs”

LESSONS FROM OUR MAN@NGS: the struggle for Filipino American Civil Rights yesterday and today
Saturday, February 27 2016 l 10:30am – 4:30pm
UW’s Ethnic Cultural Center l 39th and Brooklyn Avenue NE
FREE ADMISSION – Complimentary Lunch

***schedule updated below as of 02/26

RSVP by Thursday 02/25:


Bob Santos, Pio DeCano, Dorothy Cordova – “Lessons From Our Man@ngs”

Learn about events on Civil Rights activism from the 1960’s and 1970’s on the sectors of: Housing, Education, Employment, Human Services, Politics, and International Solidarity.

Seattle Landmark Presenters include Dorothy Cordova, Bob Santos, Frank Irigon, Pete Jamero, Dr. Pio DeCano, Dr. A. Barretto Ogilvie, Lois Fleming, Marya Castillano Bergrstrom, and more.

Break-Out Sessions on issues of FilAm activists of today include areas of: Filipino & Black Lives Matter, Filipino Diaspora and Identity, International Solidarity and Climate Justice.  Today’s community presenters include Third Andresen, Luzviminda Carpenter, Troy Osaki, Enrico Abedesca, Joaquin Uy and Katrina Pestrano.

Co-sponsored by the University of Washington-Filipino American Student Association and The Greater Seattle Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society
$5 parking available at UW’s underground garage, entrance at 41st and 15th Avenue NE

For Further Information or to reserve your seat: Contact Melanie Ministerio, UW-FASA President at 206 552-4287 or Cathy Bryant, FANHS-Greater Seattle Chapter at 206 947-3180


10:30A OPEN  Lobby
11:00A Welcome, Overview Unity Suite
(Level 1)
Melanie Ministerio, Cathy Bryant, Dalya, Perez, Anthony Barretto Ogilvie, Dolores Sibonga
11:45A – 1:00p Positively No Filipinos Unity Suite
(Level 1)
Pio DeCano, Andres Tangalin, Lois Fleming, Rosalie Mendoza Ivanich
 “ Filipinos & Educational Equity Chicano Room
(Level 2)
Rick Bonus, Anthony Barrett Ogilvie, Dorothy Cordova, Frankie Irigon
 “ International Solidarity Native Room
(Level 2)
Vicente Rafael, Velma Veloria, Esther Simpson, Lynn Domingo
 “ Filipinos & Employment Justice Asian Room
(Level 3)
Lolie Farinas, Nemesio Domingo, Bob Santos, Dick Farinas
 “ Health & Housing for All Black Room
(Level 3)
Barbara Bergano, Pete Jamero, Rosita Farinas,
1:30P – 2:00P Lunch – Song – Keynote Unity Suite
(Level 1)
Ligaya Domingo
2:00P – 3:15P Filipino Diaspora & Identity Chicano Room (Level 2) FASA
 “ Filipinos & Black Lives Matter Black Room
(Level 3)
Third Andreson, Lulu Carpenter
 “ Climate Change Asian Room
(Level 3)
Joaquin Uy
3: 15P – 3:45P Closing Remarks Unity Suite
(Level 1)
4:00P CLOSE Lobby