We’re going far back with this post, all the way to August of the year 2014.
This post is about you Greater Seattle FANHS, and the time we had at the Kona Kai Resort for the national conference. There was a large contingent of us from Seattle for the conference. See the Storify below to travel down summer memory lane.
Share your great memories of any past conferences in the comments section.
If you’ve enjoyed exploring our Seattle events and online posts during this Filipino American History Month, we want you to join our membership or volunteer with FANHS Greater Seattle throughout the year!
Thanks for FAHM2014 everyone! TBT posts will convert to a monthly series.
In 1922 flyweight boxer Francisco Guilledo won the American Championship over Johnny Buff in Brooklyn. The knockout victory was favorably covered by the New York Times. By the summer of 1923 Guilledo became the World Champion after defeating Welsh fighter Jimmy Wilde. Guilledo was also known by his boxing name “Pancho Villa”. He is considered the first World Champion out of Asia. Throughout the 1920’s Pancho Villa’s boxing career took him through places like Australia, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and of course Manila.
Back then the Philippines was a U.S. Territory, and Filipinos were considered American Nationals. There was a steady flow of commerce and interaction across the Pacific. One aspect of sports history was that the “sweet science” was brought over from the Seattle area by Eddie Tait of Tacoma to the Philippines. So Filipino boxing has its origins from the Pacific Northwest. Although Tait and his partners have been characterized as proto-Don Kings or profiteers, without them Filipino boxing may have come later. From Greater Seattle: “You’re welcome Manny Pacquiao.”
Francisco “Pancho Villa” Guillerdo is now part of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Watch Pancho Villa’s 1923 World Championship Fight HERE.
by Devin Cabanilla
In music history DJ NastyNes Rodriguez can be located at the foundation for hip hop growth in Seattle. His Posse was on Broadway helping the scene happen in a pre-digital Seattle age. He ran radio shows, produced NASTYMIX Records, and worked with many local artists. This transpired in a time where music was on cassettes, vinyl, or radio only. (MTV wasn’t big yet. Don’t even try imagining iTunes.) Nes was honored by FANHS in 1992 with the Very Important Pinoy award for his contributions. When you look back at early Seattle hip hop history, Nes was there for hip hop culture.
“Not only am I the first (West Coast Rap show) DJ, but a Filipino DJ and reppin’ the 206!” – Nes Rodriguez
1985 Filipino Youth Activities Washington D.C. Tour Benefit Dance Flyer, FANHS Archive
Happy Filipino American History Month! Please go to the FANHS National web page for more information.
For more details about Seattle events, check out the International Examiner schedule of Filipino American History Month events.
Greater Seattle FANHS chapter meeting: Saturday, October 11
There will be a coffee hour/potluck time as usual at 9:30am and then the meeting is set for 10:00am – 11:30am, in the National Pinoy Archives basement at 810 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.
There are lots of interesting plans for October events (such as the October 25 NPA Volunteer training with the FANHS National office) as well as chapter events and projects in the next 6 – 12 months. Come to the meeting and hear about these projects and more!
NEXT MEETING: November 8