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FilamFest Oct 21 in San Diego

FilAmFest – Things to Do in San Diego

FilamFest - Things to Do in San Diego Looking for something fun to do this October? Check out FilAmFest this October 21st in San Diego. With Filipino food, traditional dancing, and fun activities for the whole family, you won’t want to miss it! FilAmFest is open to all individuals who love to learn about and experience different cultures. Everyone is welcome!   What is FilamFest? FilAmFest is a family-friendly event that celebrates Filipino American culture, history, and the significant contributions of Filipino…

Filipino American History - Legacy of the Delano Grape Strike

Filipino American History – Legacy of the Delano Grape Strike

Filipino American History - Legacy of the Delano Grape Strike Do you know much about Filipino American history and heritage? Have you heard about the Filipino farmworkers’ role in the great grape strike of 1965 in Delano, California? If not, then check out the story below! Filipino immigrants to the United States have a unique history that not many have had the opportunity to learn. Filipino workers who immigrated to the U.S. had an immense amount of adaptability, resilience, and…

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5 Filipino Children’s Books You’ll Love

5 Filipino Children’s Books You’ll Love I can’t get enough of Filipino children’s stories because they help bring the culture alive to a young child who may not have experienced it firsthand. They help kids learn about Filipino customs, traditions, values, language, and peak their interest for learning more. They also feature characters that look like me. I think it’s very important that kids read a variety of stories that have characters who look or act just like them. Growing…

Filipino American Voices - "What are You?" A Journey of Self Discovery

Filipino American Voices – What are You?

Filipino American Voices - What Are You? In the United States, Filipino Americans make up the second largest Asian group population. That’s pretty awesome! And each Filipino American has a unique voice and story to tell. That is why I am proud to introduce Filipino American Voices! A place for Filipino Americans to share their stories and experiences of what it is like being Filipino American. You can read last month's Filipino American Voices featuring Lora Bumatay - Lessons from a Balikbayan…

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This   Are You Filipino American, mestizo, mixed-race, ethnically ambiguous, or just interested in learning more about your self-identity?   This blog is for you!   I am Filipino American. I didn’t always associate myself with that identity. American, yes. Part Filipino was usually what I responded with if people ever asked me. I didn’t grow up learning a lot of Filipino culture. I couldn’t have really explained much about my…

filipino american voices - lessons from a balikbayan box

Filipino American Voices – Lessons From a Balikbayan Box

Filipino American Voices - Lessons From a Balikbayan Box In the United States, Filipino Americans make up the second largest Asian group population. That’s pretty awesome! And each Filipino American has a unique voice and story to tell. That is why I am proud to introduce to you Filipino American Voices! A place for Filipino Americans to share their stories and experiences of what it is like being Filipino American. Filipino American Guest Blogger Today, I am delighted to feature guest…

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4 Fun Filipino Facts to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

4 Fun Filipino Facts to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Did you know May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Yup! It was established to celebrate the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May also happens to be National Heritage Month in the Philippines. As of 2003, the month of May was officially proclaimed to be National Heritage Month in order to preserve and promote…

Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics

Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics I came across this comic by Kiana Khansmith and thought it was very unique and thoughtful in explaining the mixed-race experience. I especially liked the one where everyone else defines Puppitty with their own terms for who they think Puppitty is, as if they are somehow the experts on the matter. In reality, no one can define you except you. And even then, you don't have to be a perfectly boxed-in idea of a certain…

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What’s Your Crazy? – Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer

What’s Your Crazy? - Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer Today is the 5th anniversary of the day I left America. I had decided to join Peace Corps after experiencing one of those life moments where you feel like you could do anything. The world was calling and nothing would hold me back from following my heart. Sitting in the L.A. airport after a whirlwind Peace Corps volunteer orientation, I tried to joke around with some of the other volunteers,…