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FANHS National Conference 2018

Rio Grande Chapter representatives and founder (from left): Tessie Greenfield, Barbara Gaerlan, FANHS co-founder Dr. Dorothy Cordova and FANHS Rio Grande President Pearl King.

The 17th Biennial National Conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) was held from July 11 to 14, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois.  It was hosted by the Midwest Chapter with the cooperation of Greater Chicago and Wisconsin Chapters.  The next conference in 2020 will be in Hawaii.

NOTE:  Click or double-click on each photo for larger image.

The event started with a tour at the Field Museum on July 11, Wed.  Field Museum has over 20,000 artifacts from the Philippines.  The museum has been working closely with the Filipino community in collecting some artifacts.  The main attraction is the Golden Tara which is called “Agusan Gold Image”, a 13th century solid gold statue of the Hindu-Malayan goddess from the Philippines weighing 4 pounds.

Tour Group at the Chicago lake front.

The bus took us to the Jose Rizal park then stopped for a group photo. The hosts treated us to lunch at the Field Museum picnic area and later to the Seafood City Chicago with a fantastic Filipino band, SamaSama Project.  The food made by the volunteers was great. Video clips of the tour and reception can be viewed from our photographer and videographer, Jason DelaRosa’s YouTube channel.  Click: FANHS Tour.  Thanks, Jason. A glimpse of the band can be viewed from the Chicago FB website: Click on: Filipino American National Historical Society – FANHS Chicago.

There were around 180 presenters at the Conference (July 12-14) which started with a plenary session, then workshops/lectures, reports from 35 chapters and capped with a Gala on Saturday. For list of workshop/lectures, click on: Present sched FANHS 2018(4). Tessie taught a samba dance to the music, A Samba Song, as a tribute to Bong Penera, a Filipino Jazz musician based in Chicago.  Pearl and Tessie read the poem about Larry Itliong, the Filipino union leader. The authors displayed their books for sale during the entire duration of the conference.  There was also a bazaar of Filipino books and items. The guest speaker at the Gala was Philippine Consul General Israel Romulo Jr.  The induction of new national FANHS officers was the highlight of the gala.  Barbara Gaerlan, one of Rio Grande members, is with the Executive Committee of FANHS National.

Presenter Potri Ranka Manis (left) with daughter and husband of Kinding Sindaw, Philippine Melayu Heritage Dance Theater

Another Filipino band also played at the gala.  Che Guevarra, daughter of Chari and Cesar Guevarra, who all used to live in Rio Rancho and friend, Jennifer, joined us at the Gala.

After the workshops, we managed to go to the Taste of Chicago Festival in downtown Chicago where you could taste all ethnic and American food.  We also went to a Filipino restaurant, Kusina de Manila.  We had a great time!

Thanks to Jason DelaRosa (photos/videos) and Pearl King (photos).

See you in Hawaii in 2020!!!

 

 

 

 


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2018 in Review

Category : History , Uncategorized

This page chronicles events that have occurred in 2018.  For upcoming events, click on Events (see top).  For previous years (2015-2017), search by typing the year then “in Review”.

January

Seniors Jan 28 2018

Happy Birthday to our Seniors who jointly celebrated their Jan and February birthdays on Jan. 28 hosted by Myrna Samson.  Photo shows, from left: Vicky Adaoag, Myrna, Celia Wheeles, Bonnie Rogers, Pete Noriega, Armeli Quezon, FAFNM President Gloria Kauz, and Annie Bondoc.

 

April 7:  Dr. Dely Alcantara received the Si Se Puede Award from Dolores Huerta at the Cesar Chavez Day on April 7 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for her life long advocacy for social justice, veterans and children’s issues.  Photo shows Dr. Alcantara with Dolores Huerta (holding the award for her).  To view, click:  Dely’s Speech.  The Filipino Performing Arts Group (FPAG) performed including a poetry reading by Ashley Yssabelle Leonen – “A Dollar Forty an Hour” (minimum wage in the 1960’s which the Filipino farm workers fought for), a tribute to Larry Itliong, at the event.  (The same poem was read by Krystal Limalima and Jasmine Quiambao at the Santacruzan).

April 14, Sat.  Picnic Honoring the Bataan Veterans, Bataan Park (photos below).  The Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico sponsored the first Picnic Brunch in honor of the Bataan Veterans.  It was attended by more than 100 people – families of Bataan Veterans, those who served or still serving in the military, and the Filipino community.  The event was organized by Lt Col. Gloria Kauz, president of FAFNM and Maj. Richard Luena (USAF, ret.), liaison to the Bataan Veterans affairs.  Thanks to all those who brought food (like letchon) and volunteers.

April 21, Sat., noon, Private Residence in Santa Fe.  The Filipinos there had a luncheon party hosted by Celia.  A community outreach project of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico.  See photos on:  Filipinos in Santa Fe.

May 6, Sun.  Asian Festival of Cultures, Veterans Memorial Park.  The Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group performed along with other Asian performing groups.  The Federal Asian Pacific American Council members were also there.

May 19, Sat.  Santacruzan, Old Town Plaza, an annual project of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico.  To view slide show, click:  Santacruzan 2018.  To view, procession and anthem on YouTube, click on: Pinoy NM and click on Playlist then Santacruzan 2018.

June 15, Fri. 80th Anniversary of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Clayton, NM.  FAFNM Board of Directors and members celebrated the event with Fr. Bugas.  Dinner and Dance was held at the Clayton Civic Center.  Sixteen members stayed overnight for the event.  This is a community outreach of the Filipino American Foundation of NM.

Fr. Bugas, who is based in Clayton, has been coming to Albuquerque during the Simbang Gabi in December, driving 4 hours one way three Thursdays.  He’s been doing this for more than five years.  See photos.

 

Al David

Aug. 23.  Our beloved Atilano David (1921-2018), 97, passed away on August 23.  He was a member of the Filipino American Foundation of NM.

 

 

 

Sept. 22.  Pista sa Nayon at Inn at Rio Rancho, a fund-raising project of the Filipino American Foundation of NM.  Gloria Dalahay was crowned Binibining Pilipinas New Mexico.  See:  PISTA 2018.

October 6, private residence.  Welcome to the 18 Filipino teachers who just arrived in New Mexico.  An article about the Filipino teachers was published on Oct. 15, 2018 on Albuquerque Journal.  Click:  Teachers.

Oct. (don’t have info on the actual date).  Dr. Amor Sacramento Martinez, Dr. Jose Martinez’s mother passed away.

Oct. 13, Hotel Albuquerque.  Our very own, Pearl King and Shiela Aguinaldo, Filipina nurses were two of the three nurses nominated for the prestigious NM Nursing Excellence Awards.  Pearl is the FANHS RG president and FAFNM treasurer and chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.

Oct. 20, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.  Oral History on Nurses.  The Philippine Nurses Association of New Mexico and the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande celebrated the Filipino American History Month by having an Oral History Lecture about Nurses.  The speakers were:  Florence Sabay, MaryAnn Rodriguez, Yasmine Castro and Leo Santos.  The nurses (from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe) shared their experiences and challenges in their profession with 40 attendees.  Ernie and his brother, Domingo, Quilban serenaded the group with Filipino and American songs.  A solo guitar performance by Ernie was dedicated to the late Dr. Amor Martinez (mother of Dr. Jose Martinez) who passed away two weeks before.

Nov. 16, NM Humanities Council.  The Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble (PKE) of Southern California  kulintang pieces from the Maranao, Maguindanao and Sama-Tausug regions.  The members were attending the Conference for Ethnomusicology at Hotel Albuquerque.  It was attended by 60 people.  We thank the NM Humanities Council and the Filipino American Community Council for sponsoring this event.     (Click photos for larger images.)  More photos on FACC page which has the links for the video clips.

Frank and Pilar Leto

Nov. 16.  Kimo Theater.   Pilar (a Filipina) and Frank Leto, dancer & musician as well as wife and husband team, received the Creative Bravos Awards for bringing multicultural music and dances to the community.  They have an annual show called Carnavale that features Caribbean and Latin music and dances at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in February.  Congratulations.

 

Nov. 23, WEEKLY TAGALOG LESSONS FOR FREE.  Puppetnettes posted the first of the weekly Tagalog lessons on Youtube, designed for children and taught by puppets.  This is a public service of Kidstale (producer of Puppetnettes) for children who have no access to Tagalog lessons at NO COST and can be viewed anytime at their own pace.  New lessons (5 to 9 min. long) are posted weekly on Fridays (5 pm) on www.youtube.com/user/puppetnettes.  The channel also features Philippine folktales and music performed by puppets.

 

 

 


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2017 in Review

February

The Cultural Dance Group of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico was dissolved to give different groups more autonomy.  The following groups were formed:  Ethan Sabay Folkloric Dance Group and the Filipino Performing Arts Group.

April

  • UNM Gallup had the first Filipino Week and invited speakers from the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande Chapter.
  • The Bataan Veterans and the Filipino community commemorated 75th Anniversary of the Surrender of Bataan.  Co-sponsored by the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico, FAFNM and FANHS RG.

May

  • The Filipino American Community Council completed a grant from the City Council during the performance recital at the Santacruzan 2017, Old Town Plaza.
  • Santacruzan, an annual project of the Filipino American Foundation of NM in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services and FACC.

June

3. Independence Day Picnic and FAFNM Membership Drive.

October

21. Wyndham Hotel. 8th Pamana Awards and Filipino American History Month sponsored by FANHS RG in cooperation with FACC. To view photos on youtube, click:  Pamana Slide Show.  Click on Pamana 2017

December

  • 10, Sunday – Christmas Party, Induction of 2018 FAFNM Board of Directors, National Hispanic Cultural Center (Grand Hall).  Project of FAFNM.
  • Simbang Gabi at the Sangre de Cristo Church:  Dec. 6, 14, and 21.  Project of FAFNM.

Graduations

FANHS RG has started recognizing the graduates from 2016 to 2017 at the Pamana Awards ceremony.  We will soon create a Graduation Page for our youth in the future.  Click on:  The Graduates (see bottom of the page on Pamana).

  • December 2017:  Lyle Leonen, UNM, Physical Therapy.

Deaths (of Members, Relatives, and/or Friends of the Filipino community)

Anastasia with daughter, Gloria Kauz.

Anastasia Patino-Guerra (June 14, 1929 – August 23, 2017).  We said goodbye to Nanay (we also call her Mamang), 88, who passed away in Rio Rancho.  She’s the mother of Gloria Kauz, Pearl King and Lydia Diaz, grandmother of Princeton, Michael, Clovis and great great grandmother of Miracle.

Anna Karina Adaoag (1974-Aug. 29, 2017) passed away in Baguio Philippines.  She is the daughter of Vicky Adaoag and sister of Dale Leonen and Marita Racca.

Patrick F. Tyrell (Dec. 18, 1951 – Sept. 1, 2017) passed away in Rio Rancho.  Patrick and his wife, Maiya, are friends of the Filipino community, especially in Rio Rancho.

Patrick Tyrrell

Trebor Divero (Sept. 2017) passed away in the Philippines.  He is the father of Robert Divero, one of our DJs.

Florante Ayap, 44, passed away in the Philippines.  He is the nephew of Cris Underwood.

Teresa Macagba, 87, Myrna Samson’s Mom (Maricar’s grandma) passed away in California on Nov. 17, 2017.

Teresa Macagba


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace, Amen.


 

Art Egrubay, in the Philippines (Christmas Eve).  He is the father of Edna Garcia and grandfather of Angelo Egrubay.

Bido Agustin, in the Philippines (Dec.).  He is the father of Mayette Luena.


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Pamana 2017 & Fil-Am History Month

Category : Awards , History , Youth

2017 Pamana awardees, Manoa Youth, graduates

Pamana organizers

8th Pamana Heritage Awards

in conjunction with the

Filipino American History Month

 

 

FOR PHOTO SLIDESHOW, CLICK:  PHOTOS AT THE EVENT.

We want to thank those who came to the Pamana/Fil-Am History Month event on Oct. 21, 2017, Saturday at Wyndham Hotel.  It was sponsored by the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG) in cooperation with the Filipino American Community Council (FACC). The event was FREE, through the auspices of the two organizations, donors and advertisers.

(NOTE:  Double-click on photos to get larger images.)

Dely gave the welcome address about Pamana and Pearl gave a glimpse of history on the coming of Filipinos to the US and NM.  October is designated as the Filipino American History Month when the first Filipinos landed in Morro Bay (San Luis Obispo county, California) in October 1587.

Anthems by the Salazar

The event was attended by around 106 people including former Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack who assisted Pearl in handing the awards.  Some graduates who were not able to come were those attending universities out of state.  Others who are going to UNM or CNM were either working, having exams, or out of town.  They were represented by relatives or friends who received their souvenir t-shirts.

Thanks to emcees/presenters: Mirinisa and Bianca, invocation leader – Heddy, presenters – Nita, Gloria, & Ted.  The awardees gave their acceptance speeches.

Acknowledgements:  Keanna and Kim for singing the National Anthems (US & Philippines), Filipino Performing Arts Group: Sean, Angelo, Malaya, Mary, Gloria, Ashley, Miracle, Jasmine Q, Franz and John.  Videographers: Scott & Rod, Photographers:  Yssa, Elvie & Jennylou. Soundman: Jimmy. Copy editor – Rand, Ushers: Ednalyn, Vilma, Elvie, & Lee.

Special thanks to Mary Ann Lacida of Print Stop who donated part of the printing cost of the souvenir program.

To the Wyndham Staff:  Dominick Gutierrez and Clarissa Baca and the staff for making extra food and for the efficient handling of the event.

Pamana Awardees:

The awardees (given to adults) received a plaque from FANHS RG.

  • Perla King – Personal Achievement/Historical Contribution.  Pearl (as she’s known to us), our humble FANHS RG president, has chaired many Pamana Award events during her tenure (2009 to present) and has represented New Mexico in many FANHS National Conferences. This year, the FANHS RG Executive Committee salutes her achievements – a recognition long overdue for a leader who always wanted to be in the background.  It was during her presidency that we accomplished two major projects we thought would be impossible to achieve:  Our Rio Grande Chapter hosted the 2012 FANHS National Conference in Albuquerque attended by Filipinos from 30 FANHS chapters all over the US and the publication of the first book about Filipinos in New Mexico (The Filipino American Experience in New Mexico) which was dormant for eight years and finally printed in 2014. She is also a board of director of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico and chairperson of its Scholarship Committee. At 65, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, among her many degrees.
  • Maj. Richard Luena, USAF (Ret) – Community Service – Veterans Affairs.  Richard has been a board of director of FAFNM and the liaison officer to the veterans, particularly Bataan veterans, for many years.  He is also a member of the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico and was the vice-president when he spearheaded the 75th Anniversary of the Surrender of Bataan in Albuquerque which was attended by veterans nationwide.  It was a significant event because most of our Bataan veterans have passed away and this might had been the last event when the remaining veterans from other states came together, a gift of time and comaraderie – the best gift Richard (and other volunteers) could give our heroes. His passion in helping our veterans constantly reminds us that we should never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
  • Jennylou Pangilinan-Riel – Educational Contribution.  Who would have thought that this Filipina Math and Robotics teacher would come to New Mexico and help her robotics team, in a predominantly minority high school in Bernalillo, win first place at the state level in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest?  In the US, we have a shortage of Math and Science majors in college but before we can motivate our students to fill this need, we must have teachers like Jennylou who can inspire and make this happen.  Read more from an article in Albuquerque Journal HERE.

Manoa Youth Awardee/Honorable Mention:

Manoa Alcantara Jojola (1982-2000)

 

The Manoa Youth Award is an integral part of the Pamana Award event and is given to a Filipino American HIGH SCHOOL student in New Mexico. The award is given in the spirit of the late Manoa Alcantara Jojola, son of Dr. Dely Alcantara and Dr. Ted Jojola of the Manoa Foundation.  The awardee must have excelled in academics, community service and/or participated in activities to promote Filipino culture and who demonstrates pride in their culture through expressive and creative arts. The awardee received $500  from the scholarship fund of the Manoa Foundation and a plaque from FANHS RG. The runners up (honorable mentions) received $200 scholarships and certificates of achievement from the Manoa Foundation.

 


This year (2017), the Manoa Foundation recognizes the contribution of five Filipino high school students who have been active members of the Filipino performing groups for four to seven years (averaging 40  to 50 hours per year of practices and performances).  They were members of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) Cultural Dance Group until it was dissolved in February 2017. They are now either with the: Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group (ESPFG) and/or the Filipino Performing Arts Group (FPAG). As performers, they have helped in raising funds for FAFNM, including college scholarship funds, and for disaster relief funds in the Philippines. They have been ambassadors of our Filipino community in many cultural events in New Mexico and are role models for the community.

 


Miracle McCastle

Miracle McCastle – Awardee. Miracle (16, 11th Grade) has been dancing for more than seven years.  She has also participated at the Santacruzan almost every year.  This year, she was the Reyna Elena. For 3 years (from 2013 to mid-2016), she was not only a dancer but also the lead kulintang (an indigenous musical instrument from Southern Philippines) musician for the group.  During that time, she was the youngest (started when she was 12 years old) of the only 5 kulintang musicians (all 4 adults) in New Mexico.  (She is now joined by three new young musicians.)  She was the first and only Filipino to hold a kulintang recital in New Mexico (through the New Mexico Arts Apprenticeship program, see video links) which introduced this indigenous music to elementary students in Rio Rancho. She is a member of both FPAG and ESPFG.  She is also recognized for her leadership (student government) and creative and athletic talents (choir and cheerleading).  She volunteered in distributing care packages for the veterans in the past.

Watch the 2015 Kulintang Recital (Miracle) from youtube by clicking on the links:

Honorable Mention:            

(NOTE:  We are not including schools and family information for existing students on social media postings.)

  • Angelo Egrubay (17, 12th Grade) has been dancing for six years (now with FPAG).  He was always willing to teach new members the dances he had learned.  He is the assistant choreographer who took over the choreography for male dances when the main choreographer was undergoing medical treatment for months.  He volunteered distributing care packages for the veterans in the past.  He loves boxing.
  • Mary Josephine Hollins (17, 12th Grade) has been dancing for four years (now with FPAG).  She is a co-founder of the Black Student Union at her school. She is a member of the Students without Border Club that discusses world events and raises funds. Last May-June, she was one of the 10 students picked to travel to France.  She loves to run and is a member of the Track Team.
  • Ashley Ysabelle A. Leonen (18, 12th Grade) has been dancing for four years (now with FPAG).  While still in high school, she has been taking college classes at the Central New Mexico (CNM) Community College to advance and get ahead with her college credits.  As an aspiring dentist, she is currently taking prerequisites at CNM for dentist classes at UNM.  In her school, she is the co-founder of the Asian American Club.  This year, they plan on hosting events, partnering with community, opening for cultural awareness and much more.  She is a writer and creates music as well as poetry and is also a guitar player and a singer.
  • Francisco (Franz) Soriano (19 as of Oct 17, 12th Grade) has been dancing for six years (now with FPAG).  He was one of the few Filipino teens in Albuquerque who took part in organizing fund raising projects for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (which happened in November 2013 in the Visayas, Philippines), on their own (aside from the Benefit Show by FAFNM).

Filipino Graduates of Spring 2016/Spring & Summer 2017

To emphasize the value of education, we recognized our recent graduates from high school and higher education.  We gave them souvenir t-shirts “Proud Filipino American graduate”.

Our proud Fil-Am graduates:

Doctorate

Ronadel Ronquillo, Doctorate of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities campus), May 2017, (Manoa Youth Awardee, 2005).  Represented by Mom, Edna.

Masters & College

  • Princeton Earl King:   College (May 2016), UNM Business Administration in Financial Management, summa cum laude and Masters (May 2017) – Business Administration in Financial Management, UNM Anderson School of Management, graduated with high honors (4.07 GPA). Now in Texas. Represented by Mom, Pearl.

Masters

  • Michael Natanauan-Lopez – Highland University of NM, Masters in Special Education (Dec. 2016)

College

  • Louis (Ace) Leonen – UNM, Biology – CUM LAUDE (MAY 2016). Represented by Mom, Dale.
  • Ezekiel (Zeke) Racca – UNM, Engineering – CUM LAUDE (May 2017). Represented by Aunt Dale.
  • Shaine Sagisi – UNM, Dental Hygiene (now in Texas) (May 2017). Represented by friend Keanna.
  • Sharmaine Sagisi, UNM, Nursing (May 2017). Represented by friend Keanna.
  • Keanna Salazar – UNM, Nursing (May 2017)  (NOTE:  She passed the NCLEX Nursing Board Exam on Sept. 19 in one take!!!). Keanna sang the US Anthem (Her Mom, Kim, sang the Philippine anthem).
  • Mirinisa Stewart-Tengco – Mount Holyoke (Massachusetts), Mathematics (May 2017) (NOTE: Manoa Youth, Honorable Mention 2011).  Miri was the co-emcee with Bianca.
  • Jeric Hombria Tan – New Mexico Tech, Civil Engineering (now in California) (May 2017). Represented by Dad, Jesse.

High School

  • Catie Cheshire, Eldorado HS (now in Colorado) (May 2016). Represented by Grandma, Heddy.
  • Sean Delica, Academy for Technology & Classic (May 2017)
  • Angelica Fasano, Bernalillo HS (now in Virginia) (May 2016). Represented by Grandma, Cindy.
  • Sophia Gonzales, Rio Rancho HS (May 2017). Represented by friend, Hillary.
  • Sandy Guamos, West Side HS (May 2017). Represented by friend, Jasmine Q.
  • Jasmine Herrera, V. Sue Cleveland HS (May 2017). Represented by friend, Hillary.
  • Justin Carl Hontanosas, Rio Rancho HS (now in Colorado) (May 2017). Represented by Mom’s friend, Stephanie.
  • Yoko Kentilitisca, St. Pius X HS (May 2017)
  • Latrell Racca, Eldorado HS (May 2017).  Represented by Aunt Dale.
  • Hillary Ramoso, V. Sue Cleveland HS (May 2017)
  • Sarah Shibuya, Bosque Preparatory School (now in California) (May 2017).  Represented by Mom’s friend, Heddy.
  • John Soriano, Del Norte HS (July 2017)
  • Gabriela Velez, Albuquerque Academy (now in California) (May 2016) (Manoa Youth, Honorable Mention 2015).  Represented by Tessie.
  • Sonja Ventura, V. Sue Cleveland HS (May 2017) (now in Illinois). Represented by Dad, Rod.
  • Bianca White, Eldorado HS (May 2017) (NOTE: Manoa Youth Awardee 2015).  Co-emcee.

For past Pamana events, click on Pamana.

NOTE:  This 2017 Pamana page will be integrated in the Pamana page (past events) in 2019 when the next Pamana will be held.

Press Releases:

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Filipino Performing Arts Group


FPAG at Pista 2018

Tinikling at Pista 2018. (See Youtube link below.)

 

 

Prince Bantugan and Princess Gandingan in Singkil. (See YouTube link below.)

 

FPAG

The Filipino Performing Arts Group (FPAG) aims to share Philippine or Filipino American history, language and/or culture through performing arts specifically music and dances.  It also focuses on the importance of appreciating and understanding multicultures in New Mexico.  In 2018, we currently have 14 members (middle school to college students and some older adults).  Others, mostly the male dancers have taken a break after May 2017 due to demands from work and school. Some of our young (elementary) school children have also taken a break since 2017.  Practices are held on Saturdays and most of performances are also on Saturdays.

NOTE:  To view full images, double click on the photo and click again for large image.  (Photos at Santacruzan 2017 – courtesy of Kathy B. and Norma D., Cesar Chavez Day 2018 courtesy of Edna and Emilie.)

To view performances at the Pista sa Nayon 2018 on YouTube, click on:  Tinikling and Singkil.

 

In addition, we are Filipino Americans living in the US, a nation of immigrants.  As such, it is important for the next generations to know their identity from both cultures, American and Filipino. If we don’t share our Filipino culture and heritage to our children, especially those who were born here, they will slowly fade away and be forgotten.

FPAG was established in February 2017 as an independent group.  Majority of the members have been performing with the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico Cultural Dance Group for more than five years.  (The FAFNM Cultural Group was dissolved in February 2017 to give autonomy to different groups.)

2017 Pamana awardees, Manoa Youth, graduates

Pamana Awards/Filipino American History Month:  Congratulations to our 2017 Manoa Youth:  Awardee:  Miracle; Honorable Mentions: Angelo, Mary, Ashley and Franz.  Graduates: College – Zeke (cum laude); high school:  Sandy, Latrell, & John.  See press release: Alb Journal Manoa Youth 2017  Left photo shows awardees, Manoa Youth, & graduates. The two rows of photos below were taken at the event on Oct. 21 at the Wyndham Hotel. Check:  Pamana 2017.  (We congratulate Lyle Leonen who graduated in Dec. 2017 at UNM, Physical Therapy.  High school graduates in May 2018:  Angelo, Ashley, and Mary.)

 

To view full images, double click on the photos (and double click again for enlarged images).  (Photos courtesy of Maricar.)

Kulintang Music

Kulintang musicians (from left): Miracle, Malaya, Jasmine & Justine with instructor, Tessie.

Kulintang, an indigenous (percussion) instrument from Southern Philippines, is the main instrument in a kulintang ensemble.  It is composed of 8 gongs in graduated sizes.  The other instruments are:  agong, dabakan (drum), and babandil (see second photo below). (We also use the bamboos and will be using the gandingan, 4-gong set, in the future.)  Special thanks to a) Dr. Dely Alcantara and Dr. Ted Jojola who got the grant in 2004 to bring kulintang to New Mexico Filipinos (by inviting the late Danongan Kalanduyan to give a workshop);   b) New Mexico Arts Apprenticeship Program for training Miracle (2014-2015), c) Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico Cultural Dance Group coordinator in 2016, Maricar Castro, for purchasing a kulintang set that the FPAG is using now (although majority of students have their own sets), d) Filipino American Community Council (and City of Albuquerque City Council) for the grant that extended instructions to our three youth, Malaya, Jasmine & Justine (2016-2017).

To view performances (2016-2018) on youtube, click on pinoy nm.

2015:  Kulintang Recital (for New Mexico Arts), the first and only recital

 

Mindanao including Sulu Archipelago

Southern Philippine (Mindanao) Dances

  • Singkil
  • Janggay
  • Kini Kini
  • Maiden Dance (part of Singkil but also performed separately)
  • Sagayan

Ethnic or Martial Arts Dances

  • Ati Atihan
  • Sayaw Arnis

To view dances performed 2016 to 2018, click:  FPAG dances.  For performances from 2013 to 2015, visit: FAFNM Cultural.

Contemporary Dances/Poetry (to honor contemporary Filipino musicians or heroes)

  • Pinoy Samba dance – Samba Song (by Bong Penera)
  • Hip Hop dance – Pinoy Ako (Orange and Lemons)
  • Rhythmic Poetry Reading:  “A Dollar Forty an Hour”.  This is the minimum wage during the 1960s that the Filipino farmworkers fought for.  The poem, written by Tessie, is a tribute to Larry Itliong, Filipino Farm Worker who spearheaded the Great Delano Grape Strike from 1965 to 1970 with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.  The teenagers or young adults usually read the poem.  Ashley read it at Cesar Chavez Day; Jasmine and Krystal at the Santacruzan.

Folk Dance:

Starting in May 2018, we are adding Tinikling which is known as the bamboo dance and the National Folk Dance in the Philippines.  This is choreographed by Krystal.  We decided to add this to our repertoire since the audience is always asking for this dance.

 

Singkil

Filipino Performing Arts Group (April 2018)

Singkil princess, Miracle.  The alternate princess is Mary.

Singkil is a dance named after an anklet worn by a Maranao princess of the Southern Philippines.  It recounts the story of Princess Gandingan who was caught in the forest during an earthquake caused by the fairies.  The crisscrossed bamboos represent the fallen trees she gracefully avoids as her loyal maiden shields her with an umbrella. The fans represent the ferocious winds. The princess will be danced by Miracle or Mary with live kulintang music played by Malaya.  (See Maiden Dance below.)  NOTE:  For those asking about the bamboos, please read at the bottom about dimension, care and where to get bamboos.

Janggay

Kulintang Music:  Pangalay Ha Janggay (Composed by Tessie), Origin of dance: Sulu Archipelago

At Cesar Chavez Day 2017. From left: Justine, Gloria, Miracle, Krystal, Mary, Jasmine Q and Sandy.

Janggay dancers at FAFNM Xmas 2016

Janggay (also called Igal Janggay or Pangalay) is a set of extended metal fingernails worn by female dancers from the Sama-Badjao tribe and Tausug people in the Sulu Archipelago. To showcase the long nails’ beauty, the hand movements include flicking, flipping and cupping of fingers. The janggay also represents the claws of the Sarimanok, a mythical bird and the headdresses represent its expanded wings.  Sarimanok, from the words sari (cloth) and manok (chicken) is a reincarnation of a goddess that loved a mortal man.

About the People:  The Sama-Badjao or just Badjao (man of the seas) is a tribe also known as sea gypsies because they live in small houseboats called vintas and they seldom stay in one place.  They are usually fishermen and sea divers.  They inhabit the shores in Sulu Archipelago in Southern Philippines.  Some dance movements mimic the rolling waves as oceans play an

Ashley

essential part in the lives of sea fearing people.   Tausug (people of the current) which stands for tau (people) and sug (sea current) is the numerically dominant group of Sulu Archipelago.  The Tausug people who are land-based are mostly sailors, pearl divers and traders.  Jolo Island strategically located near the heart of the archipelago constitutes the cultural and political center of Tausug society.

Kini Kini

Kulintang Music:  Kanditagaonan, Origin of dance:  Maranao province (LANAO)

Kini Kini dancers 2017

Kini Kini from the word kini (the royal walk) shows the elite upbringing of the Maranao women in Mindanao.  Using decorative umbrellas and scarves (two items in a hot weather), they walk gracefully to a wedding.  This version of the dance is a combination of Kini Kini (scarf) and Kinakulangan (umbrella), without the male attendants.  The music is called Kanditagaonan which means I cannot go to a wedding because I have no malong (a tube skirt).

Maranao means the “people of the lake” referring to Lake Lanao (principal town is Marawi City) in the province of Lanao del Sur and has its own language. The other Maranao provinces are:  Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi Tawi and cities of Marawi and Lamitan (see map).

Maiden Dance from Singkil

Kulintang Music:  Kasayaw sa Singkil, Origin of dance: Maranao province (Lanao)

Maiden Dancers at Cesar Chavez 2017

The Maiden Dance is performed by the maidens that accompany the princess in the dance called Singkil, name of the anklet worn by a princess.  This version does not include the princess.  Singkil originated from the Maranao people.  It recounts a 14th century epic, Darangen, about a princess caught in the forest during an earthquake caused by the fairies of the forest.  The fans represent the ferocious winds during a scene in the epic.  (Please see Singkil in the earlier part of this article.)

Sagayan (Male dance)

Music:  a medley of two kulintang pieces: Tagonggo and Adongkodongkogakit, Origin of dance:  Maranao and Maguindanao

Sagayan dancers from left: John, Angelo, Franz, Marc, Zeke, Latrell & Sean (2016)

Sagayan is a warrior/healing dance that is performed by both Maranao and Maguindanao male dancers.  It depicts the steps of their war hero, Prince Bantugan.  The kasity (headdress), kampilan (sword), klong (shield) and the three-layered skirts are inspired from the hero’s attire.  The male dancers are projected as fierce warriors ready to defend their master as they dance and pray before going to war.  Another version of Sagayan is a healing dance, showing trance-like movements believed to banish the evil spirits (or negative energy) while welcoming good fortune or omens.  (Assistant choreographers: Angelo and Zeke.)

 

Instrumental Piece (No Dance):

The late Danongan Kalanduyan (May 1, 1947-Sept 28, 2016) came to Albuquerque to introduce kulintang music in 2004.

Sinulog A Kamamatuan (Sinulog old style), Version 1. Sinulog is from the Maranao word sulug or people of Sulu. (NOTE: Sinulog as in Sinulog Festival in Cebu means sulug or current in Visayan language.)  A Kamamatuan means older, traditional style derived from the word “matua” meaning old.  The musical notation of Version 1 was from the late Danongan Kalanduyan, kulintang master from Cotabato who lived in San Francisco, CA.  He came to Albuquerque in 2004 to teach kulintang through a grant obtained by Dr. Dely Alcantara for the Filipino community.  This piece is a tribute to him for his contribution in bringing this indigenous music to the Filipinos in New Mexico. The kulintang musicians who has been trained on this music is Malaya.

 

Dances from Visayan Island

Visayan map

Ati-Atihan (Male dance)

Origin: Kalibo, Aklan in the island of Panay

Ati Atihan means pretending to be Ati, one of the first people that inhabited the Philippines.  Long before Spaniards came to the Philippines in the 17th century, light skinned immigrants from Borneo and Indonesia arrived in the island of Panay.  The dark-skinned inhabitants of Panay called the Ati, lived in the upland part of the mountains where they planted rice.  The Atis sold to the immigrants small pieces of land and allowed them to settle down in the lowlands.  One day, heavy rains ruined the Atis’s crops.  They starved.  They came down to the lowlands and were fed by the people.  As a gesture of gratitude, the Atis danced for joy in the streets.

 

As a gesture of unity, the lowland people covered their faces with soot or wore black masks to look like the Atis and celebrated with them in the streets. When the Spaniards settled in the Philippines, the Ati Atihan festival, which is also a celebration of rice and unity, became part of the celebration honoring Santo Nino (Little Jesus).  After several centuries, the festival is still celebrated in Aklan every January. (Choreographer: Tessie; Assistant choreographers: Angelo and Zeke.)

Arnis: Lester, Lyle, Franz, Zeke, Angelo & John

Sayaw Arnis (Arnis Dance) (Male dance)

Music:  Over 7000 Planets (Ron Quesada, Kulintronica based in San Francisco), Origin of Arnis:  Cebu

Arnis, also called Eskrima (fencing) or Kali (KA from the Visayan words KAmot or hand and LI from the word LIhog or motion) is the national sport and Martial Arts of the Philippines. It is a stick (made of rattan), knife or sword fighting art.  It includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques.

Arnis at Cesar Chavez

The dance movements focus on rhythmic calisthenics of basic strikes and blocks for beginners using one stick.

Ron Quesada, kulintang musician, from Kulintronica composed “Over 7000 Planets”, the music used in the Arnis dance.

Arnis, (from “arnes,” an old Spanish word for armor) was founded by the Indonesian inhabitants of the Srivijayan Empire that ruled most of Southeast Asia in the 13th century.  They were overthrown by the Majapahit Empire from Eastern Java, Indonesia.  Forced to flee, the Srivi refugees settled in Cebu, central part of Visayas, where they introduced Arnis.  During the Spanish colonization that lasted more than three centuries, the practice of Arnis was forbidden but practitioners trained underground with sticks and bolos.  When the Americans colonized the Philippines, the practice was allowed openly and Arnis flourished. Arnis, which has big tournaments all over the Philippines, is also offered as a PE class in some universities.  (Choreographer:  Tessie, Assistant choreographers: Angelo and Zeke.)

Pinoy Samba

This is our first contemporary dance that showcases the Filipino Jazz musician, Bong Penera who composed the song A Samba Song (1974).  We are starting to feature not just our past cultures (Southern Philippine, ethnic, martial arts dances) but also present Filipino cultures to attract young audience to our events.  This is our first piece of contemporary music.

Pinoy Ako

This is a hip hop dance from a popular song by the Orange and Lemons which talks about pride in being Filipino.  This is a second piece showcasing contemporary Filipino musicians.

Other Information:

BAMBOOS

Since we have been asked about bamboos used for dancing for Singkil and Tinikling, we are giving this information. The ideal dimension for a bamboo pole used for dances is: 1 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ in diameter and 8 feet long, however 8 feet long causes shipping to cost more than $100 so we opted to have it cut 2 inches shorter (so the length is 7’10”).  We usually use 4 bamboo poles for Singkil.  We always have one extra pole for backup. The total cost of 5 bamboos ($8.50 per pole x 5 = 42.50 ) and shipping ($30.43) is $73.93 (price in 2018).  Be sure to tell them to make sure there are NO CRACKS (or minimum cracks) and tell them they are for dancing (not for a fence).  The shipping period might cause them to crack a little.  You can order at  Frank’s Cane and Rush Supply, 7252 Heil Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, Tel. 714-847-0707. Web:  www.franksupply.com.

You can also order bamboos from Home Depot (online but can pick up locally) but the diameter available is 2″ (same length: 8′).  The bigger the diameter, the heavier the bamboo.  Also, always point out that you are using them for dancing not for fence. They should have no crack, if possible.

CARE FOR BAMBOOS.  The bamboos will easily crack in a dry climate like New Mexico. Cracked bamboos can’t be used for dancing because they are harder to click and might totally crack during performance plus it may cause blister on the clickers’s hands.  Do not expose them in the sun as much as possible (only when you are performing). Do not even store in the garage where it is hot so store them inside the house.  It needs constant moisture to avoid cracking so spraying it with water maybe every week is recommended especially during summer time.  Some people leave them in the bathroom where moisture is there every time someone takes a shower.  Also, put two wood under for the bottom bamboos to protect the clickers’s hands and to protect the carpet or floor.  (NOTE:  Some venues especially residences DO NOT want their floors damaged with bamboos.)

 Children’s Group

Children lined up with salakot

Paru Parung Bukid: Joshua, Jordyn, Kai, & Mia.

Our small children have not performed since early part of 2017 but some have been playing the kulintang.

 

Contact:  FPAG Coordinator

 

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2016 in Review

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Events and Milestones that occured in the Filipino community in 2016:

 

Dr. Mila Anguluan

Dr. Mila Anguluan

Events:

April 2, Bataan Memorial, Bataan Park.  The annual event is co-sponsored by the Bataan Corregidor Foundation of New Mexico, FAFNM and FANHS RG.

April 23, Halle Manoa Bldg.,  Oral History: Kapwa:  Connection as Resilience.  Speaker:  Dr. Mila Anguluan (photo).  The event was attended by 26 people.  Sponsored by FANHS RG.

May 21, Old Town Plaza.  Santacruzan 2016.  Sponsored by FAFNM and the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services.

Bianca (Reyna Elena) and Jordyn (Rey Constantino)

June 2016-2017.  The Filipino American Community Council (FACC) obtained a grant from the City of the Albuquerque (City Council) which focused on “Language Acquisition and Filipino History through Performing Arts.” The recital was showcased at the Santacruzan 2017.

June 22-25, 2016: Filipino American National Historical Society Conference in Manhattan, New York was attended by the FANHS Rio Grande members (photo):  Pearl King, Dr. Dely Alcantara, Ligaya (Lee) White and Dr. Ted Jojola (obviously, not in photo).  Next conference will be in Chicago in 2018.

Aug. 6:  Pista sa Nayon (Town Festival) was held at Hotel Cascada.  It is a biennial project of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) to raise funds for our non-profit organization.  This year’s project focuses on the Filipino beauties who have also helped raise funds.  The Mutya ng New Mexico went to Lina Rollins.  The runners up were:  Christa Harner (first place, Mutya ng Luzon) and Elflor Biddle Lingren (second place, Mutya ng Visaya).  There was no 4th candidate who could have been the Mutya ng Mindanao.

Dec.:  Christmas Party, Simbang Gabi, caroling and lighting of luminaries (with Bataan veterans), annual projects of Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico.

Lina Rollins, 2016 Mutya ng New Mexico

Lina (seated) with runners up Christa Harner (left) and Elflor Biddle-Lindgren.

Congratulations:

Princeton King with mom, Pearl

Princeton King with mom, Pearl

Princeton Earl King graduated summa cum laude from UNM in May 2016, with a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Management.  He started his Masters the week after the graduation at Anderson School of Management (UNM).  Princeton is the son of Pearl King, FANHS RG President, who also graduated summa cum laude in Dec. 2015 with a Nursing Degree, among the many degrees she has.  Like mother, like son!  Visit our Youth Page to see other Filipinos in New Mexico who graduated with honors.

Ace with Gabbi, Angel, Miracle & Bianca (2015)

Ace Leonen (photo) graduated cum laude from UNM in May 2106 with a degree in Biology.  He is the treasurer of the FAFNM Young Professional and Youth Committee.  He is the son of Dale Leonen and brother to Lyle and Ashley and grandson of Vicky Adaoag.

Deaths:

Patricia Anaya Price, in her early 70’s, passed away on January 21.   Pat was an artist, actress, acting instructor, choreographer, dancer, and fashion designer.  She lived in New York before coming to New Mexico.  She is survived by her husband, Alan and her best friend, Cindy Aragon.

Carmenia Alfonso, 74, passed away on April 15.  Carmenia was the FAFNM Treasurer.  She is survived by six children:  Jam, Warlyn, Al, James, Catherine and Steven and eight grandchildren.

Danongan Kalanduyan, father of American Kulintang Music, passed away on Sept. 28 at the Stanford University Medical Center.  Danongan, the kulintang master and a resident of South San Francisco, California, conducted a kulintang workshop in Albuquerque in 2004 through a grant.  Without him, we won’t have our kulintang ensemble now, 2016, or 12 years later.  BACK TO HOME.


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2015 in Review

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Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015

Goodbye 2015!

Miss Universe

To start off, on the INTERNATIONAL scene, a Filipina-German, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was crowned Miss Universe 2015.  Pia is one of the 12 Miss Philippines who won international beauty contests.  See list: Filipina Women who won WORLD BEAUTY Titles.


LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (L) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (not pictured), was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP.  See VIDEO.


IN NEW MEXICO (2015)

Pearl King

Pearl King

Pearl King, FANHS RG President, graduated SUMMA CUM LAUDE from New Mexico Highland University in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (among the many degrees she has).  She works as a nurse at the VA Hospital.  Congratulations, Pearl!  You deserve it!

 

December:  This month was the busiest for the Filipino community, particularly for the members and friends of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico.

  • Christmas Party, Dec. 12, Marriott at the Pyramid.  The new FAFNM Board of Directors were inducted by Consul Mary Jo Ramirez. Kudos to the organizers:  Cindy Aragon, Ligaya White and the BODs.
Christmas 2015 with Al David, 94 and Chito Zafra, 93.

Christmas 2015 with (seated) Al David, 94 and Chito Zafra, 93 and FAFNM members.

  • Consulate Outreach, Dec. 12, Marriott.  The Philippine Consulate staff was in Albuquerque to provide consulate services (passport renewal, dual citizenship, immigration issues among others) for Filipinos in New Mexico and surrounding states.  FAFNM has been hosting for several years.  Thanks to Ligaya White, Emilie & Cris Underwood and the BOD’s for their assistance.
  • Caroling:  This is an annual fund raising project (mainly for Scholarship funds).  Thanks to all the hosts and donors, carolers and coordinators/musicians: Myrna Samson, Jim Custodio, and Robert Divero.
  • Simbang Gabi (Evening Mass Celebration): Filipinos and families celebrated this Filipino tradition for three Thursdays at the Sangre de Cristo Church.  Thanks to Fr. Joel Bugas who drove 10 hours (round trip from Clayton) to be with us during his off-days.  Thanks to the carolers who provided the music and to Emilie Underwood for consistently coordinating this event every year.
  • Lighting of Luminaries: The Bataan veterans lighted the luminaries at the Bataan Park, an annual tradition.

We thank the 2015 FAFNM Board of Directors for a job well done.  We acknowledge the dedication of the outgoing president, Ligaya White who held the position for two years (2014-2015).  She revived the Young Professional and Youth Committee and the Senior’s Group.  (As you also know, we are grateful to our seniors who have also been the prime movers of many activities for many years:  Santacruzan, Simbang Gabi, and Caroling, among others.)

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September:

The FANHS RG celebrated the biennial event, Pamana Awards Night, honoring New Mexicans, not necessarily of Filipino descent, who had substantially contributed community service to Filipinos here and in the Philippines.  We also recognized the Manoa Youth recipients.  See list and photos of awardees: Pamana Awards.

  • Scott Berry (Educate Bohol), one of the Pamana Awardees this year, went back to the Philippines with his wife, Zela in October.  We are grateful to Scott for changing the lives of many poor children in Bohol. He is very much a part of their lives now. See video: 2015 Educate Bohol.

 

July:

Crista Harner represented New Mexico at the Miss Philippines USA in Los Angeles.  She is the beautiful daughter of international singer, Jam Morales Harner and granddaughter of Carmenia Alfonso.  The title went to Chrystelle Joyce Volkmann of Missouri.

Miss Philippines USA contestants with Crista Harner (farthest left)

Miss Philippines USA contestants with Crista Harner (farthest left)

May (Asian/Pacific Heritage Month):

Graduation with top honors:  Carlo James (CJ) Aragon graduated Magna Cum Laude, University of New Mexico (UNM), Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Political Science and Foreign Languages.  He was the 2011 Manoa Youth and Outstanding Asian American Youth Awardee.  He is the son of Cindy and Cel Aragon.

Awardee:  Bianca White received the Outstanding Asian American Youth Award at the Asian Festival of Cultures sponsored by the Asian American Association of New Mexico and FAPAC Rio Grande.  She also received the Manoa Youth Award.  See Pamana Awards.  She is the daughter of Ligaya and Jery White.

Santacruzan:  Aside from our annual celebration (Mass, Procession and Cultural Show) which is co-sponsored by FAFNM and the City of Albuquerque Cultural Service, this year’s Santacruzan was specially memorable.

  • Chito Zafra, 93, was recognized for introducing this event in 1977, making Santacruzan the longest (almost four decades) tradition the Filipinos have celebrated in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Thanks to organizers (past and present): Heddy Long, Cora Romillo, and now Myrna Samson.
  • Chuy Martinez, our great supporter of the Filipino community, retired from the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services.  He has been an advocate of many Filipino activities, particularly the Santacruzan.  He received the Community Service Award from FANHS Rio Grande in 2011.  This was his last Santacruzan as a staff of the Cultural Services.  Thank you, Chuy!  You will always be a part of the Filipino community.

Others:

  • The annual Bataan Ceremony in April at the Bataan Park was attended by the Philippine Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim and his wife.  This is a joint project of FAFNM, FANHS RG and the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of NM (bcmfofnm).  Thanks to our FAFNM liaison members: Richard Luena, Chris Zafra and Dr. Dely Alcantara (also the president of bcmfofnm).
  • The first eBook, The Filipino American Experience in New Mexico, by the FANHS RG was released early this year.
  • Miracle McCastle performed her Kulintang Recital in March at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Rio Rancho (her alma mater).  This was the final requirement of a 6-month project for the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program of the New Mexico Arts (a division of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs) obtained by Tessie Greenfield, the kulintang instructor, to pass on the music of an ethnic instrument (from Southern Philippines), kulintang, to only ONE young apprentice.  Thanks to Dr. Dely Alcantara of FACC for introducing the grant.  Miracle is the youngest kulintang musician in New Mexico where there are only five who play it: Cristal Everette, Jenny DeBouzek, London Cabada, Tessie (all members of the Kulintang Ensemble of Albuquerque, 2005 – 2009) and Miracle.  Dustin Haberman who also plays it has moved out of state.  See samples on video: Kini Kini and Maiden Dance.
  • The FAFNM Cultural Dance Group performed twelve shows this year.

Dec.:  Christmas Party, Simbang Gabi, caroling and lighting of luminaries (with Bataan veterans) – annual projects of Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico.

Businesses Owned by Filipinos that opened this year

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Kristelle (bottom, center)

Deaths:

  • Marita Tambunting Tengco, passed away after a lingering illness.  She is survived by her husband, Tom Stewart, and daughter, Mirinisa Stewart-Tengco.  We thank Myrna Samson and the senior’s group for hosting the Novena in her honor.

    Marita Tengco

    Marita Tengco

  • Leon Padilla, a close friend of the Filipinos and the Bataan veterans also passed away.  He was the secretary and vice-president (different periods) of the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of NM, whose father was a Bataan Veteran.
  • Cesar Guevarra, a singer and member of the defunct Maharlika Rondalla, passed away while on vacation in the Philippines.  He will be remembered for his Filipino love songs at the Pista sa Nayon and FANHS RG Book Launching.

If you have any Filipino activity or a milestone (wedding, births) in 2015 that we missed or posting here that needed to be corrected or included, please email puppetnettes@gmail.com or fafnewmexico@gmail.com.

 


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Filipino American Experience in NM Book/eBook

Filipino American Experience in New Mexico

The book was published in October 2014 and the eBook was released in January 2015.

The Filipino American Experience in New Mexico is the first book and eBook about Filipinos in New Mexico by the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande Chapter (FANHS RG). It is also the first eBook produced by any chapter of FANHS (which has 30 chapters all over the United States). This project was done in memory of our departed FANHS RG members and was dedicated to the next generations of Fil-Ams in NM.  Click on: Departed FANHS RG members.

NOTE:  As of 2018, all copies were sold out and the eBook version was discontinued.  (If you want access to some of the pages, please email Emilie or Tessie and we can make copies of the pages you need.)

The book, which was conceived in 2006, tells the history of how Filipinos came to the US and, ultimately, to New Mexico. The contributions of Filipino Americans to NM are documented into five categories: agriculture (Balido, Galbiso, and Gorospe families), education (Dr. Dely Alcantara, Nenette Boucher, Helen Manzanillo and Myrna Tsinnajinnie), medicine (Chol Aquino, Dr. Jose Martinez and Dr. Faith Ventura), military (Cris Underwood and Chito Zafra), and religion (Sr. Josephine Gorostiza, Heddy Long and Fr. Gil Mangampo). An added article highlights the Military legacy between New Mexico and Philippines with a particular emphasis on the 200th (a New Mexico National Guard Unit), and 515th Coast Artillery during World War II.  It features Al David, a 93-year-old Bataan survivor (at the time book was released). (Al passed away in 2018 at age 97). It also features George Curry, governor of three provinces in the Philippines and in New Mexico (before its statehood).

 

Book Project MembersThe book was launched on October 25, 2014 at the Student Union Building University of New Mexico attended by 82 people.  The event was co-sponsored by the UNM Filipino Student Organization through the help of their president, Shaine Sagisi.

Photo shows the Book Project members (from left):  Tessie Greenfield, Dr. Dely Alcantara, Heddy Long (representing her late husband/writer, Dick), Pearl King (FANHS RG president), Evelio Sabay, Bob Tsinnajinnie (representing his late wife/writer, Myrna), Cris Underwood, (behind- Rod Ventura) and Aggie Dagucon.

The eBook version is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple iBooks Store. (See links below.)  The people behind the book project, which was completed after 8 years, are:  Book Project Members.

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Filipinos in New Mexico

With New Mexico’s 2 million population, there are 4,647 Filipinos (one race) (Reference: ACS_13_3YR_B02015 NM) or 8,074 Filipino Americans (combination of races) (Reference: ACS_13_3YR_B02018 NM) in New Mexico, according to the US Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 3-year (2011-2013) survey estimate.  Also see:  Cities with the highest percentage of Filipinos in NM.

See bottom for the Highlights in Philippine-New Mexico connection.

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Filipino American 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in Albuquerque, NM:

  • Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (former Filipino American ASSOCIATION of NM) or FAFNM is an independent organization founded in 1973.  It is the MAIN organization where majority of the Fil-Ams participate.
  • Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG) is one of the 30 chapters of FANHS all over the US.  (It is a different organization from FAFNM although all of the FANHS RG members are also with FAFNM.) All the chapters meet biennially in the FANHS National Conference.  The 2016 FANHS Conference will be held from June 22 to 25 in New York.  FANHS focuses on the history of Filipino Americans.  FANHS RG, the 20th chapter, was founded in 1998 by Dr. Dely Alcantara and David Galbiso.
  • Filipino American Community Council (FACC) is an umbrella organization and the main purpose is grant-seeking for the benefit of the Filipino-American community and other Filipino organizations that serve the Filipino-American community.  Although the council was formed in 2012, some of the members, specifically Dr. Dely Alcantara, had obtained several grants for the Filipino community in New Mexico several years before.
  • Others:
    • For UNM Students, check out:  Filipino Student Organization at UNM.
    • For Christian groups, check out your churches for Couples for Christ and Youth for Christ.  Many members are Filipinos.
    • See “Where to Find Filipinos in NM” below.

Affiliations

The Filipino community is represented in many organizations and/or has participated in activities in the state.  Many Filipinos have served/are serving as presidents or organizers.

Hosting National/Regional Filipino American Events in Albuquerque:

All these major events were chaired by Emilie Underwood.

  • 2003:   FANHS National Trustees’ Meeting, UNM Zimmerman Library.  Host:  FANHS Rio Grande.
  • 2005:  Filipino and Asian American Conference and National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Regional Meeting, Marriott Convention Center.  Host: Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico.
  • 2012:  FANHS National Conference (attended by members from 30 chapters all over the US), Marriott Hotel. Host:  FANHS Rio Grande.

Outstanding Filipinas in New Mexico

Celia Ruiz Tomlinson

Celia Ruiz Tomlinson

Dr. Dely Alcantara

Dr. Dely Alcantara

Did you know that:

  • The first registered female professional engineer in New Mexico is a Filipina?  She was also the first minority to found and own an engineering company, Rhombus which existed for 25 years until 2008.  Read about her memoir,  Celia Ruiz Tomlinson.  Learn more:  Celia in Filipinas Mag
  • Dr. Dely Alcantara founded the New Mexico Asian Family Center which has helped a lot of Asians.
  • Two Filipinas received the Governor’s Award for New Mexico Outstanding Women sponsored by the Women’s Commission:
    • 1993:  Celia Ruiz Tomlinson.  NOTE:  Celia is the first professional female engineer in NM and the first minority woman to own an engineering firm in NM, Rhombus, for 25 years until 2008.
    • 2004: Dr. Dely Alcantara. Learn more: Dely in Boomer Magazine and FANHS RG book/eBook:  Filipino American Experience in New Mexico.  (Dely is a recipient of Human Rights award and Si Se Puede Award (Cesar Chavez NM, 2018).  View her speech:  Dely.

Filipino students who graduated with honors (& doctorate):

  • 2017:  Ronadel Joy Ronquillo graduated with a Doctorate of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota.
  • 2017:  Princeton Early King graduated again with high honors (4.07 GPA), Masters in Business Administration, Finance, at UNM Anderson School of Management.  It took him a little over a year to complete his masters.  See below.
  • 2017:  Zeke Racca graduated cum laude from UNM with a degree in Engineering.  He was the co-chair of the Youth Committee (dissolved in 2017).
  • 2016:  Princeton Earl King graduated summa cum laude from UNM with Business Administration in Financial Management.  He is the son of Pearl King who also graduated summa cum laude (see below).
  • 2016:  Ace Leonen graduated cum laude from UNM with a degree in Biology.  He is the treasurer of the FAFNM Young Professional and Youth Committee (dissolved in 2017).  He is the son of Dale Leonen, brother to Lyle and Ashley and grandson of Vicky Adaoag.
  • 2015:  Carlo James Aragon graduated magna cum laude at UNM, Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Political Science and Foreign Languages.  He is the son of Cindy & Celedon Aragon.
  • 2015:  Pearl King, FANHS RG President, at 65 years old, graduated summa cum laude, Nursing degree, NM Highland University.
  • 2014:  Ardee Napolitano graduated summa cum laude, from UNM with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Communication Arts) and French.  He is the son of Domingo and Ruella Napolitano.

(NOTE:  We just started this list in 2015.  If you know any Filipino college student in NM who graduated with honors in the past or whom we missed here, please email fafnmewmexico@gmail.com.  Thanks.)

 

Where can you find Filipinos in New Mexico?

  • Albuquerque:  May is the Asian/Pacific Heritage Month.  The Filipinos celebrate the annual Santacruzan (FAFNM) at the Old Town Plaza (usually on the third Saturday of May, 5:30 pm) and the Filipinos perform at the Asian Festival of Cultures.  You will also find Filipinos in Catholic Churches like the Prince of Peace where you find choirs and Couples for Christ.  In December, FAFNM members and friends attend the Sambang Gabi (Evening Mass Celebration), raise funds through caroling and celebrate their annual Christmas Party.  Go to EVENTS.
  • Espanola: Many of the school teachers at the Public Schools are Filipinos.  Photo shows three sets of Filipino twins from Espanola:  Sagisi (Sharmaine & Shaine), Germino (Guillmer and Guillian) and the youngest set: Kinglet (Rio & Crio).  (The photo was retrieved, with permission, from Shaine Sagisi’s FB.)

    Twins in Espanola: Sagisi (Shaine & Sharmaine), Germino (Guillmer & Guillian) and the youngest: Cainlet (Rio & Crio)

    Many of the Filipino teens/young adults from Espanola are founders of the Filipino Student Organization at UNM.  They usually participate at the annual FAFNM Santacruzan.

  • Las Cruces.  The Filipino American Association of Las Cruces celebrates Valentine’s Day, Independence Day and Christmas days.  President:  Tommy Tomenbang.
Members of the Fil-Am Assn. of Las Cruces, Valentines 2016

Members of the Fil-Am Assn. of Las Cruces, Valentines 2016

Tommy Tomenbang, pres. of Fil-Am Assn of Las Cruces with Tessie

Tommy Tomenbang, pres. of Fil-Am Assn of Las Cruces with Tessie from Albuquerque, Feb 2016.

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Highlights on the Philippines-New Mexico Connection

  • Philippine Mexico stampThe first Filipinos came to New Mexico in the 18th Century.  They came as sailors with the Manila-Galleon Acapulco Galleon Trade.  According to the 1790 Spanish Census, some of their descendants became teachers who settled near Isleta Pueblo.  In 1910 Census, there were 10 native born Filipinos.  In 1930, the number increased to 27. Now, we have more than 8,000 Filipino Americans.
  • Our Philippines and New Mexico histories (both under Spanish colonization) have a lot of similarities, as highlighted in the FANHS RG 2005 brochure: Philippine NM Connection.
  • On December 8, 1941, the 200th New Mexico Coast Artillery engaged Japanese bombers at Clark Field and Fort Stotsenberg, Philippines.  The 200th, composed of 1,800 men, became the first unit to go into action in defense of the United States flag in the Philippines.  Visit:  Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of NM.
  • George Curry was the governor of three provinces in the Philippines (Camarines, Isabela and Samar) during the American occupation.  He also became the governor of New Mexico before its statehood.
  • Read more about the history of the Filipinos in NM in our book/eBook:  The Filipino American Experience in New Mexico (2014).

To read more about similarities of Philippines and New Mexico histories, click:  Philippine NM Connection

If you want to add anything here, please contact fafnewmexico@gmail.com.  Thanks.

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