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2017 in Review

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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

May

June

Independence Day Picnic and FAFNM Membership Drive.

October

8th Pamana Awards and Filipino American History Month sponsored by FANHS RG in cooperation with FACC. Click on Pamana 2017.

 

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).

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, May, are great 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.

 

 


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Goodbye to Nanay Anastasia

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Anastasia with daughter, Gloria

Anastasia Patino-Guerra

(June 14, 1929 – August 23, 2017)

We said goodbye to Nanay (we also call her Mamang), 88, who passed away.  She’s the mother of Gloria Kauz, Pearl King and Lydia Diaz, grandmother of Princeton, Michael, Clovis and great great grandmother of Miracle.  She was interred on August 31 at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery at Wyoming St., Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Her family thanked everybody who came to the nightly novenas, the viewing, funeral and reception.  Click to see more photos of Anastasia.

 

 


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Pamana 2017 & Fil-Am History Month

Category : Awards , Uncategorized

Sarimanok, the messenger of good news

8th Pamana Heritage Awards

in conjunction with the

Filipino American History Month

 

 

Oct. 21, 2017, Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

  • WYNDHAM HOTEL  (former Hotel Cascada)
  • 2500 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505-888-3311):  Map
  • FREE (RSVP REQUIRED BY SEPT 30, see bottom.)
  • We will be serving light snacks (merienda) catered by the hotel, courtesy of FANHS RG, FACC, our advertisers, and donors.  (Please note that the hotel will NOT allow guests to bring food, drinks, or water. Thank you.)

Sponsored by the

  • Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG)
  • in cooperation with the Filipino American Community Council (FACC)

Celebrating the Fil-Am History Month:  October has been designated as the Filipino American History Month when the first Filipinos landed in Morro Bay (San Luis Obispo county, California) in October 1587.

This event will feature a brief talk about Filipino American history, presentation of awards (with acceptance speeches of awardees) and Manoa honorable mentions, recognition on graduates (2016-2017) and a few entertainment.  There will also be photo exhibits and a souvenir program where you can read more about the awardees.

Pamana Awardees:

The awardees (given to adults) will receive a plaque from FANHS RG.  More information will be in our souvenir program at the event.

  • 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 receives $500  from the scholarship fund of the Manoa Foundation and a plaque from FANHS RG. The runners up (honorable mentions) receive $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 (18, 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 are recognizing our recent graduates from high school and higher education (including associates or vocational).  We will give t-shirts as souvenir.  More importantly, we want you to meet other Filipinos.  This is a FREE EVENT so that the graduates can come.   (The graduates can wear party clothes as long as they are not too revealing.)

Our proud Fil-Am graduates:

Doctorate

Ronadel Ronquillo, Doctorate of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities campus), May 2017, (Manoa Youth Awardee, 2005)

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).

Masters

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

College

  • Louis (Ace) Leonen – UNM, Biology – CUM LAUDE (MAY 2016)
  • Ezekiel (Zeke) Racca – UNM, Engineering – CUM LAUDE (May 2017)
  • Shaine Sagisi – UNM, Dental Hygiene (now in Texas) (May 2017)
  • Sharmaine Sagisi, UNM, Nursing (May 2017)
  • Keanna Salazar – UNM, Nursing (May 2017)  (NOTE:  She passed the NCLEX Nursing Board Exam on Sept. 19 in one take!!!)
  • Mirinisa Stewart-Tengco – Mount Holyoke (Massachusetts), Mathematics (May 2017) (NOTE: Manoa Youth, Honorable Mention 2011)
  • Jeric Hombria Tan – New Mexico Tech, Civil Engineering (now in California) (May 2017)

High School

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

For past Pamana events, click on Pamana.

This is a FREE event but RSVP is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED on or before Sept. 30. (THOSE WHO ARE NOT SURE OR CONFIRMED BUT WON’T BE ABLE TO COME, PLEASE LET US KNOW SOON.  WE NEED AN ACCURATE COUNT.  THANKS.)

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Filipino Week at UNM Gallup

Category : History , Uncategorized

The Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG) participated at the first Filipino Culture Week (April 10-13, 2017) at the University of New Mexico Gallup on April 11, 2017.   FANHS RG members were guest speakers:  Pearl King who discussed about Migration of Filipinos to the US and ultimately to NM, Tessie Greenfield talked about the Philippine – New Mexico Connection and played the kulintang with some student volunteers, Cris Underwood about his journey as an adopted child, and Al David, author of The End of the Trail, a 96-year old Bataan veteran.  Mr. David was honored by some veterans before his speech.

Thanks to Dr. Shirley Heying, Karla and Jonathan for inviting us.  Also to Agaton, a trained Filipino chef from Arizona for serving a variety of Filipino food.

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Santacruzan 2017

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Santacruzan (40 years of celebration)

Around 250-300 people (including 100 sagalas, performers and volunteers) attended the annual  Santacruzan on May 20, 2017 at the Old Town Plaza which started with the Holy Mass at the San Felipe de Neri Church at 4 pm and followed by the procession and Cultural Show that lasted until 8 pm. This annual free event which is sponsored by the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) was introduced by Consuelo (Chito) Zafra, see top photo, (who celebrated her 95th birthday at this event) and her late husband, Eugene Zafra in 1977.  Other FAFNM members who have made this event possible for 40 years are: Heddy Long, Cora Romillo, Myrna Samson, Betsy Custodio and members of the Filipino community.)  The welcome speaker was Dr. Dely Alcantara, president of FAFNM and the Filipino American Community Council (co-sponsor of this year’s event).  The Cultural Show (by the Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group and the Filipino Performing Arts Group) was also co-sponsored by the City of Albuquerque City Council and Cultural Services.  The event is usually scheduled on the third Saturday of May.  We hope to see you at the next Santacruzan on May 19, 2018!!! (Check our EVENTS page.)

Sagalas

Rey and Reynas with Sagalas

“Santacruzan” is the word that Filipinos use to refer to “Santa Cruz de Mayo,” a celebration in honor of our Blessed Mother.  The celebration commemorates Queen Helen’s finding the Holy Cross during the reign of her young son, King Constantino.  It is believed that “Reyna Elena,” “Rey Constantino,” and their subjects asked for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to help them find the Holy Cross which had been taken away from the Christians by the infidels.  The “Santa Cruz de Mayo” is celebrated by a procession commemorating this historic event.  Throughout the procession, the song “Dios de Salve” is sung.

During the month of May in the Philippines, every evening, there is a town somewhere celebrating the “Santa Cruz de Mayo.”  A town usually does it for nine consecutive evenings, like a novena.  On the ninth evening, the whole town has a fiesta.  Nine consecutive evenings are not practical here in Albuquerque. So, on Saturday, May 20th, we will celebrate the 9th evening.

“Santa Cruz de Mayo” is also referred to as “Flores de Mayo.”  May is the month when flowers of all kinds are blooming in the Philippines, so the procession is adorned with colorful gay flowers.  For this reason, one of the queens in the procession is called, “Reyna de las Flores.”

Angels at the procession

The participants in the procession are called “sagalas.”  They represent the important individuals during the expedition and the angels and saints that were called upon to intercede for them.  The main characters in the procession are:  Reyna Elena, Reyna de las Flores, Reyna Sheba,” and “Reyna Esther.”

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Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group (ESPFG)

 

ESPFG at Santacruzan 2017

 

Members of ESPFG 2017

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Filipino Performing Arts Group

FPAG

The Filipino Performing Arts Group (FPAG) aims to share Philippine 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. (We welcome members of other nationalities who are interested in our culture.)

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

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 Cultural Group was dissolved in February 2017 to give autonomy to different groups.)  You can view recitals and performances (both kulintang and dances) from www.youtube.com/puppetnettes.

 

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;   b) New Mexico Arts Apprenticeship Program for training Miracle (2014-2015) and c) 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).

 

 

Mindanao including Sulu Archipelago

Southern Philippine (Mindanao) Dances

  • Janggay
  • Kini Kini
  • Maiden Dance
  • Sagayan

Plus Instrumental piece:

Sinulog A Kamamatuan

(See dances from Visayas at the bottom.)

Choreographer:  Tessie

 

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.

 

 

Sagayan

Music:  a fusion 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 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.

 

Dances from Visayan Island

Visayan map

Ati-Atihan

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)

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.)

Children’s Group

Children lined up with salakot

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

Many of the small children are on break in the first half of 2017.  Children’s Dances such as Paru Parung Bukid will be revived. (Choreographer:  Maricar)

 

 

Contact artistic directors/choreographers:  Tessie at puppetnettes@gmail.com or Maricar at marikang7777@gmail.com.

We welcome new members by September or February when we teach new dances.   (For children, please contact Maricar.) Thank you.

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Surrender of Bataan 75th Anniversary

Category : History , Uncategorized

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The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico (BCMFofNM), in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque, the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) and Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG), hosted the 2017 Bataan Memorial Ceremony on April 8, 2017 at the Bataan Memorial Park, Albuquerque.  The keynote speaker was Col. Steve Garcia.  The Gallup and Crown Point Dance Group performed Philippine dances.  The event at the Bataan Park was attended by around 300 people.

Gallup & Crown Point dancers A

Gallup and Crown Point dancers

The dinner banquet that same day which was held at the Sandia Resort & Casino, Albuquerque, was attended by 450 people.  The keynote speaker was Lt. Gen. (Ret) Edward Baca.  Guest speaker was Deputy Consul General Ambrosia Brain F. Enciso III.  Entertainment was provided by Jam Morales, Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Dance Group and several bands.   The events were chaired by Maj. Richard Luena, USAF (Ret.), vice president of BCMFofNM and assisted by Nelo Edillon and Kathy Bartnick of FAFNM.  Dr. Dely Alcantara, president of both BCMFofNM and FAFNM assisted in getting grants for the event.

The events honored veterans from the New Mexico’s 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft) regiments (see below) and New Mexicans from other units.  It also honored a Bataan survivor, Al David, now an Albuquerque resident, who was with the 33rd Infantry, 31st Regiment, Philippine Division, USAF (Far East).

 


The New Mexico’s 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft) regiments fought in the defense of Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor in the opening days of World War II, and with their courage and sacrifice, for over five months, gave Our Nation time to arm and prepare a defense which would lead to ultimate victory in the Pacific.

This year, 2017, marked the 75th anniversary of the April 9, 1942 surrender of Bataan and the May 6, 1942 surrender of Corregidor, after which American and Filipino troops would fall behind a shroud of silence, enduring brutality and privation as prisoners of war.

Bataan Survivor Bill Overmier

Only 988 of the original 1,816 men of the 200th & 515th Coast Artillery men

Bataan Survivor and author Al David

would survive 3-1/2 years as prisoners of the Japanese. Today, only 11 of these men are still living.  Two of the Bataan survivors who attended the events were Mr. Bill Overmier and Al David, 96, who just published his book “End of the Trail”, a novel of the Philippines in World War II.

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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.

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.

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.