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2019 Pamana Awards

9th Pamana Heritage Award and Filipino American History Month Celebration

Every other year, the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG) in cooperation with the Filipino American Community Council (FACC) recognizes Filipino Americans in NM who have contributed to our Filipino and/or New Mexico communities beyond the call of duties. We are holding this event during the Filipino American History Month (October) to remember the first Filipinos who landed in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California on October 18, 1587.  Click on text below for a glimpse of Fil-Am History or the Pamana flyer.

We invite you to join us in honoring them.

9th Pamana Heritage Awards

  • October 5, 2019, Sat. 2:00-4:00 pm
  • South Broadway Cultural Center (& Library)
  • 1024 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Ticket:  $15 (includes light refreshments)
  • Tickets are available ONLY from the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande (FANHS RG), NOT the South Broadway Cultural Center. Please get your tickets right away. They are selling fast. Contact Pearl perlagking@cableone.net.

The Pamana Awardees (adults) will receive a plaque from FANHS RG. The Manoa Youth Awardee (18 years or younger) will receive a plaque from FANHS RG and a scholarship fund ($500) from the Manoa Foundation.  

We also take this opportunity to recognize Filipino American graduates from high school, college and higher education.  We give them a t-shirt:  “Proud Filipino American graduate”. This is an opportunity for the students to meet others.

Please read the last Pamana (8th) and Past Pamana events to get a glimpse of this event if it is your first time to attend. For list of awardees since 2000 and list of Pamana events:

Pamana Awardees (2019) (Complete write up in the souvenir program.)

Community Service and Advocacy

Dr. Christopher Estabillo Gonzaga is currently the primary care physician and specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services (RMCHCS)-College Clinic in Gallup. For over two decades, Dr. Gonzaga has volunteered his services in the areas of healthcare, the socio-economic and cultural milieu.  He has served as board member to the Cibola Medical Foundation, assisted in fundraising for local schools, and provided flu shots at local homeless shelters for many years.  For eight years now, he has organized the program “Feeding the Homeless” where his wife, Dr. Flor Caballar-Gonzaga, a neurologist, children (Gabe and Astrid) and other volunteers raise funds for the homeless.  They had fundraising events that benefit the Wellness Center, a clinic responsible for the prevention of diseases such as diabetes, and the promotion of general well-being among the population through health education.  For his lifetime of volunteerism and service to the community of Gallup, Dr. Gonzaga received an award from American College of Physicians NM Chapter in 2015.  Other notable accolades included being an honoree in 2016 at the 20thRMCHCS Charity Invitational Fundraising event for the many years of dedicated service to RMCHCS and the people of Gallup and McKinley County.  In the same year, he was also a recipient of the Hope and Healing Honors for his selfless contribution to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. 

Mairi Mahal Nunag, MA, NBCT (National Board Certified Teacher), teaches Special Education at the Hodgin Elementary School (Albuquerque) where she also serves as Head Teacher. Her accolades included the 2010 Humanitarian Award by the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers (EBRFT) and in 2012, Teacher of the Year. In 2016, she was the Gawad Amerika Awardee for being “The Most Outstanding Filipino Teacher of the Year”. An activist since her college years, Mairi continued to be a human rights, labor and immigration advocate. She initiated the Filipino Educators Federation of Lousiana (where she taught at Baton Rouge). She is the lead plaintiff in the first ever class-certified case against professionals in the US (Mairi Nunag-Tanedo vs. EBRPSS School Board, et al) which won in favor of more than 340 Filipino teachers. Now in New Mexico, she is helping the new Filipino teachers by connecting them to possible individuals and offices in the US and Philippine governments as well as non government organizations that can help them.

Roderick Ventura, is an attorney who has practiced environmental law, education law, Indian law and various other disciplines. He is currently the Deputy Director of the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, the pension fund that provides retirement benefits for 50,000 retired educators in New Mexico. He worked for DNA People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Nation where he handled a case representing two residents of the Crownpoint area of New Mexico who were opposing uranium mining in the checkerboard area of the reservation. He worked for the New Mexico Environmental Law Center where he fought for underrepresented New Mexico communities who were fighting large corporations that were damaging the environment and disregarding local community concerns.  He has served as President of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico, the Asian American Association of New Mexico and as an officer in the Filipino American Community Council.  He was a founding board member of the New Mexico Asian Family Center. 

Manoa Youth Awardee

Lester Racca (Albuquerque)

Lester will receive the Manoa Youth Award, an award given in the spirit of the late Manoa Alcantara Jojola, son of Dr. Dely Alcantara and Dr. Ted Jojola, both UNM professors, of the Manoa Foundation.  Lester graduated with a cumulative GPA of 4.317 from Eldorado High in May 2019. He has been a performer with the Filipino Performing Arts Group since 2016 which helped raise funds for the scholarship funds of the Filipino American Foundation of NM.  In high school, he briefly joined the Best Buddies program which promotes one to one friendship with Special Ed students.

Filipino American Graduates (Masters, College, HS) Dec. 2017 to August 2019.

Masters:

  1. Sheila Aguinaldo – Master of Science in Nursing, Grand Canyon University, Arizona, May 2019.
  2. Izekiel (Zeke) Racca – Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude), University of New Mexico (UNM), May 2019.

College:

  1. Renz Bustria – Bachelor of Business Management in Accounting, UNM, December 2018.
  2. Ashley Cabiltes – Bachelor of Science in Music Production (Advance Achievement Awardee), Full Sail University, Florida, May 2018.
  3. Tricia Desquitado-Marx – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, UNM, May 2018.
  4. Jared Fernandez – Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude), Northwestern University, Illinois, May 2019.
  5. Megan Fernandez – Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 2019. 
  6. Michael Isidro – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, UNM, August 2019.
  7. Lyle Leonen – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Cum Laude), UNM, December 2017. 
  8. Lorenzo Pascual – Bachelor of Science in Biology, UNM, May 2018.
  9. Larriane Jiezel Tan – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, UNM, December 2018.

High School:

  1. Justin Cabiltes – Rio Rancho HS, (3rd Honor), May 2018.
  2. Nicholas Centenerra – Central Bucks HS, Pennsylvania, May 2019.
  3. Anna Cheshire – Eldorado HS, May 2018.
  4.  Angelo Egrubay – Volcano Vista HS, May 2018.
  5. Ashley Hildebrand – Rio Rancho HS, May 2019.
  6. Mary Josephine Hollins – La Cueva HS, May 2018.
  7. Ashley Yssabelle A. Leonen – Eldorado HS, May 2018.
  8. Arianna Lumanog – Sandia HS, May 2019.
  9. Matthew Lloyd Macias – Rio Rancho HS, May 2019.
  10. Miracle Angele McCastle – V. Sue Cleveland HS, May 2019.
  11. Jacob Olaguir – Albuquerque HS, May 2019.
  12. Dominic Joshua Pimentel – La Cueva HS, May 2019.
  13. Lester (Buknoy) Racca – Eldorado HS, May 2019.
  14. Remson Ramos – V. Sue Cleveland HS, May 2019.
  15. Rhudovic Ramos – V. Sue Cleveland HS, May 2018.
  16. Adin Rollins – Cibola HS, May 2018.
  17. India Stokes – Cibola HS, May 2018.

Graduates may wear party clothes. Graduates and awardees will be given complimentary tickets at the door. A relative or any representative for any graduate (who cannot make it) will have to purchase the ticket. Thank you.

Contact Pearl at perlagking@cableone.net or Tessie puppetnettes@gmail.com.


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2019 in Review

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This page chronicles events that have occurred in 2019. For upcoming events, click on Events (see top). For 2018 search, type “2018 in Review”.

Aug. 22, Disaster Relief Concert by the Singing Boholano Priests directly from Bohol.

June 8, FAFNM Independence Day, Haynes Park, Rio Rancho.

Reyna Elena Anna with Rey Constantino Joshua

May 18, Santacruzan at the Old Town Plaza. See Santacruzan page.

FAFNM President Gloria Kauz with Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull (April)

April 13, Remembering the Fall of Bataan at Bataan Park, sponsored by FAFNM. Veterans and families, Filipino community had a picnic/potluck in honor of the Bataan veterans. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller came.

April 9, Leah Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) performed at Popejoy.  Watch video of Lea and Peter, a volunteer from the audience. Thanks to Bamba (Elvie) for this clip: The Whole New World.

Jan 26, DEATH: Allan Sebastian (Jojo), son of former Fil-Am Assn. of NM (now Filipino American Foundation of NM) President, Connie Perkins passed away. His remains were taken to the Philippines. Thanks to Myrna Samson for hosting the rosary at her residence.


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Santacruzan

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Anna (Reyna Elena, center) and her court at Santacruzan 2019

 

SANTACRUZAN (2019)

To view slideshow 67 photos , click:  SANTACRUZAN 2019 OLD TOWN

NM State Auditor Brian Colon

Mr. Brian Colon, NM State Auditor was the guest speaker at the Santacruzan on May 18, 2019 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 at the rotunda and Cultural Show at the gazebo.

Chito Zafra, 97, who introduced Santacruzan 42 years ago, with FAFNM President Gloria Kauz

 

This annual free event which is sponsored by the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) was introduced by Consuelo (Chito) Zafra, 97 and her late husband, Eugene Zafra in 1977.  Other FAFNM members who have made this event possible for 42 years are: Heddy Long, Cora Romillo, Myrna Samson, Betsy Custodio and members of the Filipino community.  The Cultural Show included singers Reena, Gwen and Ashley.   The Filipino performing groups were: Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group and the Filipino Performing Arts Group). Chairman of 2019 Santacruzan was Myrna with members Jim, Betsy, Carminia and Heddy. Chairman for Cultural show was Gwen who was also the master of ceremonies. This FAFNM event was co-sponsored by the City of Albuquerque City Cultural Services and the Filipino American Community Council.  The event is usually scheduled on the third Saturday of May.  We hope to see you at the next Santacruzan on May 16, 2020!!! (Check our EVENTS page.)

“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.

“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.”


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Filipinos in Santa Fe

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The Filipinos in Santa Fe gathered for a get-together on April 21, 2018 hosted by Celia Wheeles.  Thanks to Celia and to all those who attended.  We hope to see you in all our Filipino events.  Lt Col Gloria Kauz, president of FAFNM and past president Dr. Dely Alcantara attended the event.


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2018 Pista sa Nayon

Glo Dalahay, Binibining Pilipinas New Mexico 2018

Bb Pilipinas NM 2018

Pista sa Nayon was held on Sept. 22, 2018 at Inn at Rio Rancho.  This was a beauty pageant coronation night, dinner & entertainment event. It was attended by around 250 people.  It’s the biennial project of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) to raise funds to support activities in the Filipino community including college scholarship funds.

Gloria Dalahay was crowned Binibining Pilipinas New Mexico 2018.  (See flyer for complete list.)

If you have photos to add, please email: kauzgloria@gmail.com. Click photo for larger images.

Pista Queens

Why we raise funds

Filipino American Foundation of NM (former Filipino American Association of NM) has been in existence since 1975.  (It was changed to “foundation” in 2001.)  Just like any organization, our activities constantly need funding such as:  our annual Santacruzan (which was introduced in 1977), membership picnic (Independence Day celebration), Simbang Gabi (evening mass in December), and Christmas party.  We have a lot of outreach projects: for the veterans (a picnic in honor of Bataan veterans in April), youth, seniors, and Filipinos from other parts of NM.  We are one of the few ethnic organizations in NM that offers college scholarship funds to encourage our youth who are active in the community to pursue education beyond high school.  We have consular outreach that facilitates the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles to come to Albuquerque to serve Filipinos on immigration issues such as renewal/application of passport, dual citizenship, and other immigration matters.  This outreach makes it possible for Filipinos in NM and surrounding states to save money from flying to Los Angeles.

NOTE:  The Philippine Consulate staff will be in Albuquerque on Dec. 8 and 9, 2018 on the same day and same place (Inn at Rio Rancho) as the FAFNM Christmas party. Please check Events page.

Lina Rollins, Mutya ng New Mexico (2016)

We are eternally grateful to the past and present candidates (and volunteers) for helping us raise funds for the FAFNM.  We are also grateful to the Christmas Caroling Group headed by Jimmy and Betsy Custodio for raising funds for the college scholarship every year.  Thank you very much.

PAST PISTA SA NAYON PAGEANT WINNERS:


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FANHS National Conference 2018

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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

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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.  Guest speaker:  Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.  Reyna Elena – Catie. 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.

Dec. 8 and 9.  Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles came to Albuquerque at the invitation of Gloria Kauz, president of the Filipino American Foundation of NM to conduct consular outreach (passport renewal, dual citizenship, and other consular issues).  It was held at the Inn at Rio Rancho.

Dec. 8.  Annual FAFNM Christmas Party, Inn at Rio Rancho.

Dec. 6, 12, 20.  Annual Simbang Gabi, Sangre de Cristo Church, Albuquerque.


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Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Group (ESPFG)

At the Santacruzan 2019

 

ESPFG at Santacruzan 2017

 

Members of ESPFG 2017

To view, double click on the photos or brochure.

 

 

 

 

ESPFG Subli

ESPFG Baston

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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

Category : History , Uncategorized

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.