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Filipino American National Historical Society

Rio Grande Chapter (FANHS RG)

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


FANHS mission: To promote understanding, education, enlightenment, appreciation, and enrichment through the identification, gathering, preservation, and dissemination of the history and culture of Filipino Americans in the United States. The headquarters is located in Seattle, WA. As of 2018, there are 36 FANHS chapters in the US.

Dr. Barbara Gaerlan, standing third from right, with 2019 FANHS Trustees.  Barbara is also a member of FANHS RG. See the latest photos and information of the 2018 FANHS Conference

Our founder, Dr. Dely Alcantara, passed away on Nov. 3, 2019.  More on her passing:  Dely.
We just celebrated our 9th Pamana Heritage Awards:  Click:  Pamana 2019.

Join FANHS and come to Hawaii for the 2020 FANHS National Conference:

July 15-18, 2020, Marriott Waikiki Resort, Honolulu. Visit: #fanhs2020 for updates.

FANHS RG Founders

FANHS RG, the 20th chapter of FANHS, was founded in 1998.  For the history of FANHS Rio Grande, read article written by founder, Dr. Dely Alcantara: Making Invisible Visible 2000.

FANHS Founding Members

FANHS RG founding members (from left): Connie Perkins, Myrna Samson, Chol Aquino, Dr. Dely Alcantara (founding president), Vir and Ruth Velasco, David Galbiso, Evelio Sabay and Josephine Stevens.

FANHS RG (2019) officers are:

  • President:           Pearl King
  • Vice President:  Dr. Dely Alcantara
  • Secretary:           Emilie Underwood
  • Treasurer:           Cora Romillo

Executive Committee Members (Past/Present Presidents)

  • Dely Alcantara (co-founder) -1998-2000
  • David Galbiso (co-founder) – 2001-2002 (out of state)
  • Evelio Sabay (charter member) – 2003-2004
  • Tessie Greenfield 2005-2006
  • Emilie Underwood 2007-2008
  • Pearl King 2009-present

To apply for membership, print form and send it with the check (payable to FANHS RG) to the above address: FANHS RG Membership Form 2015.

Regular Projects:    Oral Histories and Pamana Awards (Biennial)

Activities in 2018:  Filipino American History Month (October):  Oral History Lecture/Potluck, Oct. 20, 2018, 11 am to 2 pm featuring nurses.


Activities in 2017:

2017 Pamana awardees, Manoa Youth, graduates

April 11, Tues, Filipino Culture Week, UNM Gallup.  See photos and information:  UNM Gallup.

Oct. 21, Sat. 2017 Pamana Awards and Filipino American History Month, Wyndham Hotel.  Click:  2017 Pamana.

Major activities in 2016:

  • April 23, Halle Manoa (Money Concepts Bldg.), 619 San Mateo NE (between Lomas and Copper).  Presentation:  Kapwa: Connection as Resilience by Mila Anguluan, PhD (photo below).
  • June 22-25, FANHS National Conference in New York was attended by FANHS RG President Pearl King, VP Dr. Dely Alcantara and members, Ligaya White and Dr. Ted Jojola.
  • NOTE:  To see list of Past Oral History Meetings: Oral-History-Lecture-Series

2012 FANHS National Conference hosted by Rio Grande

Past projects and publications:  FANHS RG Past & Present Projects.  Also read:  Filipinos in New Mexico.

Oral History: Sons of Sakadas

Oral History: Sons of Sakadas

Manila Galleon Trade Exhibit NHCC 2008-2009

Manila Galleon Trade Exhibit NHCC 2008-2009

2012 FANHS Conference with guest performers, hosted by our chapter

Dr. Mila Anguluan, speaker in one of our Oral History lectures.

Our past events:  Sakadas Oral History, the brochure cover of the Manila Galleon Trade Exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and 2012 FANHS Conference in Albuquerque which FANHS RG hosted.

Books on Filipino American History:

Best source of books on Fil-Am History and other publications written by Filipinos, visit this bookstore based in California where you can order online as well.

For book signing & other events, visit Facebook: Philippine Expressions Bookshop

or website:  Philippine Expressions Bookshop

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