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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 2016, there are 30 FANHS chapters in the US.

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 Founding Members

FANHS RG (2017) 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
  • Evelio Sabay (charter member) – 2003-2004
  • Tessie Greenfield 2005-2006
  • Emilie Underwood 2007-2008
  • Pearl King 2009-present

The 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.

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.

Activities in 2017:

April 11, Tues, Filipino Week, UNM Gallup.  Members of FANHS RG (Cris & Emilie Underwood, Pearl King and Tessie Greenfield) will be among the guest speakers invited by Filipinos in Gallup.  Pearl will talk about how Filipinos arrived in the US and NM, Tessie on the Similarities of NM and Philippine histories and the making of the book and Cris about his journey as an adopted child of an American.

Oct. 7, Sat. (tentative), FANHS RG, Celebrating the Filipino American History Month and Pamana event.  There will be awarding ceremony and presentations.  FREE.  Details will be announced in August or earlier.

Major activities in 2016:

Dr. Mila Anguluan

Dr. Mila Anguluan

  • April 23, Halle Manoa (Money Concepts Bldg.), 619 San Mateo NE (between Lomas and Copper).  Presentation:  Kapwa: Connection as Resilience by Mila Anguluan, PhD.
  • 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

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

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.

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