Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico

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Filipino American National Historical Society

Rio Grande Chapter (FANHS RG)

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

email:  [email protected]

FANHS National Conference in 2022

August 11 – 13, 2022, Seattle University, Seattle, WA: FANHS National Conference
Join us and meet members of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) all over the US in Seattle for the 40th Anniversary of FANHS.  Deadline for submitting papers: Jan. 27, 2022.
Rio Grande Chapter representatives (from left): Tessie Greenfield, Barbara Gaerlan, FANHS founder Dr. Dorothy Cordova and Pearl King at the FANHS Conference in San Diego.

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.

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 (2020) officers are:

  • President:           Pearl King
  • Vice President:  Dr. Ted Jojola
  • Secretary:           Emilie Underwood
  • Treasurer:           Cora Romillo

Executive Committee Members (Past/Present Presidents)

  • Dely Alcantara (co-founder) -1998-2000 (passed away in 2019)
  • 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

MEMBERSHIP:  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.

The first book on Fil-Am in NM

Fil Am Experience in NM with cover eBook version

  • Major projects:

  • Pamana Awards since 2000 (biennial).  PAMANA Awards recognizes Filipinos for their contribution.  With this, we also record the history of Filipinos in New Mexico.  We’ve held nine Pamana events until 2019.
    We celebrated our 9th Pamana Heritage Awards in October 2019 as part of the Filipino American History Month:  Click:  Pamana 2019.  We skipped the next Pamana event in 2021 due to the pandemic.  Please stay tuned for the next Pamana.
  • Representing NM in FANHS National Conferences.
  • Oral History Lecture Series.
  • October is Filipino American History Month. Due to the pandemic, many chapters of FANHS including Rio Grande did not celebrate.  However, view a video from the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio recognizing the contribution of nurses in NY: IMG_6675
  • Book/eBook: The Filipino American Experience in New Mexico.  Click here to download PDF (file of eBook version with less photos): Fil Am Experience in NM with cover eBook version
  • Pamana Heritage Awards (& Manoa Youth Awards)

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

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