By Luis H. Francia
Most people I know don’t usually associate being Asian with being Latino. This applies, surprisingly, to I would say a majority of Filipino-Americans, as well as to quite a number of Filipinos, the distinction being that the latter were born and lived long enough in the Philippines to form a distinct Filipino-ness even though they may possess U.S. citizenship. The passport one holds is not always an accurate guide to one’s cultural background.
Alumni of the University of the Philippines in the Bay Area are calling on parents who want their kids to learn more about their Filipino heritage and be inspired by Fil-Am role models, to register in the second annual Filipino Cultural Immersion Summer Camp. The camp is open to Filipino youth from 10 to 17 years old.
Akbayan of San Jose State University’s “26th Annual Pilipino Culture Night: Barrio 2 Bayou!” will be held on April 25 and 26, 6:00 p.m. (door opens at 5:30) at Morris Auditorium
Hawaii’s largest celebration of Filipino culture enters its 22nd year with the expanded 2014 Flores de Mayo Festival.
By Mila de Guzman
There’s a reason the film “Harana” won the Audience Award at the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival in this city. The audience simply loved the poignant documentary on a vanishing Philippine musical tradition.