Monday, October 26, 2009

Listen to 2009 PilipinoOURStory

Racism? Storms? Corruption?
"Makibaka Huwag Matakot!"
("Struggle On Without Fear!")
Annual Pilipino American History Month Special
Sunday, October 25, 2009
on Free Speech Radio KPFA-FM 94.1
in Berkeley


* a HUMAN RIGHTS update,
* and REMEMBER seminal PIN@Y ROCK group "ASIN"? We bring U an interview with Ang GRUPONG PENDONG, formed by members of ASIN!

* plus MUSIKA from PIN@Y Artists rarely heard even on KPFA, as well as new sounds from Bay Area favorites NATIVE ELEMENTS, giveaways, and MUCH MORE!

You can connect with us on mySpace & Facebook by searching: KPFA A-P-I RADIO SPECIALS

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

News & Happenings in the Pilipino Communities

The East Oakland Boxing Association/Smartmoves is recruiting youth 13 to 20 years of age to become a scholar warrior through the A.W.A.K.E (Aspiring Warrior Acquiring Knowledge to Empower) apprenticeship program. Participants will learn many martial art styles (boxing, jui jitsu, kung fu, mma, fighting arts) in exchange for community service, youth leadership training and academic support. For more info. contact Rahul at or 510.569-7808 or visit

2010 Filipino Conference to be Held at Sonoma State
The Center for Babaylan Studies will host the 1st International Babaylan Conference in April 2010 at Sonoma State University in Northern California. Grace Nono, Katrin de Guia, Virgil Apostol and others will present aspects of the Filipino indigenous culture seldom taught outside the Philippines. The conference will gather to honor those who continue to carry the rich legacy of Filipino indigenous knowledge and practices. The Babaylan in Filipino culture represents the figure of the indigenous healer. This sacred gathering of healers, artists, scholars, activists, performers, and other culture-bearers will share Babaylan-inspired work through ritual, ceremony, dance, poetry, film, academic panels, conversations, and workshops. For more information contact, or 707-494-4967. Also visit

Bindlestiff Studio presents STORIES HIGH XI
An annual production showcasing new works from Bindlestiff Studio’s Stories High workshop series
WHEN: November 5th thru November 21 - Thursdays thru Saturdays, 8pm
WHERE: The Climate Theater 285 Ninth St. @ Folsom St.
TICKETS: $15 - $20 Sliding Scale
Advance purchase:
SPECIAL 11 DAY PROMO: Starting on Oct. 11, if you enter the promo code 'highnow' you will receive the special discounted price of $11. This offer will be good until Oct. 22. Bindlestiff Studio presents STORIES HIGH XI, an annual showcase of new works for the stage written, acted and directed by Filipino American artists. The show will take place at The Climate Theater, 285 – 9th St. at Folsom St. in San Francisco beginning on Thursday, November 5th at 8pm and running every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening through November 21st at 8pm each evening. Tickets are $15 - $20 sliding scale and can be purchased online.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults is the second volume of the Growing Up Filipino series by PALH. In this collection of 27 short stories, Filipino and Filipino American writers explore the universal challenges and experiences of Filipino teens after the historic events of 9/11. The modern demands do not hinder Filipino youth from dealing with the universal concerns of growing up: family, friends, love, home, budding sexuality, leaving home. The delightful stories are written by well known as well as emerging writers. While the target audience of this fine anthology is young adults, the stories can be enjoyed by adult readers as well. There is a scarcity of Filipino American literature and this book is a welcome addition.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana - October 9

Rene Astudillo,, 415-577-3514
Keith Kamisugi,, 415-874-5550

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, S.F. Dist. Attorney Kamala Harris, S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Serve as Honorary Co-Hosts of Oct. 9 Benefit for Victims of yphoon Ketsana

Honorary co-hosts also include S.F. Assessor Phil Ting, S.F. school board vice-president Jane Kim and member Hydra Mendoza; more than 20 community organizations part of event coalition

SAN FRANCISCO - A coalition of community leaders and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area have teamed up to help raise awareness and funds on behalf of more than 700,000 people  displaced as a result of the floods that inundated 80 percent of Metro Manila in the Philippines last week. Typhoon Ketsana (known in the Philippines as Ondoy) claimed the lives of hundreds of Filipinos in the worst such calamity in the region's history.

WHAT: Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)
WHEN: Friday, October 9, 2009 - 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Lot 46, 46 Geary Avenue, San Francisco, Calif.
WEB: - also listed on Facebook,, Yelp and Upcoming
* For radio/audio, should be used as the announced web link.  It will forward to

EDITORS: Event chair Keesa Ocampo and other organizers are available for interviews. This document and other media resources can be downloaded from

The "Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)" is supported by a number of elected officials serving as honorary co-hosts, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Calif. Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee, Calif. Assemblymember Fiona Ma, S.F. District Attorney Kamala Harris, S.F. Assessor Phil Ting, S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, S.F. Board of Education Vice-President Jane Kim, S.F. Board of Education Member Hydra Mendoza. Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano Paynor, Jr. is also an honorary co-host.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Asian Art Museum Hosts 1st Annual Filipino-American National History Month Celebration

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Sunday, October 4
10:30 am – 4 pm
Free admission to all courtesy of Target

September 15, 2009, San Francisco, CA: October is Filipino­American National History Month, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco will mark this important period by honoring the narratives and contributions of Filipinos in the United St ates with a museum­wide celebration on Sunday, October 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum visitors can explore Philippine art and Filipino American history in the Bay Area through an array of presentations and act ivit ies by local Filipino American artists, performers, writers, scholars, educators, and community groups, including a panel discussion on Filipino American histories in the Bay Area, literary readings, videos, and displays from personal collections of historical artifacts.

Visitors can also enjoy an original theatrical work from local Filipino American performing arts organizat ion group Bindlest iff, as well as Pinoy Jazz, Blues, and Kundiman by musical group Little Brown Brother led by Carlos Zialcita, director of the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival.

The museum also invites visitors to explore artworks from the Philippines on view in the museum’s Southeast Asian galleries, which highlights items from the museum’s collect ion. Families can also enjoy art activities inspired by Philippine culture, including listening to Filipino folktales presented in the museum’s galleries, and watching performances of classical Philippine dances presented by youth from the American Center for Philippine Art.

Programs are subject to change. For updates, please visit the museum’s website or call 415.­581­.3500.

Hours: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with extended hours until 9:00 pm every Thursday from February through September.

General Admission: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth 13–17, and free for children under 12. On Thursday evenings (February through September) general admission after 5 pm is just $5 for all visitors except those under 12 and members, who are always free. Target First Free Sundays: The museum offers FREE general admission to all on the first Sunday of every month, courtesy of Target.