Keeping Alameda’s Filipino American History Alive @ Alameda Free Library, Stafford Room
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come celebrate the rich history of Filipino Americans in Alameda. In recognition of Filipino American History Month, Friends of the Alameda Free Library is sponsoring a program featuring Filipino food and music along with a panel discussion about Filipino Americans in Alameda and the life and work of labor organizer Larry Itliong.

A reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with food, music and displays from Alameda’s own Filipino American families. The program will get going at 6:15 p.m. with welcomes from Luzanne Engh, board of directors, Friends of the Alameda Free Library, and Cynthia Bonta.

At 6:20 p.m. a panel will discuss the history of Filipino Americans in Alameda and the important role Filipinos played in the California labor movement. The panel includes:

  • Jacqueline Mitchell, introductions
  • Ellie Luis, Filipinos of the East Bay
  • Bob Balandra, Bohol Circle, Inc.
  • Faustina and Gary Cagaanan, reflections on Bohol Circle, Inc.

At 6:50 p.m. a panel will explore the influence of Filipino Americans in the U.S. labor movement. Speakers will include:

  • Crystal Faye Sale Cajilog, moderator
  • Gayle Romasanta, co-author and publisher of “Journey for Justice, the Life of Larry Itliong:” A tribute to Dawn Mabalon
  • Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, UC Davis: developing curriculum on Filipino labor leaders

The event ends at 8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by FAL with community partners Bohol Circle, Inc., City of Alameda and Alameda County Filipino American Historical Society, Alameda Sister City Association, and Alameda-Dumaguete Sister City Partnership.