Keeping Alameda’s Filipino American History Alive

October 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Alameda Free Library, Stafford Room
1550 Oak St.
Kumar Fanse

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.