JULY 14, 2002


Contact:            Ed Ramolete, (323) 883-3469               



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The Ninth National Filipino American Historical Conference Convenes June 24-28, 2002 at Loyola Marymount University


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with its ninth biennial national conference, “Visions and Voyages: Images of Filipinos in America” that runs July 24­–28 at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California.


The four-day conference will host over 300 attendees and participants to an awesome array of activities ranging from academic panels and workshops to a concurrently running film exhibition of over 40 films and videos by and about Filipinos in America.  Conference events cover multiple aspects of Filipino culture and experience within the United States beginning with the first arrival of Filipinos at Morro Bay, California as early as 1587 to their present contributions in art and entertainment.


            On Thursday, July 25 the conference will screen “A Filipino in America,” a 1938 short film by Doroteo Ines, an early Filipino American film student from the University of Southern California. A panel discussion following the film’s screening will include Helen Ines, the daughter of the late filmmaker.


FANHS is nationally recognized for its on-going community-based research, public lectures, cultural exhibits, academic journals, and sponsorship of events in observance of Filipino American History Month every October. Founded in 1982 in Seattle, Washington, FANHS has 21 chapters in Alaska, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, the Midwest and New England states.  Chapters include Oregon, Sacramento Delta, San Francisco, Hampton Roads, Seattle, Metropolitan New York, East Bay, Santa Clara Valley, Vallejo, California Central Coast, Midwest, Stockton, Fresno, New England, Los Angeles, Monterey, Alaska, San Diego, Central Valley, Rio Grande, and Wisconsin.


            For full details on the conference schedule, please visit:, or contact Ed Ramolete at (323) 883-3469.




Please see the attached list of additional conference highlights.

Filipino American National Historical Society


July 24-28, 2002

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles


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Conference Highlights:



Everyday, July 24 – 28: “Thank God I’m Filipino” Market Place, a venue for Filipino American vendors, and Film and Video Screenings


            Wednesday, July 24: Welcome Reception and Kick-Off Screening of the Fililpino/a American Film/Video Exhibition featuring a preview screening of  “Memories of a Forgotten War,” a documentary film by Camilla Benilorao Griggers and Sari Lluch Dalena  that tells the story of the often overlooked American war in the Philippines at the beginning of the 20th Century.


Thursday, July 25: Screening of “A Filipino in America,” a 1938 film by the late Doroteo Ines. In the evening, "Color Me Brown: Voices from Filipino America”, a performance showcase of Filipino American talent sponsored in part by the California Council for the Humanities


Friday, July 26:  World premiere of “Untold Triumph: America’s Filipino Soldiers” a documentary film following the plight of Filipino World War II Veterans. Spoken Word Fest,” poetry readings and performances by Filipino American artists. Also, “Author’s Reception,” highlighting notable Filipino American authors

Saturday, July 27:  20th Anniversary Banquet and Dance with special guest, Olympic gold medalist Vicki Manalo Draves, and music by the musical group, Bobby Banduria, and Jazz Pianist Primo Kim.

Sunday, July 28:  A bus tour of the historic “Pilipino Town,” Los Angeles, in memory of the late Royal F. Morales, social worker, UCLA lecturer and Filipino community activist.

The conference is co-hosted by the Los Angeles, California Central Coast and San Diego Chapters of FANHS and co-sponsored by the LMU Pacific American Studies Program and the LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.