FANHS Meeting & Presentation

The next FANHS Monterey Bay/Tri-County meeting will be tomorrow, 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip’s Church (new location), 1101 N. Main St., Salinas, CA 93906. Thomas Esmeralda will give an audio-visual presentation on the Significance of the Filipino Church. He writes that “The history of the church I grew up in is completely intertwined with Filipino American history in the Salinas Valley. For Filipino immigrants it was the first place of religious worship in the area where they were openly welcome.” Visitors are welcome to attend! Thomas Esmeralda is Vice President of FANHS Monterey Bay/Tri-County, and will begin teaching at CSUMB this Fall.

FANHS Benefit Yard Sale

Lipag Kalabaw

Tomorrow. FANHS Multi-family yard sale: Saturday, August 6. It’s from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 222 E. Romie Lane, Salinas. Clothes, furniture, appliances, and more. Benefits FANHS: the Filipino American National Historical Society of the Monterey Bay and Tri-County Areas. FANHS has been a long-time partner of ACE.

FANHS Monterey Bay & Tri-County Celebrates Filipino American History Month with Filipino Food

Celebrating Filipino American History Month, FANHS Monterey Bay & Tri-County Area will feature a talk by Grace Mauricio about Filipino Food — followed by a Filipino potluck! At the Mauricio residence in Salinas, on Saturday, October 10, at 10:30 a.m. For directions to the talk and meal, contact Jean Vengua:

Salinas Valley Labor Camps

Recently, FANHS Monterey Bay Area featured Al Baguio and Clem Morales, who gave a talk on Salinas Valley Labor Camps. They included information about a little known topic: Filipino tenant farming in the Salinas Valley. A short clip of Al Baguio talking about Filipino labor camps is included here:

Pre-WWII Filipino American Newspapers

On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Jean Vengua, a member of FANHS Monterey Bay, and Co-Chair of ACE, will be giving a talk on Pre-WWII Filipino newspapers published on the West Coast, with a special focus on the Philippines Mail, published out of Salinas — the longest running Filipino newspaper published in the U.S. (from 1920s to the 1980s).

WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2015, 12:30 pm.
WHERE: Filipino Community Center, 2nd Floor, on Calle Cebu St., Salinas. The event will take place during the FANHS general meeting. Come and learn about Filipino American history at this event.

FANHS Monterey Bay at Salinas Asian Festival this Saturday!

On Saturday, April 25th, the Salinas Asian Festival celebrates a neighborhood that’s been in Salinas since the 1890s. Events and programs happening at the Filipino Community Hall (Calle Cebu St. — FANHS MB will be there!), Confucius Temple (E. Rossi & Lake Sts.), Salinas Buddhist Temple (California St), Republic Cafe (Soledad St.). Also on Soledad St., you can visit the Chinatown Community Gardens, Community Learning Center of Salinas, Dorothy’s Place, and the @risK artisan gallery. Read more about it HERE in The Californian. Click on Asian Fest Schedule 2015 for event details.


FANHS Monterey Bay presents: “Filipino Businesses in Watsonville Share Early Community Memories”

You are invited to learn more about Filipino-American history in the Tri-County area: The following programs/talks will be offered at upcoming FANHS Monterey Bay meetings. Location and times TBA. FANHS will also participate in other community events in the area throughout the year, including the upcoming Salinas Asian Festival — keep an eye out for us!:

NEXT PRESENTATION (SOON!): April 11: Jess Tabasa: Filipino Businesses in Watsonville Share Early Community Memories

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Rm. 100, in the Watsonville Community Hospital, Watsonville, CA. Speaker will be historian Jess Tabasa.

Directions: From Hwy One, take Watsonville Airport exit to first traffic light. Continue towards airport to second traffic light, make right turn towards hospital, take FIRST INTERSECTION right, to parking lots. Handicapped parking is across from main entrance to Watsonville Hospital; next to Communitty Center Bldg – for event….follow signs to Room 100. There is also general parking there, and additional parking at end of access road.


Jess Tabasa

This summer: June 13: Jean Vengua: Filipino Newspapers Keep Their Communities Connected and Informed, Linking the Past with the Present

August 8: Clem Morales / Al Baguio: Filipino Contractors and Camps

October 10: The Mauricio Family: Filipino American History Month: Come and Join Us for Filipino Food and Talk Story!

December 12: Annual Membership Luncheon