“May We Raise Them”
By Raychelle Duazo

Something a lil different for PFAD.

The top photo is from the 60s, and it depicts my Ninang, Lola, and Mama. My Mama told me this was taken for her high school graduation. Her & her family are from Olongapo. So pretty, no? It’s easily one of my top 5 favorite photos ever.

There are plenty of things I will never understand as a Filipina growing up in America. My mother tells me stories still. And there are plenty of barriers between us – being queer, being weird in general, being so unconventional about everything – that act as a precursor to angst, microaggressions, and misunderstanding, but! But. Despite everything, I have so much love for these people, especially my Mama, for giving me something very great.

When she was younger, she wanted to be a doctor, but my Lola never took her seriously because they were poor. But growing up, my mother made absolutely sure that I knew I could be anything I wanted & that I could have everything I wanted. She reminded me all the time, and like most POC moms, signed me up for everything: art classes (thanks Ma), piano lessons, swimming lessons…she even sought out art contests for me to enter.

My mother told me I was “…a genius, sobrang matalino, at mahusay sa lahat. Sana pwede ka maging famous” and helped instill in me dreams & goals bigger than this entire universe. Can you believe that? As a girl, as someone’s daughter – that’s so fucking powerful. And I still hold onto that, every single day. I still want to be all of it. 

Love to my Mama, for pushing through life even though she didn’t get to fulfill some of her dreams; for making space, giving me ambitions (and a big ego tbh), and consistently telling me I can achieve mine. Such a real love.

Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.


»Serve The People Store Envy (x)«

Hello friends!

I am excited to announce our store envy for Anakbayan Long Beach!

In a nutshell, 100% of proceeds support Anakbayan LB’s organizing efforts around local and international campaigns including Education is a Human Right, End Wage Theft in Long Beach, Oust Aquino and U.S Troops out of the Philippines, as well as supporting typhoon relief and rehabilitation efforts through the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network.

As part of the national Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network, Anakbayan LB joins other Filipino-American youth and student organizations in efforts to send continuous material and monetary support to survivors of calamities, organize youth-led relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines, and advocate for proactive, long-term solutions to man-made and natural calamities in the Philippines.

Your purchases will also help the rebuilding efforts to establish schools in areas devastated by disasters and replant thousands of trees lost in the storms through the Panaghiusa network. Panaghiusa (“Unity” in Cebuano/Visayan language) is a movement of people in the United States advocating for indigenous communities afflicted by landlessness, human rights violations, and establishing genuine and lasting peace based on justice in Mindanao, Philippines.

One thing to note though, as we are a grassroots organization, we do our best to keep an inventory of all our items. Once an item is sold out, a “restocking date” will be posted on that item, so you know when to check back in.

Again the link is:

»Serve The People Store Envy (x)«

We thank you earnestly for your support!


Remembering the Delano Manongs: The Filipinos behind Chavez and Huerta | The Sundial

Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta are two very well-known historical figures and Mexican-American civil rights activists to Californians and Americans across the nation. The two are known to have organized Chicano farm workers to demand better working conditions and wages, and fought for political power.

Although Chavez and Huerta deserve the respect and historical significance placed on their work, we should not leave out the important presence and pivotal role of Filipinos in the labor rights movement from our collective memory. Although Chavez was an extraordinary person and a great charismatic symbol, we should not forget that he made mistakes in regard to his decisions as a leader within the UFW that marginalized Filipinos in the organization.

Like much of Asian Pacific American history, the stories of the first Asian Pacific Islander immigrants to this country are left out of our mainstream history books. Most people have never heard of Filipino rights leaders such as Larry Itliong, co-founder of the Filipino union, the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC); Philip Vera Cruz also a co-founder of AWOC and who served as the second vice president of the UFW until 1977; and Pete Velasco and Andy Imutan, also vice presidents.

According to the book, Philip Vera Cruz: A personal History of Filipino Immigrants and the Farmworker’s Movement, “one hundred thousand Filipino men left the Philippines for Hawaii and the mainland United States during the first 30 years of the twentieth century. The earliest groups of these men were recruited to work in the sugar cane and pineapple fields of Hawaii. But many also made their way to the mainland… and found work on farms throughout California and the Pacific Northwest and in Alaska’s canneries.”

According to the film, “Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers,” Filipino migrant workers had been union organizing since the 1920’s. However, the event that can be seen as the catalyst for the Filipino labor movement and ultimately, for the development of the UFW, was the Filipino-led Delano Grape Strike of 1965.

The creators of the film describe how Larry Itliong, “a five foot five cigar-chomping union veteran,” organized 1500 Filipinos (AWOC) to strike against the grape companies of Delano, California. After eight days of striking alone, AWOC was joined by the National Farm Workers Association, founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, according to the Cesar Chavez foundation.

“It was the strike that eventually made the UFW, the farmworkers movement, and Cesar Chavez famous worldwide and lasted until 1970 when we finally won our workers’ contracts with the growers,” said Vera Cruz, in his personal historical account.

UFW could not have been so successful without this coalition of Filipino and Chicano workers, but Vera Cruz explained that as a minority within a minority, Filipinos were “used and pulled back by the UFW, the Teamsters and the growers for many years.”

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Three documentaries about Pinoys to air on US television

The following are the CAAM-produced documentaries to be aired in the whole month of May in US television:

“The Delano Manongs” by Marissa Aroy (30 minutes). The documentary trails the life of Filipino-American labor organizer Larry Itliong. Often overlooked in history, Itliong helped lead Filipino, Mexican-American natives also called as Chicanos and other ethnic farm workers in the Delano, California Grape Strike of 1965. This strike then brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union. The documentary uses interviews as well as archival and present-day footage to illustrate a story that highlights the many struggles and achievements of the movement.

“Jeepney” by Esy Casey and Sarah Friedland (30 minutes). In this documentary, the directors go beyond the exterior of the redecorated post-World War II military vehicle also called as jeepney. Rather, the documentary follows the lives of three individuals who share a connection with these vibrant vehicles which have become the mode of public transportation in the Philippines:  Gerry, a witty driver who has deep affection for tradition; Lhudz, whose remarkable artwork appears on the vehicles; and Manny, who grew up near a US military base and watched the evolution of the jeepney. “With the vivid and historically rich jeepney, the documentary uncovers deeply personal stories and the effects of globalization,” the CAAM said.

“Harana” by Benito Bautista (60 minutes). The documentary centers on Florante Aguilar, who, after staying in the US for 12 years, returns to the Philippines after his father’s death.  Upon his return, Florante, a classically-trained musician, is re-introduced to the music of harana, a unique Filipino tradition where men would sing under the window of the house of a woman to declare his love.  

“Harana captures a tender side of the Philippines that is rarely seen,” the CAAM said.

(Source: GMA News)


part 2 of my little reyna photoshoot! part 1 is here. (:

this photo project was inspired by the division i’ve always felt between being filipina and being born in the u.s. growing up, my main ties to my filipina identity were food and tagalog, but that was obviously never enough. it wasn’t until i actually went to pilipinas / the philippines that i felt myself becoming more whole. i remember the pi through the landscape and nature. i found a tree of vermillion hibiscus growing on the fence of a barangay, and now it always comes to mind. orchids, sampaguita, palm & banana leaves, and birds of paradise also leave me with a sense of nostalgia & longing. (plus, some shells around my neck that belonged to my sweet, sweet lola.) <333
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Anyone who really knows me knows that my father and I were everything to one another. If you don’t know me, my name is James and I was the only child of a single father. He died early in the morning of December 29th. He died suddenly. In the wake of this catastrophic loss, I find myself unprepar…

Please help my dear friend James, a mixed-race queer Pinoy, during this incredibly difficult time. I know how much his father meant to him and it breaks my heart that capitalism’s reach has made a death so much more traumatic to his family than it already is. Please give what you can and signal boost if you aren’t able to.


WASHINGTON, DC—An International Peoples Tribunal (IPT) looking into the human rights abuses in the Philippines under the administration of Benigno Simeon Aquino III is set to take place in Washington, DC on July 16-18. Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and prominent human rights attorney Azadeh Shahshahani will be amongst the distinguished panel of jurors who will hear live testimonies of witnesses from the Philippines. Conveners of the tribunal include the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, the National Lawyers Guild, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and Ibon International.
“This tribunal is being held at the behest of victims of human rights abuses and other crimes committed under the Aquino government. They are convinced these crimes are committed with impunity under Aquino with the support of the US government,” states Jeanne Mirer, President of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a convening organization of the IPT.

“As the call for truth and accountability builds, there is also a growing clamor for President Aquino to step down because of weak leadership, most recently galvanized by his handling of the Philippine National Police operation at Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January that resulted in a death-toll of over 60, including civilians” states Katrina Abarcar of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP).
“The Mamasapano operation raises important questions for us here in the US not only over Aquino’s ability to lead, but over the extent of the US military’s direct involvement in Philippine domestic security operations, especially since we as peace advocates in the US have long lobbied to cut US support to the Philippine military for the latter’s culpability in gross human rights violations, “ Abarcar continued.

The IPT will also look into the role of the US government as represented by the Obama administration. Amongst the cases to be heard in the IPT is that of the murder of Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman found strangled to death in a hotel room in Olongapo City after being last seen with US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton last October.

The murder of Laude and retention of US custody over Pemberton despite a Philippine arrest warrant continues to raise public scrutiny over the impact of US military presence in the Philippines by way of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the newly-signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), and the immunity from the Philippine court system US military personnel are granted under these agreements between the US and Philippine governments.

International outrage over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines led to a 2007 US Senate hearing that resulted in cuts to the US military aid package to the Philippine government.
An official gathering to publicly and formally announce the IPT was held this week in Manila, along with witnesses, victims, and families of victims of human rights abuses. 

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My turntables & books came in today 👌 Books/ Little Brown Brother: How the United States Purchased and Pacified the Philippine Islands at the Century’s Turn, True Version of the Philippine Revolution, Pre-Spanish Philippines, Filipino Peasant Women: Exploitation and Resistance, Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions, and Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous

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SAN FRANCISCO – Filipino-American students at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) may soon lose their chance of learning more of the Philippine culture and history if the Filipino classes end up getting cut.

“Our message to the Filipino-American community is that City College is open,” CCSF Department Chair of Philippine Studies, Jeanne Batallones said.

Batallones stressed that they areaccredited, and the only Filipino studies program in the nation is being offered at CCSF.

“We have been here since the 1970s. We urgently need Filipinos to enroll here at City College because we are a community serving institution and that’s part of our legacy,” she said.

Batallones added that based on research, positive ethnic identity development positively impacts academic achievement.

“When students know who they are and where they come from, it not only improves their sense of self and their self-esteem, it also gives them clear direction,” she said.

She also cited that lack of full-time teachers and counselors are reasons why students are not getting the most help from the school.

Former Board of Trustee President Rodel Rodis added that the loss of full-time teachers, like former chair Dr. Leo Paz, is another reason why Filipino courses are disappearing.

“Now with Dr. Leo Paz’ retiring– he was teaching three of four classes–those classes are not going to be replaced because the full time position he had was frozen. That has reduced the number of classes that Filipino studies is able to offer this semester and next semester,” Rodis said.

Fil-Am Edward Isip, who majors in history, said despite problems with accreditation and budget cuts, City College should keep its Filipino courses because it benefited many students like him.

“The faculty, they give you a lot of confidence about yourself,” Isip said. “And that’s why I want other Filipino students to enroll at City College because I want them to succeed because I’m part of that success.”


Greetings Community!
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we announce the Queer Pin*y Conference 2015 at UCLA! QPC 2015 is a one-day conference we are assembling to bring light to an intersection of our identity that is often overshadowed. With this event, we will stimulate dialogue about the queer identity as it relates to Pilipinx and Pilipinx-American issues. This conference is open as a learning space to all students and all identities — even if you do not belong to the queer Pilipinx community, please come as a sign of support to your friends, your family, and your community. This year’s conference we hold in dedication to Jennifer Laude with the theme “Coalitions Within Our Community,” as a space to stimulate how we as peripheral and internal members of different communities support one another. The conference will be held at UCLA in the De Neve Auditorium on April 4, 2015.

Everyone who wishes to attend QPC must fill out a registration form. Please fill this registration form out ASAP so that the collective planning this event can properly plan for the food, seating, and accommodations. Please try to have this document filled out by March 25, 2015.
You can find the registration form form here.

QPC 2015 Registration Form:


If you wish to facilitate a workshop, please contact the planning committee at Workshop applications are due by March 25, 2015. Please try to propose one within the scope of our theme, but we will remain open to other ideas.

We highly recommend that individuals from the same campus or organizations form delegations. These groups can be beneficial to facilitate transportation through carpools, group deals at hotels, and other accommodations. We as a committee are looking into possible student hosts for lodging and different suggestions for hotels to make the process easier.

We request that as a representative or a member of your respective organization(s) and communities that you share this Facebook page and spread the word to the other members or alumni of those organizations or any other organization on your campus or in your community that would be interested in attending this conference.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact We look forward to dialogue with you!
In Solidarity,

The Queer Pin*y Planning Committee
Note: The use of “*” in Pin*y is primarily used to remove patriarchal constructs around language and be intentionally inclusive to all genders. The “*” is also used as a wildcard to substitute one letter to search for alternative spellings


Your very own Admin V here! I’m really appreciating the sun being out but also the weather not being hot. The browner I can get, the better my heart and soul will feel. Also unrelated but I wanted to share the news that I got accepted into both SF State and SD State! Now I’m just waiting to hear back from UCLA and UCSC. :*