We are so excited to celebrate Filipino American History Month (FAHM) with you this October! Founded in 1991, the Pilipino Alumni Association (PAA) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in the coming year (hopefully in person in the spring quarter!) This month and for the coming year, we invite you to learn more about the contributions, accomplishments and history of our community, as well as join us in our upcoming events.
JoAnna Poblete, Ph.D. '06
UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association Board Member and Co-Chair of the UCLA PAA Ethnic Studies committee
Learn Our Histories (Past and Present)
This year, the Filipino American National Historical Society’s theme for FAHM is: 50 Years Since the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention. The First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention was a meeting that took place at Seattle University in 1971 and brought over 300 young Filipino American participants from the West Coast of the U.S. The convention is hailed as the beginning of the Filipino American Movement.
COVID-19 Impacts: A number of studies have revealed how hard the pandemic has hit Filipino health care workers. More than a quarter of nurses who have died of COVID-19 and related complications in the U.S. are Filipino American. This ethnic group makes up just 4% of nurses in the country.
Celebrate the Pilipino Studies Minor at UCLA
In fall 2020, the Pilipino Studies minor became available to UCLA students through the Asian American Studies Department! The campaign for Pilipino studies at UCLA has been in the works for decades and is rooted in the Third World Studies liberation movement that ushered in the emergence of ethnic studies, American Indian studies, Asian American studies, Latina/o studies and African American studies.
Shop UCLA Pilipino Alumni Businesses
Cheeri Cheeri ice cream is a woman-owned Filipino vegan ice cream company based in Pasadena, California. Pints can be ordered online or picked up from Tatang in North Hollywood.
Attend Filipino Cultural Events
The LA Art Box (LAAB) is a hybrid concept: part art gallery and part experiential environment. The LAAB is an urban space that allows people to escape to learn and meaningfully connect to a story.
Come Party With Us 30th Anniversary and Scholarship Gala Sign up to get the latest updates on this momentous event, planned for spring 2022, that will include alumni awards, student scholarship recipients and live entertainment.
Keep in Touch
Follow Pilipino Alumni Association of UCLA on Instagram and on Facebook for more updates throughout the year. If you are a UCLA Pilipino graduate or friend of the community who would like to get involved with PAA, please fill out this PAA volunteer interest form or reach out to us via email for updates and/or to be highlighted in our future newsletters.