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‘Kodakan’ (Promoting Filipino Heritage in America)  

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said these words in 1943: "We have faith that future generations will know here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the forces of ignorance, and intolerance, and slavery, and war.” Fast forward to the year 2017 and what President Roosevelt said 74 years ago is still relevant.
We again witness ignorance and intolerance manifested by rising anti-immigrant sentiments and attacks in the U.S. The rise of bashing incidents, violence, and hate crimes against immigrants and people of color have been fanned by conservative and nativist rhetoric that depicts immigrants as a “baggage to American society” rather than the realistic picture of hard working people who contribute their talents and labor to make America a better country.
The Filipino community in America is not immune to the anti-immigrant trend.
The fact that Filipinos have settled in North America long before Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states, and even before the Philippines was granted independence by the United States, does not exempt our community from the immigrant bashing that is happening around. We need to continue educating mainstream America about who we are and the contributions that we have made as a people in American society.
Education is an important component but reality check tells us that there is not much written about our history and culture as a people in the U.S. Even in cities and places where there are many Filipinos, historical materials and studies about Filipinos are not always available and accessible in libraries, resource centers, schools and institutions of higher learning.
There are many immigrant stories that need to be told, many photos and multi-media materials that need to be gathered, stored, and shared so we can tell our own story about our community. There should be no more waiting. With the immigrant bashing going on around, the time to do this is now.
With the advancement of information and communication technology and the extensive use of internet and social media in our daily lives, we can now expect that our own narratives and Filipino heritage can be easily and properly documented. It is also much easier now to store information for future generations.
There are many activities and developments in connection with this undertaking to promote and preserve Filipino heritage in the U.S. particularly in San Francisco.
First was the recognition and adoption of the city’s South of Market area as the Filipino Cultural Heritage District (SoMa Pilipinas) on April 12, 2016. Last year, a number of our community members also shared their stories through the StoryCorps and the Center of Asian American Media.
This year the Filipino community in partnership and cooperation with the San Francisco Public Library came up with the project “Kodakan Photo Day: Shades of San Francisco: A Search for Visual Filipino History of San Francisco.”
“Shades of San Francisco” is embracing the mission to collect and copy photographs from the family albums and private collections of current and former San Francisco residents. These photos will then be exhibited and added to the San Francisco History Center’s photo archives to create a permanent record of the daily lives of San Franciscans as well as the historical, political, and cultural contributions of the many neighborhoods and ethnic communities that make up the City and County of San Francisco.
Shades of San Francisco (Kodakan) will take place for the Filipino community on May 13, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the San Francisco Main Public Library (100 Larkin Street in San Francisco).
We should support this noble cause. On photo day, please bring copies of your photos from your photo albums, loose photographs, and digital photos, including old materials and literatures about Filipinos and the Filipino community in San Francisco so the library will have more archival collections about us and our contributions as a people to the San Francisco community as a whole.
Let us continue to promote and preserve Filipino social and cultural heritage in America.

Jojo Liangco is an attorney with the Law Offices of Amancio M. Liangco Jr. in San Francisco, California. His practice is in the areas of immigration, family law, personal injury, civil litigation, business law, bankruptcy, DUI cases, criminal defense and traffic court cases. Please send your comments to Jojo Liangco, c/o Law Offices of Amancio "Jojo" Liangco, 605 Market Street, Suite 605, San Francisco, CA 94105 or you can call him (415) 974-5336.


District 5 Comes Together

By Cherie M. Querol Moreno


Daly City, CA - First-term Supervisor David Canepa returned to his home turf last week to a rousing reception at the debut event hosted by his new office on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors that he claimed last year in two successive landslides.

Billed as a Cultural and Resource Fair, "District 5 Together" March 18 at Jefferson High School marked Canepa's premiere toward fulfilling his campaign promise to give northernmost towns a strong voice and their representative's full attention. The community gathering of leaders, organizers, advocates, students and teachers, and residents was free and open to the public.

"Today is not about politics...but about volunteerism," Canepa said at the crowded school auditorium before inviting state Senators Jerry Hill (Dist. 13) and Scott Weiner (Dist. 11) and Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin (Dist. 22) to join him onstage to affirm the diversity of the constituency and assure their support "especially in this administration.”

Arriving a half-hour after the event officially opened, Canepa waded through throngs, shaking hands and trading air kisses with his boosters including Filipino Americans: Daly City Personnel Commissioner Perla Ibarrientos, board chair of Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center; SM County Commission on Aging Member Aurea Cruz, and former San Francisco Commission on Aging Member Puchi Carreon di Ricco.

Daly City Mayor Glenn Sylvester and wife Nida, Vice Mayor Juslin Manalo, and Council Member Ray Buenaventura followed suit, whiffing the damp but aromatic-of-barbecue air as the "Jeff" marching band kept attendees on their toes.

Colma Vice Mayor Raye Gonzales, in her self-described "low-key" style, made the rounds of resource providers led by a strong contingent of County programs and contractors of the San Mateo County Health System.

County and town agency representatives distributed informational tools and the usual fair goodies to appreciative visitors.

Carmen Babasa supervised the staff of Health Plan of San Mateo between perusing brochures offered by Nicole Fernandez of Elder and Dependent Protection Team. EDAPT, which detects and monitors incidences, found that financial abuse is the most prevalent form of abuse against seniors in San Mateo with Daly City often accounting for highest number of reports.

“This is an ideal way to let newcomers know about resources they would not know about otherwise,” said Healthy Adults Response Team director Chito Patricio, who rewarded visitors with health bars while responding to their questions.

The weather went typically overcast following sunswept days, but the nimbus clouds did not deter revelers of every generation and heritage to partake of the goodwill and complimentary food offered by neighborhood businesses.

“I'm glad I came," Mercy Alcantara said while reviewing Medicare booklets at the HICAP (Health Insurance & Advocacy Program) of San Mateo table. “Knowing what resources are available is important to self-sufficiency and independence.”

“This event is wonderful for families,” said Daly City resident Carol Escobar, who attended with her husband and their daughter.

Behind the fair was Canepa chief of staff Tony Bayudan, a FilAm who grew up in Daly City, studied business at San Jose State, met his current boss some six years ago and ultimately engineered their drive to County Center.
Bayudan heads a four-person crew with former San Mateo Daily Journal reporter Bill Silverfarb, registered nurse and Burlingame Council Member Ann Keighran, and social media maven Mike Richardson as legislative aides.

Canepa won the race for District 5 representation against then-fellow Council Member Mike Guingona, the first Filipino American elected in Daly City.

District 5 covers Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, parts of San Bruno, South San Francisco, unincorporated Broadmoor and Brisbane.

Last year, voters passed Measure K to extend one-half retail sales and use tax to “ensure county quality of life” by continuing support for initiatives such as District 5 renovations for Daly City Youth Health Center, literacy programs for children, a new library in Brisbane and gun control aimed at educating women against purchasing firearms for those legally barred from possession.


Statement from Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez on Trump administration's proposed budget

Santa Clara County, CA -- Supervisor Cindy Chavez released the following statement on the Trump Administration?s proposed budget:

"It's alarming and irresponsible that President Trump wants to slash aid to women and children," said Chavez. "We're talking major cuts to women, infants and children nutrition (WIC) assistance, after-school and summer programs for low-income students, and federal work-study aid to college students. These programs have given thousands of Santa Clara County residents the foundation to build productive lives and careers that have contributed substantially to the economy and success of Silicon Valley."


* Approximately 23% of families in Santa Clara County earn less than $50,000 and therefore their children qualify for reduced or free lunch

* In 2015 almost 85,000 children in our county were eligible for subsidized meals

* In 2011 22,056 women, infant and children (WIC) were served per month in Santa Clara County

* California has the highest WIC coverage rate in the nation. California?s average monthly WIC enrollment was nearly 1.4 million women, infants, and children in the 2014 federal fiscal year. Nearly 80% of recipients are children.

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