US Indymedia Global Indymedia Publish About us
Printed from Boston IMC :
IVAW Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier
Brad Presente

Other Local News

Spare Change News
Open Media Boston
Somerville Voices
Cradle of Liberty
The Sword and Shield

Local Radio Shows

WMBR 88.1 FM
What's Left
WEDS at 8:00 pm
Local Edition
FRI (alt) at 5:30 pm

WMFO 91.5 FM
Socialist Alternative
SUN 11:00 am

WZBC 90.3 FM
Sounds of Dissent
SAT at 11:00 am
Truth and Justice Radio
SUN at 6:00 am

Create account Log in
Comment on this article | Email this article | Printer-friendly version
Announcement :: Organizing
Filipino Youth to Commemorate Filipino American Heritage Month and Reclaim History of Resistance
17 Oct 2008

First organized in 2003 & then in 2006, RECLAIM fused poetry, hiphop, rock & visual art that reflected the collective stories of the Filipino youth and our community in the Philippines & in the US. The highly publicized events drew more than 150 & 250 youth & allies on each year. RECLAIM is organized by Filipino American youth & has featured some of the best young Filipino & non-Filipino American spoken word artists, emcees, rock bands & visual artists.

Now, in 2008, RECLAIM 3 will continue the tradition of celebrating the collective history, power and strength of the Filipino American youth through revolutionary art & culture! Join our cultural night of resistance!
Click on image for a larger version

For Immediate Release
October 16, 2008
Contact: Chevy Evangelista, 212.564.6057, ugnayan.nynj (at)

New York City – On Saturday, October 25, Filipino youth, musicians, cultural workers, activists, and allies will come together to commemorate and reclaim the Filipino history of resistance in the US. The event, RECLAIM: (Re)Affirming Our Culture of Resistance, Vol. 3, will bring together education, celebration and community empowerment through poetry, hiphop, rock, street theater, and visual art.

The significance of the month of October dates back to the earliest known record of Filipino presence in the US. October is celebrated in Filipino communities in Hawaii and on the West Coast but has yet to become an East Coast tradition. Ugnayan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland), a Filipino youth organization based in New York and New Jersey, seeks to integrate the heritage month into the Filipino community in NY/NJ – but with a twist.

“Filipino American Heritage Month is usually a celebration of individual accomplishments by Filipino-Americans. It should also be a reflection of the true Filipino experience and the collective accomplishments of our community against racism and other forms of oppression,” says Gladys Fontanilla, a young immigrant Filipina organizer with Ugnayan.

RECLAIM, first held in 2003 and 2006, attracts Filipino youth from across the five boroughs and New Jersey. This year’s line-up for the cultural night includes high-energy performances by some of New York’s finest Filipino musicians and cultural workers, interspersed with community history highlighting the people and events who have stood up for Filipino rights in the US.

“Our history shows that since the first wave of migration to the US in the early 1900's, Filipino immigrants have had to struggle against racism, glass ceilings, deskilling, and family separation,” says Fontanilla.

The reality of the American experience also burdens the second and third generations.

“Filipino history isn’t taught in schools. Many second-generation Filipinos don’t know their parents’ language. How can we have a strong community without these connections to our roots?” says Melissa Gibson, a second-generation Filipina youth.

For many Ugnayan members, re-rooting in Filipino collective history is part of connecting with current issues that Filipinos face today in the US.

“The divide between immigrants and second-generation youth is superficial. We are all part of the same history of migration, and we should continue to struggle together for just wages, compassionate immigration policies, and quality education that reflects our history and culture,” adds Gibson.

Saturday’s performances will feature Koba & DJ Boo, Kilusan1898, Wonder Marq, John-Flor Sisante, Kay Barrett, Qwadra, Kayumanggi, and Sining Pandayan. Visual art exhibit by Joana Palomar and Soulfire.

RECLAIM 3 will take place Saturday, October 25, 7-11:30 pm, at HK Lounge, 405 W. 39th St., between 9th & 10th Aves. in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan (A, C, E, 7, 2, 3 to 42nd St ). Tickets are $10 in advance (or if in the guest list) or $15 at the door. All ages are welcome, and 21 years and older to drink.

To purchase tickets, get on the guest list or for more info, please email ugnayan.nynj (at) or visit

This work is in the public domain
Add a quick comment
Your name Your email


Text Format
Anti-spam Enter the following number into the box:
To add more detailed comments, or to upload files, see the full comment form.