Bronx Princess

For your at home assignment, please watch:
it must be watched by Oct. 23rd

Write a short reflection about the video.
It does not need to be long but please be specific! In other words, no "I thought the video was fun. The end." type responses. Expand on your thoughts!

Be prepared to discuss in class =)

See you all on Sunday for another fun-filled FYI session =)


It's October, which means....

Filipino American Heritage Month!!!!

FYI will kick-off Filipino American Heritage Month with a Paaralan wide workshop =)

We will be watching the FANHS film "Filipino Americans: Discovering Their Past for the Future" and then doing a Timeline excercise for everyone to participate in.

Don't forget, you're assignment for this week is to find out when your earliest ancestor/family member arrived in America. If you are not able to, find out when your parents arrived.

Be prepared for a fun session with our FYI co-sponsors Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Michigan Chapter!


Filipino American Heritage Month on the michigan.gov website: http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-23442_25488-197538--,00.html

WHEREAS, the Filipino American National Historical Society had declared the Year 1988 to be the 225th Anniversary of the Permanent Settlement of Filipinos in the Continental United States and had set into the motion its year-long, national observance in order to focus on the story of our nation’s past from a new perspective by concentrating on the critically economic, cultural, social and other notable contributions Filipino Americans had made in countless ways toward the development of United States History; and

WHEREAS, efforts must continue to promote the study of Filipino American history and culture, so mandated in the mission statement of the Filipino American National Historical Society, because the role of Filipino Americans and those of other People of Color have been overlooked in the writings, teachings and learnings of United States History; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative for Filipino American youth to have positive role models and to instill in them the importance of education, complemented with the richness of their ethnicity and the values of their legacy; and

WHEREAS, the earliest documented proof of Filipino presence in the Continental United States falls on October 1587, more recently published by Lorraine Jabocs Crouchett in her book, Filipinos in California (1982), annotating John Walton Caughey in his book, California (1953), and that definitive dates of written landings on the shores of California have been recorded with the earliest on October 18, 1587, according to Crouchett, annotating H.R. Wagner’s Unamuno’s Voyage to California in 1587 in the Quarterly of the California Historical Society (July 1923), among others.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Trustees of the Filipino American National Historical Society establish Filipino American History Month and that it be observed annually and nationally throughout the United States and its Territories during the Month of October commencing in the Year 1992 to mark the 405th Anniversary of the Presence of Filipinos in the Continental United States as a significant time to study the advancement of Filipino Americans in the history of the United States, as a favorable time of celebration, remembrance, reflection and motivation, and as a relevant time to renew more efforts toward research, examination and promulgation of Filipino American history and culture in order to provide an opportunity for all Americans to learn and appreciate more about Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to our nation, these United States of America.



We're Back!

Hey everyone,

I know you've all been wondering what to do with your Sunday afternoons the last few months, but wonder no more! FYI is back for a new year of AMAZINGNESS. We've missed you all and we're really excited for the new year, so come to PACCM Sunday to find out we have in store for you. See you all then!


This weekend at PACCM....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

For more information, please contact:
Fred Porte, Executive Director - 248.443.7030

PACCM Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Lunch served at 12pm

For more information, please contact:
Arcie Gemino - 586.954.9711
Lori Ward - 248.305.3226




SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
12 - 4PM

For more information go to PACCM or Email filipino.youth.initiative@gmail.com


Holy Week in the Philippines

Semana Santa or Mahal na Araw, Holy Week (the last week of Lent), is one of the most important religious festivals in the Philippines.  There are many superstitions regarding this week; for example: many Filipinos believe that wounds inflicted or received on Good Friday take long to heal and that amulets acquired on the said day are especially powerful.  

Throughout the week, most businesses in the Philippines either close until Black Saturday or have shorter store hours and, in some instances, local television or radio stations either stay off the air or broadcast more solemn or serious content, especially films and programmes with a religious theme. An example is the airing of the Seven Last Words on Good Friday live from churches on various local channels and films about the life and death of Jesus. During the Easter Triduum, usually a public holiday, some television stations even interrupt broadcast altogether until Black Saturday in observance of this solemn occasion. In the Ilocos region, a common practice is the singing of a wailing song called the Leccio. It is done as a reflection of mourning the death of Christ.

Linggo ng Palaspas

At Mass on Palm Sunday (Linggo ng Palaspas), Catholics carry palm fronds to be blessed by the priest.  They are then brought home and placed either above their front doors or windows, in the belief that doing so can ward off evil spirits and avert lightning or placed at the home alter.  The usual Gospel reading on Palm Sunday features Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when he was welcomed by people waving palm fronds and laying their cloaks on the ground for his donkey to walk upon.

Like in many churches in the US, the reading of the gospel acted out by a different liturgical minister and the lines that were spoken by Christ is reserved to the priest.

Lunes Santo hanggang Miyerkules Santo

Holy Monday - Holy Wednesday (Lunes Santo hanggang Miyerkules Santo) is the beginning of the Pabasa or the Pasyon, the marathon chanting of the prayer-story of Jesus' life, Passion, and death, which continues day and night.

Huwebes Santo

Maundy Thursday (Huwebes Santo), is the day of the traditional "Church Visit" or "Visita Iglesia", which involves visiting a church or several churches at which the faithful would pray the devotion known as the Stations of the Cross.

In the morning, the faithfuls join thier parish priest in the usual morning mass.  This is a very joyful celebration because it is considered by many priests in the country to be the day when they renew their sacerdotal vows.  In most cases, banners saying 'WE LOVE YOU FATHER (name of the priest)' is seen outside the cathedral to signify support for their parish priests.

Also celebrated on this day is the last Mass before Easter (commonly called the Mass of the Institution of the Lord's Supper) which usually includs a reenactment of the Washing of the Feet of the Apostles; this Mass is followed by the procession of the Blessed Sacrament before it is taken to the Altar of Repose.  TV and Radio networks in the nation have formally either sign-off until Easter Sunday or started restricting broadcasts.

Biyernes Santo

Good Friday (Biyernes Santo), a public holiday in the Philippines, is commemorated with solemn street processions, the Way of the Cross, the commemoration of Jesus' Seven last words and a Passion play called the Senakulo.  In some communities (most famously in the province of Pampanga), the processions include devotees who self-flagellate (self-flogging) and sometimes even have themselves nailed to crosses as expressions of penance, a fulfillment of a vow accomplished in thanksgiving, or an exchange for a granted request or prayer.  

After three o'clock in the afternoon of Good Friday (the time at which Jesus is traditionally believed to have died), noise is discouraged, bathing is proscribed and the faithful are urged to keep a solemn and prayerful disposition.  Towards late afternoon and evening there is the procession of the dead Christ.  The figure of the Jesus is taken in solemn procession and borne on a decorated hearse, after which it is venerated by the faithful.  Some even give the image the proper funeral rites such as laying the body in state or, in some instances, by smoking the seated corpse of Jesus over a fire in accordance with local, pre-hispanic funerary customs.  Such a procession may involve a various number of other saints, and tradition dictates that the last image in the line is the Sorrowful Virgin.

In fact, the great sorrow that is attributed to this day gave rise to the Tagalog idiom Mukha kang Biyernes Santo, which could literally be translated into English as "You look like Good Friday".  This means that the person looks so sad that he resembles the sorrows of Jesus Christ on His passion day.

Sabado de Gloria

Black Saturday (Sabado de Gloria), or Holy Saturday, is traditionally observed with silence and solemnity.  Preparations are made for the Easter Vigil to be celebrated that evening.

Easter Sunday

Easter morning is a joyous celebration, beginning with the dawn ceremony called the Salubong, where statues of the Resurrected Christ and the Virgin Mary, along with other saints, are brought in procession together to meet, imagining the first reunion of Jesus and his mother Mary after the Resurrection.  The statue of the Virgin Mary is veiled in black, showing her state of bereavement.  A girl dressed as an angel, positioned on a specially constructed high platform/scaffold or suspended in mid-air, sings the Regina Coeli and then dramatically pulls the veil off of the image, signifying the end of her grieving.  This is followed by pealing bells and fireworks, and the joyous Easter Mass.

WikiPilipinas: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Holy_Week


March 14 Events



The Asian Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) High School Conference is daylong event of learning, empowerment, and action. The conference is sponsored by the United Asian American Organization (UAAO) here at the University of Michigan. Historically, over 200 high school students come from different Detroit and metro-Detroit area high schools to participate in the conference. We encourage both Asian Pacific Islander Americans and non-A/PIA youths interested in A/PIA issues to attend.

For more information or to register go to: http://www.umich.edu/~uaao/apiahsc09/index.html

1:30 - 3:30PM

Meet with WSU representatives and learn about traditional and emerging programs in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences. You will also have the opportunity to ask about scholarship and funding opportunities. For more information contact Dr. Freda Giblin, Director of Inter-Institutional Initiatives (fgiblin@med.wayne.edu)


Scent of Apples is a collection of short stories depicting Filipinos living in America during WWII. It examines the racism these Filipinos faced, the class issues that they negotiated and the attempts to survive in a country away form home.

Bienvenido N. santos (1911-1996) is a Filipino-American fictionist, poet and nonfiction writer. He was born and raised in Tondo, Manila. He lived in the United States for many years where he is widely credited as a pioneering Asian-American writer.

Fil, Tony, tape recorder, Filipino dance troupe....what about Bienvenido Santos' "The Day the Dancers Came" stood out to you the most? Why?

**PLEASE check the Final Project Schedule at the top left of the blog**


Pag-ibig/Pag-ayaw Photo Project

1. Ask 10 different people what they like and dislike (embarrassing, annoying, etc.) about being Filipino/Filipino culture and have them write each down on 2 separate sheets of paper.

2. Take 2 picture of the person holding each sheet.
**Don't just take "mug shots". Be CREATIVE with the pictures and have FUN with this project**

3. Do the same for yourself.

4. Upload the photos to our flickr account. Place the "like" pictures in the "pag-ibig" photostream and the "dislikes" in the "pag-ayaw". Also, distinguish which photo is yours by changing the title of your photo.

You should have a total of 22 pictures when you are finished but feel free to collect more. 22 pictures is just the minimum.