Friday, October 12, 2012

History San José Honors Filipino American History at History Park This Saturday, October 13

San José, California – October 9, 2012 --- The entire month of October celebrates Filipino American History Month (FAHM). This year History San José (HSJ) will hold a series of events with activities for both families as well as adult education. This Saturday, October 13 at History Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in partnership with the Filipino American National Historical Society’s (FANHS) Santa Clara Valley Chapter, History Park will host a Filipino American History Day.

This family day celebrates the heritage, and features dance performances by the DS Players from Mission College in Santa Clara (12:30 – 12:50 p.m.), Ron Quesada and Kulintronica (1 – 1:20 p.m.) and live music by the Melecio Magdaluyo Quartet (3 – 3:30 p.m.), as well as a Filipino martial arts exhibition by Suro Jason Inay (3:40 -3:50 p.m.).

FANHS will award former NBA-great Raymond Townsend with the Santa Clara Chapter’s ‘Outstanding Filipino American Award’, between noon and 2 p.m. As a basketball stand-out at Archbishop Mitty High School, Townsend went on to play basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA, winning numerous awards, including MVP. He was in the first round draft by the Golden State Warriors, and later played for the Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers.

Townsend has since founded the RT Basketball Development League in San José, created programming for youth with special needs, and is focused on development of youth of his culture and heritage.

Also at History Park will be Filipino food furnished by food trucks: Chutney Mary’s, Yumsilog, WOW!, The children’s crafts and activities will include story-telling by author Tony Robles, a Fil-Am history scavenger hunt,  wind-chime and bookmark-making activity.

Through My Father’s Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914 – 1976) is a photographic exhibit documenting Filipino American life in San Francisco during the 1940’s and 1950’s, and is inside the Gallery in the Pacific Hotel at History Park.

Admission is free for History San José members, adults are $8 each, children five and under are free, and seniors and students are $5 with valid identification. The series of Family Days at History Park is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José.

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About History San José:
History San José is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley. HSJ manages one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the State of California, from 1784 Spanish governmental records to twenty-first century Silicon Valley technology.
History San José     1650 Senter Road     San José, CA  95112       408.287.2290

About The Alvarado Project:
The Alvarado Project is a non-profit founded in 1998 and is headed by Executive Director Janet Alvarado. The Alvarado Project has an advisory board. It is a community-based volunteer organization of artists, students, and educators. The project seeks to foster
multicultural understanding, strengthen the community through art, cultural programs, and collect historically significant artifacts and material about the Filipino American community.

About Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)
Founded in 1982, the Filipino American National Historical Society is a national organization with 28 chapters throughout the United States. The Society’s mission is to promote, preserve and document the contributions of Filipino Americans to the United States and to provide education on the significance of the Filipino American experience.

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