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This year at Summit attendees will participate in three sessions of their choosing, each with a different theme. The three themes are "Reaching Across Communities and Cultures", "Reaching Across Regions", and "Reaching Across Generations." Below is the list of workshops that we are hosting.


Session 1: Reaching Across Communities and cultures


Creating change in policy
Velma Veloria, senator bob hasegawa

Many members of our community need to know how they can begin to lobby/advocate policy makers to address the needs of our community. We will use the successful example of the Filipino Community of Seattle request of $1.2 Million from the Washington State Legislature for a project they are about to build.

Breaking Kultural dimensions of the world
devin cabanilla

Why is your English boss so bossy? Why does your Mexican uncle do that? Why are some people so shy? What makes others feel good? How does the world go round? Learn how to understand the world's cultural differences with an enhanced perspective. Devin Cabanilla's Cultural  dimension theories will allow us to recognize variations in thought. Finding out what specific variations exist for all cultures will help us recognize how societies are similar and how we can become more flexible in our interactions with differences.

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isang bagsak - la lucha sigue: solidarity forever
Alicia Ricafrente, ROMYN SABATCHI, Anthony DeGuzman

What does "Isang Bagsak" and "La Lucha Sigue" mean? Isang Bagsak translates from tagalog to "One Down, One Fall" and La Lucha Sigue translates from spanish to "The Struggle continues". Together, it symbolizes the spirit of solidarity from the Filipinx and Mexican communities during the Delano Grape Strikes. 51 years ago, September 8, 1965, was the start of the Delano Grape Strike, a movement that created the United Farm Workers, and brought together the Filipinx and Mexican Farm workers to join as one and fight in the name of social justice. Learn how UniPro San Diego and multiple organizations came together to create this collaborative event of Filipinx and Mexican solidarity.


Session 2: Reaching across Regions


from kahon to kapwa
Jessica Petalio, Dennis Perez, Rachell Gulanes

In this session, we will take a critical look at everyday Filipina/o American stereotypes through story telling, art, and literature. The presenters will first challenge the audience to answer, “What is Filipina/o American?” They will then share personal narratives how growing up Alaskan and Californian has shaped their identities in addition to their own stereotypes of Filipina/o Americans. They will also discuss how this has impacted their identity on becoming Filipina/o. The workshop will end by discussing how these stereotypes have fueled their drive to learn more about Filipina/o culture and identity and share this with the larger community of Alaska via theie student organization. As we deconstruct our kahon, or “box”, of the Filipina/o American, the presenters will discuss how this has led them to build a student organization at the service of its students and communities at large.

Human trafficking & the impact on the filipina(o)
Emma Catague, Velma Veloria

In May 2015, the Filipino Community of Seattle in collaboration with Women Empowerment Network, hosted an anti-trafficking conference with guests from the Philippines, the Tribal Indigenous women, local law enforcement, and local non-profit grassroots organizations. Best practices on how to educate our participants, combat trafficking and where to go for resources were shared. As a result of the conference, our guests from the Women’s Crisis Center (WCC), in Manila, Philippines, invited us to provide a “natural helpers” or train the trainers program to be held in Metro Manila and in Siquijor, Province of Cagayan De Oro. This panel would have just arrived from the Philippines after their mission and will provide a report back sharing the commonalities and differences on the impact on Human Trafficking of Filipinas and Filipinos both in the Philippines and Washington State.

Gabriela Seattle

In this workshop, we will explore the migration history of our people that helps define and shape our people's experiences and identity. Knowledge of our history truly does provide a window into the knowledge of ourselves, and the spirit of resistance and resilience we have carried with us for centuries. From our Manongs of the 30's to the teachers of today, Filipino's leave their homeland by the droves, up to 6,000 per day, for economic survival. Learn from each other, your shared experiences of your personal migration story, how that has shaped your experience, your families experience and how you define your identity as a Filipino living in America. We will also hear from members of the local community who recently returned back form the homeland to learn more deeply about the root causes of our migration from the Philippines.


Session 3: Reaching across Generations


connect with your history bite by bite
sarahlynn pablo, geo quibuyen

Filipino American cuisine is our history on a plate, a direct connection to our shared past, present and the possibilities for a brighter future. Our presentation will focus on adobo, the national dish of the Philippines. In looking at this single dish, the presenters will highlight the diversity of the homeland and diversity in migration patterns of Filipinos to the United States and across the globe. Embracing and celebrating this diversity in cuisine is one way for us to unite as a community. Participants will sample two adobos. This workshop is a collaboration between Chicago-based Filipino Kitchen and Seattle-based Food & Sh*t.

Filipino Martial Arts
Dionisio Estigoy, Irwin Batara

Basic self-defense applications with Filipino martial arts- Guru Dee has been in Filipino/other martial arts for over 45 years. Specifically, this workshop will cover brief history of martial arts in Southeast Asia/Philippines and how Filipino martial arts has flourished here in the United States. The Filipino martial arts has not been traditionally taught in parts of the Philippines and the adoption of techniques has long been taught in the Armed Forces all over the world. This workshop will also cover basic self-defense and practical applications with some traditional weapons.

Learning From the Past to Serve the Future
cindy domingo

This workshop would bring together three members of the organization formerly known as the Union of Democratic Filipino (KDP) to share experiences of organizing in the Filipino community during the 1970-80’s. The KDP was a radical organization of Filipino Americans and Filipino national immigrants formed in the aftermath of the declaration of martial law in the 1970’s. It was dismantled in the mid-1980’s. For over a decade, through chapters based in the major cities in the US, the KDP organized united fronts around the struggle for democracy in the Philippines and the end of martial law and anti-discrimination issues facing the US based Filipino communities and individuals. The panel will share their experiences in organizing, their philosophy and ideological underpinnings and lessons learned in organizing in the hopes of creating a dialogue with our communities next generation of organizers.