Filipino American Historical Society



Katherine Baguio Scholarship Program Now in its Sixth Year

2015 marks the sixth anniversary of FANHS Sonoma’s Katherine Baguio Scholarship program. The program was created to promote and support continuing education among local youth, while honoring the memory of the late Manang Kay and her many contributions to the local community. Each year FANHS Sonoma awards one or more scholarships to qualified college-bound students. This year’s recipient was Leilani Emery, a 2015 Piner High graduate bound for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Applications for 2016 will be accepted beginning early next year.

For more information about the program or how to apply, please email, or contact any of the following Board members:

Historical Archive

Efforts are underway to secure funds that would help finance the archiving of vast historical materials collected as part of our 2006 – 2008 film project: "Remembering Our Manongs (Elders), Sonoma County's Filipino History." In producing that film, the project team collected more than 700 digital images of historic photographs and documents; nearly 100 oral history interview tapes; and several reels of local area footage. Our goal is to organize, prepare, and make the collection available to educators, researchers, and the public at large. Targeted archives include the FANHS National Pinoy Archive in Seattle, Washington; the North Bay Ethnic Archive housed at Sonoma State University; and the Sonoma County Library Historical Annex archive.


Scholarship Endowment Fund Planned

FANHS Sonoma plans to expand its current annual scholarship program by creating a Scholarship Endowment Fund. Such a fund would help ensure the chapter’s continuing ability to promote and support education through scholarship awards well into the future. Raising the funds necessary to create an endowment will be the biggest challenge, but plans are already underway to launch a major fundraising campaign; it begins this fall with our planned event entitled Many Voices, One Message to be held on October 17. For event or ticket information, email


Singgalot, Ties that Bind Exhibit

In the winter of 2011-12, FANHS Sonoma and the Sonoma County Museum came together to co-sponsor Singgalot, Ties that Bind, a cultural exhibit making its way across the U.S. The exhibit opened on November 11 with a gala reception featuring live Kulintang music, dance, and food of the Philippines. As part of the exhibit, a screening of our chapter’s documentary film, Remembering Our Manongs, Sonoma County’s Filipino History, was presented along with a subsequent panel discussion. A closing ceremony, held in February 2012, was followed by the Bay Area FANHS Consortium holiday party which also took place in the historic museum facility.

Documentary Film

Our two-year effort to produce the documentary film entitled Remembering Our Manongs (Elders), Sonoma County’s Filipino History, culminated in November of 2008 with three public screenings. The hour-long film traces the history and experiences of the first major wave of Filipino immigrants to settle in Sonoma County in the 1920s-1950’s. Recounting their stories through memories of surviving descendants and friends, the film also reflects the broader history of Sonoma County during that period. Each screening event included the film, a 10-minute pictorial montage honoring the original settlers, and a panel discussion about social, cultural, and educational issues relating to the Filipino-American experience. About 500 people attended.

Both the documentary and montage are now available on DVD. Order your copy here.


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