The Philippine-Louisiana Historical Society (PLHS) will kick off Filipino American History Month (FAHM) with a series of events in St. Bernard and Baton Rouge. Celebrations will begin on October 7th when PLHS will host a blessing of the bricks and a formal gala. On October 28th the Filipino American Association of Baton Rouge in partnership with PLHS will host an elegant gala at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.
Blessing of the Bricks
To commemorate Filipino American History Month, PLHS will be blessing the bricks placed around the St. Malo marker. Community members have donated these personalized bricks as a way to honor the first Asian American settlement in the U.S.
The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 7th, at the Isleños Museum Complex. Semi-formal Filipiniana attire is encouraged.
The Evening Gala promises an evening of elegance, camaraderie, and gratitude, as we celebrate the History of Filipinos in Louisiana.
Community members from around Louisiana will provide entertainment through song and dance. The TriBulukan Dance group, will preform a Pangalay-Tausug Muslim dance. Followed by a Bulaklakan Dance, performed by Malipayon Dance Group. PLHS members will then participate in a Rigodon De Honor dance. The Philippine-American Women’s Association of Louisiana (PAWAL) sponsored Oakland Flamenco Dancer and Louisiana native, Melissa Cruz, to perform at the Gala. To close out the evening Ms. Hayley Wysinger will sing a Filipino ballad for the community. Traditional Filipino foods, such as fried fish escabeche, kaldereta, pancit, and cassava cake will be served by Chef Crispin Pasia.
The event will begin at 7pm on Saturday, October 7th, at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center. Formal Filipiniana attire is encouraged.
Tickets are available for $60 until September 30th. Refer to the flyer for more ticket information.
Filipino-American History Month Fundraiser Gala
The Baton Rouge FAHM Gala will celebrate the rich heritage of the Filipino-American community and support the efforts of the Filipino-American Association of Baton Rouge and the Philippine Louisiana Historical Society. The night will be filled with cultural festivities, delicious food, and fantastic entertainment.
The event will begin at 6 pm on Saturday, October 28th, at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge. Formal Filipiniana attire is encouraged.
Purchase a ticket, starting at $75, using the link below.