Filipino American History Month Symposium Schedule

Philippine-Louisiana Historical Society (PLHS) in partnership with the Philippine Consulate Generals in Honolulu and Chicago, and Louisiana community organizations is hosting the Filipino American History Month Symposium, October 8th in the Convocation Annex at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. The event aims to explore the history of Filipino migration to the United States and discuss policies that could support the longstanding relationship between the Philippines and the United States.

Highlights of the symposium:

The unveiling of the Philippine-Louisiana Historical Mural, which honors early Filipino settlers who throughout the 18th and 19th centuries resided in fishing villages along the Louisiana coast. The mural was painted in the Philippines by five renowned Filipino artists and was donated to the PLHS. 

A talk on the Manilaners, Jewish WWII refugees who settled in Manila, by Dr. Sharon Delmendo, author of The Star-Entangled Banner: One Hundred Years of America in the Philippines.

Two community roundtables featuring the Filipino community in Louisiana, one with descendants of early Filipino settlers to Louisiana and another on the work of Filipino American community organizations.

A presentation on the Ilokano Narrative by Dr. Aurelio Agcaoili, an Ilokano scholar and novelist. 

The symposium is free and open to the public.

8:30 Registration
9:00 Introductory Remarks
Dr. Jose Bautista, J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Economics
Xavier University of Louisiana
National Anthem of the United States
Christina Hera
National Anthem of the Philippines
Natasha Cang Moreland
Rev. Etido Jerome, S.S.J., Chaplain
Xavier University of Louisiana
Welcome to Xavier University
Dr. Anne McCall, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
Xavier University of Louisiana
Welcome Message
Robert Romero, Consul, a.h.
Philippine Honorary Consulate – Louisiana
Founding President, Philippine-Louisiana Historical Society
Introduction of Special Guests
Robert RomeroSpecial Guests
The Honorable Generoso D. G. Calonge, Consul General
Consulate General of the Philippines, ChicagoThe Honorable Gina Jamoralin, Consul General
Consulate General of the Philippines, Honolulu
9:20 Introduction to the Philippine-Louisiana Historical Society
Dr. Carmelo Astilla, Professor of History (retired)  
Southern University at New Orleans
Historical Overview of Filipino Migration to Louisiana
Dr. Randy Gonzales, Assistant Professor of English
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
9:45 Featured Speaker
The US’ Impact on the Manilaner Refuge
Dr. Sharon Delmendo, Professor of English
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
10:15 Presentation of the Philippine-Louisiana Historical Mural
Dr. Almira Astudillo Gilles
10:45 Descendants of Early Filipino Settlers

Dr. Alvaro Alcazar,  Professor of Languages and Culture
Director, Twomey Center
Loyola University, New Orleans

The Honorable Timothy Kerner, Mayor of the City of Lafitte
Rhonda Richoux
Todd Roxas
William De La Cruz

11:15 Break, Refreshments Available for Purchase
11:30 Filipino Diaspora

Dr. Jose Bautista

Filipinos in Hawaii
The Honorable Gina Jamoralin

Love, Romance, and Nostalgia: Reframing the Ilokano Narrative of Exile and Diaspora
Dr. Aurelio Agcaoili, Associate Professor of Ilokano
Coordinator, UH Manoa Ilokano Program
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Balikbayan Bell
Dr. Sharon Delmendo

Filipino Americans in the Heartland of America
Princess Emraida Kiram, President
Filipino American National Historical Society-Wisconsin
Jelly Carandang, President
Filipino American National Historical Society-Midwest Chapter

12:45 Entertainment
Natasha Cang Moreland
1:00 Filipino Communities in Louisiana

Dr. Randy Gonzales

Christine Changho Bruneau, Esq., President
Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Southwest Regional Governor, National Filipino American Lawyers Association

Eva Dolorosa V. Adolpho, Vice-President
Filipino-American Association of Greater Baton Rouge

Ingrid Cruz, Founding President
Filipino Educators Federation of Louisiana

Filipino-American Doctors Association

1:30 Awards, Recognitions, and Closing Remarks
Robert Romero


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