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Issue 29 11.20.12

November 20, 2012 1:26 PM | Deleted user

You're invited! Please join us at our Holiday Party to honor a truly remarkable Filipina Woman, Shero & Legend, Vangie Buell, on December 14 at 6:30 PM at Hana Zen Pier 39. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org/events

Vangie Buell is a living historical gem: She's the granddaughter of a Buffalo Soldier -- the nickname given by American Indians in the 19th century to black American soldiers. Even rarer: Her grandfather Ernest Stokes was one of the 6,000 Buffalo Soldiers sent to the Philippines to fight during the Spanish-American War during the 1890s. He was one of the few who stayed, married a Filipina (Buell's grandmother) and had children.
In her memoir "Twenty-Five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride: Growing Up in a Filipino Immigrant Family" (T'Boli Publishing, 2006), Buell recounts her grandfather's experience, and her own, as one of the few Filipinos growing up in West Oakland during the 1930s and '40s.
She remembers seeing "No Filipinos or dogs allowed" signs posted at restaurants and having to wear a button that said "I am a loyal Filipino" during World War II, because even though she didn't look Japanese, she was still Asian -- and vulnerable to harassment. -Michelle Devera Louie, SF Chronicle 

A Filipino-American activist, Vangie was born in San Pedro, California, grew up in West Oakland and devoted her life to social justice, human dignity, multicultural understanding and equality.

On Sunday, November 18, FWN attended the PIA Bazaar and Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco where designer Patis Tesoro's designs went down the runway!
To check out photos taken by Richard Lao from the event, visit: https://picasaweb.google.com/108531671264074006773/PatisTesoroSFashionShow

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Way to go Fil-Ams! In this year's election cycle a number of Filipino Americans were elected nationwide. To celebrate their victory, we hosted the successful Fil-Am Thanksgiving and Victory Party Monday night, November 19. Many people attended and celebrated with music and food, such as yummy lechon and cupcakes! If you missed it, or want to relive the festivities, check out these photos:

Do you know about the cool news network called Rappler? Rappler is a "social news network where stories inspire community engagement and digitally fueled actions for social change." To check out their site and learn more, visit Rappler.com!


One Billion Rising

Eve Ensler and Tony Stroebel's film "One Billion Rising" is gaining momentum. You can watch the trailer for the film here: http://onebillionrising.org/blog/entry/one-billion-rising-trailer.

California Women Lead's mission is to ENGAGE, EMPOWER, and ELECT more women in the 2014 and 2016 elections. According to CA Women Lead, "in 2014, seven women will end their careers in the State Assembly, and in 2016 seven women will in State Assembly and five in the State Senate will be barred from seeking reelection for their current seats," which will create an opportunity for other women to participate in public service. Visit, http://cawomenlead.org/ to learn more.

East West Players - Casting Notice: Now Casting for "Christmas in Hanoi". Written by Eddie Borey and directed by Jeff Liu. Rehearsal begins January 8, 2013. Show opens February 13, 2013. Email resume and photo to: mimamoto@eastwestplayers.org. Mail to: Casting, East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, visit: www.eastwestplayers.org

The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is in need of stories for U visa clients' experiences with Immigration Court and ICE. If you have a story to share, please fill out the brief survey here by Novebmer 30, 2012.
You can also contact Cecelia Friedman Levin at cecelia@asistahelp.org or call 202-505-5140.


WMC Feature: Girls Impact the World Film FestivalundefinedA Forum for Social Change

Opportunities for large-scale creative problem solving by women seem few and far between, in part due to lack of access to forums where ideas ripe for development can be heard. Read full text.

Women Offered Fewer Career-Advancing "Hot Jobs"
Catalyst research shows that on-the-job experience leads to advancement more quickly than formal leadership training—and even among those who have completed training programs, men are still more likely than women to get access to “hot jobs.” Read full text.


Women's Longevity Declining in Parts of US:

Women's longevity took an unprecedented nosedive during the past decade, researchers recently discovered, with their life expectancy tumbling or stagnating in one of every five counties in the country. - New America Media. Read more...

Alex Esclamado, Filipino Media Pioneer and Community Advocate, Dies at 84:

Alex Esclamado, a civic leader and advocate for the Filipino-American community who founded Philippine News, the oldest-running Filipino weekly publication in the United States, has died. He was 84. - New America Media. Read more...

26 Fil-Ams winning in US polls:

There has never been this many Filipino American candidates in a United States election--40--and more than half of them are winning, based on nearly complete but unofficial results from the November 6 polls. - Rappler.com. Read more...



Five Week Movement Workshop: Chalk Talk Walk, November 6th through December 4th, 2012, Tuesdays at 7 PM - Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St, Suite 109, San Francisco. RSVP to Melvign Badiola at melvign@bindlestiffstudio.org.

The Level Playing Field Institute's Fairness Matters Forum, November 14, 2012, Wednesday at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Arillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford. Click for info.

Around the Barangay - The Hundred Flowers Project, Now through November 17, 2012, Wednesday - Saturday at 8 PM - The Thick House 1695 18th St, San Francisco. Click for info.

igNITE 2012 Gala, November 16, 2012, Friday at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM - After Party 9:30 PM to Midnight - The Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, Menlo Park. Click for info.

Partnering for a Brighter California, November 20, 2012, Tuesday at 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM - Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St, 2nd Floor, San Francisco. RSVP to Anita Miller. Click for info.

Celebrate Major Milestones - A Fundraiser for Global Women's Leadership Network, December 5, 2012 Wednesday at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM - Adobe Lounge, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara. Click for info.

CA Women Lead Holiday Mixer, December 11, 2012, Tuesday at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - The California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento. Click for info.

New York
Asian Women Boutique Owners: Lower East Side Shopping Night, November 27, 2012, Tuesday at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - celebration begins at Yumi Kim, 105 Stanton Street, New York. Click for info.

Starting Your Business 101, Now through December 4, 2012, each session from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM - Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas (between W 51st  & W 52nd St), New York City. Click for info.


Capital Fellow Program 
California State University, Sacramento's Center for California Studies sponsors the Capital Fellows Programs for college grads to receive a monthly stipend of $1,972 to work for 10-11 months as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office. http://www.csus.edu/
NCAVP WEBINAR: Outreach to LGBTQ Communities - December 13, 2012, Thursday at 3 PM to 5 PM EST. Visit: http://www.avp.org/ncavp.htm
2013 Leadership Development Program for Managers and Executives Serving Transition-Age Youth - CompassPoint is now accepting applications. Visit the website to learn more: http://www.compasspoint.org/tay
Rural Human Services - Executive Director Job - Rural Human Services provides comprehensive programs in Del Norte County, California, and surrounding communities to support people in need, including domestic violence shelter services, a food bank, job training, support for local businesses, independent living support for disabled adults, and more. Apply by December 3. http://www.ruralhumanservices.org/
Small Business Saturday 2012 - November 24, 2012 - Visit website for information on where to shop: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/
1,000 Stories Campaign - Know a business woman owner with an interesting story? Share it with the 1,000 Stories Campaign, launched by The Story Exchange aimed at understanding the needs of women business owners and giving their stories media exposure. Visit: https://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/


Help for Sandy-affected Fil-Am families continue to pour
Many Filipinos were affected by the storm – some lost power for days, others had their homes flooded and a number lost their homes altogether. Read more...


Do you know the history of Filipino martial arts, known as Eskrima or Kali? Eskrima is the traditional martial arts of the Philippines, which emphasizes weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, or other improvised weapons. According to Mark V. Wiley's book, Filipino Martial Culture, "the origin of eskrima can be traced back to the fighting systems used by Filipinos during internal conflicts. Settlers and traders travelling through the Malay Archipelago brought the influence of silat as well as Chinese and Indian martial arts." In numerous movies, the use of eskrima can be seen. For example, if you've ever watched Matt Damon in the Bourne Identity, you'll be able to see some of his Filipino martial art moves that he uses to fight off the bad guys! It has been said that Damon trained with Dan Inosanto, a Filipino-American martial arts instructor who was a student of Bruce Lee. 
If you are interested in learning more about Filipino martial arts, you can visit some of the sites listed below:
Comments or suggestions? epahayagan@ffwn.org
- Rebecca

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