6:00 PM18:00

Istorya DC 2017 Symposium: Music and Motion - The Filipino American Soul in DC

  • Embassy of the Philippines (Chancery Annex) (map)
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The Istorya-DC 2017 Symposium continues to highlight a facet of Filipino American history and culture in Washington, D.C. This year, Istorya-DC features the rich tradition of music and dance among the District’s Filipino-American community through the century. Please send an email to by Monday, October 16 to be placed on the Embassy's entry list. Click here for more information about the event.

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to Jul 10

Sounds of California - Smithsonian Folklife Festival

At the 2016 Folklife Festival, Sounds of California will present a series of evening concerts as well as daytime performances and activities, offering a glimpse into how musical culture mirrors the movements reshaping the state and the nation today. We will feature artists who contribute to the soundscapes of California, who demonstrate the social power of music and cultural heritage. Theo serves as one of the presenters for the events. 

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4:45 PM16:45

Trans-National Filipinos in the Borderland of Hawai‘i: Author/Critic Roundtable on New Books

Historian Augusto Espiritu (University of Illinoise at Urbana-Champaign) and Theo Gonzalves will discuss the release of two new books in Filipino American studies — Islanders in the Empire: Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai‘i and Building Filipino Hawai‘i: Filipino Identity in Transition in Contemporary Hawai'i — with the respective authors, JoAnna Poblete (University of Wyoming) and Roderick N. Labrador (University of Hawai'i at Manoa) at the 2015 annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies. Panel chair: Kale Fajardo (University of Minnesota).

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7:00 PM19:00

Rice: A Filipino Love Story (work-in-progress screening)

  • Weyerhauser Chapel Basement, Macalester College (map)
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"A love letter to rice, set on a farm in the Philippines, expresses a romance full of beauty, contradiction, and hard choices." Co-sponsored by Philippines Study Group of Minnesota. RSVP by August 1, (651) 647-1055. Online Invitation. Come view a 7-minute version of a work-in-progress, shot and directed by Karin Aguilar-San Juan, edited by Pete K. Wong, translated by Marlina Gonzalez, and musically scored by Theo Gonzalves. Give us your feedback...share your own rice stories...and enjoy Filipino food and friendly conversation. See you there! --Karin

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7:30 PM19:30

Fire in the Belly: Music, Poetry, Dance and Chants (A benefit for typhoon Haiyan Philippines Reconstruction Phase)

  • I-Hotel Manilatown Center (San Francisco) (map)
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Featuring Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Barbara Dane, Rinabeth Apostol, Golda Sargento, Allan Manalo, Lou Syquia, Shadia Fairuz, Jason Magabo Perez, Chris Bautista, Antonia David, Nancy Wang, Ted Kuster, Rebecca Apostol, Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor, Ted Hipol

Premiering: A multi-media staging of Carlos Bulosan's "If You Want To Know What We Are.” Ermena Vinluan & Jason Magabo Perez, Co-Directors; Robert Kikuchi, Musical Director; Joyce Manalo, Stage Manager. Ermena Vinluan, Producer-Touch Base Productions”

Q&A with Estella Habal (San Jose State University) and Theo Gonzalves (University of Maryland, Baltimore County). Inspired by AAAS Roundtable:  "Spirits Uprising: Roots of the Asian American Arts Movement.”

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2:00 PM14:00

The State of Filipino / Filipino American Studies

A panel featuring: Christine Bacareza Balance, Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, Affiliated Faculty in Women's Studies, Core Faculty in the Culture and Theory Program, University of California, Irvine; Theodore S. Gonzalves, Chair and Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Martin F. Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Sarita Echavez See, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside; Executive Director of the Center for Art and Thought; and moderator Augusto Espiritu, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A pre-conference event for the 2014 annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies.

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