The time I felt most connected to my Filipinx heritage and culture was during my mission trip to the Philippines with Kabataan Alliance. It had been my first trip back home after eight long years, and I was going home with a completely different perspective. During the trip, we visited some of the most oppressed communities: the NutriAsia workers of Bulacan, the fisherfolks of Taliptip, the urban poor most affected by the drug war, and the Aeta community in Tarlac. We also attended the People’s State of the Nation Address with other Missioners from all over the world. All of the communities we integrated with were very accepting. Though we were only with
When thinking about an experience that connected me most to my Filipinx culture I always think of my time with SAYAW. SAYAW is FASA sa UW’s traditional Filipino dance troupe and is the place where I learned and gained the most appreciation for my Filipinx culture. Every practice, every waltz, each dance, each suite and the history that comes with them was something I never had growing up and I am fortunate to have had amazing teachers in Ate Liezel and Kuya Pat. Performing with the troupe for Simbang Gabi and watching my friends perform during FASA’s Filipino Night, Pagdiriwang at the Seattle Center, and Pista Sa Nayon in the summer were and continue to be moments that fill me with pride in being Filipinx.
Coming from Southern Oregon in a city called Medford all the way to Corvallis, joining Isang Bansang Pilipino at Oregon State University was an experience in of itself, and it was ultimately what connected me back to my own identity. I have never been surrounded by so many people who looked like me up until that point. Growing up, I did not have a lot of friends who were Filipino, so joining the club was sort of a culture shock as well. Becoming a president of the organization allowed me the opportunity to influence and impact my fellow brothers and sisters, as I was also able to undergo the journey of rediscovering the person who was always within; the person I was always meant to be. As I came to my first NWFASA conference to connect with the other Oregon and Washington orgs, I was finally
The moment in my life where I felt the most connected with my Filipino heritage wasn’t till my second year of college.
Before college I didn’t know that certain things in my life and certain characteristics about myself were even related to being Filipina. I just thought that, my family is different than my friends’ families, but that was alright with me; that was all I knew, growing up in an elementary school and high school where I was one of 2 or 3 Filipino students. However, when I joined KP at UO and went on my first retreat with them, we would talk about our past growing up in a Filipino household and I realized that we went through many similar things, being Filipino American. I never felt “alone” necessarily before I connected this way with my Filipino heritage, but it definitely helped me
I feel the closest and the most connected to my Filipinx culture and heritage whenever I get to speak to my family in our language. I was so blessed to have parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents that placed such value in my learning Tagalog, and I will be forever grateful to them. Because I learned Tagalog at such a young age, I am able to connect with my family on such a deeper and more meaningful level. I am able to connect with people back home in the Philippines, share ideas and hear their stories without any type of wall between us.
Angelica is currently a second year at the University of Portland studying Pre OT Social Work. She is also from Seattle, WA!
The people have always been the best part about being in a filipinx culture, but it's not just about spending time with each other and enjoying life that makes it special, it's the fact that we can be ourselves. The moment I became more connected to my filipinx culture came when CWU hosted the 2018 NWFASA FCN. My vision for the event was for the performers to express themselves by doing a performance that they felt proud of doing. After the event was over, people told me it went great and they had fun, which was exactly what I wanted to accomplish. I want people to be comfortable in their own skin and enjoy being around the beauty NWFASA has to offer. It's amazing that their are so many filipinx people that value the importance of connecting.
Right off the bat, the best way for me to describe a time/experience/moment where I personally felt most connected to my Filipinx identity is through “a series of events”. With that being said, I guess there was no one specific moment for me, but rather multiple that eventually came full circle. I’ll start off with my childhood.
Up until the age of three-years-old I thought that I was an only child. One day my mom told me that my oldest uncle on my dad’s side was going to pick us up from the house and take us to the airport in order to meet my dad upon his arrival from the Philippines, since he had been gone for a few days. Despite being very young at the time, I remember this moment clearly. My uncle parked his
NWFASA honors FilipinoAmerican History Month! This week, we will be launching part 2 of our #FAHM2018 project.
Part 2: Bridge by Abby Pasion Many would be surprised to hear that I was not always proud of my Filipino heritage. Growing up, no one could locate the Philippines on a map; my peers would make fun of my dark skin; I was told that Filipinos weren’t “Asian enough” — I went through an identity crisis that caused me to almost disassociate myself with my heritage, until high school. I read Amy Tan’s “Joy Luck Club” for a class assignment, and realized that