An evening of wine and food

An evening of wines, tons of appetizers and desserts, entertainment, and raffles! Proceeds will support the work of the Little Manila Foundation including our new Little Manila Center in downtown Stockton, teaching high schoolers Filipino American history through our free after school program, teaching Filipino traditional and indigenous dance through the Little Manila Dance Collective, and training in the Filipino martial art of Escrima with Bahala Na Martial Arts.

Groove to the sounds of The Old Pinoys and The Island Sunset Band all night! You're not going to want to miss this premiere event!

Delicato Family Vineyards Tasting Room
12001 S. Highway 99 Manteca, CA
Highway 99 & French Camp Road
March 28, 2015
6pm - 8pm (show up on time because the event will end right at 8pm)

Special thanks to our sponsor Ramar Foods International!


Reminding Stockton of the hero, Larry Itliong

One week after Little Manila's showing of the film "Delano Manongs," columnist calls for something in Stockton to be named after Filipino American labor organizer Larry Itliong 

If you happened to miss Mike Fitzgerald's Sunday column in The Record calling for something in Stockton to be named after Larry Itliong, don't worry, we have you covered.

Click here to read Mike Fitzgerald's article on Larry Itliong.

The events, outreach to our youth, the resources we are creating, and all the things we are doing are making a difference in our community. We are reminding the community of the beauty, contributions, history, and culture of historic Little Manila and its people.

We all know that the ability to honor our history and teach it to our youth is long overdue. Please consider making a donation to Little Manila so we can continue to make a difference. Click here to donate. 

The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers

Celebrate Filipino American History Month by watching this inspirational documentary about the Filipino Americans who started the Delano Grape Strike and created one of the greatest social justice movements in America.

Little Manila is proud to present The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers by Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Marissa Aroy. We will also be showing other films by Aroy: the documentary Little Manila: Filipinos in California's Heartland and short film Talunang Manok. Total run time for all three films is 70 minutes.

A panel including director Marissa Aroy, Dr. Dawn Mabalon, Debra Louie and moderated by Emil Guillermo will follow.

The Delano Manongs and other films by Marissa Aroy
Sunday, October 19th @ 2pm
San Joaquin Delta College
West Forum

Tickets available at the door. $7 regular price, $5 for students, seniors, & children 12 and under.

The event is free for San Joaquin Delta College students and staff. Email us at to get your free tickets.

Click here to download a flier.

The Delano Manongs event is co-sponsored by San Joaquin Delta College Cultural Awareness Program, SJ Delta College's Asian Pacific Islander American Staff Association, and Kilusan Pilipino. 

Asian Pacific Islander American Mapping Project Community Workshop

In collaboration with community groups, non-profit organizations, archives, and individuals we are gathering images and stories to capture the rich layers of place-making and community building in historically and culturally significant sites throughout the United States and US territories. East at Main Street is a crowd-sourced map available on the web and as a mobile app at 51-east-at-main-street

Workshop is co-sponsored by the Little Manila Foundation and the University of the Pacific Benerd School of Education.

East at Main Street is funded by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For more information visit

Saturday, June 28th
2pm - 3:30pm
Benerd School of Education - Room 110C
3441 Kensington Ave. in Stockton

Parking available in Lot 4 on UOP's campus. Click here to see campus map.

Click here to download a flyer.

Little Manila After School Program Open House event

Don't miss our Little Manila After School Program Open House where our students will share what they learned and their talents as we honor our graduating seniors. We are incredibly proud of our students and their spirit helps to fuel our efforts. Come and be inspired by our students' enthusiasm for our history and heritage.

It's on Friday, May 16th at Edison High School's Speech Arts Auditorium (1425 S Center St. in Stockton). Doors open at 5:30pm and the show starts at 6pm. The event is free (but donations to support the program are gladly accepted).

If you can't come, but would like to donate to our ongoing efforts to educate the youth of our community, please click here.

Little Manila Is In the Heart receives Frederick Jackson Turner Book Award Honorable Mention

Congratulations to our own Dr. Dawn Mabalon whose book, Little Manila Is In the Heart, received an honorable mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Book Award for best first book in American history given by the Organization of American Historians. When you order it from our online store, click here to buy it, all proceeds benefit the Little Manila Foundation. If you haven't already, pick up this great book now!

The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Speaks Out on the New Film CESAR CHAVEZ

Cesar Chavez and Larry Itliong merge their unions to become the United Farm Workers.In solidarity with our sister organization, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), please take some time to read their statement on the film Cesar Chavez.


The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Speaks Out on the New Film CESAR CHAVEZ

Film Leaves Out Filipino American Contributions and Misses Opportunity to Provide Accurate Account of the Farmworkers Struggle

Seattle, WA— The National Board of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) celebrates the appearance of United Farm Workers (UFW) co-founder Larry Itliong in the Hollywood biopic Cesar Chavez. However, FANHS argues that the film misses an opportunity to offer a nuanced and accurate history of the farmworkers movement that was born of the Filipinos’ 1965 Grape Strike because it does not emphasize the importance of the historic multi-ethnic alliance between Mexicans and Filipinos in the UFW.

Itliong and ChavezFANHS hopes that moviegoers inspired by the film continue to learn about the movement and are spurred towards dialogue and action towards today’s movements for worker justice and such issues as immigration reform.

“We respect Diego Luna’s vision of a film about the heroic rise of Cesar Chavez, but as a history of the farmworkers struggle, the film falls short by downplaying, erasing and silencing the significant role that Filipinos and others played in the heroic struggle for farmworkers justice in California,” says Dr. Dawn B. Mabalon, National Scholar and board member of FANHS, and associate professor of history at San Francisco State University. “We understand that this is Hollywood and not a documentary, but the filmmakers still have a responsibility to ensure that the history they present is accurate.”

“We hoped that the film would show how Filipino strike leaders such as Itliong, Pete Velasco, Philip Vera Cruz, Ben Gines and Andy Imutan, and Mexican leaders such Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Gil Padilla did the challenging work of organizing workers and creating and sustaining a coalition, and how their strategies, cooperation and solidarity resulted in the nation’s first successful farm labor union, the United Farm Workers,” said Mabalon. “It does not.”

Andy Imutan, Delores Huerta, Larry Itliong, & Robert KennedyMabalon’s 2013 book, Little Manila is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipino American Community in Stockton, California (Duke University Press), tells the story of the Filipinos’ farm labor struggles from the 1920s onward and the rise of Stockton’s Larry Itliong, a veteran labor organizer in California agriculture and Alaska salmon canneries. In 1960, Itliong was an organizer for the predominantly Filipino union, the AFL-CIO’s Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC). When Delano grape growers refused a wage of $1.40/hr, more than 1,500 AWOC members went on strike and walked out of the fields on Sept. 8, 1965. 

When Mexican scabs took their jobs, Itliong convinced Chavez and the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) to join the strike. On September 16, 1965, the NFWA voted to join the AWOC. In 1966, the AWOC and the NFWA merged to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. Cesar Chavez was named director, and Itliong served as the UFW’s assistant director from 1966-1971. Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco continued to serve on the UFW executive board.

· The film implied that the Chavez organization, the NFWA, was the only union ever in farm labor. Itliong and the Filipinos had been organizing since the 1920s, and they were feared for their militance. Their AFL-CIO’s AWOC had been in Delano since the early 1960s. The Filipino strike that begins on September 8, 1965, is shown for a few seconds on screen and without any context.

Delores Huerta & Larry Itliong· The film does not show the historic 1966 merger between the two unions, the AWOC and the NFWA, which birthed the UFW With the new union, Filipinos and Mexicans rejected the “divide and conquer” tactics used by growers (Mexican scabs during Filipino strikes, and vice versa) that had kept the groups from joining to demand better wages, working conditions and basic human dignity. The Grape Strike and the 1966 alliance was unprecedented and changed the course of American labor and social movement history.

· The Filipino voice and presence in the UFW is largely absent. Though there were several Filipinos in leadership and several thousand Filipino strikers, only a small group is shown briefly during the Grape Strike. Larry Itliong speaks one line to Chavez. Itliong appears in a few quick shots, always in the background, and is absent through most of the film.

· The filmmakers erased Filipinos from key moments in which archival and photographic evidence show the opposite. In the climactic contract scene with major grape growers, Larry Itliong is a spectator in the crowd, though he was actually sitting next to Chavez at the signing and played a key role in the negotiations. When Chavez breaks his fast with Senator Kennedy, the row of Filipino leaders (Itliong, Vera Cruz, Imutan) who were lined up behind him are all missing in the film. When Chavez announces his fast, Itliong is shown briefly, silently frowning in the back, when he actually vocally opposed the move and then facilitated the meeting when Chavez leaves. Itliong and Chavez together led several marches. Itliong is not in any march scenes.

· Also missing is Itliong’s long friendship with Dolores Huerta that dates back to the 1950s in Stockton, California, his role as a negotiator, and as a coordinator of the international grape boycott.

· The warm camaraderie that developed between Filipino and Mexican workers at Delano’s Filipino Hall, used as the strike headquarters and mess hall for many years (now a national landmark) is absent in the film. The hall is shown twice briefly and without Filipinos, with occasional shot of Larry Itliong in the back.

· FANHS hopes that the film inspires a new generation towards deeper knowledge of the farmworkers’ struggle, Filipino American history, Mexican American and Latina/o history and ethnic studies, and inspires more coalition-building, dialogue and action towards the issues of global and domestic worker justice and immigration reform.

· FANHS encourages the public to watch Marissa Aroy’s documentary on Filipinos in the farm labor movement, DELANO MANONGS: FORGOTTEN HEROES OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS, in film festivals in 2014 and on PBS stations next year and to read further about the farm labor movement.

· FANHS hopes the popularity of the CESAR CHAVEZ film leads Hollywood to make and support more films that reflect our diverse American stories.

Filipino Americans are the largest Asian American group in California, California’s third largest minority group, and the second largest Asian American group in the United States. Latinas/os and Filipinas/os are the two of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the nation.

“Delano Manongs, new books, more ethnic studies, and the work of FANHS has brought the experiences of Filipinos in California’s labor movement to light,” states Mabalon. “We need to make sure that our significant place in our nation’s history is not obscured or forgotten.”

The California State Legislature recently passed AB123, which calls for students to learn about Filipino American farm labor organizing as part of history curriculum. Dolores Huerta testified in support of the bill, which was sponsored by Rob Bonta, the first Filipino American California State Assemblyman. Recently, community members in Union City, California renamed a middle school the Itliong/Vera Cruz Middle School to honor the UFW vice-presidents. 

With Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st and the film release this weekend, FANHS celebrates the leadership and courage of all of those in the farmworkers struggle, and all those workers and labor organizers who struggle today for justice and fair wages and working conditions.



FANHS (, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, was established in 1982 and consists of 30 chapters nationwide. Members are scholars, educators and community members who preserve, document and share the rich history of Filipinos in the United States.

Suggested Reading and Viewing: 


Marissa Aroy, Delano Manongs (documentary, 2014)

On the Web

“What Happened When Mexicans and Filipinos Joined Together,” by Andy Imutan


· Fred Cordova, Filipinos: Forgotten Asian Americans

· Sam Kushner, Long Road to Delano

· Matt Garcia, From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement

· Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipino American Community in Stockton, California

· Miriam Pawel, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography

· Philip Vera Cruz, with Craig Scharlin and Lilia Villanueva, A Personal History of Filipino Immigrants and the Farm Workers Movement


• Ron P. Muriera, PR, National Trustee, Filipino American National Historical Society
(510) 919-8469

• Mel Orpilla, President, National Board of Trustees, (FANHS)
(707) 477-1159

8th Annual Wine Tasting Gala on March 8th

Don't miss one of the best wine tasting events in San Joaquin County! Great wine, lots of tasty food, entertainment from The Old Pinoys and The Island Sunset Band, good people, and help out a worthy cause. Over 200 people attend this event annually and we sell out every year. Get your tickets now!

The 8th Annual Little Manila Wine Tasting Event
March 8, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
Delicato Tasting Room -  12001 S. Highway 99 in Manteca
Tickets $35
Click here to buy tickets online! 

Click here to download the flyer.

How we make a difference for our youth

Watch this video about our Little Manila After School Program and what it means to one of its alumni.

Your donation of $20 will help us pay for more college tours and allow us to teach more high school youth in our community. Enhance a young person's life and help us teach the stories of those that sacrificed so much for us to have the opportunities we have today. Please consider Little Manila during your annual charitable gift giving. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Little Manila!

It's Crab Feed Time! February 1st

Please join us again or for the first time at our annual Little Manila Crab Feed, Saturday, Feb. 1st at 6pm. We are changing locations, just a block down over to Sunrise Market in Triad Plaza (720 W. Eighth St. in Stockton).

Enjoy all you can eat crab with salad, rice, and of course, some of the best Filipino Spaghetti ever! (If you haven't tried it, you are totally missing out!)

Tickets are $45 per person and are available for purchase online by clicking here. 


Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fundraiser on Dec. 13th

Enjoy dinner and dancing at Red Orchids Restaurant in a benefit fundraiser for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Entertainment provided by Bump City/Reunion Band, The Old Pinoys, and DJ Chriskutz. Net proceeds go to UNICEF's typhoon relief efforts. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Here's the details:
Fundraiser to help typhoon victims in the Philippines
Friday, December 13, 2013
Dinner: 6-8 PM
Entertainment & Dance: 8-11 PM
Red Orchids Restaurant - 126 E. Market St., Stockton
$25 per person, kids 12 & under are $12 (Click here to purchase tickets online.)
Tickets also available at Red Orchids Restaurant (M-F from 11 AM to 2 PM)

Click here to learn more about UNICEF's relief efforts in the Philippines.

Click here to download the flyer.

The fundraiser is sponsored by Red Orchids Restuarant, Little Manila, Bahala Na Filipino Martial Arts Association, and Filipino American Heritage Association.

How to best help the Philippines

We are deeply heartened by our local community's efforts to support relief services for Typhoon Haiyan survivors. 

Currently, the best thing to do is send money to reputable international relief organizations. We refer you to this article from as to why money is what is needed now and is the best option we have in America to save lives.

The Little Manila board recommends these organizations to donate to: 

Also, you may consider referring to InterAction's list of member organizations currently providing relief services in the Philippines. The organizations on that list must meet a set of rigorous standards regarding financial management, governance, program performance, accountability and transparency in order to be a member of InterAction. 

Please consider any of the above options to help and thank you for your support of our origin country and many of our family members.

Little Manila Is In the Heart Events in Los Angeles

Don't miss out on these events with Little Manila's cofounder, Dr. Dawn Mabalon:

4-6pm Thurs. Nov. 7, 
Charles Young Research Library
Presentation Room 11348, UCLA. 
Free to the public
Books will be $27 (15% discount, all proceeds to Little Manila Foundation)
Sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Dept., UCLA History Dept., UCLA Center for Oral History, Prof. Victor Bascara
**Little Tokyo
7pm, Fri. Nov. 8
The Far Bar, 347 E. 1st St.
Los Angees, CA 90012
Sponsored by Asian & Pacific Islanders in Historic Preservation
Books will be $27 (15% discount, all proceeds to Little Manila Foundation)

**Historic Filipinotown, The Park's Finest Restaurant
11-1pm Sat. Nov. 9
The Park's Finest Restaurant, 1267 W. Temple St., LA 
$15 prix fixe lunch of the Park's Finest favorites
Books will be $25 (20% discount, all proceeds to Little Manila Foundation)
Sponsored by FilAm Arts

About the Park's Finest, recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network!
The place to get American cuts of BBQ with a Filipino flavor.
Not quite like Southern BBQ rib shacks nor traditional Filipino fiesta food. This is BBQ born from the backyards of Southern California boogies. 50% Mom. 50% Pop. 100% L.A.


Larry Itliong & the Farm Labor Movement

Celebrate Filipino American History Month by attending Little Manila's free symposium: Larry Itliong & the Farm Labor Movement in the North Forum at San Joaquin Delta College, October 26th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Larry Itliong was a Stocktonian and longtime labor organizer who led the 1965 Delano Grape Strike and was assistant director of the United Farm Workers.

We will be playing excerpts of a rare recording of Larry Itliong speaking to a Filipino American history class at UC Santa Cruz in 1975 which panelists and the audience will reflect, respond, and react to. Dr. Dawn Mabalon, Dr. James Sobredo, Debra Louie, and Mel Lagasca will be on the panel and will be moderated by journalist and past NPR's All Things Considered host, Emil Guillermo.

Oct. 25, 2013 would have been Larry Itliong's 100th Birthday! It will be an insightful and inspiring event and a perfect way to end Filipino American History Month (this year's theme is "Hands that Built America.") Don't miss it!

This event is co-sponsored by Asian and Pacific Islander American Staff Association (APIASA) of Delta College and the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), Stockton Chapter.

Leo Giron Drive Dedication Ceremony

A dedication ceremony for Leo Giron Drive, a newly named street replacing a portion of Manthey Road near the forthcoming VA Hospital in French Camp, will take place Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m to 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place near the intersection of Leo Giron Drive and Yettner Road.

Leo Giron was a World War II veteran, a Filipino martial arts Escrima master, and founder of Bahala Na Martial Arts.

During World War II, General Douglas MacArthur chose Giron to be a part of a select group of soldiers to travel by submarine behind enemy lines in the Philippines to provide intelligence on the Japanese military. This intelligence would be essential to U.S. forces and MacArthur's return to the Philippines and the defeat of the Japanese military. Giron was awarded with two Bronze Stars.

A member of the Manong/Manang Generation (first generation Filipino Americans who came to America in the 1920s), Giron would make Stockton his home. He passed away in 1999 at the age of 88.

The event is sponsored by Little Manila, Bahala Na Martial Arts International, Filipino American Heritage Association, The Inosanto Academy, American Legion Karl Ross Post 16, and American Legion Manuel Roxas Post 798.

Dr. Dawn Mabalon Book Signings and Talks

Catch our own Dr. Dawn Mabalon at the following events throughout October and November:

Stockton Is Magnificent Festival
12-3pm, Former Flower Shop, Pacific Avenue at Bedford

Filipino American History Month Celebration
"Farms to Table: Filipino Americans, Then and Now"
1-4pm, Sunday Oct. 6, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco

California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., San Francisco
Oct. 9, 6pm$5/nonmembers, Free to members

The HUB, Sonoma State University
12pm, Thursday Oct. 10

Filipino American Book Festival, San Francisco Public Library
Saturday, Oct. 19
1:45-2:45, Hot off the Press reading
2-3, Booksigning, Community Meeting Rooms
4pm, Panel on Carlos Bulosan, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St., San Francisco

UC Berkeley, 4pm, Thursday Oct. 24
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Larry Itliong's 100th Birthday: A Symposium
1-3pm Saturday Oct. 26
North Forum, Delta College, Stockton


Leo Giron Drive named in Stockton, CA

On this auspicious occasion the 20th day of August 2013 the 102nd birthday of our founder Grand Master Leovigildo Miguel Giron. We would like to formally announce the dedication of Leo Giron Drive. The following is the official press release from Grand Master Tony Somera. 

"Thanks to the unceasing efforts of the Little Manila Foundation, the Filipino American National Historical Society, the Inosanto Academy and Bahala Na Filipino Martial Arts, in partnership with San Joaquin County we are finally able to announce the successful naming of "Leo Giron Drive"! This newly adopted street will appropriately lead to the future Veterans Hospital in French Camp, CA. As many people now know Leo Giron was a true WWII hero and Veteran of the famous 978th Filipino Commando unit that was hand picked by General Douglas Mac Arthur to spearhead the return of the allied troops into the Philippines. "Leo Giron Drive" is an honor to this great man, Leo Giron, who dedicated his life to the service of others, as well as Filipino Americans, Americans and most importantly it is an honor to our veterans whose sacrifices have given us all we have in our great country. We are so proud to see Leo Giron honored in this way and hope he will not be the last name adopted for a street name. But for now we applaud this event as a worthy testament to the great legacy of our forefather's gift to us. Congratulations to all the people who worked tirelessly to make this dream come true.

Grand Master Tony Somera Bahala Na Martial Arts Association/Little Manila Foundation Board Member/FANHS Life Member/ Legenarios del Trabajo (LDT) Life Member In America. 

Photo: Guro Joel Clark, Guro Harley N Krystal Elmore, Master Joel Juanitas, Leo Juanitas, Guro Dan Inosanto, Grand Master Tony Somera, and Frank Mendoza