Fred Cordova was the founding president of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). This is the last photo taken of him by author Rodel Rodis. (Photo by Rodel Rodis) Source:
Fred Cordova was the founding president of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). This is the last photo taken of him by author Rodel Rodis. (Photo by Rodel Rodis) Image Source:

In celebration of Filipino American Heritage Month in October this year, the Michigan chapter of the Filipino American Historical Society, in partnership with Paaralang Pilipino, will host a Filipino-American film festival on Oct. 11, 2015 at 1 p.m. -6 p.m. at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield.

The festival will feature acclaimed films produced by Filipino Americans on a diverse array of subjects that focus on the expatriate experience,  the immigrant communities that punctuate the story of the Filipino diaspora in the U.S., the often thorny roads they tread to full citizenship and justice, the knotty issue of what consists a Filipino American identity, and the emotional persistence of memory behind the quest to preserve Filipino culture.

The film festival will be a culmination of several years of film screenings and forums held in fulfillment of FANHS-Michigan’s mission to help document, preserve, publish, and promote contributions by Filipino Americans to the progress and vitality of American life and culture.

The festival film line-up includes Harana by New Art Media, The Gift of Barong by Dan Moreno and Benito Benitez, That Strange Summer by Geri Alumit Zeldes, and Filipino Americans:  Discovering Their Past for the Future by FANHS founder Dr. Fred Cordova.

The films will be shown alternately in several rooms beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Parents of the students will have the opportunity to watch the films at leisure, while Paaralang Pilipino teaching staff and volunteers will occupy the children with movies and other activities.

There will be free popcorn for all moviegoers.  Light refreshments for purchase will also be available.

The festival is a free admission event, but donations will be accepted. Suggested donation amounts range from $2 each for children up to age 12; $5 each for teens/adults; and family, $15.00 for up to four teens/adults.

The proceeds will support the continuing work on research, preservation and promotion by FANHS-MI and programs of Paaralang Pilipino.

Paaralang Pilipino/PACCM is located at 17356 Northland Park Ct., Southfield, Michigan. The conta`ct persons for reservations and questions are  James Beni Wilson – [email protected], (248) 345-5562; Tess Tchou – [email protected], (313) 533-3085; Becky Tungol – [email protected], (248) 755-6119; and Fe Rowland, (313) 582-9299.