Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – The book, America Is in the Heart: A Personal History by Carlos Bulosan will be the center of the Filipino American History Month celebration on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The event is sponsored by Philippine Expressions Bookshop and is free and open to the public. It will
be held at Search to Involve Filipino Americans (SIPA) from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. SIPA is located at 3200 West Temple St., Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. RSVP is requested via Facebook of Friends of Philippine Expressions Bookshop or via email: linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop or by phone: 310-514-9139. The 2014 republication of America Is in the Heart comes with a new Introduction by Marilyn C. Alquizola and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi.
At 2:00pm, Remembering our Manongs, a 56-minute documentary on Sonoma County’s Filipino history will be shown to open the program. The film was produced by the Filipino American Historical Society (FANHS), Sonoma County Chapter and the California Council for Humanities. The film explores the history of the earliest Filipino immigrants in Sonoma County. Their story is one of tenacity and endurance coupled with an extraordinary sense of community. Mostly single young men, they began arriving in California during the 1920’s.
The bookshop is based in Rancho Palos Verdes. It was established in 1984 as a mail-order bookshop dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots. For major community events, it sets up a Pop Up Bookshop where people can browse. This year, it celebrates thirty years of service to the Fil Am community all over the US. Visit Friends of Philippine Expressions Bookshop on facebook and be a Friend.
Also visit Literally Yours, the bookshop’s blog: philippineexpressionsbookshop.wordpress.com Co-sponsors of the celebration include SIPA, The Friends of Echo Park Library and Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier. Both SIPA and Echo Park Library are located in Historic Filipinotown where Bonnivier grew up.