FAPCLA launches Filipino-American History Series Forum

FAPCLA current officers at the Salakot restaurant, front row from left: Odette Ricasa, Myrna Aquitania, Cecile Ochoa, and Dr. Ludy A. Ongkeko. 2nd row: Ted Talag, Evelyn Portugal, and Lydia V. Solis. Top: Muni Zano and Dante Ochoa. Not in the picture are Louinn Lota, Larry Pelayo and Joe Cobilla.

The Filipino American Press Club of Los Angeles (FAPCLA) est. 1978, Inc. will present its first forum of a series on Filipino American History on December 13, 2012, 6:30 p.m.at the  SIPA Community Hall 3200 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Co-sponsored by Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), this forum will focus on “Larry Itliong, the Forgotten Hero of the Labor Movement in the U.S.” The forum will feature a conversation between Larry Itliong’s son, Johnny Itliong and the press on the son’s journey to preserve and promote the Filipino workers’ contributions to labor movement in America.

The younger Itliong will also present a seven-minute Trailer on “Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers”, a soon-to-be released documentary produced by Award-winning Film maker Marissa Aroy.

FAPCLA established 1978, Inc. was organized in the late 70s in Los Angeles by Philippinestrained journalists and scribes who lent their professional skills as they served as members of a clearing house of information for local issues on Filipino Americans.

Having achieved recognition among the community, including civic circles,  The FAPCLA est. 1978, Inc.  is the premier Filipino American press club in the Los Angeles area.  One of its objectives has been to support Filipino American youth in their pursuit of education in journalism and communication.

Toward this end, scholarships have been awarded in fulfillment of the goals for

higher education accomplished during the past twenty years.  The same organization has sponsored its Annual Gridiron, an occasion that roasts and toasts proven community leaders as well as “Celebrity Nights”.

The volume, “Anthology of Philippine Writing in America,” was published by the Club in 1989.  Over time, Club members have authored books that have been acclaimed by literary circles.

Its current officers are:    Dr. Ludy A. Ongkeko – President; Muni Zano – Vice-President; Dante D. Ochoa – Secretary; Lydia V. Solis – Treasurer; Lou Sabas – Auditor; Louinn Lota – PRO Print Ted Talag – PRO Photography. Board of Directors: Myrna A. Aquitania, Chairperson; Evelyn A. Portugal, Vice-Chair; Dante D. Ochoa, Board Secretary; Members: Naomi P. Armada, Cecile C. Ochoa, Louinn Lota, Odette Ricasa, Lou Sabas, Lydia Solis; and Muni Zano.

SIPA’s Executive Director is Joel Jacinto. For more information and RSVP:  Cecile Ochoa, forum chair, cdochoa@aol.com, (818) 203- 3137, Myrna Aquitania (626) 289- 1209 or Evelyn Portugal (310) 729-8880.

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