Statement of Solidarity: Black Lives Matter

Leadership, Education, Activism, and Dialogue (LEAD) Filipino, a San Jose-based community organization of students, young adults, and families decry the atrocities that continue to target Black American communities.  

We stand alongside our brothers and sisters, in the Movement for Black Lives, to demand justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and to call for an immediate end to racist policing.  Our hearts reside with the families and friends of those we’ve lost to the depraved hands of state sanctioned racism and violence.

Lest we not forget our own histories and our families’ diasporic experiences from the Philippines to America. These stories hold the indelible marks of our community’s receipt of prejudice and racist-fueled actions. From anti-miscegenation laws, deceptive ploys that reduced a Filipinx to nothing more than cheap labor, and reneging on countless agreements made with our people, such as the Rescission Act of 1946.

Our community bears witness to the impacts of forced migration, immigrant acculturation, and American assimilation so as not to attract ire…but to survive. To not be different. This is the time to rise and stand up — because we are different. Be different and STAND for the virtue, the value, and the promise to recognize that strikes against Black American communities painfully reverberate through all of us.

Sign the petition that urges to have all of the police officers involved in George Floyd’s murder charged and fired immediately. 

Please consider donating to the organizations that are working to provide legal counsel, services, and financial resources for those deeply affected:

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
I Run with Maud Memorial Fund
NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Reclaim the Block
Southern Poverty Law Center

Ang Tao, Ang Bayan, Ngayon Ay Lumalaban! The People United, Will Never Be Defeated!

Sulong! (Pushing Forward!)

LEAD Filipino


Register for our 2020 AAP!

Register for our 2020 AAP today!
(Sign up here)

Since 2016, our organization has proudly put our shoulders to the wheel to design and produce our summer Awareness in Action Program (i.e., AAP) which combines tenets on Filipinx Studies and Political/Civic Engagement for the San Jose and broader Bay Area communities.

During times of uncertainty, we become better, not bitter, and because of this we’ll be bringing our 2020 AAP to the hands of the community via Zoom. Using a blend of instructional modalities, including interactive sessions, guest speakers, breakout groups, and other forms of asynchronous learning, we hope you’ll join us in our 2020 AAP, which begins on Friday, June 12.

Centering on the historical experiences that shaped the narratives of the Filipinx diaspora in America, AAP frames the course through the principles of Ethnic Studies by answering the fundamental questions: “Who am I?” “What is my family’s story?” “What can I do to evoke positive change?”

To read more about our Awareness In Action Program (AAP), click here.

Pilipinx Entrepreneurs & Leaders Summit

Sharing for our friends at BRIDGE:

BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach & Retention, Pilipinxs in Business and Law (PIBL) and TheFilipinoConsultant proudly present the second annual Pilipinx Leaders and Entrepreneurs Summit!

PLES 2020 is a two-day online networking conference aimed to help Filipinx/Filipinx American students to learn to claim their space as they begin to pursue their career goals. This event seeks to provide students and recent graduates the skills to build, foster and utilize networks to help them advance in the professional world. Networks can be a powerful tool to help us navigate the professional world, but while it’s easy to make an initial introduction, how can you turn those introductions into internship and job opportunities? PLES is also a space to directly network with the rising and established Filipinx identified leaders and professionals from various fields who will also be a part of this space.

The conference will take place from 11am-1pm on May 23 & 24 via Zoom and Google Meets. We will be featuring a panel of UC Davis Fil Am alumni who graduated in 2008 during the recession and will be sharing their experiences navigating the job market during that time. On Sunday at the end of the program from 1:00-2:30pm, we will be facilitating open networking sessions organized by industry. This event is FREE to attend and open to ALL Filipinx identifying high school/college students and professionals of any level/industry.

Industries that we will have represented this year include the following from many different companies/groups:

  • Accounting, Finance, Consulting
  • Public Health, Healthcare Administration
  • Food/Beverage, Entrepreneurship, Non-Profit
  • Marketing/Advertising, Graphic Design, UI&UX
  • Journalism/News, Media/Broadcasting, Communications/Public Relations
  • Education, Social Work, Human Resources
  • Software Engineering, Engineering, Information Technology
  • Tech/AI/Gaming, Project Management, Beauty/Fashion
  • Public Affairs, Legal, Policy

RSVP Form: Event Page with detailed agenda and FAQs answered:

If you have any questions or concerns about PLES 2020, feel free to reach out to Isabelle Perlada at

Joining the Zoom Party!

Hi Kasamas —

We hope that you’re doing well despite the ever-changing landscape in our world right. If there’s one beatitude we hope to impart, is that we ask you to remain kind to yourself and your loved ones during these times.

To keep our organization moving in the name of providing a sense of community and togetherness during the shelter-in-place (SIP) orders, we’ve joined the Zoom party and have been conducting monthly meetings via virtual meetings.

Earlier this month, we hosted our monthly meeting via Zoom where we sketched out our organization’s plans for converting our policy advocacy, programs, and civic initiatives work to completely online format.

To share more on these updates, we are planning for virtual settings for our following programs and initiatives:

  • 2020 Spring Training: April-May 2020
  • 2020 Awareness in Action Program (AAP): June-August 2020
  • Policy Advocacy Activities Around Fil Steering Committee

If you would like to participate in our monthly Zoom meetings (till the foreseeable future), please message us today.

LEAD Filipino

Support Fil Am Businesses in the South Bay during Shelter-in-Place Mandates!

Hi Kasamas —

Together, we’ll get through the other end of the current COVID-19 pandemic. While our resident county, Santa Clara County, continues to see a surge in coronavirus cases, we salute our healthcare professionals and essential businesses that continue to serve the frontlines to bring us our goods, sustenance, and conveniences.

Please consider supporting Fil Am Businesses in the San Jose/South Bay Area during our shelter-in-place mandates.

Local community advocate, and long-time Fly Pinays co-emcee, Ate Ann Reginio, has put together an interactive Google Map (click here) that displays all of the local Fil Am restaurants, grocery stories, and dining options that you can patronize during this time.

Directory of South Bay Area Fil Am Small Businesses & Restaurants developed by Ate Ann Reginio (FANHS-Santa Clara Valley Chapter):

San Jose:
Sam’s BBQ Diner
Pinoy Lechon BBQ & Grill
Tapsilog Bistro
Gabrielle’s Food Market
Aborn Oriental Market
A.A. Perucho Oriental Market
Valerio’s City Bakery

Ima’s Kusina
Luisa & Son
Miles Bistro
Pinoy BBQ Atbp

Western Pacific Filipino Grocery
Clarita’s Filipino Cuisine
Magic Work
Rene Rose Island Cuisine

Palo Alto:
Blend @Annette’s Cafe

Santa Clara:
Topping’s Tree
Pepper’s Corner Cafe

Census Roundtable with SCU’s Filipino American Law Society

On March 4, we were invited to lead a Lunch Roundtable with the members of Santa Clara University’s Filipino American Law Society (FALS) focused on the 2020 Census and its relationship with America’s 4 million Filipin@s!

For a little over an hour, we discussed technical realities, such as the importance of the Census, what it does and how the data are used, and the ways in which we can ensure that specific “Hard to Count” Fil Am communities are counted in our country’s 2020 Census.

Many of you should’ve already received your 2020 Census questionnaire mailer, which should’ve prompted you to complete the ~20 minute form online.

The 2020 Census marks the first time in our nation’s history that the questionnaire is paperless.

The Census is currently being administered throughout the United States and will responses will be continued to be collected till July.

Puso to Puso Talks | Ep. 1

Earlier this month, we made the decision to postpone our 2020 Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit — a rich tradition that we’ve celebrated the past three years and have grown to look forward to.

On Saturday, March 14th from 10am-11:30am, in lieu of the original date that we had held for our 2020 Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit, we held our first Puso to Puso Talks, focused on Mental Health and Intergenerational Communication in the Fil community! Our first Puso to Puso featured:

  • Dr. Jeannie Celestial, PhD
  • Adelina Tancioco, Founder of Surrendered Healing
  • Steph Gancayco, Founder of Hella Pinay
  • Kamille Rose Soler, Founder of The Ultimate LYFE

Attracting 57 participants, our Puso to Puso Talk engaged our guest speakers in their views and experience(s) on protecting one’s Mental Health, communicating one’s needs, and building connections with family members that might not be as open to discussing mental health.

While we’re still working to identify a new date for our Fly Pinays network of 200 women and girls from across the region, we wasted no time in continuing to hold space.

We plan on hosting two more Puso to Puso Talks as we lead into the fall season.

Please stay tuned for updates!

LEAD Filipino

COVID-19 Response

To our members, organizers, student leaders, and families —

Since the coronavirus shook our world globally, a mere several weeks ago, our organization – while being run through grassroots coordination – has worked tirelessly and sensitively to adjust our programs, postpone events, and prepare for our future together.

As we’re nestled in San Jose, resident in the County of Santa Clara, you can imagine that we’re monitoring and adhering to our local public health directives with bated breath. On Monday, March 16th, 5 Bay Area counties issued “shelter-in-place” orders which has rippled through our educational, public, and private systems. This order will remain in place till April 7th, with the high chances of an extension.

We’re certainly keeping a watchful eye on the minute-by-minute developments, but are well aware that we will continue to make organizational and programmatic decisions the best we can, with the information we have.

Recognizing that local, regional, state, and federal changes are quire dynamic, with ever-evolving protocols and safety measures, we want to remain an open, educational and community-based resource the best that we can, during this time.

At this time, we have postponed the following LEAD Filipino – collaborative and produced events:

  • Postponed: 2020 Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit (Announcing new date in April)
  • Postponed: Tech Tour with Cisco’s Filipino Professionals Network (FPN)
  • Postponed: 2020 Statewide Fil Advocacy Day in Sacramento

To coalesce with recent movements to shift programming and events to virtual settings, we’re planning to offer our following programs online:

  • Virtual: Census educational workshops
  • Virtual: Fil Steering Committee policy work groups on Civic Engagement

Please continue to stay vigilant, safe, and well during this time. Shelter-in-place orders aren’t a legal mandate, but please exercise judicious decision-making when choosing to go into stores or settings for your essential services, as limiting community exposure is the only way to suss out the increased transmission and infection rates that are consistently rising.

To ensure that you’re receiving our organization’s invitations on upcoming workshops and virtual sessions, please message us here.

Be well,

LEAD Filipino

2020 Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit Postponed

For the past several days, our Fly Pinays Planning Committee has monitored reports from the CDC, our respective County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, and consulted with medical and health professionals within our network. 

As the reported COVID-19 cases increase in Santa Clara County, the “home base” for our Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit, we’ve made the difficult decision of postponing Saturday’s Annual Fly Pinays to later this fall.  We will announce the new date later this week. 

This choice was not made lightly.

Yet, the decision was a collective one that supports LEAD Filipino’s priority to act responsibly and safely during a time now labeled as a “pandemic.”

We’re working on identifying a fall date, for the September-October timeframe and will share updates as they come.

To all of our 2020 Annual Fly Pinays supporters, please allow us till Thursday, March 12th to fully process all of the refunds from our Leadership Summit registrations.

Pre-Session with our Fly Pinays

Since 2017, we’ve hosted a “Pre-Session” with our Fly Pinays attendees — an intentionally intimate gathering meant to break the ice and introduce the purpose of our Fly Pinays program.

Earlier this morning, we hosted our 4th Fly Pinays-Pre-Session!

Since 2017, our volunteer-led Fly Pinays Organizing Committee has produced small Pre-Sessions to welcome our Leadership Summit attendees, lead ice breakers, and engage in fun, “getting to know you” activities.

In the weeks to come, we’ll be looking forward to our 2020 Annual “Be The Vision” Fly Pinays Leadership Summit that’ll be held at Mission College on Saturday, March 14th, you surely don’t want to miss our largest event of the year.

Register for our 2020 Annual Fly Pinays today!