Register — Fly Pinays Photo Day


Photo Day — Register Today

Fly Pinay Mentors and Mentees!

We know y’all like taking selfies.

To celebrate Fil Am History Month and build up the hype for our 3rd Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit and bring our group of ~150 mentors and mentees together again, we hope you’ll join us for our Photo Day where mentors and mentees can receive free professional headshots, enjoy performances, a community resource fair, and hear from guest speakers!

When: Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Time: 11:30am-4:00pm
Location: Google

Register here to confirm your photo appointment: Fly Pinays Photo Day
*Email for the event password


Fil Am History Month

Get ready for October – Filipin@ American History Month – where we will be working alongside a number of community partners to bring a series of free celebration events to the San Jose-South Bay Area!


Tour & Mock Interviews w/FGN

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Salamat to the Filipino Googler Network (FGN)!

Last Thursday, August 30th, the members of the Filipino Googler Network (FGN) graciously welcomed students from our 3rd AAP Cohort and organizers in an afternoon of career and professional insights and mock interviews.

Throughout the visit, our students and organizers were able to meet, and receive personal advice and guidance from Filipinas and Filipinos, working in a variety of operations, administrative, finance, executive, and STEM-related roles at Google.

Maraming salamat to Alex Bautista and the FGN for dedicating your time last Thursday!  We appreciate your partnership.



Tribute to Manang Dawn Mabalon


A Tribute to Dr. Dawn Mabalon

I didn’t know her well personally.

In fact, although I’d been in the same community spaces with her and had been utilizing her research since I was an undergrad five years ago, I barely had the courage to introduce myself to her this year at the FANHS Conference in Chicago.

She had just completed a workshop called, “Pinays in the Kitchen” with Ate Jo Boston (who I also met that day) and I awkwardly went up to her and thanked her for the work she did.  I know that conference presentations often take lots of prep time in the morning; so I told her I’d talk to her later and that she should eat – and no, she hadn’t eaten yet.  I’m glad I got to thank her that day, but I had no idea it would be the last time I would.

“All roads led to Stockton.”

During the second wave of Filipino immigration to the United States, nearly all Filipinos ended up in Stockton, California at one point in their lives.

It was the place where a Manong would go to find contact with old friends from the Philippines.  It was the starting point in America for many Filipino farm workers, and for many, it was where they were laid to rest. With the post-1965 “brain drain” of the Philippines, Filipinos started coming to the United States in larger waves, in different professions (doctors, lawyers, engineers).  Fewer came as farm laborers and they began to spread out in the U.S., in cities outside of the Central Valley.  But El Dorado Street continues to echo the spirit of the Manongs of the early 1900s.  That South Stockton neighborhood is now preserved as Little Manila.

Doktora Dawn Bohulano Mabalon was the co-founder of Little Manila Foundation, which is now one of the capitals to learn Filipino American history.

If you’ve been a student of any of LEAD Filipino’s educational programs, you are indirectly a student of Dr. Dawn Mabalon. 

Every year I incorporate Delano and Stockton into our curriculum.

Whether it’s a trip to Little Manila or Delano for the Manongs history tours, or my modules on Fil Am History and Movements, that research comes from Doktora Robyn Rodriguez (my own Fil Am professor at Davis), or from Doktora Mabalon’s Little Manila is in the Heartand the many documentaries she has voiced over.

This is a tragic, untimely loss to the community.  But we will continue to honor Doktora’s fierce legacy and passion to create Filipino Studies resources for future generations.  Doktora Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, maraming, maraming salamat for your tireless work in laying the foundation of Filipino American Studies.

I hope we make you proud.

Rest in love and power.

Jay Area
Head Organizer, Education Programs
LEAD Filipino

Students + Summer Paalam Party = Lit!

Congratulations to our Spring Training & 3rd AAP Cohort!

August 31, 2018

On Monday, August 20th, we celebrated the completion of two of our classes:  our Spring Training Leaders (February-May) and 3rd Awareness in Action Program Cohort (June-August) during our 3rd Annual Summer Paalam Party!

Becoming somewhat of a community tradition, our Summer Paalam (Goodbye) Party is not an affair to sleep on — we host a community kamayan feast, pack the evening with interactive activities, guest speakers, and an awards ceremony to recognize the completion of our students’ time, projects, and contributions to our growing organization.

There are no words to describe the elation we feel to see our organization grow.  This year’s Summer Paalam welcomed nearly ~50 participants — students, their loved ones, and our community partners that all helped to make our education programs this past year a success.

Congratulations to our three scholarship award winners: Amelia Huie, Lumbaya Cadwising, and Tyrell Malonzo, for receiving a monetary scholarship and recognition for the CA League of Cities Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.  We were honored to have El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto and Redwood City Councilmember Jeff Gee present the awards to our three students.

Award Winners
8.20.18: Congratulations to our three scholarship award winners: Amelia Huie, Lumbaya Cadwising, and Tyrell Malonzo, pictured with Angelica Cortez, Jay Page, El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto & Redwood City Councilman Jeff Gee.

While we’re sad to graduate another class of emerging and developing young folks, we hope that they each found a connection to the topics reviewed, historic aspects covered, and new level of conversations we discussed with respect to the Filipin@ experience, here in America. 

We wish you all the best, and please, always stay in touch!

Here are more photos from our Annual Summer Paalam Party!  Thank you to everyone that made this year memorable and filled with laughter.

LEAD Filipino

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8.20.18:  Maraming salamat to everyone that attended our 3rd Annual Summer Paalam Party and a huge congratulations to our Spring Training and 3rd AAP Cohort program graduates!
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8.20.18:  Our Spring Training Leaders – watch out for them – as they will be helping us to expand our education work to the East Bay. 
8.20.18:  You know you want some of this kamayan feast yum. 
Organizers at Paalam
8.20.18:  Thank you to our organizing team – we couldn’t do this work without each of you – for the time, talent, and treasure invested into LEAD Filipino. 

Special Thank You to our Supporters, Sponsors, & PartnersSalamat Supporters

Volunteer with us!

Register Voters at Monthly Naturalization Ceremonies!

August 31, 2018

Once a month, LEAD Filipino serves at the County of Santa Clara’s Naturalization Ceremony (held in Campbell, CA) to help register newly naturalized citizens to vote, and furthermore, educate them on their voting rights.

We’re always looking for helpful hands that would like to learn more about our organization and the ways that we involve our community in civic and public issues such as voter efficacy and awareness.

*For students looking for service opportunities, this is a great way to not only learn and meet community organizations, but to develop your own understanding of the power of civic engagement.  We are able to sign off on service hours!

If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


Natz. Ceremonies Coordinator


Celebrate our 3rd AAP on Aug. 20!

AAP 3rd Cohort Photo

August 11, 2018

For the past three summers our small – but mighty – San Jose-based grassroots organization has provided a free and accessible Filipino Studies and Civic Engagement course known as “Awareness in Action” for students, young adults, and families to come share, engage, and open their minds to the Filipin@ experience in America.

The Awareness in Action Program (AAP) is a labor of love developed by our group’s organizer-educators and led by Jay Page, our Head Organizer for Educational Programs. Throughout the year our organizing team works on creating, vetting, and presenting workshops that touch on aspects of Filipin@ history, sociology, psychology and identity to re-energize our Awareness in Action Program (AAP) every summer. In short, you don’t get the same AAP each year – as we constantly push ourselves to bring forth new content, relevant discussions, and dope guest speakers that activate our community’s fight in social, economic, and human justice.

Come Monday, August 20, we’ll be celebrating the completion of our 3rd Awareness in Action Program at Roosevelt Community Center in San Jose – kamayan style!

The Summer Paalam is open to everyone in our community.  We’ll be asking for small donations at the door to support our work, but no one will be turned away!  Come one, come all!

In Community,

LEAD Filipino


Filipin@ Voter Taskforce!

July 31, 2018

We’re currently looking for community members with an interest in diving into our organization’s efforts around ballot proposition analysis and the upcoming California State Election this November!

If you’d like to learn more about the opportunity, please message