Queermmittee Launch

Although Pride Month has come to a close, the work of promoting and elevating the voices of our LGBTQIA+ community doesn’t stop.

Our organization is delighted to announce the launch of our Queermmittee, a space for all LGBTQIA+ community members and allies to engage in conversations and action based on shared interests, values, and experiences. A new space that we’re developing this year, we call anyone in that seeks to help us design experiences that nourish, convene, and uplift our LGBTQIA+ and allies in the San Jose/South Bay community and beyond.

Our Queermmittee will host its first virtual meeting in August! To get involved in these efforts, please contact Celeste Francisco on our team:

Celeste Francisco
Queermmittee Lead Organizer & Education Team

Maraming Salamat: Filipinx Community Town Hall

Hi Kasamas —

On behalf of LEAD Filipino, we would like to graciously thank everyone that participated in this past Wednesday’s Statewide Filipinx Community Town Hall.

In the final hours leading up to the Town Hall, we received notice that our registrations had exceeded 500! To quickly respond to these growing demands, we pivoted and opened a new “virtual meeting” space, which included an entirely new Zoom link. Despite our best efforts to message these new meeting details to everyone, it appears that our initiative fell short. To those that weren’t able to join us due to the sudden change, we deeply apologize for the mishap and miscommunication.

We fully intend to host another Filipinx Community Town Hall, as all of your energy, momentum, and excitement continues to inspire us in our social service and community work that we provide in our neighborhoods and localities.

To get in touch with us, please do reach out!

LEAD Filipino

Filipinx Community Town Hall!

Register for a Virtual State Assembly: A Filipinx Community Town Hall

Wednesday, June 17, 2020



We’re honored to continue serving alongside the members of the statewide Filipinx Policy Steering Committee — 19 other Fil community-based organizations (CBOs), nonprofits, grassroots and collegiate groups from across California to call on all members of the Filipinx community and our allies to engage in a statewide conversation on how our community will participate in the Movement for Black Lives.

Those involved in the journey of our Filipinx Policy Steering Committee know that after an amazing 2020 Filipinx Policy Symposium on February 1 at CSUEB that we wholeheartedly intended to execute another Filipinx Legislative Advocacy Day in Sacramento.

Despite these huge shifts and the status of our country (and world’s) changes, we’re working to constantly redefine and re-engineer our organizing efforts to continually engage our community in issues of statewide and public importance.

Please join us and our 19 other partners in a robust statewide dialogue on the impacts of COVID-19 on Filipinx communities across California, critical updates to our 2020 Policy Platform, and again — raising how we will show up and support the Movement for Black Lives.

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: tinyurl.com/PLES2020RSVPFB Event Page with detailed agenda and FAQs answered: tinyurl.com/PLES2020FB

If you have any questions or concerns about PLES 2020, feel free to reach out to Isabelle Perlada at imperlada@ucdavis.edu.

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.