MANHATTAN — Filipino Americans in New York City kicked off the Filipino American History Month with a fundraiser featuring food, prayer, and traditional live performance for the victims of Hurricane Harvey at Jeepney Gastropub in Manhattan, Tuesday night.
RJ Kaleohano Nadal, president of the Filipino American National History Month – Metro NY Chapter, shared the importance of Filipino American history and the causes that affect society.
“Metropolitan NY Chapter really wants to support the FilVets Recognition Project…. FANHS NY is trying to partner as best as possible to raise the funds needed so that each and every family can get a replica of the gold medal.”
Event organizers also surprised restauranteur Nicole Ponseca and Chef Miguel Trinidad on the fifth anniversary of Jeepney, the Filipino gastropub in the Village, honoring both for their huge contribution to the identity of Philippine cuisine in NYC.
“Read. Know your history,” said artist JP Moraga. “Find out who you are and what makes you are as coming from an indigenous culture – what is that about? That will lead a lot of openings to what you really want and understanding of your humanity.
As the celebration of Fil-Am History Month comes with relevant issues to tackle, these Filipino Americans hope that the heritage and values they hold on to will play a part in building a better community.