What’s Happening in the Bay for Fil-Am History Month


Did you know October is Filipino American History Month? In 2009, Congress passed a resolution that recognizes October as Filipino American History Month in the U.S. Check out some events happening this month!

October 17 Social Justice Music & Art Festival with Headliner Ruby Ibarra

What: The Social Justice Music & Art Festival is an annual event hosted by the Cesar Chavez center on campus presenting many different booths centered around art, food, and games in relation to social justice! Ruby Ibarra, an up-and-coming rapper from the Bay Area, is a Pinay who raps about the struggle of being a Pilipina American in a mixture of both English and Tagalog. So excited and lucky to have such a dope artist perform at our school!

Where: San Jose State University @ Tower Lawn

Time: 4-7 p.m.

October 19 Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader

What: Hosted by LEAD Filipino, come check out this book that is a collection of poems, essays, and articles written by [email protected] writers and edited by Melissa-Ann Nivera Lozano and Anthony Abulencia Santa Ana.

Where: Crema Coffee 950 The Alameda, San Jose

Time:5:30 p.m.

Want more information, click here.

October 20 UndscvrdSF “PINAY POWER”

What: Undscvrd SF is a night market for Pilipino local businesses and artists to showcase and sell their crafts, items, and talent. There will also be food vendors and live music! This month, in celebration of #FAHM2018, there will be an all Pinay music lineup! Also, did I mention this is a FREE event?!

Where: 401 Minna St. @ 5th St SF, CA 94103 behind the SF Chronicle Building

Time: 4-10 p.m. 

October 21-27 Lepetitelefant Pop-up Shop

What: Pilipina artist, Genevieve Santos creates beautiful art from cards, enamel pins, and posters. She will have a pop-up shop in downtown San Jose with moment.sj. Support your local business and shop early for Christmas gifts. Check out some of her designs online here.

Where:60 N. San Pedro St, San Jose, California

Time: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

* Closed Oct. 22

October 25 PAHD or Pilipino American Hxstory Day

What: This is hosted by our very own Filipino American student organization, Akbayan SJSU, with over 500 members! Every year, Akbayan and other Filipino organizations on and off campus have a day on our campus to celebrate Filipino American History month with delicious Pilipino food, history, dance and more.

Where: San Jose State University on Smith and San Carlos lawn

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Want more info? Contact Shanel Adolfo, Akbayan’s cultural chair!

October 27 Akbayan’s Ma”BOO”hay

What: An annual concert filled with talented [email protected] and special guest J.R. Aquino! This concert supports a different charity each year. Not only will you get a show out of this, but local vendors and artists also stop by and sell their crafts! This year, profits are going to Books for the Barrios, a nonprofit that provides educational materials for underserved communities in the Philippines. Pre-sale tickets $12, general admission $15, and $20 for meet and greet.

Where: San Jose State University in Morris Dailey Auditorium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Want more info? Check out the Akbayan table M-Th at the 7th street plaza for ticket sales starting October 4!

October 30 San Jose Council Meeting

What: San Jose Councilman Sergio Jimenez's office has graciously agreed to present a commendation observing October as Filipino American History Month at the City Council meeting

Where: Council Chambers in San Jose’s City Hall (right across the street from SJSU)

Time: 1:30 p.m.


Craving Filipino food? Haven’t had any before? Check out these local businesses that serve the most sarap Filipino authentic dishes!

Toppings Tree Restaurant 1171 Homestead Rd Ste 150 Santa Clara, CA 95050

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

My personal recommendations:

  • Dinuguan (with rice). My favorite filipino dish - so happy they make it at Toppings! This is a savory pork stew with garlic, vinegar, jalapeños and the secret ingredient: pork blood. Don’t knock it till you try it! I promise it is good!

  • Crispy Pata (with rice) Deep-fried pork knuckles. My parents always get this when we eat at Toppings.

  • Tocino (with rice) This is more on the sweeter side - you can get it either as pork, chicken, or beef tocino. Don’t forget to add an egg on top. Honestly, any of the meat is good!

Tapsilog Bistro 819 W Hamilton Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Hours: Monday: CLOSED, Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. , Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. , Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

My personal recommendations:

  • Cantaloupe juice

  • Super sisig lumpia burrito

  • Lechon Kawali silog

  • Tapa Fries

  • Ube Float (ube ice cream mixed with root beer)