FOR FILIPINO STUDIES
Are you looking to go the extra mile to support the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies? Consider being a sponsor! 100% of your generous contributions will fund the Center's research, education, and advocacy programs.
We currently have 5 sponsorship levels, and are as follows:
Supporter - $1-249
Linda Mabalot (Bronze) - $250+
Larry Itliong & Philip Vera Cruz (Silver) - $500+
Maria Lorena Barros (Gold) - $1,000+
Gabriela Silang (Platinum) - $3,000+
Carlos Bulosan (Center Sponsor) - $5,000+
To be a sponsor, please donate to the UC Davis Giving website and follow the directions below.
Contact Wayne Jopanda (email@example.com) by filling out the form below and indicate which sponsorship level you'd like to donate to.
Submit your sponsorship funds through the UC Davis Giving Online Website.
Click the button below to access the UC Davis Giving Website.
Supporter $1-249 | Mabalot $250+ | Itliong-Vera Cruz $500+
Barros $1000+ | Silang $3000+ | Bulosan $5000+
After discussing your sponsorship level with Wayne, you will now formally submit your sponsorship donation on the UC Davis website.
On the "Your Gift" page, please write down your discussed donation amount.
NOTE: Please verify that the "Right Now" button is clicked to ensure the one-time donation process. However, you are more than welcome to make your contribution a monthly recurring donation.
Once this is completed, proceed to the "Your Information" page to include your name and address, followed by the "Payment Info" page which will allow you to pay by credit card.
Accepted cards include Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Learn more about the namesake of each level.
Supporters represents the thousands of volunteers and allies who supported (and continue to support) Filipino causes,from the historic Delano Grape Strikes to the modern-day marches for Filipino migrant worker rights. This sponsorship level commemorates these often overlooked & behind-the-scenes supporters of these movements, from those who passed out flyers, cooked lunches, stood in picket lines, volunteered at community centers, and marched down streets.
(Bronze) - $249+
Linda Mabalot was a Filipino American film maker and community activist. Mabalot was born in Fairfield, California on 1953. She grew up in Liberty Island, a small farming town in the Sacramento Delta. Her Father, Thomas Mabalot, a first generation Filipino American, leased and managed 20 acres of land on the Delta. She spent much of her youth’s years assisting her father harvest beats and tomatoes that grew on the land. Her experiences in the fields, along with the writings of Carlos Bulosan, nurtured an interest in social activism.
After high school, Mabalot attended the University of California, Davis and majored in pre-medicine. During her college career, she was active in the Asian Pacific American student movement. On 1977, Mabalot joined Visual Communications, a non-profit organization “dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples, communities and heritage through the media arts.” When Visual Communications faced financial troubles in 1985, Mabalot rose to the position of Executive Director. Mabalot worked on several Filipino American documentaries and projects, including Manong (1977) and Planting Roots: a Pictorial History of Filipinos in California (1981). While working on these projects, Mabalot encountered notable Filipino-American farmworker activists, including Philip Vera Cruz and Willie Barrientos. She was renowned for supporting up-and-coming Asian American filmmakers, establishing the Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival. Mabalot passed away on May 19, 2003 at the age of 49.
LARRY ITLIONG &
PHILIP VERA CRUZ
(Silver) - $500+
Philip Vera Cruz was born on October 25, 1913 at San Nicolas, Pangasinan in the Philippines. He immigrated to the United States on April 6, 1929 and worked in the lettuce fields in Washington and the fishing fleets in Alaska. Itliong first experienced labor activism at the age of 16, as he joined lettuce strikes at Monroe, Washington. His skills as a labor organizer were evident at an early age, as he helped organize salmon and sardine cannery workers in the San-Pedro Wilmington area, where he was elected leader of a Filipino community of about 500 workers. In 1959, Itliong was hired as one of the first organizers for the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC). He quickly rose through the ranks and in 1965 was appointed as AWOC’s southern regional director. After successfully organizing a wage increase in the Coachella Valley, Itliong and his AWOC cohorts aimed at increasing the wages of Delano’s farmworkers. The subsequent denial of the Guiammara wineries and their associates led to the 5 year Delano Grape Strike Strike and Boycott. In the early morning of September 8, 1965 at Delano’s Filipino Community Hall, Itliong and AWOC voted to strike against Delano’s table grape growers. After negotiations with Cesar Chavez’ National Farm Workers Association, the farmworker protest comprised of largely Filipino-Chicano movement. The two organizations eventually merged into the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, with Chavez as director and Itliong as Associate Director. The long boycott finally ended in 1970, with Delano’s table grape growers agreeing to UFWOC’s demands. Despite the victory, Itliong and Chavez often disagreed about the direction with the union, resulting in his resignation in 1971. Despite leaving the union, he spearheaded plans for a retirement home for aging Filipino farmworkers who gave up everything for “the cause”. With his vision, the Paolo Agbayani Retirement Village was opened at Delano’s Forty Acres facility. Itliong passed away in 1977. His accomplishments towards farmworkers and Filipinos is commemorated in California on October 25, which is designated as Larry Itliong Day.
Philip Vera Cruz was born on December 25, 1904 in Saog, Philippines. Vera Cruz arrived in the United States in 1926 and worked several menial jobs including a lumber worker in Spokane, a beet picker in North Dakota, a busboy in Chicago, and eventually as an Asparagus picker in Stockton. Like many Filipino immigrant laborers, Vera Cruz soon realized that America did not allow many opportunities for people of color.In August 1942, Vera Cruz was drafted by the U.S. Army, and shortly after his discharge he relocated to Delano, California. Vera Cruz remained in the Central Valley after his military discharge, following the seasonal crops growth of the California migrant worker circuit. Vera Cruz’s first stint in labor activism was during the 1948 Stockton Asparagus Strike. After participating in the asparagus strike, Vera Cruz began organizing Filipino workers down in Delano. Vera Cruz joined the National Farm Labor Union, an AFL-CIO affiliated union that featured a predominantly Filipino membership, in which he briefly served as the president of the NFLU Delano local. By 1965, he was recruited in the the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and was amongst the coalition of AWOC and NFWA striking against Delano’s table grape growers. As AWOC merged with NFWA in 1967, Vera Cruz served as the organizing committee’s vice president. Despite the success of the grape strike, Vera Cruz noted the minimizing role of Filipinos within the union. Six years after Itliong’s resignation, Vera Cruz left the United Farm Workers. After leaving the union, Vera Cruz became active in the Third World Movement and other progressive movements.Vera Cruz passed away in 1994 in Bakersfield.
MARIA LORENA BARROS
(Gold) - $1000+
Maria Lorena Barros was a major figure that inspired the People’s Power Movement of the 1980s. Barros attended UP (University of the Philippines) where she took up Anthropology. She believed that “you can’t really take up the present without going to the past.” With aims to help Philippine society by researching its socio-political dynamics and past from an anthropological lens, Barros early in her college career became one of the first intellectuals to argue the various institutional barriers and corruption of the Philippine government. She was at the forefront of the student led protests at UP that displayed growing anti-Marcos sentiments felt by the Philippine college youth and advocated communist rhetoric as a means to liberating the Philippine poor from the corruption of the Marcos’ administration. One of her larger contributions to the student movement of the Cold War period was her advocacy for women’s inclusion in the struggle towards an end to Marcos’ oppressive regime and the patriarchal semi-feudal state that the Philippines had become by the early 1970s.
Her political philosophies regarding her initiatives to liberate the Philippines from bureaucrat capitalism, neo-colonialism, and semi-feudalism became further developed by her active organizing at UP including her work with the UP Anthropology Society, the UP Writers Club, the Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan (Association of Democratic Youth, an anti-imperialist and national democratic youth organization), and the Diliman Review (the Academic Journal of UP). While at university, Barros would become the founding chair of the Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan, or MAKIBAKA (Free Movement of New Women), which was a militant women’s organization.
By 1971, Barros would join the New People’s Army, Filipino: Bagong Hukbong Bayan, the military branch of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Working her organization from underground, Barros became a high profile target by the Marcos Administration. Barros would later be captured, tortured, and would later escape to the countryside of Quezon province. After her desperate escape, Barros operated as a guerrillera. By 1976, Barros would find herself caught in a military ambush and was killed in battle. Her death would represent one of the many casualties of the iron grip Marcos’ administration oversaw on human rights. Her poetry and other writings, and her demonstration of radical feminist activism, would also inspire a new wave of Philippine feminism and bring about other branches of women’s empowerment groups such as GABRIELA (General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, and Action).
Silang was a Filipino revolutionary leader during Spain’s colonial hold over the Philippines. Born in Ilocos Sur, Silang would find herself absorbed by the Filipino Independence Movement aiming to oust Spanish control. She would marry another fellow revolutionary, Diego Silang, in 1757 and together by 1762 amassed a grassroots military force (over 2000 recruits) large enough to begin their revolt.
Silang took over the reins of the Ilocos bred independence movement after her husband was assassinated in 1763 by a coalition of Filipino Spanish loyalists and Spanish officials. She was known for her ferocity and military leadership and won the hearts of the people in neighboring cities of Ilocos Sur. As her popularity grew, the people of Ilocos gave her the title of “Henerala,” (a woman general) as she was known to fight alongside her Ilocano comrades in battle with her bolo sword in hand on horseback.
The Spanish colonial military would lose to Gabriela Silang’s revolt in her hometown of Santa, Ilocos Sur. Their multiple defeats by a Philippine woman spurred the Spanish colonial government to exercise all means to capture and shut down sentiments of Filipina/o resistance as Silang’s military base expanded and news of her achievements began to reach the towns of northern Luzon. One of her most famous military efforts include her siege on Vigan. Her forces were overwhelmed by the Spanish retaliation at the siege forcing Silang to go into hiding.
Silang and her compatriots were eventually captured in the mountain town of Abra. At the age of 32, she was executed by public hanging under the colonial government of the Spanish East Indies on September 20, 1763. Today, Gabriela Silang is still honored and remembered for her military victories and role in planting some of the first seeds of Philippine cultural pride and nationalism.
(Platinum) - $3000+
(Center Sponsor) - $3000+
Bulosan stands as one of the most influential literary figures to document and narrate the harsh realities of the early twentieth century Filipino migrant worker. Born in the rural town of Binalonan of Pangasinan province in 1913, Bulosan from an early age experienced first hand the poverty and destitution that stemmed from the ramifications and legacies of the Spanish colonial feudal land tenancy system and American neo-colonialism. Without the necessary land and lineage to support his family, Bulosan set out for the United States in response to American demand for cheap laborers to work the canneries and farms of the West Coast and greater Pacific Northwest. Like many of his generation, traveling to the United States for work represented hopeful opportunities to financially support his loved ones across the Pacific. Bulosan would work all the low wage jobs available specifically to people of color taking on the the jobs of a hotel busboy, dishwasher, seasonal cannery worker, and as a stoop laborer and picker in the fields of California.
Like many of the first waves of Filipino migrant laborers of the manong generation, Bulosan’s hopes for a better life abroad were challenged and met with violence and exclusionary policies that were born from racial prejudices and xenophobia. The Depression Era as Bulosan would describe in his many writings represented a violent period for Filipino nationals: race riots in Watsonville and the Central Coast of California, lynching, anti-miscegenation laws, discriminatory and unsafe working conditions, the burning and looting of Filipino labor camps, and unlivable wages would all culminate in shaping Bulosan’s writing and activism as a union organizer.
By 1956, Bulosan would eventually succumb to bronchopneumonia as a result from the many years of laboring in the unchecked hazardous working conditions common to the fields and canneries of the west coast. Despite his ailing health during his time in the United States, Bulosan’s pen and voice rallied the Filipino communities stretching from California to Washington.
His articles found in Filipino American periodicals like The Philippines Mail advocated for cultural unity, an end to racial discrimination, and the recognition of Filipinos as free thinking, worthy, and industrious peoples. His compilations of poetry, essays, and short stories such as The Laughter of My Father and On Becoming Filipino, along with his semi-autobiographical novel, the reclaimed America Is in the Heart, provide not only the historic backdrop of the early stages of what would become the Farm Labor Movement, but also convey the bittersweet nostalgia for the Philippine Islands and disillusionment with America that the manong generation endured. His voice and passionate efforts as a union leader, author, journalist, and poet would forever preserve the Filipino struggles towards racial inclusion, Philippine nationalism, and the manong generation’s pioneering attempts at defining the Filipino-American identity.