Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Smithsonian Exhibit of Filipino-American Centennial Commemoration

The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 16 museums and the National Zoo in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and 2 museums in New York City. When you visit the Smithsonian, you will see why it represents for so many the treasured icons of our past, the vibrant art of the present, and the scientific promise of the future.

It is indeed an honor for the Filipinos to be given a space by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program to show:

1) Exhibit of "Singgalot: Ties That Bind." Open until August 20, 2006, at the S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian.

This exhibit pulls rare photographs from the Library of Congress and private collections together to show the 100 years of Philippine History, following the annexation of the Philippines as a U.S. territory in 1898, as colonial subjects and "nationals," as well as their struggles to acquire full citizenship status in this country. There are fabulous stories of accomplishment and loss, and amazing stories of Filipinos who have contributed to the fabric of this country.

It is highly educational and shows how a colonized people turned into an important and influential American community.

2) Filipino American Curriculum Guide (this is so cute, click here)

Created in conjunction with the Filipino American Centennial Commemoration programs, the curriculum for middle school students provides teachers with the tools to incorporate Filipino American Subject matter into their classes. Also included as a link for students who wish to learn FilAm history on their own.

Information on the exhibit and the curriculum guide from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program website (
www.apa.si.edu), click on the FilAm Centennial Commemoration.

It's worth knowing our roots. See you at the exhibit!

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