Get to know the FANHS Board 2021-23

From top row: Noel Aglubat, Isabella Villacampa, Michelle Amor
Lorial Crowder, Michael Salgarolo, Xenia Diente
Emily Supil, Cecile Sison, Joey Tabaco
Danika Fernandez, John Sapida, Julie Jamora

Noel Aglubat: 
“Much of our experience is unrecorded in the Metro NY area. I believe FANHS MNY has the capability to become their platform to share that history and archive that knowledge.  I also believe in turning our website into a resource for our community, a place where future generations can turn to and learn about the work that has happened, that is happening and will happen in our community.“

Isabella Villacampa: “My vision is to build on the momentum of the work we’ve done so far to continue to be a true community with impactful programming. I am passionate about growing our work in historic preservation and archiving. I envision our Board focusing on a balance of both hosting engaging events and also developing how we gather our history and educate our community.”

Michelle Amor: “I joined the FANHS MNY General Executive Board following graduation, because I wanted to continue serving our Filipino community beyond the collegiate setting. I’ve been honored to work with such a great team and am so proud of all the events we put together.”

General Executive Board Members
Lorial Crowder: “As a 10 year veteran of FANHS MNY and over 20 years of organizing in the Fil-Am community and eager to continue being involved in the sustainability and preservation of the organization, I would like to assist with developing more family friendly programming and continue to build relationships with partner organizations.”

Michael Salgarolo: “I’m a PhD candidate in History at NYU studying Filipino American communities in Louisiana. My grandfather was a Filipino merchant marine, and he and my grandmother settled in Fort Greene, Brooklyn in the 1950s. I’m interested in working with others interested in documenting Filipino American history in New York City.”

Xenia Diente: “Despite 50+ years of Filipino American presence in Woodside, the community has been historically overlooked. In the past few years, through a number of bayanihan efforts, we (as it takes a community!) have organized inspired walking tours, public art interventions, mutual aid with Filipino restaurants and feeding frontline workers, and a petition organized to install “Little Manila” co-name street sign in Woodside. With FANHS MNY and partnering with our communities, we can continue to help creatively build visibility, archive our stories and contributions to NYC.”

Emily Supil: “I helped plan virtual programming in 2020 including creating the concept of Merienda Meetups, which highlights topics and works important to the Filipino Americans community in 10- to 20-minute talks. I would like to focus on expanding Merienda Meetup events and other programming.”

Cecile Sison: “I believe in the goal of FANHS to promote Filipino American history, especially in the New York area. Uncovering and sharing aspects of our history could provide Filipino Americans with a grounding for their identity and actions in our diverse social environment.”

Joey Tabaco: “Hope to continue serving the Metro NY Filipino American community, continue our Merienda, closer contact with FIND D3, and other events related to the historical Pinoyork.”

Danika Fernandez: “I am a proponent of preserving the arts and culture of the Philippines, bridging the artistic gap between Filipinos in the Philippines and in the diaspora while at the same time being a new generational voice for those considering a career in the performing arts.”

John Sapida: “It is my hope to use my experiences and skills to help document the work of FANHS, to advance FANHS MNY’s public history and education initiatives (including assisting FANHS MNY in starting an oral history and education project), and to extend FANHS’ outreach to collegiate organizations.”

Julie Jamora: “I would like to contribute to organizing accessible events for the public; contributing to oral history projects that document our NYC Filipino communities like Little Manila Queens, that face the constant threat of gentrification; and in documenting the history of our NYC Filipino healthcare workers, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”

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© The FilAm 2021

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