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2014 FANHS National Conference in San Diego

The FANHS National Conference will be July 31 –August 2, 2014 at the Kona Kai Resort & Hotel in San Diego, CA. The theme of the conference is Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity.




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You can also find up-to-date information on FANHS and Beyond Blog


Check out the Conference-at-a-Glance schedule now online to plan your 2014 FANHS Conference. Learn something new, reunite with old friends, and have fun! Download PDF here.


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We have reached capacity for our conference. Limited Saturday One Day Registration on site subject to space availability.
Gala Dinner Tickets Sales…Subject to Hotel Discretion/Regulations.
Please check in with the Onsite Conference Registration Table.


It is a tradition for the FANHS host chapter to organize a pre-conference tour of their city through the lens of Filipino American history. The San Diego historic tour is sold out . If you have registered for the tour, please click here for more information about the tour.


American Airlines is offering a discount for travel for the FANHS Conference. AA discount code is A5174EE
The discount can be booked on-line at for AA/AE flights only, without a ticketing charge, allow at least 1 business hour for loading. Use the Authorization Number noted above without the preceding A as the Promotion Code. May not apply to some contracts.


The Kona Kai Hotel (location for the FANHS 2014 Conference) is SOLD OUT for the lower rate. Click here (pdf) for more information on nearby accommodations in San Diego around Pt Loma. FANHS San Diego also signed a contract for a few rooms at Porto Vista Hotel in Little Italy for pre-conference dates at the low rate of $119, but you must book by July 7. Please note: the weekend rate during the conference is higher and requires a 2 night stay, but averages to less than $200 a night. Call the hotel directly 619 544 0164 and ask for the FANHS room block.


The Authors’ Reception will be July 31, 2014 at 7:00 – 10:00 PM and presenters are already confirmed (download PDF flyer here).  However, if you wish to participate in the reception to sell and sign books, please contact Joe Mazares There is still an opportunity to participate as an author in this capacity.


Join us on Saturday, August 2 @ 7:30 AM for a FREE Zumba Class at the FANHS 2014 Conference. Please wear comfortable clothing & you must wear sneakers/tennis shoes.


Please come to the FANHS Gala to celebrate the closing of the conference. Check out the Gala Souvenir flyer. If your FANHS Chapter, your organization, or if you individually would like to put a tribute in the Gala Program, please consider doing so in the way that would be most meaningful to you. The deadline has been extended to July 7. Please see invitation letter and form . Click here to download letter & form (pdf).


One of the major fund raising events for FANHS National, and a fun part of the conference gala on Saturday evening, August 2nd, is the silent auction. We ask chapters or individuals to please consider donating items for the silent auction. You may send your items to FANHS-San Diego in advance by July 16, 2014 or drop it during the conference no later than July 31 at 3PM. Please click on link for more information  Click here to download (pdf).


For FANHS 2014 Conference Inquiries or Questions, please do NOT call the FANHS National Office. Please send an e-mail to & include your name, e-mail  & phone number if you prefer a phone call. You can expect a response within 3-5 business days.

We are now accepting Donations for the FANHS Conference

FANHS 2014 Conference Theme
Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity

FANHS San Diego Chapter decided on the theme “Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity” last fall. It was in early November 2012 just prior to the Presidential Election and after Filipino American History Month in October. We thought about the importance of an action oriented theme as our nationwide Filipino American community just celebrated the 425th Anniversary of Filipinos landing in California, and as our country was about to embark upon a decisionmoving forward as a nation.


Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) understands the importance of Filipino Americans moving forward in unity. “Kapwa” refers to an indigenous and decolonized term which means shared identity. The core value of kapwa encompasses 1) interaction with others on an equal basis; 2) sensitivity to and regard for others 3) respect and concern; 4) helping each other; 5) understanding each other’s limitations; and 6) rapport with and acceptance of others.


FANHS has a vision to build leaders for the future taking into account a decolonized perspective which looks at our past, our present and our future. Decolonization promotes the cultural connection to one’s kapwa (shared identity), making it possible to identify with one’s people and history, despite personal, generational, educational, social or economic differences. FANHS returns to California in 2014 where Filipinos 1st landed in what is now the continental United States.

2014 also marks the 100th anniversary of the 1st sailing through the Panama Canal which accomplished a land divided and a world united. As the 1st U.S. port of call on the Pacific Coast, north of the Panama Canal, San Diego celebrated the opening of the canal with a grand exposition. This exposition contributed to San Diego’s expansion and attracted many visitors, putting San Diego on the map for the 20th century.

The history of Filipinos coming to the port of San Diego began centuries earlier when Filipinos sailed on the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade ships. Mindful of these significant sailings and the core value of kapwa, as FANHS comes to San Diego we will examine our history, our struggles, and our shared and different identities. With our FANHS 2014 National Conference, we will move our communities forward in unity.


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