Upcoming events:

The Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago will once again be offering the 

Balay Tagalog 101 – Tagalog Class for Beginners
What: Learn Basics of Tagalog while rekindling the Filipino in You. 

When: Eight 60-minute Online Sessions via Zoom for 4 weeks

          or Four 2-hour In-Person Sessions to be held in CHicago for 4 weeks

Instructor – John Paul Dela Rosa 

                     Fullbright FLTA Alumnus

                     Northern Illinois University

Suggested Donation – $ 100 per session

FAHSC Fund Raising Project to preserve and digitize the Filipino American history collection of Estrella Alamar and the Ravelo Family.

Balay Tagalog 101 – Beginner class – a four-week class with the following schedule options:

Option A: Monday and Wednesday, 60 minutes per session via Zoom

(May 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31; June 5 and 7)

Option B: Tuesday and Thursday, 60 minutes per session via Zoom

(May 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; June 1, 6, and 8)

Option C: Every Saturday, two hours per session (in-person)

For enrollees in the Chicago area

(May 13, 20, 27, and June 3)

Following are the time schedules depending on where you are in the U.S.:

Online Options:
Central Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Eastern Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Western Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In-Person Option:

Central Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: TBD

Further your learning of Tagalog and the Filipino culture!
Enroll now in Balay Tagalog 101!

To register for the class, please fill up the Google form 

Any questions please contact Tito Ruben (630)379-9636.

Maraming salamat po!

2022 Events:

SAVE THE DATES – 2022 FANHS Conference

Tue Mar 1 to Thu Mar 31 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4pm PST, 6-7pm EST) for 5 weeks) Balay Tagalog 101t (Tagalog Beginners Class For Filipino Google Network

Sat. April 2, 2022 – Santacruzal Cultural Fashion Show

April 5 to April 30, 2022, Tuesday, and Saturday, 60 minutes each session via Zoom. Class time will be at 6:30 pm to 730pm (CST)– Balay Tagalog 102 (Advanced Tagalog Class)

Sat. April 21, 2022 – Battle of the Bamboos

Sat, June 11, 2022 – SAVE THE DATE – Piyesta Pinoy

Thu Aug 11 to Sat Aug 13, 2022 – FANHS 2022 Conference

2022 Events:

Balay Tagalog 101t (Tagalog Beginners Class)

January 3rd to January 21st in 2022, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 60 minutes each session via Zoom. Class time will be at 3:00-4:00 pm (PST) and 5:00- 6:00 pm (CST).

2021 Events:

October 17, 2021 – Filipino American History Month Celebration

Celebrate Filipino American History Month, the 35 year anniversary of the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, the 30 year anniversary of CIRCA/Pintig and 25 year anniversary of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation at our exhibit event with a luncheon, and performance. Featuring a musical performance by the Samasama Project, Tnikling dance from UIC FIA Cultural, theatrical preview from CIRCA/Pintig and other performances.
Cost & Registration Info: Registration required. $30 ticket, includes food/drink, reserved seat at the luncheon and all performances.
Register here:
Location Info:
Elston Plaza/Seafood City Function Room 3570, N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 

2021 Events:

Apr 27 to May 27, 2021 – FANHS Tagalog Class

May 15-16 – Battle of the Bamboos

Friday May 28, 2021 – at 6pm CT. FANHS History Happy Hour!

Jun 12, 2021Piyesta Pinoy

2020 Events

Jan 18, 2020 – FANHS Greater Chicago Chapter sponsored the Filipino Heritage Group Outing with the Bulls against the Cleveland Cavaliers. More than 100 people attended the event

May 28, 2020 – FAHSC in partnership with the Philippine Co-Curation Group at the Field Museum, NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Sampaguita Scholarship Group hosted a webinar on Habi – Weaving the Language Patterns of Bayanihan, a presentation on Philippine languages with collection highlights from the Field Museum. The speakers are Jaimie Kelly, Head of Anthropology Collections | Anthropology Collection Manager, Field Museum, John Paul DelaRosa,  Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), Northern Illinois University and Rhodalyne Q Gallo-Crail, Instructor | Program Director – Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP), Northern Illinois University. More than 100 people attended the online event.

Jun 15 to Jul 3, 2020 –FAHSC partnered with the PACF to host Bahay Tagalog – a 3-week online Tagalog class for beginners taught by John Paul Dela Rosa, FLTA scholar and teaching assistant from Northern Illinois University. Twent-seven students (age 13 to 65) from the greater Chicago area and other states (including CA, GA, TN, KY, MI and NY) enrolled in the class.

Oct 2, 2020 – 2020 FAHM Celebration Kickoff. Tito Ruben and Consul General gave awards to outstanding Filipino Americans and organizations who have been active participants and supporters of Filipino American activism The Certificate of Recognition plaques were awarded to Dan Anthony Garganera, M.D., Emilio M. Nicolasin, Jr., Joanne Turija, BSN and CIRCA Pintig in recognition and appreciation of their contributions to the history of the Filipina/o American community in the greater Chicago area

Oct 10, 2020 – “Songs of Peace and Justice – a children’s virtual music experience rooted in teaching our children songs that are rooted in our struggle for justice. This experience is suited for preschool aged children and their families, but all are welcome to join us on Zoom for FAHM with the Filipino American National Historical Society of Chicago, Greater Chicago Chapter. Host is Clarissa Aljentera.

Oct 14, 2020 – Lunchtime Chat 1 – Stories of Filipino Activism and Heroism. This week’s topic is the history of activism in the Midwest and the organizing that went into domestic workers rights.  Featured speakers are Jerry Clarito,  Sally Richmond and Kristina Tendilla of AFIRE. Host is Ginger Leopoldo of CIRCA Pintig.

Oct 21, 2020 – Lunchtime Chat 2 – Stories of Filipino Activism and Heroism. This week’s topic is to discuss and invite folks who are in the fight for ethnic studies with Dr. Anna Guevarra, Founding Director of Global Asian Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago and Tracie Noriega, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, San Lorenzo Unified School District in California.

Oct 28, 2020 – Lunchtime Chat 3 – Stories of Filipino Activism and Heroism. This week’s topic is the activism and the sharing of stories by the health care and essential workers during the pandemic. Guest panelists include Terrence Yee, former President of Illinois Nurses Association, Bryan Ranchero, Child Nurse Consultant at Public Health DHS Illinois and Leila Busch, VP North Central Region PNAA 2020-2022.

Oct 29, 2020 – “Pulong ng Bayan” – An Update on Co-Curation – A town hall virtual meeting discussion on the co-curation project of the Field Museum in partnership with the Filipino community. Guest speakers include John Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum of Chicago and Stephen Acabado, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. John’s work with co-curation has shown it is not only a global enterprise, but also a great way to share knowledge, enthusiasm, personal involvement, and responsibility. Stephen’s engaged archaeological work in Ifugao helped establish the Ifugao Community Heritage Galleries that now serve as the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPED) Center in the region.