The Fall of the I-Hotel & the Fate of PQ Village

Join APALA San Diego for brunch as we celebrate Filipinx American History Month!

APALA San Diego will be hosting a screening of the documentary “The Fall of the I-Hotel”, a film about the displacement of mostly Filipino residents of a low-income residential hotel in San Francisco and the community organizing efforts to resist its demolition.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion about the housing crisis in San Diego including the current movement to save the last affordable housing development in Rancho Penasquitos where over 300 seniors, veterans and low-income families, most of whom are Filipino, are being forcibly evicted and will be faced with homelessness.

Moderated by Amanda Solomon Amorao, PhD

Guest Panelists:
Art Teodosio Jr. (organizer with PQ Village)
Carol Kim
Felicidad Cayabyab (PQ Village)
Other residents from PQ Village

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 pm
Location: Olivewood Clubhouse
541 East 24th Street
National City, CA 91950

Brunch/food and refreshments will be provided. Please reach out to APALA San Diego if there are any accommodations needed.

Note: It is with great intention that this event has been organized in South San Diego to help continue raise awareness in honor of the organizers and residents of PQ Village, so that we can all mobilize together and show up when the city council meets with the planning commission to decide/vote on the fate of PQ Village.

Endorsed by:
Pillars of the Community
KAMP San Diego
San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
Asian Solidarity Collective
Anakbayan SD

A Review: HALO HALO

By Kuya Marc Pescadera

I came to the Halo Halo show at Lyceum with no expectations at all. I just knew it was a play with several stories and somehow the Filipino American National HIstorical Society (FANHS) was attached to it.

As I watched, I fell in love with so much of it. I was struck with awe in how much effort was put into this. They showed us historical stories I learned in Filipino Studies 16 years ago; they kept it entertaining with the colorful characters; they wove together stories of LGBTQ (Jhiggs), the undocumented, Navy, domestic violence , suicide, gangs, and dance.

But what kept me so intently glued to the stage was how it was unique to Filipino Americans in San Diego. There were numerous times where I saw myself in those stories or next to that person in the story. I was surprised that I saw so many familiar friends, colleagues, mentors, and kasamas portrayed on that stage. I appreciated the contributors’ willingness to let us peer deeper into a window of their lives.

I left the show with so much gratitude for the Filipino American community in San Diego. I also had a forlorn walk away from the theatre knowing that experiencing this show was limited. Which is why I believe it’s important for us to continue to support the arts, and to find as many ways to document our own stories.

What’s your story?