Daylight Saving Updates!

So, a lot happened since our last post three months ago. To give you an idea…

Here are a few of the events we’ve had for our amazing staff and mentors:

  • We hosted a fun-filled Brown Carabao Gift Exchange in December! Highlights include eating Porto’s pastries courtesy of Ate Jhea, seeing former KAMPers like Kuya Jon, Kuya Brandon and Ate Gail, and setting a new record for gift steals.
  • We held an incredible Staff & Mentor Winter Retreat in January! See our last reflection post about retreat, written by Ate Michelle.
  • Our research team celebrated their first year working together at an escape room, and they solved it with 38 seconds to spare!

Here’s some of what we’ve done with our wonderful, dedicated community partners:

  • We moved to a different server this month! We’re so grateful for our new home on the internet. Many thanks to Kuya Sev and Kuya Ray for their generosity.
  • We attended Asian Solidarity Collective’s (ASC) first event: Solidarity Get Down! ASC is a new grassroots organization in San Diego whose mission is to activate Asian American social justice consciousness, identify intersectional affiliations, condemn anti-Blackness, and build Asian solidarity with Black folks and other communities of color. Stay posted for updates about our exciting new partnership with ASC!

Here are our reluctant updates about PQ Village:

  • We’re heartbroken, and we’re angry.
  • Earlier this month, San Diego City Council approved the Pacific Village redevelopment proposal with a vote of 8-to-1. Even if they hadn’t, though, policy-driven circumstances had made it so the redevelopment was a shoe-in. What happened with PQ Village is a glaring example of statements like, “The system wasn’t built for us.”
  • For now, we are keeping our ears to the ground for updates. Organizer-friends who are closer to the residents may be sharing call-outs soon, for volunteers to help with packing and moving.

And last but not least, here are our updates about what we’ve done and been working on for our students:

  • We had awesome classroom visits at Sweetwater High School and Mt. Carmel High School (y’all are so on point)!
  • We facilitated a workshop at UC San Diego Kaibigang Pilipinx’s high school conference!
  • And we’ve have officially begun working on FilGrad 2018!!! That’s right. It’s happening.

On that note, if you’re down to help us make FilGrad happen, we’d love to have you join one of our committees! Email us at kampsd[@]gmail[.]com, and we’ll link you up.

–Ate Moe

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

10th Birthday Jam BOGO Sale!

KAMP is holding a BOGO SALE this week only for tickets to our 10th Birthday Jam on Saturday 10/7! Buy one ticket, and get one ticket free! You know that’s a hella good deal. Our BOGO sale lasts through this Saturday 9/30 – and prices go up $5 on Sunday 10/1 – so get ’em soon! ?

**Children and youth under 15 get free admission!**

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Celebrating 10 Years of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program

For Immediate Release: September 6, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program

San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be celebrating its 10th year of empowering San Diego Filipino American youth in exploring their history, culture, and identity. KAMP’s 10th Birthday Jam will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm at the Community Hall of the United Domestic Workers of America AFSCME Local 3930.

In 2007, KAMP informally started as a group of college students and recent graduates who shared a common vision: to forge relationships with Filipinx American youth in San Diego County and build critical knowledge about their identities, history, and culture. KAMP’s founders hosted sala talks (open living room discussions) and realized that many youth lacked basic knowledge of Filipinx American Studies. KAMP grew when it began to partner with local Filipino language teachers and visit their classrooms. At its height, KAMP served 200 students annually at six different high schools and middle schools throughout San Diego County. Not only does KAMP create dynamic learning spaces in classrooms, but it also offers educational workshops for the general community and other Filipino American organizations.

KAMP’s 10th Birthday Jam will honor the many mentors – from its founders, former and current volunteers, partner teachers, and students – who have made these past ten years possible. The evening will feature a keynote address by Dr. Jason Magabo Perez, the author of two hybrid collections of poems, fictions and essays, a chapbook, and a full-length debut book, This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Youth hip hop crew Cypher State will also perform.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please visit


KAMP’s mission is to foster an educational program in and out of the classroom that develops critical thinking skills and primarily focuses on the study of Filipino and Filipino American culture, history and identity in order to pursue social justice.

Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA), KAMP’s fiscal sponsor, provides a space for grassroots, community member led projects strengthening the lives and stories of Asian Pacific Islander (API) Americans in California.



View published press release here.


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?

KAMP’s Summer Mixer


It’s going to be Legend-wait-for-it…….

Coming up on our 9th year of teaching, dialoging and mentoring the Kuyas and Ates want to meet YOU! Come to our summer mixer and ask us about who we are, why we do what we do, and or any other questions you have for us.

RSVP through this event page invitation
or by email through kampsd[at]


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 6:30pm-10pm.


Soda and Swine Liberty Station

2750 Dewey Road # 104

San Diego, California 92106


Free. Some appetizers will be courtesy of KAMP, but feel inclined to buy a snack.

About KAMP
KAMP was officially born when we began to form partnerships with local Filipino language teachers and came to their classrooms once a month to supplement language learning with critical explorations of our identity, history and culture. Not only does KAMP create dynamic learning spaces in classrooms, but we also offer workshops for the general community and fellow Filipino American organizations. Beyond the classroom, KAMP organizes open mics, bboy jams, art shows and other events to help our community express and empower itself. For more info visit the About page here.

…. Dary!