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]gmail.com


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!



Hot Mic: Love Yo’ Self Edition

2016.02.12 Hot Mic Flyer

Before you can love another, you must LOVE YO’ SELF first!

Welcome to the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program’s (KAMP) Hot Mic: #LoveYoSelf edition!!!

Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6:30 to 10pm

Filipino Food and Bakery
2852 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113

Suggested sliding scale donation of $2-5 at the door, but NO ONE will be turned away for lack of funds!

The theme for this year’s Hot Mic is to not only promote loving oneself for Valentine’s Day, but to show love for this year’s high school graduating class. All the proceeds from Hot Mic will benefit this year’s High School Filipin@ Graduation of San Diego (HS FilGrad).

HS FilGrad is an annual celebration hosted by KAMP and the Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego County (FILAMEDA) that honors graduating seniors from local San Diego County high schools. In its 8th year, KAMP and FILAMEDA has hosted HS FilGrad since 2008.

A suggested sliding scale donation of $2-$5 will be asked at the door, but NO ONE will be turned away for lack of funds. However, bring plenty of cash if you want to splurge on your date this year and savor the delicious dishes that will be served by Filipino Food & Bakery. And to slow dance the night away, we have our resident deejay Kuya Olibata on the ones and twos!!!

Want to perform and share your lovin’ feelings with community?
Sign up using the form below!

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So please…

And open some mics with us.

RSVP on our Facebook event!

For more information about KAMP, please email us at kampsd[@]gmail.com.

KAMPasko Party!

Come to KAMP’s Christmas party!

When: Monday 12/21 6pm
Where: Filipino Food and Bakery @ 2852 Main Street

We’ll be doing our famous brown carabao found gift exchange. This means you need to bring a wrapped gift that you either made by hand OR is a found object (don’t spend any $)! Creativity is the key. Maybe the Paul pillow from last year will make an appearance again.

This will be a potluck so please comment on our Facebook event about what you will bring to share.

Lastly, feel free to dress up as your favorite Filipino auntie or uncle!


KAMP, AnakBayan SD, & SD 350 Commemorate Haiyan

On December 8th at Filipino Food and Bakery, KAMP collaborated with AnakBayan San Diego (ABSD), and San Diego 350 to present an event commemorating the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan as part of Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network’s National Day of Remembrance.

ABSD members Ryth and Megan shared about their exposure trip this summer to the Philippines to work with communities most affected by the typhoon. The night also included performances by local artists as well as candlelight vigil. The night highlighted the larger connections between global climate change, social justice, and government corruption. Funds were raised to donate to the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns and their people-to-people efforts for rehabilitation and rebuilding.