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Depth of Field Z O O M I N , Z O O M O UT, F O C US & T A K E THE PIC TUR E

2009 Fall Dialogue HOSTED BY

FIND Inc. in District VII at Virginia Commonwealth University November 20-22, 2009 F O R M O RE IN F O VISIT WWW.FINDINC.ORG/DIALOGUE2009


TABLE OF CONTENTS 6

Letter from the National Chair

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Letter from the Tri-Chairs

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FIND, Inc. Districts

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About DVII

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The Itinerary

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The Guidelines

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Depth of Field

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The Workshops

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Opening Speaker

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Closing Speaker

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The Entertainment

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Sponsors + Vendors

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The 2009 Planning Board

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The National Directors

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Dialogue Facilities + Map

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Dining Options + Map

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Corazon Aquino

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Typhoon Ondoy

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Sponsor Ads

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Many Thanks

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Filipino American History Month

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Notes + Autographs


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LETTER FROM THE NATIONAL CHAIR

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LETTER FROM THE TRI-CHAIRS

Dear Delegates,

Delegates,

On behalf of the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Incorporated (FIND, Inc.), welcome to FIND, Inc. 2009 Fall Dialogue: Depth of Field at Virginia Commonwealth University. District VII and your National Directors have worked diligently to put this Dialogue together, zooming in to each and every detail, zooming out to see how Dialogue will affect all of you, and remembering to focus on the purpose and goals of this Dialogue.

To all in attendance, it is our honor to welcome you to the much-anticipated 2009 Fall Dialogue: Depth of Field, hosted by the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Incorporated (FIND, Inc.) in District VII at Virginia Commonwealth University.

I would like to commend the National Directors and the FIND, Inc. 2009 Fall Dialogue Planning Board for all their efforts in planning this event. The theme and content are intense, and putting them together in an effective manner was an arduous journey, involving a great deal of time and hard work. I am pleased with the final product that you all will soon experience and hope that you will feel the same at the end of the day. To the Planning Board and National Directors, congratulations! The material with which you will be presented will take you on a rather progressive approach to answering a question of paramount significance to not just Filipinos, but to each and every individual – Who am I? So simple a question, yet the complexities involved to formulate a complete response cannot enable one to answer in just one weekend. That answer may not come today, tomorrow, or even this month. But all I ask is that everyone in attendance opens his or her mind and really thinks about what identity means to the individual.

The 2009 Fall Dialogue Planning Board and National Directors have wholeheartedly dedicated their time to making sure that this year’s Dialogue strikes a chord in each and every delegate, allowing them to realize the significance of perspective. This year’s Dialogue, Depth of Field, uses the concept of photography as an individualistic idea and applies it to promoting Critical Filipino-American Studies and a sense of agency to delegates of all backgrounds. A photographer is an artist who holds the power to look through the viewfinder, focus on a subject, and capture the image in such a way that provokes inspiration and meaning to others. “Depth of Field” signifies the amount of space within lens view which will maintain acceptable focus at given settings, thus challenging delegates to zoom in on the big picture and strike a balance between recognizing Filipino history and understanding its necessary impact on the shaping of perspectives today.

Maraming salamat po sa lahat!

As Tri-Chairs of this year’s Planning Board, we profoundly appreciate the tireless dedication that the rest of our Planning Board, our Moderators, our Volunteers, the National Directors and Advisors have invested into this historic event. It has been an extraordinarily long six months putting this dialogue together, complete with hours-long meetings both in person and through video conference, traveling hundreds of miles, sweat, tears, laughs, but finally, here we are, ready to share with you all the fruits of our dedication and passion. We only hope that you, the delegates, get as much out of this dialogue as we put into it, and hopefully more.

Sincerely,

Thank you everyone, and we are proud to present to you: Depth of Field.

Christopher Eleázar

Truly,

I challenge and invite you to take pictures for your own mental album. Zoom in to assess what you already believe and know. Zoom out to see how you came to acquire that knowledge. Focus on how it all relates back to you. And whenever you come to an understanding, ‘Say cheese!’

National Chairperson 2009-2010 Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc.

Khloe Gatmaitan

FIND, Inc. National Director of District VII FIND, Inc. 2009 Fall Dialogue Tri-Chair of Content

Elijah Trinidad

FIND, Inc. National Director of District VII FIND, Inc. 2009 Fall Dialogue Tri-Chair of Communication

Dawn Panaguiton

Vice President of ODU-FASA 2009-2010 FIND, Inc. 2009 Fall Dialogue Tri-Chair of Finance


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ABOUT DISTRICT VII

FIND, INC. DISTRICTS

The Host District

District VII Board Daniel Gonzales / Coordinator Jocelyn Quicho / Secretary Adrianne Castro / Historian

DISTRICT I / Eastern New England Greater Boston, Maine, New Hampshire + Rhode Island DISTRICT II / Western New England Connecticut, Western Massachusetts + Vermont DISTRICT III / Metro New York Metropolitan New York, Northern New Jersey, + Long Island DISTRICT IV / Upstate New York All of the State of New York north of metropolitan New York City DISTRICT V / Pennsylvania-New Jersey Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey + Delaware DISTRICT VI / Mid-Atlantic Coast District of Columbia, Maryland, Northern Virginia DISTRICT VII / Greater Virginia Area Central + Southern Virginia

History in the Making District 7 (DVII) of the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Incorporated (FIND, Inc.) was founded in 1993 by a group of Virginia college students after attending the George Washington University National Conference in the spring of 1993. The DVII family was originally composed of the College of William and Mary, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University joined soon thereafter. DVII was formally inducted in the fall of 1993 during the second National Dialogue, which was held in Rochester, New York.

A Tradition of Excellence DVII is one of the largest and most vast districts in the FIND, Inc. The great distance between the schools has presented many challenges, yet DVII has managed to host three National Dialogues; one at the University of Virginia in 1995, the second at Old Dominion University in 1999, and the most recent at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2007. In the spring of 2005, DVII hosted the National Conference, which was held at the College of William and Mary. DVII has made great strides in Filipino American education with the establishment of an annual MiniDialogue and the implementation of the Standardizing Filipino American Studies (SFAS)program. DVII advocacy efforts include its partnership in the formation of the Virginia Chapter of Student Action for Veterans Equity (SAVE-VA).

Bringing Communities Together The emergence and existence of DVII was influenced and is continually supported by the large concentrated Filipino population of the Hampton Roads area, with its active Filipino Community. DVII leaders also utilize the Filipino and Asian / Pacific Islander communities of the Richmond Metropolitan region and the Northern Virginia region. DVII Family DVII is composed of six active member schools that refer to each other as sibling organizations: + + + + + +

College of William and Mary Old Dominion University Tidewater Community College University of Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


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THE ITINERARY

THE GUIDELINES

Saturday, November 21

8:00AM - 12:00PM

Registration

For All Delegates

Commons: Richmond Salons

9:00AM - 10:00AM Opening Ceremony

Commons: Commonwealth Ballroom + Theater

10:10AM - 11:25AM

Harris / Hibbs / Oliver / Temple

Workshop Session I

11:35AM - 12:50PM

Workshop Session II

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Lunch

2:40PM - 3:55PM

Workshop Session III

Harris / Hibbs / Oliver / Temple

4:05PM - 4:50PM

District Caucuses

Temple Lecture Halls + Landmark Theater

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Closing Ceremony

Landmark Theater

6:00PM - 7:50PM

Dinner / Vendor Time

6:30PM - 7:30PM

Dress Rehearsal

Landmark Theater

8:00PM - 10:00PM

Photo Exhibition / Culture Show

Landmark Theater

Harris / Hibbs / Oliver / Temple

I Name badges will be checked at all dialogue entrances to dialogue workshops, opening + closing ceremonies, and the culture show

II You will receive a verification of attendance at each dialogue workshop you attend, which can be used for priority saeting during the culture show.

III Admittance to any portion of the dialogue without an ID badge will cost each individual $35 the same fee as non-member onsite registration.

IV Replacing a lost or stolen ID badge will also cost $35.

Thank you for your cooperation. The Dialogue Planning Board

V Bottom Line: Please wear your name badges at all times.


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DEPTH OF FIELD

THE WORKSHOPS

Zoom in to self. Zoom out for history. When in focus, take the picture.

Statement of Purpose In hosting FIND National Dialogue 2009, the purpose of FIND D7 is to promote Critical Filipino-American Studies and a sense of agency to delegates of all backgrounds. General history of the Philippine struggle, including colonization in the Philippines, immigration to the United States, etc. are important in understanding self, being aware, changing world views, sharing that knowledge, and applying it to present-day perspectives. The workshops will spark the interest to take action individually using the knowledge acquired. Zooming In Understand how power and privilege shape identity via race, class, and gender. Zooming Out Illuminate history of colonization to show how power and privilege is constructed. Taking the Picture Show how knowledge of identity, the struggle, and history can be applied to transform peoples’ lives. Depth of Field The amount of space within lens view which will maintain acceptable focus at given settings. The concept of photography is an individualistic idea. The photographer holds his tool, the camera in hand, and holds the power to look through the viewfinder, focus on a subject, and capture the image. The delegates will feel empowered to take action and critically analyze their history and its effects on their environment.

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It is not enough to simply know history…we must know what to do with history.” Francis Tanglao-Aguas, opening keynote speech at FIND Conference 2008

…Thinking critically is at the heart of anybody transforming their life and I really believe that a person who thinks critically (who may be extraordinarily disadvantaged materially) can find ways to transform their lives that can be deeply and profoundly meaningful…” bell hooks, Cultural Criticism as Transformation The questions which one asks oneself, begin to illuminate the world and become one’s key to the experience of others” James Arthur Baldwin

Three Breakout Sessions

I Workshop I will focus on understanding the different backgrounds of the delegates and group dynamics. Delegates will deconstruct their notions of culture and Filipino/a culture. They will be able to understand that there is interplay between race, gender, and class within the group. This dialogue aims to examine and discuss how culture, race, gender, and class affect each individual. It will segue into a discussion about how these ideas are historically constructed through colonialism. Objective: Understand how power and privilege shape identity via race, class, and gender.

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III

Workshop II will focus on the history of colonization in the Philippines and how it contributed to the reality of the conditions of Filipinos around the world. Delegates will discuss how colonization relates to the resources and self determination available to people in power and to those who have little.

Workshop III will introduce the idea of “critical thinking” v. “mindless consumption”. It is more important to critically understand Filipino culture and history’s relevance than to simply know the facts. Delegates will learn how the ideas talked about in Workshops II and I work in the lives of Filipinos.

Objective: Illuminate history of colonization to show how power and privilege is constructed.

Objective: Show how knowledge of identity and history can be applied to positively transform peoples’ lives and experiences.


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OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER Ray Obispo

Mr. Obispo continues to be a FANHS National Trustee since 1999. Since 1994, he teaches Sociology and History at Salem High School in Virginia Beach. In 1994, he became the founder and adviser of Salem High School’s student organization, Filipino American Cultural Society (FACS). FACS is nationally recognized on creative ways to teach and learn Filipino American history. Through dramatic skits and spoken word performances, students learn how one’s identity is connected to the Community. By having students take responsibility in recognizing and cherishing this bond meets the ultimate goal of all community-based organizations…to make society a better place for all to live and enjoy. Mr. Obispo received the 1998 Philippine American Literary Sports and Arts Foundation Award, and the Human Rights Award in Virginia Beach, 2003. He co-authored the FANHS-HR Filipino American history book…”In Our Auntie’s Words: The Filipino Spirit of Hampton Roads” (2004) and helped produce a second book…”In Our Uncles’ Words: We Fought For Freedom” (2007). Mr. Obispo directed the first Asian Pacific American Heritage Showcase in October 2007. Throughout the years, he has played an active role in many youth summits, student lock-ins and workshops for both students and educators. He is considered nationally as an icon for future Filipino American educators who are committed in building Community.

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CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER Allen L. Bergano, DDS

Allan is a second-generation Pinoy, born and raised in Seattle, Washington. For almost 40 years, he continues to be involved in programs dedicated to increase Filipino American consciousness through active involvement for the betterment of one’s community. By being a delegate at the 1st Filipino Young Peoples Far West Convention held in Seattle of August/1971, he became one of the founders of the Filipino American movement. Although he has never taken a class as a student, he was a featured lecturer in the first Filipino American Studies Class at the University of Washington in 1974. In the February, 1980 Seattle-King County Dental Society Journal, he was featured as “society’s future dentist”, one who is rooted in developing one’s community. In 1981, he became the first Pinoy to graduate from the UW school of dentistry. In 1983, he opened his dental clinic and became the first Pinoy dentist in private practice in the state of Virginia. With his wife Edwina, they both founded the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS-HR) in 1990. This Chapter is the first one established on the East coast, the 4th oldest among 26 chapters nationally and the oldest chapter east of the Rockies. Through the years, FANHS-HR developed youth summits, symposiums and published two Filipino American history books featuring pioneers of the 757…”In Our Aunties’ Words: The Filipino Spirit of Hampton Roads” (2005)…”In Our Uncles’ Words: We Fought For Freedom” (2007). In the 1990s, both became founding mentors of various Filipino American college and high school student organizations on the east coast. Some of those include: FASA (ODU and VT), FIND and FACS. Allan is a published writer on colonial mentality and identity. He is a nationally known lecturer, motivational speaker…an accomplished musician and marathon racer…avid golfer and perpetual promoter of Filipino Americanism. Among his peers, he is fondly referred to as “Da Truth”. Currently, he is finishing his first novel…”The Last Pinoy”.


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THE ENTERTAINMENT

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SPONSORS & VENDORS

Culture Show Set List

8PM

National Anthems Sung by FACT at VCU

8:05PM

Introduction

8:10PM

Keating Underground

8:20PM

Marco Mercado + Alex Cena

8:30PM

ODU FASA Maglalatik Traditional Dance

8:35PM

CREWcial

8:40PM

W+M FASA Short Film

8:45PM

VT FASA Traditional Dance

8:50PM

Roxas Brothers

9:00PM

INTERMISSION / Slideshow

Sponsors + j9 shoppe + FANHS-HR Filipino American National Historical Society - Hampton Roads Chapter + PACP Philippine American Community of the Peninsula + Maymar International Food Mart

www.j9shoppe.com www.fanhs-hr.org

Vendors 9:15PM

Role Call

9:20PM

Jessica Millete

9:25PM

UVA OYFA Sakuting Traditional Dance

9:30PM

Bamboom

9:35PM

Tim Be Told

9:45PM

VCU FACT Singkil Inspired Traditional Dance

9:50PM

Erika David

+ + + + + + + + +

ECAASU Tim Be Told FAACV Typhoon AIREAL APPAREL FOAM Apparel Taglish Tees The Other Duck Respect My Celebrity Manila Gorilla

www.ecaasu.org www.timbetold.com www.faacv.org www.airealapparel.com www.foamapparel.com www.taglishtees.com www.theotherduck.com twitter.com/RespectMyTwit www.manilagorilla.com


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THE 2009 PLANNING BOARD

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THE 2009 PLANNING BOARD

Tri-Chairs

National Directors

Cluster I: Content

Cluster II: Communication

Cluster III: Finance

Cluster I / Content Khloe Gatmaitan

District I Maria Bisquera

Facilities Richelle Alagaban / VCU Harvey Samaco / VCU

Volunteers Alaina Herrera / Virginia Tech Maureen Mones / VCU

Accommodations Regina Balagtas / VCU Charles Wood / UVA

Cluster II / Communication Elijah Trinidad

District III Cris “Chi” Eleazar / Lynda Rattanacommon / Corinne Sarmiento

Cluster III / Finance Dawn Panaguiton

District V Allen Alzona / Mark Antonio

Entertainment Amanda Andrei / William + Mary JD Salinas / ODU

Website + Graphic Design Quio Gallegos / Virginia Tech Jessica Millete / VCU

Registration Adrianne Castro / UVA Gary Llames / VCU

Workshop Roberto Jamora / VCU Alumni Katrina Villaviciencio / Virginia Tech

Public Relations Emmyrose Khan / ODU

Sponsors + Vendors Christina Edwards / VCU

Documentation Mark Garcia / TCC Nikko Mendoza / ODU

Fundraising Sophie Yuth / VCU

District VI Erwin Cabrera / Alan DePerio District VII Khloe Gatmaitan / Elijah Trinidad

Speakers Sharmaine Placides / VCU Jocelyn Quicho / UVA

Finance Maria McNealy / VCU


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ABOUT THE NATIONAL DIRECTORS

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Mark Antonio / District V Senior at Drexel University Major: Civil Engineering Favorite childhood video game: Pokemon Blue

Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc.

Maria Fatima Bisquera / District I Senior at Wellesley College Major: Biological Chemistry Favorite childhood video game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game Erwin Cabrera / District VI Senior at University of Maryland, Baltimore County Major: Biological Sciences Favorite childhood video game:Arkanoid

Cris “Chi” Eleazar / District III Senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Class of 2010 Major: Biology First Year at University of Medicine + Dentistry of New Jersey, Class of 2012 Doctorate of Physical Therapy Favorite childhood video game: Battletoads

Lynda Rattanacommon / District III Junior at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Class of 2011 Major: Exercise Science Favorite childhood video game: Super Mario Bros on Nintendo

Alan DePerio / District VI Super Senior at George Mason University Major: Accounting Favorite childhood video game: Tecmo Bowl

Kashmeare “Khloe” Gatmaitan / District VII Senior at Tidewater Community College Major: Fashion Merchandising Favorite childhood video game: “Super Mario Land on the OG Gameboy. I would get SO HYPE when I got to Hyohoi’s stage.”

Corinne “Rin” Sarmiento / District III Super Senior at Rutgers University New Brunswick Major: Food Science and Communications Favorite childhood video game: Megaman 2

Allen Alzona / District V Senior at Drexel University Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite childhood video game: Mortal Kombat

Elijah Trinidad / District VII Super Senior at Virginia Commonwealth University Major: Graphic Design Favorite childhood video game: Contra


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DIALOGUE FACILITIES Map of the facilities being used on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus

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Landmark Theatre

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VCU Student Commons

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Oliver Hall

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Harris Hall

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Hibbs Hall

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T. Edward Temple Building

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Main & Cherry Parking Deck

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Cary & Harrison Parking Deck * Monroe Park will be used as the meeting location in the case of an emergency

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Landmark Theatre District Caucus, Closing Ceremonies, Photo Exhibition, Culture Show VCU Student Commons On-Site Registration Opening Cereminoes

Oliver Hall Workshops

Hibbs Hall Workshops

Harris Hall Workshops

T. Edward Temple Building Workshops, District Caucuses


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DINING OPTIONS The Fan

Carytown/Museum District

VCU Campus

Fast Food 7-11 - Convenient Store Cumberland & Belvidere Aladdin Express – Mediterranean 801 W. Broad St., (804) 359-8500 China Dragon – Chinese 1110 W. Main St., (804) 354-9007 Coliseum Loft Deli & Market 1335 W. Broad St., (804) 359-4480 Little Caesar’s Pizza 920 W. Grace St, (804) 358-4116 Vito’s – Italian 904 W. Grace St., (804) 353-5533

Fast Food Coppola’s – Sandwiches/Delicatessen 2900 W. Cary St., (804) 359-6969 Carytown Burgers & Fries 3500 1/2 W. Cary St., (804) 358-5225 The Eatery – Sandwiches & Chinese 3000 W. Cary St., (804) 353-6171

Alpine Bagel VCU Commons

Sit Down 821 Café – Burgers & Fries 821 W. Cary St., (804) 649-1042 Akida – Sushi 814 N. Robinson St., (804) 359-8036 The Black Sheep – Eatery 901 W. Marshall St., (804) 648-1300 Edo’s Squid – Italian 411 N. Harrison St., (804) 864-5488 Elephant Thai 1100 W. Cary St., (804) 355-3320 Ipanema Café – Vegan & Vegetarian 917 W. Grace St., (804) 213-0190 Little Mexico 1328 W. Cary St., (804) 525-4216 Panda Veg – Vegan & Vegetarian 948 W. Grace St., (804) 359-6688 Strawberry Street Café 421 N. Strawberry St., (804) 353-6860 Sticky Rice – Japanese/Sushi 2232 W. Main St., (804) 358-7870 Village Café – Diner Style Harrison & Grace, (804) 353-8204

Sit Down Galaxy Diner – Diner 3109 W. Cary St., (804) 213-0510 Mom’s Siam – Thai 2811 W. Cary St., (804) 359-7606 Nacho Mama’s – TexMex 3449 W. Cary St., (804) 358-6262 Specialty Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream 2901 W. Cary St., (804) 359-1101 Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream 2911 W. Cary St., (804) 204-2387

Chick-Fil-A VCU Commons Grill Works VCU Commons Nao & Zen VCU Commons Quiznos Subs VCU Bookstore Shafer VCU Dining Hall Starbucks VCU Cabell Library Subway VCU Commons

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Starbucks 1500 W. Broad St. (804) 204-1843

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Verry Berry 1309 W. Broad St. (804) 213-0707

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7-Eleven Grace & Harrison (804) 353-3943

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The Village Cafe 1001 W. Grace St. (804) 353-8204

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Subway 1110 W. Broad St. (804) 355-0433

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Five Guys 931 W. Broad St. (804) 359-0059

Extreme Pizza 941 W. Broad St. (804) 359-2030

10 Tropical Smoothie 14 Sahara

Cold Stone 939 W. Broad St. (804) 342-6006

11 Bo Dillaz

Q’doba 933 W. Broad St. (804) 213-0047

12 Panera

933 W. Broad St. (804) 353-3533

916 W. Broad St. (804) 269-5924

810 W. Grace St. (804) 340-5252

13 Chipotle

810 W. Grace St. (804) 254-9425

813 W. Grace St. (804) 355-4010 15 Saxby’s Coffee

520 W. Franklin St. (804) 343-0006 16 TT Lounge

705 W. Cary St. (804) 343-1331

17 Mojo’s

733 W. Cary St. (804) 644-6676 18 7-Eleven

Main & Harrison (804) 353-3944 19 Mezza

1106 W. Main St. (804) 355-3655 20 Piccola Italy 1100 W. Main St. (804) 355-3111


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IN REMEMBRANCE CORAZON AQUINO January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009

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KEEPING IN MIND TYPHOON ONDOY Worst Tropical Depression

Maria Corazon “Cory” Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino was the 11th President of the Philippines and the first woman to hold such office. Aquino was also the first elected female head of state in Asia. Aquino is best remembered for leading the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, which toppled the authoritarian regime of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines. Cory, as she is affectionately known, is considered and revered by many Filipinos as the Philippines’ Icon of Democracy. She has been hailed by TIME Magazine as the ‘Saint of Democracy,’ due to her well-known spiritual life and strong adherence to non-violence and democracy. After her husband’s assassination, the widowed Aquino became the unwilling and reluctant leader of the opposition against the authoritarian rule of the Marcos regime. She united the fragmented opposition and strengthened its moral crusade against the abuses and excesses of President Marcos’ martial rule. In late 1985, when President Marcos called for a snap election, Cory Aquino was called upon by the people to challenge his regime. Reluctant at first, Aquino thrust herself into the political arena after one million signatures urging her to run for president were presented to her.

Typhoon Ondoy formed early on September 26, 2009, about 860 km (535 mi) to the northwest of Palau. The depression remained weak and was downgraded to a low pressure area later that day by the Japan Meteorological Agency. The low pressure area then reintensified early the next day and was named as Tropical Depression Ondoy by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration as the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert on the depression. It was then reupgraded to a tropical depression by the JMA later that morning before the JTWC followed suit early on September 25, designating the depression as 17W. The intensification of Ondoy was hampered throughout September 25 by the system moving into an area of moderate vertical windshear and an upper level trough of pressure which was moving over the system. It was then upgraded to a Tropical Storm and named as Ketsana before passing over the island of Luzon in the Philippines. As it moved into the South China sea later that day the system dramatically deepened and expanded whilst moving towards the west which lead to the JMA upgrading it to a Severe Tropical Storm.

Aquino oversaw the restoration of democracy in the Philippines and the promulgation of a new constitution, which limited the powers of the presidency and established a bicameral legislature. Her administration gave strong emphasis and concern for civil liberties and human rights, peace talks and dialogues with communist insurgents and Muslim secessionists. Aquino’s economic policies, meanwhile, centered on bringing back economic health and confidence and focused on creating a market-oriented and socially-responsible economy. Despite these achievements, Aquino’s presidency was not smooth-sailing as she had to face series of nine coup attempts against her administration and destructive natural calamities and disasters, which she was able to weather and survive until the end of her term in 1992.

Ketsana brought the worst rainfall to Metro Manila among recorded typhoons since the start of rainfall record keeping according by PAGASA, producing only moderate winds but hours of extremely heavy rain. President Gloria Arroyo declared a “state of calamity” encompassing most of Luzon after at least 86 people were initially reported dead in landslides and other incidents. Flood water levels reached a record 20 feet high in rural areas. As of October 24, 2009, at least 464 deaths were officially reported from the typhoon in the Philippines.

After her term expired in 1992, Aquino returned to private life although she remained active in the public eye, constantly voicing her views and opinions on the pressing political issues in the country. In 2008, Aquino was diagnosed with colon cancer and after enduring a one-year battle with the disease, she peacefully passed away on August 1, 2009.


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MANY THANKS

Specializing in Filipino Cuisine Catering Available Wednesday - Saturday 10AM-6PM Sunday 10AM-5PM 5347 Lila Lane Virginia Beach, VA 23464

owner / Janine B. Rigoroso-Millete

j9 shoppe Monday - Saturday 10A-7P Timberlake Shopping Center 4239 Holland Rd Suite #776 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

goods medical scrubs, footwear, barongs, filipinianas, women’s accessories, handbags, evening bags, gift items, unique jewelry, party dresses

(757) 467-2600 jmillete7@hotmail.com

services faxing, scanning, internet, alterations, jewelry repair, contract postal unit

www.j9shoppe.com

Store / 757 420 9788 Home / 757 468 9827

miscellaneous phone cards, cell phone reload, lottery food goldilocks + magnolia products

Congratulations to the

Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc. Elizabeth G. Panaguiton Philippine American Community of the Peninsula Secretary 2009-2010

Given that the FIND, Inc. 2009 Fall Dialogue was organized on 100% volunteer efforts, we would like to express our gratitude to those who help made it possible. Your commitment of energy, time and resources motivated us to make the first Dialogue to be hosted by VCU a grand success. Without you, Depth of Field would have stayed out of focus. We extend our many thanks to you:

Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc. DIALOGUE + Advisors + National Directors + Bid Team + Tri-Chairs + Planning Board + Moderators + Volunteers + Entertainment + Sponsors + Vendors + Ray Obispo + Allen L. Bergano, DDS + Virginia Commonwealth University Facilities + VCU Student Commons + Activities + Beverly Walker (FACT@VCU Faculty Advisor) + Monique Sample (VCU Student Events Planner) + Valerie Vaughn (VCU Conference Services Planner) + Landmark Theatre + Radiant Printing Services, Inc. DISTRICT VII + Executive Board + College of William + Mary / FASA + Old Dominion University / FASA + Tidewater Community College + University of Virginia / OYFA + Virginia Commonwealth University / FACT + Virginia Tech / FASA

FUNDRAISING + BoDillaz / Richmond, VA + Panera / Richmond, VA + Saxby’s / Richmond, VA + Club Rendezvous / Richmond, VA + Susan’s Kitchenette / Virginia Beach, VA + Skinny Dip / Virginia Beach, VA FACILITY USAGE + VCU Student Commons + ODU Webb Center + Historial Biggs Apartments Community Room c/o Gary Llames + Rich Bernal + 1509 W. Main / Senior Graphic Design Building c/o Jessica Millete + Elijah Trinidad SUPPORT + Family + Friends PHOTO CREDITS + Typhoon Ondoy / Oven Striker http://www.flickr.com/photos/0910kcet + Corazon Aquino / Joe Galvez http://www.flickr.com/photos/joegalvez


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FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH MADE OFFICIAL via CONGRESSIONAL BILL

“H. Res. 780: Recognizing the celebration of Filipino American History Month in October” passed on November 2, 2009. The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) has been promoting Filipino American History Month for more than 20 years. Now, through the collaborative advocacy efforts of many individuals and organizations, Filipino American History Month is officially recognized by the U.S. Congress.

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