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This is a list of Filipino Americans who have made significant contributions to the American culture, politics, or society. It also includes those with notable mentions in the American media.

Trivia Time: Who is the second President of the Commonwealth. He is also the founder of the Partido Nacionalista.

Answer: ɐñǝɯso ˙s oıƃɹǝs 

The Revolutionary Leader of Ilocos

Diego Silang

Silang was the leader of the Ilocos rebellion against the Spanish government during 1762 to 1764. His revolt was due to the unfair taxation and other abuses of the Spanish government. 

Spain allied with France during the Seven Years’ War, in opposition to Great Britain. The British in response sought to diminish the Spanish Empire. The seizure of Manila by British naval forces in October, 1762, and the subsequent surrender of the Spanish Philippines to Britain during the British occupation of the Philippines, inspired uprisings in the farthest north of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan, where anti-Spanish sentiments festered. Though Silang initially wanted to replace Spanish functionaries in the Ilocos with native-born officials and volunteered to head Ilocano forces against the British, desperate Spanish administrators instead transferred their powers to the Catholic Bishop of Nueva Segovia (Vigan), who rejected Silang’s offer. Silang’s group attacked the city and imprisoned its priests. He then began an association with the British who appointed him governor of the Ilocos on their behalf and promised him military reinforcement. The British force never materialized.

Silang died at the hands of his friend, Spanish-Ilocano, Miguel Vicos.

Source: the wacky-wacky-pedia

Trivia Time: Who is the ninth President of the Republic of the Philippines? He has a Doctor of Humanities degree from the University of Pangasinan.

Answer: ɐpɐɹʇsǝ ˙ǝ ɥdǝsoɾ

The First Filipino Diplomat

Felipe Agoncillo

A patriot first, lawyer second, Agoncillo is considered the first Pinoy diplomat. He was assigned as ambassador of the revolutionary Philippine government. His main purpose in the United States of America was to push for Philippine independence. 

Because of Agoncillo’s diplomatic effort, going from one country to another, he even needed to sell his wife’s jewelry. When the American gained total control of the Philippines, he went back to Malate, Manila as a poor man. He continued his law practice and took the bar in 1905 and passed with a perfect score. That score is still unmatched up to this day.

Trivia Time: Who is the third President of the third Philippine Republic.

Hint: He is the champion of democracy and idol of the masses. He is also best known for defeating the communist movement, HUK. He died in a plane crash on March 17, 1957.

Answer: ʎɐsʎɐsƃɐɯ ˙ɟ  uoɯɐɹ

February Events at the Yuchengco Museum

We Was There

4/F Upper Wing Gallery

January 13 - March 5, 2011 

We Was There is a continuation of Reflections, a residency and exhibit between young Korean and Filipino artists last May 2010. The intiative brought together four artists from South Korea and four from the Philippines, whoafter spending time exploring both countries—reinterpreted their views based on the similarities and differences of their cultures through contemporary art.  

We Was There showcases individual and collaborative works by Filipino artists Michael Arvin Adrao, Carlo Gabuco, Leslie de Chavez, and Christopher Zamora, and by Korean artists Che Jinsuk, Kwon Jayeon, Lee Soyoung, and Koh Byungsung. On display are paintings, installations, and photographs previously exhibited in Relfections, as well as created thereafter. 

Under a Different Light 


3/F Bridgeway Gallery

 February 19 - April 20, 2011

2 - 3:30 p.m. 

Under a Different Light showcases more than 20 ultraviolet (UV) paintings of women by Edd Aragon, a Filipino cartoonist and artist now based in Sydney, Australia. 

For the past three decades, Aragon has been creating editorial cartoons, comics, and caricatures for Australian and Filipino-Australian newspapers such as The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Philippine Bulletin Today, and Philippine Daily Express. Since 2004, Aragon has been experimenting with UV light-reactive paint  on canvas
 paintings that can be seen only under UV light.

Artist’s Talk: Edd Aragon 

February 21, Monday

 2 - 4 p.m. 

Free with museum admission 

Sydney-based cartoonist and artist Edd Aragon talks about his art and his recent experimentations with UV light-reactive pigments, as shown in the exhibit Under a Different Light.

Lecture is free with museum admission. Slots are limited.
For details and registration, call Elma Abrina at 889-1234 or e-mail info@yuchengcomuseum.org.


Ode to Beauty: Paintings by Chi K’ang 


3/F Bridgeway Gallery 

Ode to Beauty presents the works of Chi K’ang, a prolific Chinese brush painter who was recognized for his exquisite expressions of nature and the female form.

Chi K’ang was born to a family of renowned painters and calligraphers. He was known for his freehand paintings of beautiful court maidens, as well as of horses and orchids. Chi K’ang painted without human models, yet crafted hundreds of different poses and styles featuring modes of dress throughout the Chinese dynasties.

Source: Yuchengcomuseum.org