There is a strong tradition of Filipinos in the United States hosting events and building community. To carry on this tradition, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns seeks partners to help convene Filipinos across the region for a gathering themed Talakayan at Kamayan: A Day to Celebrate Filipino Culture & Food and Dialogue about our Health, Rights & Concerns. We will be bringing people together to lead and participate in workshops and discussions pertaining to:

CULTURE & HERITAGE: Preserve and celebrate the rich Filipino culture and ensure comprehensive understanding of our heritage.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Promote access to sustainable and culturally humble healthcare and awareness to underserved Filipino communities in the US and the Philippines.

ADVOCACY: Engage our communities to participate in actions to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the US and for economic prosperity and peace in the Philippines.

EDUCATION: Empower our community through community-based learning engagement, including workshops, integrations, and trainings.

 

Theme: Talakayan at Kamayan: A Day to Celebrate Filipino Culture & Food and Dialogue about our Health, Rights & Concerns.

Talakayan is a tagalog word that translates to discussion. This year’s theme aims to inspire our community to start the conversation on how we can come together to build a strong and caring action-oriented network. While we hope the summit sparks discussions, we want do not want it to conclude there. Each discussion, workshop, and panel will identify our next steps as a community, transforming dialogue to action.

Kamayan translates to “by hand” and refers to the traditional Filipino style of eating—communally, and without plates or utensils.Naturally, this practice allows us to engage humbly and genuinely in a collective setting while uplifting Filipino traditions and practices, a vision of what we’d like our network to be.