Remembering and Speaking

One summer night in August 39 years ago, elderly Filipino manongs were forcibly evicted from the International Hotel, a senior residential facility in the heart of San Francisco. That singular act of cruelty changed the landscape of the city and reverberates until now. We go back to that event, "The Last Night of the I-Hotel" to inform readers of what happened thenand what has happened since. It's a significant part of Filipino American history that's for the books.

Filipinos in Iceland? Of course there are some. Contributor Gia R. Mendoza did a few days stopover in the country and found not only kababayans but also natural wonders that soothed their exhausted bodies. Read all about it in "Finding Warmth in Iceland."

Bright colors dominate Elisa Racelis Boughner's art, as Serina Aidasani describes in "Woman of Colors." Boughner was one of the artists of Filipino heritage who took part in an art exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History recently.

From Switzerland, Cherry Malonzo, who is raising two Tagalog-speaking, brown-eyed boys, makes a case for teaching the mother tongue to children of Filipino expats in "The Gift of Language." 

For our Happy Home Cook recipe, we go back to Judy Ann's Kitchen for her Chicken Binakol.

And our Video of the Week brings to life the history of San Francisco's I-Hotel to accompany our main story.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino