Who We Are

President: Angelica Varona-Camara
Vice President: Ernesto Lizarondo
Treasurer: P. Emraida Kiram

FANHS WI                                                                                                                                        Chapter 21. Chartered on June 12, 2001. Non-profit, 501(c)(3) in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. EID: 91-1295854

National Office:
810 18th Avenue, Suite 201
Seattle, Washington 98122
Executive Director - Dorothy Laigo Cordova, Ph.D.


2001 Hosted FANHS Midwest Conference, St. Norbert's College, De Pere, Wisconsin

2003 Participated at FANHS Midwest Conference, Springfield, Illinois

2004 Participated at National Conference as host St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Celebrating the Centennial of the 1904 World Exposition

2005 Participated at FANHS Midwest Conference, Chicago, Illinois

2006 Participated at National Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of
Filipinos in Hawaii

2007 Participated at FANHS Midwest Conference, Detroit, Michigan

2008 Participated at National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Celebrating the 100th Anniversary
of the Alaskeros.

2009 Will participate at Midwest Conference in Columbus, Ohio, October 16-18, 2009

Community Awards:

1999 Mrs. Norma Clemente, US Post Office Award
"Women Putting Their Stamp on Milwaukee" for Community Service

2000. P. Emraida Kiram, US Post Office Award
"Women Putting Their Stamp on Milwaukee" for Community Service

2006 Alejandro M. Vinluan, M.D. "Bayanihang Pilipino" Award for Community Service, ABS-CBN, California

2008 FANHS WI Award for *"Best of Fair" *special exhibit on "Textiles of the Philippines",. at the International Holiday Folk Fair, sponsored by the International Institute of Wisconsin. State Fair Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 2008.

Community Participation:

a) Asian Moon Festival: Continuous FANHS presence since its inception. Taken active participation as member of the planning committee, including participation in cultural presentations, food exhibits and demonstrations, Information Center.

b) In 2002 responsible for inviting "Lahing Kayumanggi" a Filipino dance group from the Philippines. Sponsored eventual Midwest and National Tour for Lahing Kayumanggi before returning to the Philippines.

c) 2003 Sponsored the Philippine Rondalla of Chicago at the Asian Moon Festival.

d) Speakers and Resource Persons in the Community for Diversity and Cultural Programs, including appearance at local radio and TV stations, Milwaukee Public Schools, Johnson Controls (Milwaukee),
Chubb Insurance (Chicago), Notre Dame University (Indiana), Philippine Community Center (Detroit), University of Chicago (Chicago), Loyola University (Chicago), Stanford University (California).

e) Participated and contributed to the Filipino Community effort at the Shedd Aquarium's, Coral Reef Exhibit, Chicago, Illinois.

f) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. Donated books, warm clothing, educational supplies and souvenirs to:
"The Philippine Youth Leadership Program" also known as ACCESS Philippines, at Northern Illinois University, (NIU) De Kalb, Illinois These are students from 14-17 years of age, from the island of Mindanao, Philippines, on a State Department Grant for a month, studying conflict resolution and the peace process.

g) 2008 Donated Books, educational supplies, and miscellaneous souvenirs to Cultural Citizens and North South Dialogue: Building the National Identity and Civic Participation in the Philippines, at Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois. These were composed of government leaders, NGO's, LGU's and community leaders from various areas of the Philippines.


a) U.S. Postal Office, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

b) Contributed to the Milwaukee Community Quilt "The Cultural Fabric of Milwaukee: Weaving Communities Together" sponsored by the US Postal Service, Milwaukee, in commemoration of its 4th Multicultural Day. The quilt has been donated to the Milwaukee Public Museum and has been displayed at the International Holiday Folk Fair.

c) US Immigration Service Program, through the International Institute, to "Welcome New Citizens."

Community Recognition Awards:

(The "Sarimanok" is a mythical bird of paradise, with a multicolored, lavishly elongated tail, a fish at its beak, and a fish at its feet". There are many legends surrounding the Sarimanok, the most famous being that this bird saved an entire village from starvation, by carrying fish from a distant lake, one at a time, to the village people. It is the symbol of Maranao Royalty, and may be found on top their homes like a weather vane or inside their homes in a place of honor. It is also the logo of FANHS Wisconsin).

a) 2003 Sarimanok Awards: Honoring: "Women of Distinction." Honorees were: Rohde Aliposa, Josefina Sevilla Gardinier, Robin Johnson, Mila Lamerand, Heidi Pascual and Carmelita Stehr

b) 2005 Sarimanok Awards: Honoring: Community Service and Lifetime Achievement".
Community Service Recipients: Carmel Capati, Esq., Claude Carpenter, DDS., Thomas Y. Chua, M.D., Regina Cowell and Rufino Licos Lifetime Achievement Recipients: Agnes Gutierrez Cammer, Norma Crisologo Clemente, Elieser B. Suson, M.D. and Alejandro Mondero Vinluan, M.D.

c) 2009 Sarimanok Awards: Honoring: "Wisconsin's Outstanding Young Professionals", March 21, 2009, Marriott Milwaukee West, W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Waukesha, WI 53186, 5pm.

Cultural Commitment:

HAPAG: Heritage of Asia, Performing Arts Group: *also known as the Heritage Singers. A world class Performing and Singing Group, dedicated to cultural and ethnic music. Performances includes: Sherwood
Conservatory of Music (Chicago, Philippine Consulate General (Chicago), Chicago Art Institute (Chicago),
Chicago City Hall (Chicago) Navy Pier (Chicago), various other venues in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

a) February 18, 2009 Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue. Chicago, Illinois

b) Christmas Concerts and "Simbang Gabi" special appearances in Illinois and Wisconsin.

c) Performances at the Navy Pier and various other venues promoting Philippine Culture, Trade and Tourism, Illinois & Wisconsin.

d) Links and Collaborative work with CIRCA-Pintig - a Filipino theatre group in Chicago, Illinois.

e) June 2008, Three performance with violinist Stephen Shey in Chicago and Wisconsin

Community Links:

a) National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Midwest, Region 3

b) Wisconsin Women of Color Network (WWOC), Madison, Wisconsin

c) FANHS- Midwest Chapter, Chicago, Illinois

d) Rizal-MacArthur Memorial Foundation, (RMMF) Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

FANHS-WISCONSIN     P. O. Box 170755     Milwaukee, WI 53217      

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