On August 1, the new Executive Board of Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc.’s (UniPro) New York chapter began their one-year term. Appointed by the Board of Directors of the organization, Christine Sicwaten will lead the chapter as President, along with Anthony Castro as Vice President and Kristina London as Secretary.
Rarely do we make spaces of meaningful discussion and reflection with our parents and our children, and with the birth of newer technologies and struggles accelerating, this becomes harder to achieve. UniPro dedicated a space for dialogue between generations and bridging the gap to build a stronger, more empowered Filipino America.
UniPro Summit 2017: “Persist” was inspired by the heightened awareness of the cultural, political, and social justice issues that have arisen in our communities. While there is no easy answer on how to address or solve the issues that our Pilipino American communities face, UniPro is making a commitment to centering these conversations and stories of social change through UniPro Summit 2017.
A discussion among UniPro staff members about The Atlantic's recent piece, "My Family's Slave," the cover story for the June 2017 issue.
UniPro and SIFA are excited to bring together Filipino student leaders from Texas and Oklahoma for a one-day professional conference to share parts of their journey and learn about identity, empowerment, and legacy by finding the commonalities in their past, and leading them to understanding where they belong in the future.
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, organizations serving the Asian American community held a press conference in response to the recent wave of immigration enforcement raids and executive orders by the new president. Gathered at the New York Immigration Coalition, community leaders spoke out on resulting atmosphere of fear and uncertainty in their communities.
In a major victory for the residents and businesses of Woodside, Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee voted unanimously on the evening of January 18 to reject the application of developers to expand and build a six-story 2,000-person capacity megachurch and parking lot in Woodside's "Little Manila" neighborhood.
A reflection of all that has been accomplished in UniPro's New York chapter in 2016, written by Stephanie Chrispin, President of UniPro NY. 2016 has been eventful, challenging, and fruitful, and we thank so many who have supported us, and look forward to continuing our work in 2017! Progress starts here.
What a long road it’s been to get where we’re at right now. While we had our official launch event in April, the initial talks of having a Midwest UniPro chapter happened over a year prior. It took many months of recruiting, community polling, and event planning to ensure that there was even a spot for us among the other great organizations in the region, and that we’d have the capacity to meet the goals we envisioned.
UniPro has made significant progress across the country in our communities in 2016. Despite the numerous events, twists, and turns that have taken place throughout the year, UniPro's work never stopped, and only continued towards realizing one unified and engaged Pilipino America. Our Board Chairperson, Iris Zalun, reflects on all the work that has been done throughout our chapters across the nation.
I do not even know where to start. Coming from the Midwest, I have had the privilege to attend 3 conferences: Unseen Unheard, Filipino Americans Coming Together, and Midwest Filipino American Summit. These three conferences as well as the people who coordinated them have not only become some of my biggest role models but my best friends. It was these experiences that have contributed to my growth both as a leader within my community and as a first generation Filipino American.
Did recent college grad Amanda think that attending UniPro Summit would be integral to setting up a staged reading in New York four years later? 2016 Amanda can confidently say: no, she sure didn’t. As a friend once told me, “It’s not always one big dramatic decision you make and your life changes – it’s all the micro-choices you make day-to-day.” To that I also add, it’s a grateful spirit and our bayanihan, open to possibility and eager to help, that sets our lives and art in motion.
First thing: how long until they build the second Seafood City in the Chicagoland area? The chain had existed for years on the west, but it took years to get here. There’s no shortage of smaller Filipino shops around Illinois, some with movie rentals and some with their own turo turo restaurants built in. But rarely do they have fresh produce or proteins like Seafood City does, nor the immense selection , and the large crowds show that demand has been there. So the question becomes, why did it take so long for us to get the first one?
Last year, Jerome and I both quit our corporate jobs and decided to embark on a new adventure. We launched Cambio Market on a whim of sorts, no expectations or long-term plan. All we had was this burning desire to do something more, to inject meaning and impact into our very comfortable, easy lives here in Toronto. Little did we realize how near and far our whim of an adventure would take us ...