Full Circle 9/29/17: Filipino American History Month


TONIGHT’S GUESTS:  John Mejia and Nicole Gervacio

Good evening everyone… and welcome to Full Circle, your cultural affairs radio magazine produced by members of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. This show was written, produced, and recorded in Huichin, occupied Ohlone territory, also known to settlers as the Bay Area.

Here at Full Circle we are overjoyed to welcome my co-host Laura Echegaray back from Puerto Rico! More on that on an upcoming episode. In the meantime, we turn our attention to the month of October – can you believe it’s already here! October is known for many things – pumpkin everything, witches, and here on native soil we get to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. But did you know it’s also Filipino American History Month!?

That’s right! And on tonight’s show…

  • We will give a brief history of the migration of Filipinos to this country.
  • We will time travel back just a few decade’s to Larry Itliong and the role of Filipinos in the Delano farmworker strike.
  • And we will hear from a young Filipino American artist on her use of art as activism, ancestral healing, and a vehicle for nothing less than collective liberation.



Kulturang Pilipino


9/30 – APATURE opening reception @ Kearny Street Workshop / check out Nicole Gervacio’s visual art here! FB event

APATURE has a lot of events in October

10/1Filipino-American History Month celebration Asian art Museum

10/4Lecture @ San Francisco Public Library (Excelsior Branch)

10/7Word + Image: Filipino American Art As Inspiration part of Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival

10/8Filipino Poets in the Diaspora

10/14“Keeping the Legacies Alive” Celebrating Larry Itliong


NICOLE GERVACIO https://www.nicolegervacio.com/


BAMBU http://www.beatrockmusic.com/bambu/

ROCKY RIVERA http://www.beatrockmusic.com/rockyrivera/


About First Voice Apprenticeship

First Voice Apprenticeship is an apprenticeship program at KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley and is designed to provide comprehensive broadcast, technical, and administrative skills training in radio. First Voice also aims to build and strengthen community and empower our participants to find their voice and tell their stories. The First Voice program is based on community building, a collaborative work environment and passing on our skills and stories. We focus on bringing women and people of color into media and work in partnership with Pacifica community radio station KPFA and other community media outlets, both locally and nationally. The First Voice Apprenticeship Program is currently 18 months. Everyone is required to spend one business day each week working at KPFA, as well as two class nights. The dayshift is a three hour shift and apprentices do administrative and production tasks. The dayshift runs on an intergenerational group learning model, with each phase teaching the next, and integrates service to the station, skills acquired in classes, motivation and leadership.
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