Press Release

White House Doctor Connie Mariano and Retired Major General Antonio Taguba to Speak at Filipino American National Historical Society Conference in San Diego

by Tyrone Nagai

San Diego, California July 28, 2014 Dr. Connie Mariano, personal physician to Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, will be the Keynote speaker on Saturday, August 2nd, at 8:00 PM at the 2014 Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Conference, which will be held at the Kona Kai Resort and Marina in San Diego. Dr. Marianothe first military woman to become the White House Physician to the President, first woman Director of the White House Medical Unit, and first Filipino American in US history to become a Navy Rear Admiralwill address Gala attendees. This year’s conference theme is Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity.”

In addition, retired U.S. Army Major General Antonio Taguba will be a plenary speaker on Friday, August 1st, at 1:30 PM. General Taguba was one of the highest ranking Filipino Americans in the U.S. Army. He leads the Filipino American World War II Soldiers Recognition Project” that seeks a Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino American veterans and serves as AARP’s Community Ambassador to advocate for caregivers and their families.

Emmy-award winning filmmaker Marissa Aroy, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), and Johnny Itliong (son of Filipino American labor organizer Larry Itliong) will also appear on Saturday, August 2nd, at 1:30 PM in a panel discussion of Aroy’s documentary, Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW. The film chronicles the history of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and the Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours The Delano Grape Strike of 1965that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW).

Dr. Leny Strobel, Professor and Chair of the American Multicultural Studies Department at Sonoma State University, will give a plenary address on Thursday, July 31st. Dr. Strobel has published books on Filipino Americans, such as Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization among Post-1965 Filipino Americans, Encounters: People of Asian Descent in the Americas, and Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous.

The national conference of FANHS is the largest event centered on Filipino American history, attracting attendees from 30 local FANHS chapters, students, scholars, and community members. It will include a tribute to Fred Cordova, Founding President of FANHS, as well as 80+ workshops and films on the arts, education, community, identity, military service, and athletics. A historic tour of San Diego County will highlight the Filipino American Freeway and Samahan Clinic among other sites before ending with dinner at the House of Philippines in Balboa Park.

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