TFCU Talks Celebrates the Spirit of FilAm Hero Larry Itliong with “Rise Up” on October 21 at CSUDH University Theatre

AN OCTOBER FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH EVENT: Click on the Photo to see TFCU Talks Video on “Rise Up”


Living a segregated existence that confined them to dilapidated labor camps or squalid rentals called “Little Manilas” in inland Southern California, hundreds of underpaid Filipino field workers called manongs – a group that comprised the first wave of Filipinos to the U.S. and who mostly endured the hardships of stoop labor – trooped to a Community Hall one night in September 1965 and voted to strike to improve their work and living conditions.

These workers were led by a Filipino migrant known as “Seven Fingers” (no one really knows how he lost three), who astonished people by speaking Spanish, Cantonese, Japanese and various Filipino dialects, but who grew up not even knowing how to sleep in a real bed or live in a home with electricity.

This great man, Larry Itliong, worked hand in hand with Mexican American labor icon Cesar Chavez to change the lives of thousands of farm workers for the better, empowering them with the establishment of the United Farm Workers Association.  In 2015, California Governor Governor Jerry Brown, saying that “Larry Itliong deserves a national day in his honor,” signed a bill establishing Itliong’s birthday, October 25, as Larry Itliong Day.

This Filipino American History Month, on October 21, Saturday, at 3:00pm, TFCU – a program that strives to connect, inspire, and empower Filipino American millennials and help them realize their full potential in relation to their cultural identity – celebrates the spirit of Filipino American hero Larry Itliong in today’s setting with a talk called, “Rise Up”, to be held in California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Theatre in Carson, California.  This talk is presented by CSUDH Pagsikapan and the Asian Pacific Studies Program in partnership with the City of Carson.

The talk is FREE but would require registration starting at 2:00pm.  Moreover, as this event is in tandem with the 8th Annual City of Carson’s Larry Itliong Day Celebration is taking place on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Veterans Park that starts at 9am, registered attendees of both events get a chance to enter a special raffle.

TFCU curated an exciting and fitting line-up of speakers and performers for “Rise Up”:



  • MONIQUE COLEMAN (Actress, Philanthropist) – Monique Coleman is an American actress, dancer, singer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist best known for her co-starring role in Disney’s High School Musical movies, in which she plays Taylor McKessie. Most recent, Coleman was named the first ever UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth and is currently on a world tour to raise awareness of challenges facing youth.
  • JOEL JACINTO (Los Angeles City Commissioner) – Immersed in the nonprofit field for close a quarter century, Joel Jacinto brings to the Board of Public Works Commission extensive experience in working with youth, families, businesses and communities. Complementing his work in social services, Jacinto is a long-time arts and cultural practitioner, having co-founded in 1990, a Filipino folk and traditional arts organization, Kayamanan Ng Lahi. He is a founding board member of the Alliance for California Traditional Artists (ACTA), which provides advocacy, grants, and other resources for folk and traditional artists in California to preserve the health and longevity of California’s cultural landscape.
  • ROB BALUCAS (Paratriathlete) – Rob Balucas is a third generation Filipino-American everyday guy who has a passion to compete in triathlon. In 2015, he suffered a spinal cord injury in a cycling accident while training for an IRONMAN. His first goal after spinal fusion surgery was to compete in a triathlon within a year. He went on to complete 3 triathlons that next year as a paratriathlete. Currently, he’s training to compete in both marathons & IRONMAN triathlons. He’ll share how his experience as a Filipino-American shaped his ability to recover so quickly.



  • LOW LEAF (MUSICAL ARTIST) – LA native Low Leaf is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and producer. Rooted in classical piano since early childhood, she combines an array of genres by playing the electric harp, piano, guitar, singing, and making beats. Her self-taught harp and production skills give way for a more unrestricted and unique sound, ever-changing in a spectrum of its own.
  • MINIOTICS (DANCE CREW) – Miniotics is a second sector of Poreotics (winner of America’s Best Dance Crew). They eventually turned into it’s own entity breaking off and becoming self sufficient. The current four person crew is self choreographed and directed. Now on their own journey they are keeping the legacy alive by expanding out and becoming a force in the dance community. They’ve won various awards including the Vibe 15, FUSION X, and World of Dance. You can catch them frequently performing on the World of Dance competition stage which frequently tours throughout United States and beyond.

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