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Mission, Vision and Values:

The mission of Manilatown Heritage Foundation is to promote social and economic justice for Filipinos in America by preserving our history, advocating for equal access, and advancing our arts and culture.

In solidarity with other Filipino and Filipino American community service organizations, we envision an inspired and self-sustaining organization that effectively and creatively enhances the Filipino community’s capacity to shape social, political and economic policies. Our community will be one that has equitable access to resources and opportunities, as well as pride in our culture, history and traditions.

We subscribe to democratic and liberating values as follows:

• Bridging cultures and generations

• Maintaining organizational integrity and respect

• Encouraging critical conversations within our community

We create community across generations by developing contemporary approaches to issues and by fostering a culture that is both grounded in its historical roots and guided by our love of community.

Board of Directors

  • Roy Recio, President
  • Sylvia Vivar, Vice President
  • Desu Sorro, Treasurer
  • Chelsea Sullivan, Secretary
  • Tony Robles, Board Member
  • Carmencita Choy, Board Member

Advisory Board Members

  • Eric Ignacio
  • Roel Blanco
  • Johanna Najera
  • Eric Pido
  • Augustus Tagaro
  • Dan Gonzales
  • Dennis Marzan
  • Magdalena De Guzman
  • Theresa Imperial
[Left to right, front] Lung San Louie, Isaac Obenzinger, Estella Habal, Sylvia Vivar, Nancy Hom;
[left-right, back] Bill Sorro, Desu Sorro, Roy Recio, Belvin Louie, Irene Cadiz, Chelsea Sullivan,
Rissa Duque, Mitchel Yangson, Emil De Guzman.

  • Evelyn Luluquisen, Executive Director
  • Matthew Lew, Center Programs Coordinator
Former staff left to right: Isaac Obenzinger; Rissa Duque; Estella Habal; Chelsea Sullivan;
Ron Murieta; DiAnne Bueno.

Interns and Volunteers

Thank you to all of our dedicated interns and volunteers who have helped us continue to serve our mission, especially our long-term volunteers without whom we would not be as successful as we are today:

  • Ronald Nogra
  • Sylvia Tan, intern
  • Nicole Zialcita, intern
  • Jennifer Kwan
  • Alice Hu
  • Earl Reyes, intern
  • Michael Nicer, intern

I-Hotel Manilatown Center | 868 Kearny Street • San Francisco CA 94108 • 415-399-9580
  Updated: February 28, 2008