Little Manila Foundation

Filipino American arts and culture

Little Manila Foundation advocates for the historic preservation of the Little Manila Historic Site in Stockton, California, and provides education and leadership to revitalize Stockton's Filipina/o American community.  In 2014, Little Manila Foundation acquired the Little Manila Center in downtown Stockton in which most of its programming takes place.  It has become the gathering space for community members.  It hosts meeting for youth groups, Pilipino clubs from nearby universities, and a pop-up feast presented by New York based-chef Yana Gilbuena.  There is also a long history of cultural dance in Stockton, dating back to the early 1950's when a number of social and performing groups practiced and influenced the Pilipino folk dance movement in the diaspora.  The Little Manila Dance Collective carries on this history today with a newly expanded program of dance and music instruction targeting youth and young adults.

As a grantee of ACTA's Community Leadership Project in 2013, Little Manila Foundation received core operating support and capacity building training over three years.

As a grantee of ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program in 2016, Little Manila Foundation recived support to expand the traditional dance program to include instruction kulintang music.  Master artist Danongan "Danny" Kalanduyan, an NEA Heritage Fellow and former master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program, will provide intensive instruction over 8 months, travelling from San Francisco to be in residence with the ensemble.  The live music component will enhance the learning of the cultural context of Mindanao music and dance with a culture-bearer. 

In 2017, kulintang instruction will continue with master Kalanduyan’s senior students, Frank Holder and Ramon Lazo.



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Little Manila's Filipino dance troupe "Mga Anak Ng Bayan" performs Sinkil (Photo: Little Manila Fdn)
Little Manila's Filipino dance troupe "Mga Anak Ng Bayan" performs Sinkil (Photo: Little Manila Fdn)
Stockton's Filipino American community celebrates the Little Manila Historic Site sign unveiling (Photo: Little Manila Fdn)
Students from UCLA receive a tour of Stockton's Little Manila (Photo: Little Manila Fdn)
The Little Manila Dance Collective will study with master artist Danongan Kalanduyan (Photo courtesy of Danongan Kalanduyan)

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