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The Philippine Consulate General announces a major exhibition by the  San Francisco Public Library  called SINGGALOT (The Ties That  Bind)  that   is on view at the Library’s Jewett Gallery from August 14 to October 24, 2010.


SINGGALOT is an  exhibit that celebrates 100 years of the Filipino American experience through a panel exhibition that includes over 100 photographs, images, and historical documents drawn from the National Archive, the Library of Congress, and personal collections in order to tell the story of Filipino Americans.


It illuminates the struggles and triumphs of a significant community whose history is often ignored. It traces the story of the population from colonial subjects to property owners and community members and charts a history of Filipino presence in North America from the first transoceanic trade missions between Manila and Acapulco in the mid 16th century to the 19th century.  


The panel exhibition is accompanied by related programs such as  presentations  and a theatre performance to be held on various dates through October  24.   The first program was held  Saturday, 21 August with presentations by San Francisco State University historians Daniel Gonzales, and Estrella Habal  that included an  overview of the history of Filipinos in the Bay area, and the history of Filipinos in San Francisco specifically the once existing Manilatown and the 1977 International Hotel struggle respectively.  


Related Displays called Black and Brown Images – Political Cartoons of African Americans and Filipinos during the Philippine American war, and Filipinos in San Francisco – the history of Filipinos in San Francisco depicted in photographs since early 1900 will be on view from September 4 to October 31, 2010.  


The SINGGALOT exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.  The national tour has been made possible by Framers Insurance. The Smithsonian Community Grant program funded by MetLife Foundation are sponsors of the public programs, and supported by the Friends of the San Francisco Library.


For more on the exhibit and related displays and programs contact the Main Library at 100 Larking St (at Grove) tel. (415) 557-4277 or visit website


Everyone  is encouraged to view this major exhibit.