Filipino Amerasians, America’s Forgotten Children, Celebrated 4th of July


Members of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) celebrate 4th of July 2014

Members of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) celebrate 4th of July 2014 at SM City Clark Mall Angeles City, Philippines

Members of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) celebrate 4th of July 2014

Members of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) celebrate 4th of July 2014

Members of the United Philippine Amerasians dancing and performing at SM City Clark Mall, Angeles City, Philippines

Members of the United Philippine Amerasians dancing and performing at SM City Clark Mall, Angeles City, Philippines

Mark Gilbore, member of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA)

Mark Gilbore, member of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA)

On July 4, 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation sponsored the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) 4th of July celebration at SM City Clark Mall in Angeles City, Philippines.  In 2012, the Bayanihan Foundation co-sponsored with WedPro, the formation of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA), a group of young Filipino Amerasians that recognized their contributions to Filipino and American societies.  The UPA hopes to increase the public’s awareness of Filipino Amerasian issues, challenges, ideals and successes. There are more than 50,000 Amerasians left behind; they are America’s forgotten children.  Three years ago, the Bayanihan Foundation partnered with WeDpro and Buklod, nongovernmental organizations (NGO)s in the Philippines to support the Filipino Amerasian community leaders and the creation of the UPA. In 2014, I am proud to share that the Bayanihan Foundation continues to support these young Amerasian women and men in supporting their Fourth of July activities and celebration, as they are Americans as well. I have included below a personal excerpt from Ms. Tin Jackson, United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) Event Organizer. She shares her personal insights into organizing the 4th of July 2014 event:

Organizer Ms. Tin Jackson (standing far right) interviews presenters at 4th of July celebration 2014

Organizer Ms. Tin Jackson (standing far right) interviews presenters at 4th of July celebration 2014

“I started at United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) last July 2012. We formed the group together with my fellow Amerasians and with the support of WEDPRO and the Bayanihan Foundation. The group just celebrated its third anniversary this year.  I’m glad that the members are still active; we even have new Amerasian members. It’s important that we are celebrate the Fourth of July, the US Independence Day.  This is an opportunity to tell everyone that we are not just souvenir babies or G.I babies. We are also Americans. At the same time, we are productive citizens of the Philippines.  We are moving forward.

I implore everyone that participated in our Fourth of July activity to join us in our advocacy that we as Filipino Amerasians should be recognized by the US government like all the Amerasians from other countries. The world should know who we really are. We should not be cast aside.  Many of us feel lonely; many are searching for their American fathers.  Thousands of other Filipino Amerasians visit our Facebook page and are curious on how to become part of the UPA group. Many Filipino Amerasians are inquiring on how to they could file an US citizenship or a visa to travel to the US. However, we all know that we Filipino Amerasians were cast aside and were not given that legal recognition like other Amerasians around the world.”

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About daleasis

President of the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide
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2 Responses to Filipino Amerasians, America’s Forgotten Children, Celebrated 4th of July

  1. Christopher S. O'Rourke-5437 N. Whitetail Road, Marana, Arizona, United States 85653 says:

    It’s a shame that FIlipino Ameriasians were not given automatic U.S. Citizenship at all by the U.S.
    Government, but yet those who left Viet-Nam were given automatic U.S. Citizenship. I sponsored my oldest son that I adopted who is FIlipino Ameriasian, is now serving in the U.S. Air Force, speaks 3 languages very fluently, he is CMSGT(E-9) with almost 28 years in the U.S. Air Force.
    I have told my former Senators in California where I spent half of my life about that, my late
    Parents told their former Senators in Delaware about that, about how unfair that is why the
    Viet Namese Ameriasians were given instant, auto magic U.S. Citizenship, while the FIlipino
    Ameriasains not given U.S. Citizenship automatically.

    I’m an ex U.S.Navy sailor that was married 31 years to a wonderful Filipina woman, we had a
    Total of 3 children altogether. With FIlipino Ameriasians left in the Philippines, I’m wondering
    If I just might be the father of one or two, I would like to know for sure. I’m more than willing
    To take several DNA tests, I have photos of myself ranging from my infancy to my paying
    My cell phone bill several months ago.

    • daleasis says:

      Hello Mr. Christopher O’Rourke,

      Thank you for contacting your US Senators and telling them about this forgotten issue of Filipino Amerasians left behind in Clark and Olongapo, Philippines. Your voice and continued advocacy on this issue means a lot, as a US voter and citizen. However, the Bayanihan Foundation does not have the resources to match potential parents and their Amerasian children nor navigate the complicated US immigration laws. Please refer to the foundation’s partners Wedpro http://wedprophils.org/ for further information. You can also contact this website for additional information or assistance: http://www.amerasianregistry.yolasite.com/ They might be able to help. Please note that is for referral purposes only; this website is not officially affiliated with the Bayanihan Foundation. I hope that this is helpful. Maraming salamat. Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Dale Asis

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