House of the Philippines

House of the Philippines The House of the Philippines promotes goodwill and understanding of Philippine and Filipino-American culture to the general public through educational and cultural programs as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 33-0512105).
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NOTE: House of the Philippines is currently closed due to COVID restrictions. We maintain a place to educate visitors on the history, culture, and people of the Philippines as one of the many cottages that make up the House of Pacific Relations located in Balboa Park, San Diego. We provide cultural programs that include the Lawn Program in June featuring Filipino dance and music; and the Parol Making Workshop in November where participants make their own bamboo Christmas lantern. We participate in the Ethnic Food Fair and December Nights events in Balboa Park to showcase Filipino food. Created in 1935, the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages was originally constructed as part of the California-Pacific International Exposition in San Diego which later became Balboa Park.. In 1961, the House of the Philippines became one of the International Cotteges, founded by members of the Philippine American Community. Since then, the House of the Philippines has served the community as a place to learn about the history, culture, and people of the Philippines.

Mission: To provide a cultural experience of the Philippines for the residents and visitors of San Diego.

Temporarily closed

Philippine Consulate, San Diego County
02/20/2021

Philippine Consulate, San Diego County

***STATEMENT FROM THE HONORARY CONSUL****
Dear community, My office has received many inquiries about the Los Angeles Consulate General website not working. I understand the frustration. Although my jurisdiction is San Diego County, I proudly work as a member of the Los Angeles team. In that regard, I would like to offer some insight.

The LA Consulate General serves one of the largest jurisdictions of Filipino-Americans in the world. In the pre-COVID era, it received hundreds of calls, emails, and visitors every day. The LA team also handles jail visits, assistance to foreign nationals, promoting the country's interests, and supporting the community. These alone can be daunting under normal times. These are not normal times.

When the pandemic hit, all Consulates in the U.S. were forced to close. This created a major backlog of requests. When offices re-opened, many Consulates (LA and SD included) voluntarily returned in order to provide services. Consular officers and staff are at RISK of exposure to illness, every single day. To mitigate this, staffing is leaner, efficiencies are necessarily lower, and accommodations are fewer. Please understand that. It is more difficult than ever to make exceptions.

As the Honorary Consul for San Diego County, I can assure you that there is NOT a single member of the LA or SD team that enjoys saying "no" to a constituent or being fully unable to assist. But, these are trying times. The offices receive emergency requests every day, ranging from illness, imminent or actual deaths, arrests, abuse, and other major issues. These have actually compounded during the pandemic, since there are more illnesses and deaths. These are even further compounded by the preexisting backlog, the reduction in staff, and all of the COVID restrictions that must be complied with. These, of course, have spilled over into the San Diego office, which has an even smaller staff of volunteers.

Due to the growing backlog, the website received an extraordinary amount of activity, causing an unforeseeable crash. Many were angry, and I witnessed backlash.

I speak on behalf of all my colleagues when I say that we truly love the community and want to serve you well. We are human, and we make mistakes. But many of us are risking our lives (some voluntarily) because we want to serve. For that reason, I am proud of the LA team and will be by their side. I hope you will join me by showing patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
Audie de Castro, Honorary Consul

Hello, Friends of the House of the Philippines! It has been awhile since I gave you a construction update because of the...
02/15/2021

Hello, Friends of the House of the Philippines! It has been awhile since I gave you a construction update because of the slow progress. I told you that the cottage itself should be done by mid-January but here we are in mid-February and it is not. The contractor is yet to finish the floors and cabinetry. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll be finished before March. As you can see in these photos it is still pretty much a construction site.

House of the Philippines's cover photo
01/15/2021

House of the Philippines's cover photo

CELEBRATE!Let us CELEBRATE for we are so DONE with 2020. We survived and we just have to safely await our turn for the v...
01/01/2021

CELEBRATE!

Let us CELEBRATE for we are so DONE with 2020. We survived and we just have to safely await our turn for the vaccine.

2021 gives us a new beginning and for the House of the Philippines, a NEW COTTAGE that will be with us for decades to come. It will be a place to showcase the beauty of the Philippines and the Filipino people, their heritage and its culture.

Join us TODAY for the FB Live Filipino Press Holiday Event from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Enjoy music, performances, and special ...
12/23/2020

Join us TODAY for the FB Live Filipino Press Holiday Event from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Enjoy music, performances, and special guest speakers. Donate on the HOP Website to an opportunity drawing for dinner at The Prado in Balboa Park and five 2021 HOP Memberships.

The United States’ Second Pearl HarborOn Dec 7, 1941 (Dec 8, 1941, 2:30PM Manila time) ten hours after the attack on Pea...
12/07/2020

The United States’ Second Pearl Harbor

On Dec 7, 1941 (Dec 8, 1941, 2:30PM Manila time) ten hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese planes continued their war campaign against the United States with the bombing of Manila, severely destroying the city. The attack was immediately followed by ground invasion forces and the brutal war in the Philippines between the Japanese and Filipino and American forces went on until September 1945.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/americas-second-pearl-harbor-japans-brutal-attack-the-19669

MAKE A PLEDGE THIS HOLIDAY SEASONLooking for a unique gift? Leave a legacy honoring those you love with a dedication on ...
12/05/2020
Donations – House of the Philippines

MAKE A PLEDGE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Looking for a unique gift? Leave a legacy honoring those you love with a dedication on our Spirit of Bayanihan Wall of Honor. Your family, friends, or group can make a lasting impression for future generations.

Visit our website or email us ([email protected]) to learn more about making a pledge.
http://www.houseofthephilippines.org/donations/

DonationsThe House of the Philippines and eight other members have undertaken to build a new house. Our new house is located in the lawn area next to the House of Iran, across the street from the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.The Fundraising Campaign will fund the construction of the new house, provide f...

House of the Philippines's cover photo
12/05/2020

House of the Philippines's cover photo

12/02/2020
House of the Philippines's cover photo
12/02/2020

House of the Philippines's cover photo

Your Donation Needed Now!With about 80% constructed, our capital campaign needs to raise an additional $150,000 by Decem...
11/30/2020
Donations – House of the Philippines

Your Donation Needed Now!
With about 80% constructed, our capital campaign needs to raise an additional $150,000 by December 31, 2020. We have an anonymous donor match of $10,000 for Giving Tuesday! Donate any amount through our website on Tuesday from 5:00AM to Midnight (PST) and it will be matched.
http://www.houseofthephilippines.org/donations/

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DonationsThe House of the Philippines and eight other members have undertaken to build a new house. Our new house is located in the lawn area next to the House of Iran, across the street from the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.The Fundraising Campaign will fund the construction of the new house, provide f...

House of the Philippines
11/30/2020

House of the Philippines

House of the Philippines's cover photo
11/30/2020

House of the Philippines's cover photo

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the House of the Philippines, we wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and bl...
11/26/2020

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the House of the Philippines, we wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and blessed Thanksgiving. All of us survivors of year 2020 have a lot to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Rom Sarno, President

Black Friday / CyberMondayIf you're Amazon shopping online for holiday deals, make your dollars go further supporting Ho...
11/25/2020

Black Friday / CyberMonday
If you're Amazon shopping online for holiday deals, make your dollars go further supporting House of the Philippines. Be sure to change your settings. Easy as 1-2-3!
Change Your AmazonSmile Charitable Organization
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you're prompted to select House of the Philippines as a charitable organization from the list of eligible organizations.
To change your charitable organization:
1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

2. From your desktop, go to Your Account and select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

3. Select the House of the Philippines to support.
Note: You can also hover over the Supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity you’re currently supporting.

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, November 20, 2020.The House is now sporting its fin...
11/21/2020

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, November 20, 2020.

The House is now sporting its final color.

Estimated House completion: JAN 2021
Estimated grounds completion: MAR 2021
Estimated House key turnover: APR 2021

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, November 13, 2020.The beautiful La Cantina doors ar...
11/14/2020

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, November 13, 2020.

The beautiful La Cantina doors are installed!

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, October 30, 2020.Outside, stucco is done and just n...
10/31/2020

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, October 30, 2020.

Outside, stucco is done and just now have to wait for the pH level to go down before it is painted. Inside, drywall finishing is complete and ready for painting once kitchen cabinets are installed.

You will notice two round concrete structures in front of the house which will be used as planters and connecting them will be concrete seating.

Note: Rom Sarno is sporting the House of the Philippines face mask being sold by the House of the Philippines Queen and Princesses as a fundraiser.

10/24/2020

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The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, October 23, 2020.You usually see Rom Sarno and I in...
10/24/2020

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, October 23, 2020.

You usually see Rom Sarno and I in these updates because we are the ones overseeing the construction. This time, instead of the construction update, I would like to recognize and introduce to you the House of the Philippines Team who are diligently working behind the scenes, helping bring us to this point.

In this photo are from left to right:

Evie Avińante, Design Committee
Rex Rullan, supports the Secretary
Sal Flor, Fundraising Committee
Patrick Ambrosio, Ardent Supporter
Joanne Rullan, Secretary
Rom Sarno, President
Sam Besa, Treasurer
Joe Mazares, Fundraising Committee

Not in the photo:

Rommel Alberto, 1st VP, taking the photo
Mariel Schmidt, 2nd VP
Josie Robles, HPR Delegate
Nancy Mendoza, Design Committee
Stephanie French, Ardent Supporter

I will send the weekly update on Monday, Oct 26.

House of the Philippines's cover photo
10/18/2020

House of the Philippines's cover photo

Dear Friends of the House of the Philippines,There had been a rash of emails appearing to be coming from the officers of...
10/18/2020

Dear Friends of the House of the Philippines,

There had been a rash of emails appearing to be coming from the officers of the International Cottages in Balboa Park as in the photo in this post. Please do not answer the email and delete immediately.

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, October 16, 2020. A day late in posting. The good a...
10/17/2020

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, October 16, 2020. A day late in posting.

The good and the bad. The bare wood that makes for beautiful colorful photos are now gone because of the normal progression of construction. They are now completely hidden by the drywall that went up this week and drywall finishing will continue next week. Once drywall finishing is done, cabinet installation follows, then the floor tiles.

This slow process is really a great exercise in patience but it prolongs our anticipation and our excitement.

The Sarno Family came by to check the progress and so did Sal and Shirley Flor and the President of the House of Chamorros Jeff Macaraeg.

Mabuhay!

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, October 9, 2020. The house was like a beehive this ...
10/10/2020

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, October 9, 2020.

The house was like a beehive this week. A lot of work took place as you can see in these photos. All the windows and the front door frame were completely installed. The insulation on the walls and ceiling were put in place. The outside walls were wrapped with waterproofing construction paper, then metal netting (like chicken wire) was tacked on top of it.

Also, President Rom Sarno welcomed our first visitors, Carlos Mozombite, President of the House of Peru and Lola, Mary and Frank, delegates from the House of Chamorro.

Happy FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH! 🇵🇭🇺🇸October was chosen to be the Filipino American History Month because it was i...
10/01/2020

Happy FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH! 🇵🇭🇺🇸

October was chosen to be the Filipino American History Month because it was in the month of October on the 18th day in 1587 when the first Filipinos, referred to in history as Luzones Indios, made landfall in an area researchers currently believe to be south of Morro Bay. To memorialize this historic event, the Filipino American Historical Society has placed a commemorative plaque on a large boulder in Coleman Park near the famous landmark the Morro Rock.

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, September 25, 2020. You can see Rom testing the sta...
09/26/2020

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, September 25, 2020.

You can see Rom testing the stability of the building. It didn’t move so I guess it is okay. 😄 Then we had a bunch of people climb on the roof, they danced the hip-hop and it did not cave in. So that’s a thumbs up! 👍🏽 No work was done inside the house this past week but roof tile installation started and should be finished next week.

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, September 18, 2020. Missed a couple of weekly updat...
09/19/2020

The NEW House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, September 18, 2020.

Missed a couple of weekly updates but, HERE’S THE LATEST!

Something that you cannot see in these photos are the work on plumbing, mechanical and electrical that was completed in this phase and passed the city inspectors’ scrutiny. On the roof you can see that roof tiles are stacked and will be laid out this coming week. Our four-leaf doors dubbed as the most beautiful doors in the International Cottages are being delivered next week.

Till next week. MABUHAY!

08/29/2020
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MABUHAY! ᜋᜊᜓᜑᜌ͓

On behalf of the House of the Philippines, you are cordially invited to a presentation on Baybayin, the most widely used ancient Filipino writing system. This is TODAY, Friday, August 29, 5:00 PM Pacific Time. The presenter is Mr. Jay Enage, Founding Chair of Baybayin Buhayin. Please preregister vía link below.

https://baybayinwriting.aidaform.com/zoom-lecture

ᜆᜑᜈᜈ͓   ᜅ͓   ᜉᜒᜎᜒᜉᜒᜈᜐ͓House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, August 28, 2020.The House of the Phil...
08/29/2020

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House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, August 28, 2020.

The House of the Philippines Board of Directors, Fundraising Committee and Design Committee were on site today to check the progress of construction. A great deal was done this week. Plumbing, electrical wirings and roofing are in progress.

I hope you are all as happy as me to learn how the construction is progressing each week.

😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

On the occasion of Buwan ng Wika (Filipino Language Month), the House of the Philippines invites you to learn the Ancien...
08/23/2020

On the occasion of Buwan ng Wika (Filipino Language Month), the House of the Philippines invites you to learn the Ancient Filipino Writing System Baybayin via Zoom.

Presenter: Jay Enage, Founding Chair of Baybayin Buhayin, Inc.

Topic: Learning Baybayin
Date: Aug 29, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89568171798?pwd=aDl6YTJJbzZnelMyUjN4YUxVcFVodz09

Meeting ID: 895 6817 1798
Passcode: 996934

ᜋᜊᜓᜑᜌ͓   MABUHAY!On the occasion of the National Non-profit Day, we are accepting donations for the building of the NEW ...
08/17/2020

ᜋᜊᜓᜑᜌ͓ MABUHAY!

On the occasion of the National Non-profit Day, we are accepting donations for the building of the NEW House of the Philippines.
You can make your donations on our website at:
http://www.houseofthephilippines.org

ᜆᜑᜈᜈ͓   ᜅ͓   ᜉᜒᜎᜒᜉᜒᜈᜐ͓    Tahanan ng PilipinasHouse of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, August 14, 20...
08/15/2020

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Tahanan ng Pilipinas

House of the Philippines weekly construction update, Friday, August 14, 2020.

Quite a bit of progress since last week. I am tickled pink! This will definitely carry me through until next Friday’s update. I give it 10-smiley Friday.
😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

House of the Philippines weekly construction update, August 7, 2020. Ground floor concrete has been poured and drying. S...
08/08/2020

House of the Philippines weekly construction update, August 7, 2020.

Ground floor concrete has been poured and drying. Soon we’ll be able to dance on it.

Getting there slowly but surely. 🐢

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