Filipino American Museum of Culture & History Oct. 30th launch caps Filipino American history monthLos Angeles, CA., Oct. 14, 2010. In an increasingly multi-cultural society, the arts and achievements of a people is a universal language, a bridge of illumination that connects all of mankind.The Filipino American Museum of Culture and History will launch its Philippine Cultural Heritage Series on Saturday, October 30th with a presentation of Banaue!Ifugao Cultural Show, to cap the Filipino American History Month recently proclaimed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, under the sponsorship of Supervisor Don Knabe.The program will highlight the unique culture of the Ifugao people who handcarved the natural contours of the hills and parts of the Cordillera Mountains in the Philippines with stone and mud wall reinforcements into the Banaue Rice Terraces over two thousand years ago, serving as a memorial to the history and culture of small-scale farmers who worked together as a community.The Banaue Rice Terraces is recognized as a United Nations UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the top tourist attraction in the Philippines. The landscape has been estimated to measure halfway around the world if each layer of the rice terraces is laid from end to end.The program consists of an Exhibition of Ifugao Antiques and Artifacts from private collections; Rites and Rituals performances of music and dance led by leaders of the local Ifugao community; an educational talk on ancient Ifugao tattoos by Lane Wilcken, author of an upcoming book titled Filipino Tattoos ancient to modern, and a fashion showcase of Traditional Textiles and Lifestyle demonstrating the utilitarian aspects of Ifugao cultural artifacts.The event will be held from 2:00 PM to S:OO PM at the museum site, the Filipino (Disciples) Christian Church, the only Historic Cultural Monument designated by the City of Los Angeles of Filipino origin in Historic Filipinotown, which was recognized by the Los Angeles City Council under the presidency of Eric Garcetti, who represents the 13th district.The US-year old structure of German Gothic Revival and Craftsman architecture. With its majectis stained glass mural (believed to be the work of a prominent artist In the early 1900s) is located at 301 No. Union Avenue, in the Echo Park corridor of downtown Los Angeles on the corner of No. Union Avene and Court Street.The museums purpose is to preserve its important building and history and promote greater awareness of Filipino American culture and history in the city. It is patterned after the national treasure, San Juan Capistrano Mission Church, Museum, Theatre and Garden and nearby historic cultural monument San Gabriel Mission Church, Museum and Garden which were considered as clearing houses for early settlers of California.Similarly, the Filipino Christian Church under the auspices of the Disciples of Christ denomination, served as the center for many Filipinos since its inception as a fellowship in 1928 (later its formation as a church in 1933) and through the succeeding decades towards the advancement of the Filipino American community in Southern California.(Four bungalows secured by the Disciples of Christ for the Filipino Fellowship on First Street and Bunker Hill in 1928 is believed to be the site where the Disney Concert Hall and the Music Center stand today.)lt is also significant that through the years, our church and its members played a vital role in promoting cultural ethnic pride for new Filipino immigrants, as well as American born Filipinos. Several Filipino American service organizations were birthed or nurtured at this church and became powerful influences in the Filipino American community in this country,said Ely Dumapias-Obillo, Chairman of the churchs Board Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (S.I.P.A.) was established and grew within these walls during its first dozen or so years mainly under the leadership of Roy Morales, who was instrumental in the creation of Filipino American studies at UCLA and USC, where scholarships are named after him, she added.Pilipino American Research, Reading Room and Library (PARRAL), founded by Helen Agcaoili Summers Brown and now called Filipino American library,occupied a room for more than ten years free of charge on the churchs ground floor,The museum is developing the Royal Morales and Helen Brown Childrens Garden in honor of the two trailblazers of Filipino American history. (Anne Hars, a landscape architect. and .Tenn Su, a schoolteacher, are helping design the garden, They are volunteers connected with the University of California Master Gardener Program.Darlings Nursery and Flowers is a sponsor.) Several other church leaders served as past presidents of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles, Inc. during its formative years.Others co-founded or pioneered important service organizations including the California Filipino Basketball Leauge, the Los Angeles Downtown Evening Optimist Club; the Philippine Junior Cultural Organization; the senior and junior chapters of the Philikppine Womens Clubs; the first Filipino Summer Cultural School, the local Filipino American Nartional Historical Society, various legionario groups and hometown associations.Filipino American hero Dan Inosanto, a world reknowned martial artist and author, is also a product of the church. Dr. Teodoro Ines wrote, produced and co-directed the historic film, A Filipino in America, in 1938.The history of the church featuring biographies of its heroes and trailblazers, is chronicled in the recendy published book Filipino American Experience: the Making of a Historic-Culturn! Monument which will be sold at the museum gift shop on October 30th to benefit the church, museum and garden.Members of todays Board of Directors include descendants of founders and pioneers of the Filipino (Disciples) Christian Church such as Ely Dumapias Obillo, Yvonne Rallonza-Park, Bettie Obillo-DiMeo, Anne leamen-Morales and Celestina Lazo. Also serving are longtime leaders Helen Culp and Pablo Torralba; Mars Balderama, Hope Ube, Allan Kelley, Ben Terry and Yolanda Hernandez-Obillo.The Museum Committee is comprised of volunteers Herminia Balderama, Lorna Dumapias, Helen Culp, Hope Ube, Mars Balderama, Divina Pagdilao, Rita Rigor Aparicioand Dr. Cheryle MEndoza. Support is provided by Allan Kelley.Mendoza. Special advise rs are Violeta Quismorio, a pioneer of the Philippine Arts Council of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena and founding president of the Narvacan Association, and Jo Sarmiento Moulton, founder and executive director of the Temecula Valley international film and music festival, now in its 17th year.