Filipino History in San Francisco

Today I took a Filipino Historical walking tour of San Francisco’s SOMA district.  With all the press regarding the gentrification of the city, it was refreshing to see that in very tiny ways the city is trying to preserve the immigrant culture that create much of the richness of San Francisco.  The tour began at the Bayanihan Community Center and we walked through the nearby neighborhoods and parks that were historically inhabited by Filipinos. The neighborhoods are beautiful but because of the location it still suffers from drugs, gangs and other city ills.   I’m afraid that some day it will totally disappear off the map as affordable housing is replaced by high-end condos.  Until then, it is there to share and educate.

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Photo from Jeremy. Group Picture

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Meeting professor and author Jaime Romero

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Learning the context of the work Bayanihan for which the center is named.

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Mural painted on the wall of this urban park in 1976

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Another hidden park at Bonifacio and Lapu Lapu.

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Mural of the history of the Philippines on the side of senior housing.

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