Little Manila Rising

(209) 336-6332



Little Manila Foundation advocates for the historic preservation of the Little Manila Historic Site in Stockton, California and provides education and leadership to revitalize the Filipina/o American community. They offer the following:

  • Little Manila After School Program: serves local high school students and is an Ethnic Studies program focused on Philippine and Filipino American history, culture, politics, arts, community responsibility, and collegiate access. Now in its ninth year, the program operates at Edison High School and has served students from Edison, SECA, St. Mary's, Stockton Collegiate, and Langston Hughes Academy. The program has helped numerous students attend prestigious universities, appreciate their history, and develop ways to help the community.
  • Little Manila Dance Collective (LMDC) preserves and promotes Stockton’s Filipina/o culture through traditional dance and music. It nurtures a multi-generational community of artists, dancers, and choreographers who are passionately connected to folk and indigenous art forms of the Philippines. They ground themselves in the wisdom and support of cultural resources and artists in Bay Area, Sacramento, and the Philippines to promote the proper practice and appreciation for folk and indigenous dance, music, and attire.
  • Founded by the late Grand Master Leo Giron, Bahala Na Martial Arts is a Filipino martial art of self-defense. The Giron Arnis Escrima system is comprised of 20 styles which incorporate sword, stick, knife, and empty hand techniques. The different styles are essential to learning how to survive and protect the most valuable gifts ever given: everyone's life and the lives of families. They welcome all to join them at the Little Manila Center, 521 East Main Street, Stockton on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at no charge.
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Main Location
2154 South San Joaquin Street
Stockton, CA  95206
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