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:

  • Youth Advocates for Social Justice Program: Stockton youth are the next generation of advocates who are creating a generational cultural shift by highlighting the history of marginalized communities to give context to present-day disparities to bring about equitable solutions for their community.
  • 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.
  • DAWN (Decreasing Asthma Within Neighborhoods) Asthma Mitigation Program: D.A.W.N. (Decreasing Asthma Within Neighborhoods) was created with the intention to mitigate asthma in South Stockton at the intersections of Environmental Justice and Public Health through a Racial Justice lens. As we understand the complexities behind asthma, we hope to empower our South Stockton community by expanding their existing knowledge on asthma and engage them in social justice and advocacy to live longer and healthier lives.
    • Services Provided:
      • Asthma education and intervention
      • Environmental Trigger Assessments
      • Advocacy
  • Little Manila Rising created Healing Pilipinx Uplifting Self & Others with our Kapwa in mind. Healing P.U.S.O. is a Filipino Mental Health Initiative that has a purpose of uplifting the puso (“heart” in Tagalog) and spirit of our Pilipinx community in Stockton while normalizing mental health through holistic health programs and resources rooted in Philippine indigenous healing modalities. They aim to spread hope & healing through interconnected “Kwentuhans” (stories) and heart to heart conversations. Healing P.U.S.O.’s phrase “Heal Self, Heal Others” serves as a reminder for people to take care of their own hearts, bodies & spirits as they care for others. Kayang Kaya Natin Ito! They provide:
    • Ancestral & Indigenous Healing
    • Community Panels ft. Filipinx healers, leaders, & community members
    • Health, Fitness & Nutrition
    • Healing through Creative Arts & Dance
    • Filipinx Health & Healing Conference
    • Mental Health Therapy
    • Peer Support
    • Resource Directory in Stockton & San Joaquin Valley
    • Stay connected: Instagram: @healingpuso | Facebook: @lmhealingpuso. For more information, contact the Holistic Health Director, Hannah Rhea Divino at
  • Little Manila Dance Collective (LMDC), Kulintang Academy, & Rondalla 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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