The Little Manila Foundation advocates for the historic preservation of the Little Manila Historic Site in Stockton, California and provides education and leadership to revitalize our 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.
- Us History: Expanding on the success of the Little Manila After School Program, "Us History," is an ethnic studies after school program teaching Mexican American and African American history to high school students in Stockton. Us History believes inclusion of multi-ethnic histories is essential to the empowerment of our young people. These facts provide the context for who we are as a people in our modern day society. Laying the foundation, by understanding the experiences of our ancestors, helps us find our future and create a better tomorrow.
- 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 to us: our lives
and the lives of our 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. for free.