"Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay"

A Public History Book by

Florante Peter & Roselyn Estepa Ibanez

Vintage photographs and stories of Filipino Americans living, working, serving in the cities of Wilmington, Carson, San Pedro, Torrance, Long Beach and the Los Angeles South Bay area from the 1910s - 2000s.


Our book hit the market on August 3, 2009!!!

Published by arcadia publishing

As part of their series of IMAGES OF AMERICA.

"He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination. " - Jose Rizal

See what I've pinned on Historypin 

Here's a small sample of the Photos in our Book....

Schedule of Future and Past Book Events

Video (mp4) on my talk on the Filipino American History Month, Oct. 23, 2010 (my transcript - pdf)

Video (mp4) Speech by Tani Canil-Sakauye on the Filipino American History Month, Oct. 23, 2010

at CSUDH Library for the reception of Tani Cantil & Mona Pasquil

hosted by 55th District Assemblyman Warren Furutani (videos courtesy of Ron Buenaventura)

October 30, 2010 at the South Bay Pavilion - Powerpoint Presentation on Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay for Filipino American History Month

Filipino American History Month Celebration at Cal State Dominguez Hills



Workshop Panel Presentation "So You Think You Can Write"

at the Filipino American National Historical Society Conference (FANHS)

at Seattle University July 23, 2010


March 26, 2010

Philippine Expressions Book / Authors Night at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center



CSUDH March 9th, 2010 Class for OLLI


Williams Bookstore in San Pedro


PAC - Cal State Long Beach - Filipino American History Month Celebration

Tuesday - Oct. 13th / 7pm-10pm

Student Union- Beach Auditorium (1st Floor)

Book Talk on Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay

Florante Peter Ibanez - Co-Author with

CSULB Pilipino American Coalition (PAC) Alumni featured in the book!!!

The DEBUT (movie)

Panel Q & A - The Making of the DEBUT

John Castro (CSULB Alumni) and Gene Cajayon

for info contact:

PAC President - Steph Papa: papa.steph08@gmail.com

Join us for an authors panel at the Archives Bazaar (Free Admission)

Oct. 17, 2009 at - USC - Davidson Conference Center

1:00pm-2:30ppm -
"LA's Urban Mosaic: Lost Stories from Four Ethnic Communities"

Florante & Rose Ibanez               Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay

Alex Moreno Areyan                    Mexican Americans in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach

Jenny Cho                                   Los Angeles Chinatown

David G. Brown                           Watts Towers: A Tale of a Vision
                                                    The Historical West Adams District: Street of Dreams

All of the above authors will be signing their books at the event.

Book Signing and Filipino Cultural Event Friday,

October 23, 2009 / 6:00pm - 8:00pm Food Court

Bring your family and friends to learn more about a community that adds much to the diverse and rich mosaic that is Carson.

The event will feature: Live Entertainment, Display of Records and Co-authors Florante Peter Ibanez and Roselyn Estepa Ibanez.

for more info: reibanez@sbcglobal.net


Past Events Archives Below

Loyola Marymont University / Filipino American History Month Celebration

Wednesday - Oct. 7th / 7pm-10pm

University Hall 1000 - Ahmanson Auditorium

Authors Panel on Local Fil-Am History

Mae Respicio Koerner - "Filipinos in Los Angeles"

Carina Monica Montoya - "Filipinos in Hollywood" & "Los Angeles's Historic Filipinotown"

Florante & Rose Ibanez - "Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay"

The DEBUT (movie)

Panel Q & A - The Making of the DEBUT

Joy Bisco, Basco Brothers & Sister, Gene Cajayon (LMU Alumni)

Free Admission, Free Parking and Refreshments

Part of the Filipino American Experience Class - APAM 453

Class is open to visit from the Community - Wednesday Evenings 7:15 pm - 9:45pm

LMU - St. Roberts Hall 246

for more info: florante.ibanez@lls.edu


Join us to also Celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary at the


Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC)

Pt. Fermin Park, San Pedro, CA

Date: Saturday - September 12, 2009 / Time: 1-3pm

At; PAN Pavilion & Filipino American Library Booth

facebook event


Our FIRST Major Book Launch in Carson is History!!!

Town Hall Meeting

hosted by Mayor Jim Dear & Councilwoman Julie Ruiz Raber

Date: Saturday - August 8, 2009

At; Carson Community Center - Dominguez Room

Time: 1-3pm

See our Program of the Event

See our Powerpoint Presentation

facebook event

for more information and to place book orders contact:


One of Carson's most distinct features is its diversity. The city is roughly one-quarter each Hispanic, African American, white, and Asian/ Pacific Islander. This last group's vast majority are Filipinos who settled as early as the 1920s as farmworkers, U.S. military recruits, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and other laborers, filling the economic needs of the Los Angeles region. This vibrant community hosts fiestas like the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture and has produced local community heroes, including “Uncle Roy” Morales and “Auntie Helen” Summers Brown. Filipino students of the 1970s organized to gain college admissions, establish ethnic studies, and foster civic leadership, while Filipino businesses have flourished in Carson, San Pedro, Wilmington, Long Beach, and the surrounding communities. Carson is recognized nationally as a Filipino American destination for families and businesses, very much connected to the island homeland.

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The authors are donating part of the book sales profit to the

Filipino American Library & FilAm ARTS

about the authors

Roselyn Estepa Ibanez is the current Chairwoman of the Board of the Filipino American Library. She completed her graduate program with honors in the Masters in Public Policy and Administration at CSU Long Beach. Rose has continued to be a community activist for over 30 years, from student organizing as one of the founding members of UC Irvine Kababayan to advocating for immigrant and human rights work as the Los Angeles Chapter Chairperson of the National Filipino Immigrant Rights Organization (NFIRO) and a member of the Filipino Civil Rights Advocates (FILCRA) and a Planning Commissioner for the City of Carson as former Councilwoman Lorelie Olaes' appointee. She was a former senior field deputy for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina for 8 years, as a Senior Field Deputy for the east County area of the First District. She is currently employed with the City of Los Angeles Housing Department. Rose also sits on the Los Angeles County Community Action Board (CAB) appointed by Supervisor Gloria Molina to represent the public sector of the First District, which discusses the allocation of Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) for low-income families. Rose is a mother of two beautiful and talented young women, Gabriela and Mikaela, married to a life long partner and another community activist, Florante, and are new grandparents to, Cleto BaoQuy Ibanez Nguyenphuoc.

Florante Peter Ibanez became involved in community activism after high school. He served as the Director of Community Services for the Associated Student Body of Cal State University Dominguez Hills while a student and later worked at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center in the early 1970s and was a co-founder of UCLA Samahang Pilipino. He was encouraged to return to school and co-founded the UC Irvine's Kababayan where he also pushed for creation of the Cross Cultural Center as part of the Third World Students Coalition. He received his BA with the Comparative Cultures Program from UC Irvine in 1977. While a student he also became an activist of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) who opposed the Marcos Dictatorship in the Philippines and called for social change in the U.S. He has been a AFSCME labor organizer, Kayumanggi Lions Club president, father (most recently also a grandpa), Hula Halau 'O Lilinoe - kane hula dancer, computer technician, and musician at Light and Life Christian Fellowship-West in Long Beach. In 2006 he received both his Masters in Library Information Science and Masters in Asian American Studies from UCLA. Florante has worked at Loyola Law School since 1992 and now is their Manager of Library Computer Services. He also teaches Filipino American Studies at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). He volunteers as Webmaster and Archivist for the Filipino American Library and serves on the board of Fil-Am ARTS. Previously he served on the SIPA Board for six years and as a City of Carson Environmental Commissioner for four years. Recently Florante was elected as the President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and represents them on the Steering Committee for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC2012) and was selected to be an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader in 2007.

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