Episode 58

E58 Bruce Chats with Justher Gutierrez, Camille Valerio, and Mark Serrano | Filipino American History Month

Published on: 6th October, 2023

On Episode 58 we continue our #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth series. Today, I sat down with Justher Gutierrez from Malaya South Bay, Camille Valerio from LEAD Filipino, and Mark Serrano from the Filipino Youth Coalition and Filipino American National Historical Society Santa Clara Valley. They helped me get to know the Filipino Community in the South Bay a bit more and shared all of the activities taking place this month. We also talked about what it means to be “Filipino enough,” when Filipino American History Month came into our view, and how ube has gone mainstream.

Thanks for being here! Grab a beverage, pull up a chair, and enjoy listening to my conversation with Justher, Camille, and Mark.

First Follow @fact_sanjose on The Gram as well as all of the member organizations: @leadfilipino @fanhs.scv @fycsanjose @malaya.sbay @pawissouthbay @bnkfilamschoolsj @mvblfeast


Sept. 8-Nov. 30

Pinoytown Rising Exhibit

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library

October 3, 1PM-1:30PM

FAHM Proclamation

San José City Hall

October 7, 2-7PM

Pinoytown Art Walk

San José Japantown

October 8, 10-12PM

Pinoytown Tour

San José Japantown

October 13, 5-8PM

Flag Raising & Lighting Ceremony

San José City Hall

October 15, 10-12PM

Pinoytown Tour

San José Japantown

October 20, 5-9PM


Garden at the Flea

October 22, 10-12PM

Pinoytown Tour

San José Japantown

October 28, 6-8PM

Bahay! Open Mic

Philz Downtown San José


JUSTHER GUTIERREZ is the local coordinator for Malaya Movement South Bay, a grassroots organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, sovereignty, and democracy in the Philippines. First launched in 2018, Malaya Movement has hosted speaking tours, workshops, and other events to help raise awareness of the current human rights issues facing the Philippines, from the drug war to increased militarization of indigenous communities to the targeting of journalists, lawyers, and human rights defenders.


Malaya South Bay Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malaya.sbay/

Malaya South Bay Linktree: https://linktr.ee/malayasouthbay

Malaya South Bay website: https://www.malayasouthbay.com/

Malaya Movement USA website: https://www.malayamovement.com/

No To APEC Coalition Linktree: https://linktr.ee/no2apec

MARK SERRANO is a San Francisco State University graduate with a Bachelors in Asian American Studies. Mark is a Core member of Filipino American National Historical Society Santa Clara Valley and Acting Executive Director of the Filipino Youth Coalition San Jose and an active member of San Jose Zulu Nation


Fanhsscv website:  www.fanhs-scv.org

Fanhsscv instagram: @fanhs scv 

Fyc website:  www.fyc-sj.org (currently under construction)

Fyc instagram:  @fycsanjose

CAMILLE VALERIO (she/her) is passionate about the intersection of design, civics, and community engagement. She was born and raised in Daly City, California in a Filipinx household where she learned the value of sharing culture through story-telling, food, and festivities. She currently works as the Program Manager & Lead Designer for L.E.A.D Filipino, a San José-based non-profit dedicated to increasing the civic participation and representation of Filipinx/o/a Americans in public leadership. She supports the organization’s events, partnerships, and collaborations. Camille also graduated from San José State University in 2020 and is a proud member of the Filipino Alumni Association at SJSU. In her free time, Camille enjoys dancing, reading, and binge-watching Netflix shows.





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