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Our Filipino Immigration Stories

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711

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After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, PAMANA is holding its first gathering on Saturday October 15, 1-3PM at the Fitchburg Library.

Current, new and past members, friends and family, and people who want to become a part of a growing community are all invited.

Beyond celebrating being together in honor of Filipino American History Month, the focus will be on the diverse Filipino experiences immigrating to Wisconsin and the Madison area.  Author Maria Alvarez Stroud, will both moderate and share the story of her father's journey in the early 1900s followed by several PAMANA members who will share their own stories. After Maria and the PAMANA member speakers, the sharing will be opened up to everyone. 

From a doctor arriving in the early 2000s, to a woman arriving in 2001 who worked hard to assimilate and is now a leader of a national organization and another woman who immigrated with a marriage visa arriving in 2018, the stories will encourage others in attendance to do the same.

A robust conversation will follow addressing a couple of questions:

  • How much has the immigration experience changed?
  • How can we support each other and those new to Madison going forward?

For our planning, please register to attend at

Refreshments will be provided.  

Author Maria Alvarez Stroud will also give out a copy of her book Brave Crossing as a raffle prize. 

By attending this event, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional and or marketing materials of PAMANA.

Questions? Contact Maria Alvarez-Stroud or Jun Gonzales.

The Philippine-American Association of Madison & Neighboring Areas (PAMANA) is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a primary purpose of fostering unity and harmony among the Filipino, Filipino-American, and the local communities in Madison and neighboring areas. Read more for a full list of PAMANA's organization purposes.

Maria Alvarez Stroud is the author of BRAVE CROSSING  - A Journey In-Between, a historical novel based on her fathers Journey to America in 1916 to Wisconsin. The book was released in August 2021. She resides in Madison and is a member of PAMANA.

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