Philippine-American Association of Madison & Neighboring Areas

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, February 09, 2019
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Dance Life Studio, 6725 Seybold Rd, Madison, WI 53719

    PAMANA is pleased to offer Zumba as a Winter Wellness program for its members, non-members, supporters and friends.

    Zumba® is an exercise fitness program that involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included.

    Perfect For:  Everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on.   

    How It Works:  Zumba® will take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

    Benefits:  A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.


    • Saturday, February 09, 2019, 11AM-12PM
    • Saturday, February 23, 2019, 11AM-12PM
    • Saturday, March 09, 2019, 11AM-12PM
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019, 11AM-12PM

    Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the class start time.


    Dance Life Studio & Fitness, 6725 Seybold Road, Madison WI 53719


    • All Sessions Member* Rate $25.00 for 4 classes
    • All Sessions Non-Member Rate $40.00 for 4 classes
    • Day Only** Rate Member $7/class
    • Day Only** Rate Non-Member $11/class

    *Individuals whose membership status is paid/current are considered members. Past, lapsed members or individuals with unpaid membership dues are not considered members. However, member sign up or member renewals will be accepted  online and onsite. Not a member or want to renew your membership? Click here.

    Everyone must register online. Click here to register.

    What to bring:

    Bottled water, small towel, change shirt. Dance Life has a "No Street Shoes On The Studio Dance Floor" policy.  Please bring comfortable sneakers or fitness shoes to change at the studio.  

    Waiver & Release

    By attending the PAMANA Winter Wellness Zumba, you agree to the Terms &  Conditions of the Agreement of Release, Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability and the Video/Photograph Release.  You will be required to sign these waivers on your 1st day of class.  


    Contact Marechiel Santos-Lang

    • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    • Sunday, July 21, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711

    Are You Interested For Your Child to Learn Tagalog?

    Sign Up is Now Open for PAMANA Kantahang Pambata. The PAMANA Cultural Education Committee is inviting parents and grandparents with children or grandchildren ages 5 to 12 years old to encourage their kids to join our Tagalog kids singing group. PAMANA Kantahang Pambata aims to introduce children to the Tagalog language through songs and instill an appreciation for the Filipino culture.They will learn one Tagalog song every month with a possible opportunity to perform at a future PAMANA event.

    Practice/Meetings will be held one Sunday a month, from 2-3:30 pm. The first and the last meeting will be held at the University of  Wisconsin Memorial Union. The  first practice dates is February 24. The last practice date is July 21, 2019

    The rest of the practice dates and meeting venue are:

    • March 24, 2:00-3:30 PM, Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • April 28, 2:00-3:30 PM, Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM, Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    • June 23, 2:00-330 PM, To be Determined

    All participants must register. Register your child/grandchild here.

    Waiver & Release

    By signing up your child/grandchild to PAMANA Kantahang Pambata, parents agree to the Terms & Conditions of the Event Participation Agreement and Release and Waiver of Liability (“Release”) and the Video/Photograph Release. Parents will be required to turn in or sign these waivers on the the 1st day meeting attendance.

    The PAMANA Cultural Education Committee's goals are to promote and impart the Filipino tradition, culture and legacy by sharing practices, rituals, music, dance, food and literature through interactive presentation and activities.

    Cultural Education Committee Members & Kantahang Pambata Volunteers

    Jenny Ybanez (co-chair), Lynelle Harrison (co-chair), Gie Best, Bruce Best, Rina Courtier, Agnes Salvo, Jerry Salvo, Marechiel Santos-Lang, Chris Santos-Lang and Noli Ybanez

    Questions? Please contact Jenny Ybanez

    • Sunday, March 31, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Great Hall, UW Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706

    PAMANA’s mission is to foster unity and harmony among the Filipino American community in greater Madison through social, cultural and educational activities.

    The Filipino-American Student Organization at the University of Wisconsin Madison (FASO) aims to educate and spread awareness about the Filipino culture and history, foster friendships and identify with each other through educational, cultural and social events programming.

    Do these mission statements read almost the same?

    PAMANA and FASO have common goals! As an organization, PAMANA is pleased to endorse and support FASO in all their endeavors. Doing so allows PAMANA to extend our outreach to young Filipino Americans and live out our “legacy” to the next generation of Pinoys.

    The UW FASO Philippine Culture Night is on Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3PM-7PM with a theme Sino Ba Ako? (Who am I?)

    PAMANA members, supporters, families and friends and the UW FASO parents are invited to this free event!

    The PAMANA board gave approval to provide lechon for FASO’s annual cultural event.  Yumm.

    Will you help us help FASO carry out a successful event by showing our hospitality and showcasing our Filipino value of Bayanihan, the communal spirit of unity and cooperation?

    Two hundred participants and guests are expected to attend!

    Help PAMANA and FASO in one or more ways:

    1. Attend the UW FASO Philippine Culture Night on Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3PM-7PM. The free program is from 3:30-5:00 PM in the Great Hall of UW Memorial Union. It’s a semi-formal event. Wear a traditional Filipino dress/attire. A dinner reception follows at the 2nd floor of the Multicultural Student Center (Red Gym) from 5PM-7PM hosted by PAMANA.
    2. Bring at least one Filipino dish or dessert placed in a 1/2 size deep foil pan (9 inches x 13 inches) from among select Filipino classic dishes. If bringing a soup dish, please provide soup in a pot with soup ladle. All food must be dropped off between 2:30-3:15 PM at the second floor of the the Multicultural Center/Red Gym. Kindly identify dish name, type of meat and donor name by adding a label on the the dish you’re bringing.  SEE Dish List below.
    3. Donate for catered food. Can’t cook or can’t attend? We will gladly accept monetary donations. PAMANA will use all donated funds to have catered Filipino dishes made for the event. Minimum donation request is $25.00 but any amount will be greatly appreciated.

    PAMANA-FASO Philippine Cultural Night Dish List

    Adobo (chicken, pork or mixed) Pansit (bihon, canton or palabok) Lumpia (pork, shrimp or vegetarian) Beef Dish (beef steak, beef kaldereta, mechado)
    Arroz Caldo with garnish of eggs & scallions Soup Dish (sinigang, nilaga, tinola, bulalo, sinampalukan) Vegetable Dish (ginataang kalabasa, gisadong gulay, laing, chop suey) Pork/Mixed Meat Dish (menudo, afritada)
    Seafood Dish (shrimp, crabs, Bangus, Sweet & Sour Fish) Kakanin (puto, kutsinta, maja blanca, sapin-sapin, ginataang mais, bilo-bilo, biko, palitaw, pichi pichi) Cake (ube cake, macapuno cake, bibingka, cassava cake) Tropical Fruits Cut-Up (papaya, pineapple, mango, singkamas, langka)

    For planning purposes, we need to know if you are coming, bringing food or donating money.   Please register by 5 PM on Sunday, March 24, 2019 if you will attend, bring food or donate.

    Excluding yourself, please indicate on the regisration form the number of guests including the number of children coming with you.

    If you are not planning to attend but wanted to donate, please let us know also by registering as an Absentee Supporter.

    Click here to register if you are coming and bringing food or donating money or participating as an Absentee Supporter.

    If you are planning to donate online, please click here.

    You must go to the Donate section of the PAMANA website to pay online via credit card. Please specify FASO-PCN on the “Comments section” or send a check to PAMANA, Attn: FASO-PCN, PO Box 5013, Madison WI 53705-0013. Check payments must be received by Sunday, March 24, 2019. Please write “FASO-PCN” on the check memo.

    Thank you for your support!

    Questions?  Contact Lynelle Harrison.

    • Saturday, April 06, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld Street, Madison WI 53713

    Have you experienced significant ups and downs in your relationship?

    Learn how most couples go through the stages of Romance-Disillusionment-Joy in a relationship and how one intercultural couple learned to navigate them successfully.

    This workshop activity is for married couples, engaged couples or couples in a committed relationship.  The event is part of the Kapihan Series (Coffee Shop Discussion), an open and honest sharing of our personal experiences touching on topics that are relevant to PAMANA members and friends. Last year, we have shared Our Migration Story.  This year, we will focus on Our Love Story. With the help of our workshop leaders, we will explore the different stages of relationship and discuss the touches of culture in love, marriage and other meaningful relationships.  Prepare to fall in love with your spouse/partner all over again.

    *Attendees are requested to arrive 30-45 minutes before the event for check-in and socialization.

    • Fee:  Free to PAMANA Family Members
    • $10/couple to nonmembers (Payment collected at the door.)
    • Snacks, beverage and materials are included with registration.
    • Childcare will be provided.
    • Workshop Leaders:   Bruce and Gie Best
    • Limit:   25 couples
    • Registration & Cancellation Deadline:  April 5, 2019
    • All participants will be required to sign a Liability Release and a Photo/Video Release before event admission. 
    • All couples attending must pre-register. No walk ins are allowed.

    About our Workshop Leaders.  Bruce and Gie Best have been married for 45 years and have 10 years experience presenting at Worldwide Marriage Encounters Weekends.  Gie has a BA English undergraduate degree from Stella Maris College Philippines and served as Tagalog language instructor for the US Peace Corps.  She earned a graduate studies degree in Bilingual Education and taught English as a Second Language at Indiana University. She also finished graduate studies and Certification as Career Development facilitator at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Bruce earned his BA Economics degree at Indiana University. He volunteered to serve in the US Peace Corps in the Philippines. Bruce has an MS Agricultural Economics degree from the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna. They are proud parents to two married adult sons and doting grandparents to six grandchildren.

    For questions, contact one of the event planners:  Jenny Ybanez or Marechiel Santos-Lang.

    The Kapihan Series is a program of the PAMANA Cultural Education Committee.

    PAMANA Cultural Education Committee:  Jenny Ybanez (co-chair), Lynelle Harrison (co-chair), Gie Best, Rina Courtier, Agnes Salvo, Marechiel Santos-Lang, Chris Santos-Lang and Noli Ybanez.

    • Saturday, June 08, 2019
    • Sunday, June 09, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715

    Madison Half-Ironman

    PAMANA Volunteering 2019

    Looking for a fun way to support the Madison Community while helping PAMANA raise funds for its operations and projects? PAMANA is seeking at least 15 volunteers per shift (minimum total of 30 volunteers) for Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin Madison (Madison Half Ironman) to help with Athlete Check-in  on Saturday, June 8 and The Finish Line on Sunday, June 9.  In exchange for our efforts, the Ironman Foundation will award a Volunteering Foundation Grant to PAMANA ($300-$500).  The more volunteers we have, the more grant money we will get that we can use for our PAMANA programs and activities.

    Saturday, June 8, 2019, 8:30am - 12:30pm, Athlete Check-In at Olin Park in Madison

    Assist Ironman staff with athlete check-in. Tasks include but are not limited to the following volunteer stations:   collecting athlete information and waivers; sorting/filing the athletes’ information card and waivers; handing out athletes packet, handing out athletes materials.

    Sunday, June 9, 2019, 10:15am - 1:45pm, Finish Line at Olin Park in Madison
    The finish line is a very busy area with many different volunteer jobs working in unison. Jobs include handing out t-shirts, medals, beverages. Assisting athletes through the finish chute and helping keep area clean and safe for athletes and volunteers.      

    Pre-register on the PAMANA website to volunteer on behalf of PAMANA

    Click here to pre-register.

    You may sign up for one or both shifts.  Kids 10 years old and older can volunteer with an adult. However, each volunteer regardless of age must register separately. All volunteers are required to provide the individual information on the sign up site.   For the PAMANA pre-registration site, each registration requires a unique email. For example:  If mom and 10 year-old son are volunteering, the son needs to be registered using his own email or using dad’s email.  Your information will then be entered on Ironman’s official volunteer website by PAMANA.  This ensures that PAMANA volunteers will be volunteering together.

    Once your information is entered on the official Ironman website, you will receive a confirmation email from Ironman with your shift/location information and other instructions.

    Registration/Volunteering Cancellation Deadline:  The deadline to register and to cancel is Saturday, June 1, 2019. To cancel, please log back in using your email address or contact Lynelle Harrison.

    Thank you for volunteering and supporting IRONMAN Wisconsin, the athletes and PAMANA!

     Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lynelle Harrison.

    Where does Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin Madison take place?

    The race will grace the shores along iconic Olin Park starting with a 1.2-mile swim in the waters of Lake Monona, the same lake used by IRONMAN Wisconsin. Competitors will then bike 56 miles among the endless rolling hills of Dane County, south of Madison using the Capital City Bike Path. Finally, a picturesque 13.1-mile counter-clockwise run along the shores of Lake Monona on the way back to Madison.

Past events

Saturday, January 12, 2019 PAMANA Pinoy Cooking Class
Saturday, December 01, 2018 PAMANA Paskong Pinoy Celebration 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018 PAMANA Family Fall Outing at Enchanted Valley Acres
Saturday, October 27, 2018 PAMANA Halloween Party 2018 for Scholarship
Saturday, September 22, 2018 PAMANA Fall Day Trip to Oshkosh
Sunday, September 09, 2018 Ironman Wisconsin 2018 PAMANA Volunteering
Saturday, July 21, 2018 PAMANA Sama-Sama III Summer Picnic
Saturday, June 09, 2018 Madison Half Ironman PAMANA Volunteering
Monday, May 28, 2018 PAMANA Bratfest 2018 Volunteering
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Fil-Am St. Patrick's Day Karaoke with PAMANA friends
Sunday, February 11, 2018 PAMANA Kapihan - Our Migration Story
Saturday, January 27, 2018 Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering with PAMANA Friends
Saturday, January 06, 2018 Kids Karaoke with Fil-Am Families
Saturday, December 16, 2017 Paskong Pinoy 2017 - A Filipino-American Christmas Holiday Party
Friday, November 10, 2017 Madison Launch: Multilingual Filipino Picture Books from Sari-Sari Storybooks
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Filipino American Community Halloween Party 2017
Saturday, September 09, 2017 Let's Zumba with Fe - Session 6
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Let's Zumba with Fe - Session 5
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Let's Zumba with Fe - Session 4
Saturday, July 22, 2017 Let's Zumba with Fe - Session 3
Saturday, July 08, 2017 Let's Zumba with Fe - Session 2
Saturday, June 24, 2017 Let's Zumba with Fe - All 6 Sessions Package
Saturday, June 24, 2017 Let's Zumba with Fe - Session 1
Saturday, December 10, 2016 Himig ng Pasko Tawag ng Pagkakaisa (PAMANA Holiday & Unity Celebration)
Saturday, October 29, 2016 PAMANA 2016 Halloween Party
Saturday, July 30, 2016 Second Harvest Volunteering
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