The Parol Making Workshop is back!


Parol Making Workshop 2014In August of 2011, we had the pleasure of joining the Parol Making Workshop held at our very own center along with Fil-Am Arts. Friends and family of all ages enjoyed this day of crafting parols of different shapes, colors and sizes. If you’ve never seen or made one of these before, or if you missed the last workshop, you’re in for a fun-filled treat! We are all invited to attend this great crafting experience on November 2nd and 15th. Please see flyer above for more information. You may also print the attached flyer.

We hope you to see you there!

Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Flyer-Typhoon Haiyan Relief-draft 4

A message from our President, Marie Anne Diamond:

Friends, your donation will firstly go to Northern Cebu and Ormoc in Leyte, specifically. These places have not been reached as a lot of the large companies and organizations are focusing on Tacloban. Today, our efforts are wholly devoted to providing food and medicine. In a few weeks, we will switch to providing shelter. Finally, we will be engaged in the third and longest phase – rehabilitiation and recontstruction. These are the challenges before us. You will receive periodic reports on our relief activities. Please email us if you have any questions: Bahay Kubo Center will distribute 100% of the donations to the Rotary Club of Cebu West, who will directly act upon our mutual objectives of relief and help to the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected people.Thank you very much.


A message from Rotary Club Cebu West, Mario Manio:

On Sat Nov 17, members of our club are going to San Remigio. Other clubs in Cebu will go to Medelling and Daang Bantayan. District 3860 to which RC Cebu West belongs is focused on relief operations in northern Cebu and Ormoc.
The attached file (see below) contains photos of the destruction in Leyte, which has been the center of attention of the media. Hence, local and international organizations, government and non-governmental institutions are concentrated on Tacloban. The devastation is just as extensive in other places but very little is reported. When we return from our trip to the north, we will give  you an update. The areas ravaged by Yolanda starts in Catmon all the way to Daang Bantayan, Camotes Island and the 3 towns in Batayan Island(Bantayan, Santa Fe and Madridejos). One barangay in Borbon 
reports 90% of houses destroyed.
The immediate needs are food, water, medicine and temporary shelter. Reconstruction and rebuilding of communities will take years. We in Rotary can only do so much to help government perform its function. We do not have enough manpower and resources but we will chip in as best as we can.

(The following  photos were provided by the Rotary Club of Cebu West.)

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Culmination Day!

The Fall 2013 session at Bahay Kubo Center is coming to a close. We will be having a
Culmination celebration for the students of the Learn Filipino Program
and Filipino Martial Arts this Saturday, November 2nd, from 11:00am to
1:00pm. We hope you can join us on this special day! Bring your friends
and family, too! Refreshments will be served. Attached is our flyer for
your reference. Please feel free to forward it on to your friends.


Print a copy of this flyer: Culmination invite-102713

Bahay Kubo Center Classes on now!

Our Learn Filipino Program classes are under way! Tell your friends, cousins, classmates and your community about us! We offer great Filipino enrichment programs for first, second and third generation Filipino-Americans and families of multi-cultural descent. We will also be introducing our new, pilot Youth Program for teens! Immediately after LFP is our Filipino Martial Arts class! If you’re curious about what our programs are all about, stop by for a visit, a tour, or a one-on-one meeting with one of our teachers or officers. Learning about our rich culture is fun at BKC!  Halina kayo sa ating Bahay Kubo Center!

(click flyer to enlarge)

Come for a free trial class! Register now by printing and completing this REGISTRATION-FORM-2013, and bringing it to your first day of attendance. Thank you!

How do you spot a fellow Filipino?


We were excited to welcome TFC’s Adobo Nation “L.A. Chika” to our prospective new classroom location in North Hills one Saturday. Anna Diaz, the show’s host, asked some of our BKC members and parents how they spot a fellow Filipino. To watch the video, click on the photo below:

LA Chika-Gonzalez

(Pablo and Maribel Gonzalez, parents of LFP students, Johanna and Josephine Gonzalez.)




The Malditas are coming to California


The Philippine Women’s National Soccer Team, “The Malditas”, will be coming to California to compete in the Inaugural LA Vikings Cup; and they are holding a FREE clinic at the Region 174 soccer fields in Granada Hills this Saturday, November 18th, 10:00am to 2:00pm!! (The soccer fields are located at 13100 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, CA 91344, on the property of the Metropolitan Water District.)

Come meet The Malditas!!

The clinic is FREE to all registered AYSO players in Areas 10V and 10S of all age divisions.  Please R.S.V.P. to: Spaces are limited, so save your spot in the clinic now!

Hope to see you there!

Volunteers needed for this event!  Contact us at:

The Mission within the mission

By Edward Cadiz

During my Martial Arts journey I was “awakened” in 1999 when I started training in the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) under Guro Dan Inosanto. Up until I started training in FMA, when I would train in other Martial Arts I would first bow to the flags then to my instructor. FMA was the first one, in my experience, where we Honored God FIRST before acknowledging anything or anyone else. One of the meanings of the FMA bow of always growing Spiritually, mentally, and physically under Divine guidance embraced the journey in my Life Mission in the Christian Faith.

     Originally, I was asked to write an article about my accolades during my 25 years of Martial Arts training. But after a recent mission trip to New York I realized that my students are my greatest accolade as a Martial Artist. My Guro–Guro Dan Inosanto told me, “the best way to learn is to teach”. And I have learned a lot from having the honor of teaching these young students at BKC. Watching them perform an FMA demonstration at an International Festival for the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, NY made me proud. The students gave demonstrations with the single stick, double stick, the sword, and assisted in the self defense application of using one’s training with the resources at hand; from a scarf, to a book, to an umbrella, we even demonstrated with a back scratcher, and to the empty hand. As their Guro, I noticed every detail. Yes, there were small mistakes, but they never stopped moving. And Life is like that; you make a mistake, you learn, and keep moving because God’s Word teaches us we are not promised tomorrow so let’s make the most of today or the moment. I was a proud teacher because my students, David, Daniel, and Marcella, were not there performing for themselves, but for the love of God, their Family, and their Filipino Culture. There was no trophy or medal to be handed out. It was about sharing not receiving. After their performance I was asked so many questions about our culture: “I didn’t know the Philippines had a Martial Arts?’, “I didn’t know FMA was hidden in many of the Filipino Folk dances?”, etc. It’s the stirring of these questions that gave us another wonderful opportunity to share the Beauty of our culture.

     Not only did the FMA students perform, they had the opportunity to meet with many of the Sisters (Nuns) at Maryknoll, and more importantly, they had the opportunity to learn about the Maryknoll Missions throughout the world. They met these amazing Sisters who showed “their mission”, not just around the world, but in their everyday life; Honoring God through selfless giving. To me, that’s what it’s truly all about in my training of the Filipino Martial Arts. If you Honor God, you will obey what he commands; take care of our bodies so we can care for others, treat others as you want to be treated, honor thy mother and father, protect the weak, be humble, be quick to listen and slow to anger, etc. I can keep going on. All these Biblical lessons lead to selflessness or as Jesus has taught us, sacrificial love.

     In order to give sacrificial love to our loved ones, we have to pray & train. I use the oxygen on a plane as an example. As we flew out of JFK airport, before Hurricane Sandy struck, the flight attendants instruct us in a case of emergency, to place our oxygen mask on first before putting it on our loved ones. In my opinion, Honoring God and Martial Arts are like the oxygen masks. The Bible teaches us to breathe in the Breath of Life and Martial Arts teaches us to breathe and train properly so we can protect our life and the life of others. We don’t pray and train for if an emergency happens, but for when an emergency happens; from a family emergency to an attack on the street. On the same note, if we humble ourselves and “…treat people the same way you want them to treat you,” (Matthew 7:12 NASB) how many conflicts can be avoided. The Bible teaches, “’God is opposed to the proud, gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him , because He cares for you..” (1 Peter 5:5-7 NASB). Reading scripture like this in my daily prayer before my duties as a Papa, a Pediatric ICU RN, as a Guro, and as a Family man gives purpose to my Life Mission. In essence, the amount of time I can live without oxygen is longer than the amount time I can live without God.

“In all you do, Breathe and Believe”, ~Guro Ed Cadiz RN



BKC’s Summer 2012 programs come to an end

Good-bye to all of our new and continuing LFP and FMA students… until we reopen our doors again in 2013! Thank you to all the parents who have continued to bring their kids to BKC on Saturdays every year during the hot summers, despite everyone’s busy summer vacation schedules. Thank you to this summer’s teaching staff, Mia, Maan, Jennifer and Stevie! Thank you to Guro Ed for your constant dedication to BKC’s martial arts class, year after year! Thank you to CSUN FASA for all the Saturday morning set-ups and clean-ups that help make our LFP and FMA classes run smoothly and timely.

Everyone’s countless volunteer hours are tremendously appreciated by Bahay Kubo Center, who is blessed to have every single one of you in the BKC family. We will miss you all, until we meet again next year. The planning, assessment and fundraising for 2013 begins!