The Harvard Philippine Forum (HPF) is a close-knit family of Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and friends that celebrates and shares the vitality of Philippine culture and tradition with the Harvard community. Through activities from traditional dance performances to food samplings, HPF offers the campus community with a glimpse of Filipino culture. With its social and educational events and the camaraderie it offers, it provides its members with a uniquely Filipino Harvard experience.
What does HPF do?
HPF's activities fall into three main categories: culture, education, and service.
For culture, HPF is asked to perform at several cultural shows every year, most notably Cultural Rhythms, Harvard's premier event showcasing the diversity at the college, Kamayan, District One's annual cultural show, and Southeast Asia Night, an evening at Harvard celebrating Southeast Asian culture through food and performances. HPF additionally participates in other cultural events on campus such as Southeast Asian Games, a day of sporting competitions among the college's Southeast Asian cultural clubs, and SEA Our World, an annual exhibit showcasing the sights and sounds of Southeast Asian countries through photographs. Read more here.
For education, HPF invites speakers to campus every year to speak to students about pertinent Filipino and Filipino-American issues. Past speakers include Founder of Gawad Kalinga Tony Meloto, Founder of Care.com Sheila Marcelo, and Father Benigno Beltran, author of "Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain". In April 2013, Harvard also hosted the FIND, Inc. conference, the largest gathering of Filipino college students in the country. Read more here.
For service, HPF conducts an annual J-term trip to the Philippines, during which a team of approximately 15 students fly to Manila to conduct a project of their choosing. In 2013, the first year that the trip was held, the team of students created a mobile library to be used by non-profit organization Child Hope Asia in their street education sessions for street children. They also held a series of self-expression workshops for the street kids, who, at the end of the three weeks, put on a fundraising performance. Read more about the J-term trip here.
HPF also conducts a mentoring program, where a Filipino Harvard student is paired with a Filipino high school student in the Boston area to assist them with school work, extra-curriculars, college applications, etc. This program is done in conjunction with schools like Boston Latin School, Andover School, and Iskwelahang Pilipino. Read more about the mentoring program here.
Who can join HPF?
Absolutely anyone! We invite everyone and anyone to join our pamilya (family)! :-)
What is FIND, Inc. and District One?
Founded in 1992, the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc. (FIND, Inc.) is a student-led organization dedicated to promoting unity and cooperation among Filipino & Filipino-American students along the East Coast. FIND, Inc. currently serves over 3,000 students studying in East Coast colleges, universities, vocational, and technical schools. These member schools are divided into seven districts according to their geographic proximity.
District One (D1) of FIND, Inc. represents schools in Eastern New England. We are an organization dedicated to promoting awareness of issues pertaining to Filipinos nationwide, preserving and promoting Filipino Culture, and providing the means for initiating action and dialogue within the community.
D1 consists of Filipino culture clubs from the following member schools: Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, Clarke University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Wellesley College.