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Domingo Los Banos Presents His Filipino Story

by vrecinto on March 28th, 2014

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As part of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” ‘Imiloa invites you to join Hawaii born lecturer Domingo Los Baños for an inspiring talk about the experience of Filipino troops in World War II on Thursday, April 17, at 4 pm. a viewing of the PBS documentary that he was a part of putting together will also be shown.

Born on O’ahu in 1925, but raised in Kalaheo, Kaua’i, the son of Filipino immigrants, Domingo Los Baños attended Kaua’i High School and studied at the University of Hawai’i before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1944 during WWII. While in the Army, Los Baños served as an infantryman with the 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment, comprised almost entirely of Filipino-Americans, in action against enemy Japanese soldiers on Samar, Philippine Islands in 1945.

Los Baños vowed that if he survived the war he would teach the next generation the need for peace and understanding among people, the antithesis of conflict and war.

Following his military discharge, Los Baños prepared himself to fulfill his pledge by earning a B.S. in physical education from Springfield College and a M.S. in physical education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

During his many years as a teacher, coach, principal and school superintendent in Hawai’i, and thereafter, he kept his promise.

View the documentary produced for PBS by Stephanie Castillo entitled “An Untold Triumph: The Story of the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, U.S. Army“. More than 150,000 Filipinos immigrated to the United States from the Philippines between 1906 and 1935, in search of the American Dream. Facing discrimination and hard times in California and all along the west coast, thousands of Filipinos worked in agricultural fields, in the service industry, and in other low paying jobs. The war provided the opportunity for Filipinos to fight for the United States and prove their loyalty as Americans. At top strength the Regiments, known as “California’s Own,” numbered 7,000 strong. Please join us and view the heroic story of these unsung heroes as revealed through interviews and never before seen archival footage, narrated by acclaimed Filipino American actor Lou Diamond Phillips.

Cost is $8 for members, $10 general admission. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.

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