Summer Cultural Camp Launched


Program Overview

Background The UPAASF newly-elected officers and board members have chosen Education and Leadership as the twin themes for their projects for the next two years. The Association plans to establish the Philippine Heritage Learning and Leadership Institute. When fully functional, this Institute aims to be the first and only non-profit educational center that will educate Filipino American youth about their Filipino roots viewed from a historical and cultural context. Course content will be delivered through a student- centered, project-oriented integrated curriculum. Classes will be conducted by distinguished instructors who are well-known and respected expert in their fields of study. The hope is that the more our Filipino American youth know about the land of their parents, the more likely they might get engaged and involved in its development and progress.

The UPAASF Filipino Cultural Summer Camp

Schedules and Subjects

To kick off the Institute, two 2-week cultural camps will be held this summer targeted at Fil-Am Middle School students: one in San Francisco from July 8 to July 20; and one in San Jose from July 29 to August 3. Classes are held every day from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM with lunch break at 12 noon to 12:30 and recess at 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM and 2:00 PM to 2:15 PM. A field trip and graduation ceremonies are scheduled on the first and second Saturdays of the camp duration, respectively.

Ms. Hydra Mendoza, San Francisco School Board President and Education and Family Services Advisor to SF Mayor Ed Lee, is the program’s Honorary Chair. Co-chairing the project are Sonia Delen, UPAASF Board Member and Letty Quizon, UPAASF President.

Susie Quesada-Woolf, EVP of Ramarfoods International and a former CA Middle School Teacher, is Lead Instructor and heads the Curriculum Development. The following are on board and will teach aspects of Filipino culture: Susie Quesada-Wolfe on History and Geography, Ron Quesada on Music, Jay Loyola on Dance, Oscar Penaranda on Literature, Cocoy Ventura on Cuisine, Crisanta Malig on Costumes, Ester Delen on Conversational Tagalog, and Ichie Diaz on Science as applied to Filipino industries.


To create cultural awareness and interest among Fil-Am youth 10 to 16 years old residing in SF/Bay Area.

Target Market

Primary target consists of parents belonging to Filipino families who regularly send their school- age children to summer camps. Typically these families have parents who work all day and usually enroll their children in summer camps because they cannot leave their children by themselves in their homes. This fills the need for a place to drop off children while they go off to work the whole day and the lessons and social benefits the children get from these summer camps are added advantages. These families normally spend about $ 200 to $300 per week per child for quality learning camps like the Y and Parks and Recreation camps.

Another target market includes parents who have always wanted to send their children to Filipino cultural classes to learn their heritage but have not found these in their communities. These parents are too busy to teach their children about their home country and its culture and history so having a cultural camp like this is an answer to a long-felt need.

These camps are the very rough equivalents of Saturday Chinese schools, Indian schools, etc. that other ethnic groups send their children to to teach them about their native cultures.

The camps will be open to children of Filipino heritage aged 10 to 18 years old.

Community Partners and Supporters

  • Office of the SF Mayor's Advisor on Education and Family Services
  • SF Consulate-General
  • Ramarfoods International
  • Filipino Cultural Center
  • Office of the Mayor, City of Milpitas
  • St John the Baptist Community Center

Registration Fees

This program is made possible through the donated time and talent of the instructors and program chairs. To cover expenses for class venue rentals, classroom materials, and field trip expenses, a minimal registration fee of $300 per child will be required.

The second sibling who attends the same camp will be entitled to 30% discount and the third sibling will be given a 50 % discount on the registration fees.

Partial and full registration fee support will be available to financially-deserving students. For more details about Financial Help, please contact Letty Quizon or Malu Yee.


After the program is piloted this summer in the two areas of SF and South Bay, the UPAASF plans to start a Fundraising Campaign to create an endowment so that the program can continue every year and even expand to year-long classes, if feasible.

Download Cultural Camp Flyer
Download Cultural Camp Application

Contact persons

Letty Quizon
President UP Alumni Association - SF
Program Chair-Philippine Heritage Learning and Leadership Institute
Ph: 408-455-4137 Fax: 408-725-8841

Sonia Delen
Board Member-UPAA-SF
Co-Chair-Philippine Heritage Learning and Leadership Institute
Ph: 415-203-8111

Cecile Ascalon
Public Relations Officer UPAA-SF
Ph: 650-201-4913