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Filipino Immigration to and Culture in the Yakima Valley

January 2009 - Yakima Valley Museum

The Filipino community in the Yakima Valley shared their vibrant culture with I-WAY members through dance, food and a wonderful talk by a descendant of an early settler. Lorena Silva is a Board Member of the Filipino American Community of Yakima Valley and shared many stories about the lives of early Filipino settlers in the Yakima Valley.

President Emma Ygona-Parrish greets guests and introduces the program

Lorena Silva speaks on Filipino immigration to the Yakima Valley

Members listening to Lorena's talk

Filipino community dancers

Filipino community dancers

Filipino community dancers

Filipino community dancers

members enjoy the dance program

Yum .. yum .. Filipino food !


Members and guests enjoying the meal
Members and guests enjoying the meal

Cassava Cake

2 packages of frozen grated cassava
1 can sweetened condensed milk (reserve 1/3 cup)
1 16 oz can coconut milk
1 egg


2 egg yolks
1/3 c of condensed milk

Mix the first 4 ingredients, bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Mix topping ingredients and spread on top of the well set cake. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Because oven temperatures vary, please check for browning.


Comments from members who attended

The dancers not only keep the culture alive, but the family bonds! All the parents coming to see theirs kids (and help with the cooking) brings the community together!

By having this kind of event, IWAY is contributing to maintain the cultures alive as well... every time somebody is invited to talk about their culture and traditions becomes an opportunity to keep the connection to their culture and history alive. It also reminds us of our own values and brings pride and love for our roots.  We also realize how close we are, how many values we share, because at the end, we are all one community on earth. 

Societies like ours help to grow mutual respect and understanding, much needed in the crazy world that has focused on our differences instead of our common values. Let's celebrate the I-WAY community!  Let's celebrate I-WAY's solidarity with our Haiti brothers and sisters!


Thank you to Emma and all the other Philippine ladies. I really enjoyed hearing the story of the first settlers, their different cultural background, languages, and trials of being accepted as a new group. It is interesting to hear how individual groups have dealt with integrating into society while still keeping their culture intact. The dancers were a great example of keeping that culture alive.

And yes, the food was delicious. Lets have more of those type of programs!


The dance of the kids was very cute. The food was good! Good job!