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Singgalot: The Ties That Bind Traveling Exhibition Extended

Filipinos in America: From Colonial Subjects to Citizens
One Hundred Years of Filipino Presence in America

Singgalot on display in Charlotte, NC, August 2011.

Singgalot on display in Charlotte, NC, August 2011. Photo by Varanrat Torok.

  • Stony Brook University
    100 Nicholls Road
    Stony Brook, NY

On display from February 12, 2012 – April 22, 2012

Exhibition Hours

Charles B. Wang Center
Room 201
Monday-Friday: 10 am — 6 pm
Saturday: 12 pm — 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm — 5 pm

This exhibition captures the challenges and issues that confronted Filipinos following the annexation of the Philippines as a U.S. territory in 1898. Singgalot explores the Filipino experience initially as colonial subjects and nationals, and further examines their struggles to acquire full citizenship status as immigrants in this country throughout the last century.

The exhibit highlights the unique contributions of Filipinos in the development of Hawai‘i and West Coast agribusiness industries, seafood and cannery industries in Alaska, in the U.S. military, public service, in literature and arts, sports, and, more recently, as doctors and nurses in America’s health care industry. Through a hundred photo murals and images, the social history and the development of the Filipino community in the United States are vividly portrayed.

Dean Alegado, associate professor and chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, curated this exhibition.

Singgalot is now available to travel through Spring 2012. If you would like to host the exhibition in your area, please call the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) at (202) 633-3160 and ask for Minnie or e-mail her at Click here for more information on hosting this exhibit.

This national tour was made possible through the generosity of Farmers Insurance Group. For more information about the Filipino American Centennial Commemoration, visit

Singgalot was congratulated by the US Embassy, click here to download the letter (PDF).

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  • jafan79

    Any chance of bringing it here in the Philippines?

  • Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

    Hello, we would love to have the exhibition in the Philippines but we need support from an organization that can provide a venue and sponsorship to have the panels travel. If you know of an organization that may be interested, please have them contact the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service at

  • Christine Choi

    Is there a more detailed schedule? I have some Filipino friends that I would like to take the exhibit. I look forward to your reply. Thanks.

  • Corky Lee

    Will Stony Brook be the closest to NYC/Jersey City, NJ that the metro area FilAm community can get to see this exhibit? Stony Brook is 60 miles away from NYC.

    • Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

      Hi Corky, unfortunately Stony Brook is the final destination for this exhibition. After April 22, it will travel to a repository in Seattle. Go check it out if you get the chance!

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