history & legacy
In 1967, amidst the political and social consciousness sweeping the nation, Pat Salaver sought the aid of Pilipinos at then, San Francisco State College (SFSC) to arouse awareness and address the problems facing the Pilipino American Community.
Under the guidance of Pat Salaver and original members Bob Ilumin, Ronald Quidachay, Orvy Jundis, and Alex Soria, PACE, initially called Philippine American Collegiate Endeavor was established.
Soon after the formation of PACE, in unison with other organizations of color, students at SFSU worked to create the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF). Through this coalition and help from outside progressive organizations and faculty, the TWLF moves for reform in the academic curriculum of the college. A shutdown of SFSC soon followed, the longest student strike known as the 1968-1969 SF Student Strike was in effect. Programs benefiting low-income and minority students like EOP and SAA were some of the rewards organizers gained from the strike. The movement’s greatest legacy, however, was the nation’s first and only school of ETHNIC STUDIES.
For 45 years, the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor continues the legacy of our founders, addressing issues that affect the Pilipino American community, educating members about Pilipino culture and history, and providing academic support both at the high school and college level. We offer and organize different programs through our various departments, encouraging interaction within our community.
Third World Unity shown in picture of UC Berkeley leaders of the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF). From left to right, Richard Aoki of the Asian American Alliance, Charles Brown of the African American Student Union, and Manuel Delgado of the Mexican American Students Union.
The demands of the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor in 1969.