Delano Manongs

Directed by Marissa Aroy

GALA PRESENTATIONS / USA / 2013 / Bay Area Connection, Documentary / 26 mins / English / Color / World Premiere



CAAM is excited and honored to close this year’s festival with a special presentation of DELANO MANONGS, an insightful documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Marissa Aroy.

The film chronicles the untold story of the Filipino farmworkers who instigated one of the biggest labor struggles in American history — the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. Led by Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco, the Manongs (a Filipino term of respect for an older man) joined forces with Chicano farmworkers, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, to create the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). The documentary, compounded by interviews and both archival and present-day footage, sheds light on the lives of these Filipino farmworkers from their arrival into the United States in the 1920s and ’30s to the demise of their assemblage in the 1980s, highlighting their many struggles and achievements.

The legacy created by the Manongs — out of a necessity and want for basic equality and humanity — is one still significant to and celebrated by thousands of Filipino Americans today.

Lalitha Kristipati

Guests In Attendance: Marissa Aroy (Director/Producer) and Niall McKay (Producer)

Co-presented by Filipino Advocates for Justice, and APALA Alameda


Producer: Marissa Aroy, Niall McKay
Cast: Andy Imutan, Larry Itliong, Pete Velasco


  1. Vessel-Gallery-interiors

    Closing Night Party

    After DELANO MANONGS, toast our inaugural year in Oakland and the culmination of the festival at the closing night party at Vessel Gallery. Just one block from The New Parkway, Vessel Gallery, who will be presenting “Periphery” featuring sculpture by Cyrus Tilton and paintings by Tim Rice, is a beautiful space for cutting-edge art located in downtown Oaklands' arts district.

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Dates & Times

Delano Manongs

The New Parkway Theater
March 23, 2014 7:30 pm
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Closing Night Party

Vessel Gallery
March 23, 2014 9:00 pm