The LFS started in 1977 as the Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral Laban sa Pagtaas ng Tuition Fee (Alliance of Students Against Tuition Fee Increase). It gathered the militant students and student organizations committed to the protection of the student’s democratic rights. The LFS played a crucial role in dismantling military presence in the campuses and in the restoration of student publications and student councils.
In 1982, the LFS formally declared itself as a national democratic mass organization committed to advance the national democratic aspirations of the people. Since then, the organization continued to progress and was able to expand to almost every region in the country.
During the late 80’s, grave errors brought a sharp decline to the quality and quantity of the LFS activists. Though they were still able to lead the students against the US military bases and other significant student campaigns, errors like reformism, insurrectionism and putschism nonetheless crippled the organization.
Thus, in the early 90’s, the call for rectification of past errors within the whole national democratic movement was heralded throughout the country. Serious activists of the LFS painstakingly studied the past experiences of the LFS, and from thereon, extracted the lessons crucial for the militant and vigilant pursuit of the rectification process. Since then, the LFS has achieved significant success in its ideological, political, organizational strength.
In 1997, a group of Filipino American youth and students decided to form a chapter of LFS in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1998, they decided to base the organization at San Francisco State University. Since the establishment of LFS-SFSU, it has grown to continue to support the Filipino community here in the United States and back in our homeland, the Philippines.
LFS-SFSU focuses to deepen our understanding of the concrete connections between Filipinos in the United States and in the Homeland by studying and propagating the rich and proud revolutionary heritage of our People’s continuing struggle for liberation and National Democracy.
We take it upon ourselves as youth and students to renew our Filipino culture and history, define our present situation as Filipinos all over the world, come to a proper understanding of how to remedy our current condition, and take action.
In 2007, we celebrated our 10 year anniversary of our establishment at SFSU. Currently, we are the only chapter of LFS in the United States. We represent the youth and student sector, along with U.S.-based chapters of Anakbayan, in Bayan-USA, an alliance of progressive Filipino organizations. Bayan-USA is an international chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) in the Philippines.
Armed with the lessons of the past, and the unwavering commitment to advance the national democratic aspirations of the Filipino people, the League of Filipino Students (LFS), together with the Filipino masses, will continue to struggle for true liberation and a democracy which will genuinely serve the Filipino masses.
L-F-L-F-S Tunay Palaban Makabayan!
Mag-aral, manglinkod, mangahas na makibaka, L-F-S!
Long live the Youth and Student Movement!
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
Our Organizational Structure
The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body in LFS. It is comprised of all current General Members in good standing.
The Executive Committee handles the day-to-day operations which are essential to sustaining the organization. They also ensure that all work is in line with LFS’ mission statement.
LFS- SFSU’s 2012- 2013 Executive Committee
Chairperson- Bernardo Josue
Vice Chairperson- Eirish Sison
Secretary General- Melissa Fiel
Deputy Secretary General – Pyxie Castillo
Educational Development- Faye Lacanilao
Finance- Maricon Malimban
Each Executive Committee member is Chair of an Organizational Committee. Members in an OC assist their respective EC officer in the day-to-day functions of the organizations. The OCs are as follows:
Chairperson- Alliance Building Committee
Vice Chairperson- Mass Campaigns Committee/ Propaganda Committee
Secretary General- Organizational Development Committee
Educational Development- Educational Development
Finance- Finance Committee
Working Project Committees are responsible for concrete tasks assigned by the General Assembly. These tasks have a definite beginning and end.
WPCs for the Fall 2011 semester include (but are not limited to):
Flip Da Skript (FDS)- our on-campus open mic
Baliksambayanan (BSB)- annual summer exposure trip to the Philippines
Journey to Understand Forgotten Reasons to Act Now (JUFRAN)- Peer to peer mentorship program
Filipino American History Month Rally- we participate with the other Filipino organizations on campus to celebrate Filipino American History Month (October)
Uniting Pilipino Students for Success- we participate in PACE’s (Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor) annual high school conference