The University of Hawaii at Manoa Katipunan Club is comprised of all students currently enrolled in the Filipino Language & Philippine Literature Program courses offered at the University of Hawaii.
The name was inspired by the secret society founded by heralded Philippine hero, Andres Bonifacio, during the Filipino-Spanish War in 1896. This society specifically used Filipino as a form of secret correspondence and utilized traditional rituals in order to promote their unity and identity. Read more about the Katipunan at Wikipedia and at the UH Office of Multicultural Student Service’s “The Philippine History Site”.
The Katipunan Club and the Filipino Language & Philippine Literature Program, under the University of Hawaii’s Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature, was organized in the Fall of 1992 by Dr. Teresita Ramos and Dr. Ruth Elynia Mabanglo. With original goals of jumpstarting interest within younger Filipino generations, the program now serves as the premiere collegiate-based resource center for the creation, preservation, and promotion of Filipino language, literature, and culture here in Hawaii.