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Cybil Pallugna-Saenz "Halo Halo TV” recordings of Filipino-American events in Houston

Identifier: MS 0949
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Content Description

This collection contains two Beta SP tapes and 62 mini-DV tapes containing original recordings of the “Halo Halo TV” show. The materials are in good condition and range in date from 2002 to 2005. Researchers interested in Filipino-American history, or the development of TV in Houston would find this collection helpful.


  • Creation: 2002 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Cybil Pallugna-Saenz "Halo Halo TV” recordings of Filipino-American events in Houston must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material should be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center,

Biographical / Historical

Cybil Pallugna-Saenz was born in America to Filipino immigrant parents and has been searching for an identity her entire life. Not quite Filipina, not quite the average-looking American, Cybil sought answers to her identity questions in television but did not see herself in those characters.

A multimedia artist specializing in digital content creation, Cybil began working in digital art at Village Voice Media’s Houston Press where she discovered a hidden talent for graphic design and thrived in the weekly deadline driven schedule. Cybil excelled to Production Manager within three years and then pivoted to broadcast television working for the public access channel, Houston Media Source.

In 2004, Cybil decided to produce Houston’s first Filipino-American television show called “Halo Halo TV” on the public access channel, Houston MediaSource. It was a thirty-minute show that featured Tagalog lessons and community events in and around Houston. “Halo-Halo TV” was sponsored by the Houston Northwest Filipino-American Community, where Cybil grew up. The series lasted for only one season and was hosted by Cybil Pallugna, Derick Mendoza, and Grace Rodriguez.

In 2019, after having three children of her own and connecting with other creative Filipinx Houstonians, Cybil began “Halo Halo TV” into “Halo Halo Houston” to produce the show as a web series featuring the Filipinx Culture within the Houston Metropolitan area.

Currently, Cybil is currently an administrative professional in the office of the Director at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and a freelance digital content producer for nonprofit organizations. When not watching or making films, Cybil spends time with her husband, Alejandro Saenz, Jr., and their three children, Apolonio, Benicio and Alejandro III. Cybil is also an active member of the Filipinx Artists of Houston.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Possibly the first Filipino TV show in Houston, “Halo Halo TV” now exists as a web series, “Halo Halo Houston”--both focusing on Filipinx culture within the Houston Metropolitan area. Donated by the producer of the show, Cybil Pallugna-Saenz, this collection contains original recordings for the show, which made great strides of Filipino media representation in the early 2000s.


The materials are arranged by date in two series, as follows:

Series I: Beta SP Tapes

Series II: Mini DV Tapes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were donated by Cybil Pallugna-Saenz in 2020.

Guide to the Cybil Pallugna-Saenz "Halo Halo TV” recordings of Filipino-American events in Houston, 1999-2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA