Filipino American History Month

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Filipino American History Month
Official name Filipino American History Month
Observed by United States
Type Secular, heritage, cultural, ethnic
Significance Celebration of Filipino American history
Begins 1 October
Ends 31 October
Frequency annual
Related to Filipino-American Friendship Day
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Filipino American History Month, also known as Filipino American Heritage Month,[1] is celebrated in the United States during the month of October. The Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in the year 1988.[2][3] In California and Hawaii, where a large number of Filipino Americans reside,[4] Filipino American History Month is widely celebrated.[5] Many Filipino American organizations in these states often initiate their own independent celebrations.

This month is also officially recognized by the California Department of Education.[6] 2006 was a pivotal year as it marked the centennial celebration of Filipino migration to the United States.[7][8]


In California, Filipino American History Month was first recognized statewide in 2006, when the California Department of Education placed it on its celebrations calendar.[9] In 2009, California State Senator Leland Yee introduced a resolution, which was passed, that recognizes October as Filipino American History Month.[10] It passed the California State Assembly and was submitted to the California Secretary of State.[11][12]


In the 103rd Congress, a resolution to nationally recognize Filipino American History Month was introduced.[13] The House of the 111th Congress introduced a House Resolution 155 (H. RES. 155) to officially recognize this month for Filipinos.[14] In October 2009, the Senate of the 111th Congress passed a resolution recognizing Filipino American History Month.[15] In November 2009, Congress passed the resolution (H. RES. 780),[16] officially recognizing October as Filipino American History Month.[17]


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  2. ^ Rodney Jay C. Salinas (2002). "facts on filipino-american history". Filipino American Student Association. College of William & Mary. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Mark Dayton (2012). "Filipino American History Month" (PDF). Governor of Minnesota. State of Minnesota. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Nadal, Kevin (2011). Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. John Wiley & Sons. p. 27. ISBN 9781118019771. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Filipino Culture". Office of Campus Activities. Catholic University of America. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Calendar of Events - CalEdFacts". Resources. California Department of Education. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Case resolution marks centennial of Filipino immigration". KPUA. Associated Press. 27 July 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Escobar Cantiveros, Rodolfo (2006). "The Filipino Journal". Filipino Journal. 20 (21). Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Calendar of Events - 2006 - Fact Book (CA Dept of Education) Archived September 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "California Senate Passes Filipino American History Month Legislation". The Virginian-Pilot. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "SCR 48 ( Yee )"., LLC. 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 48" (PDF). Legislative Counsel. State of California. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "H. J. RES. 141" (PDF). United States Government Printing Office. 9 March 1993. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  14. ^ H. RES. 155 - Recognizing Filipino American Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Filipino Americans and their immense contributions to the Nation
  15. ^ "S.Res.298 - A resolution recognizing Filipino American History Month in October 2009.". Library of Congress. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "H.Res.780 - Recognizing the celebration of Filipino American History Month in October.". Library of Congress. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  17. ^ Rodel Rodis (5 November 2009). "Filipino American History Month". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 16 February 2013.