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FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

Filipino American History Month (FAHM) is celebrated in the United States during the month of October. In 1991, Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) board of trustees proposed the first annual Filipino American History Month to commence in October 1992.

October was chosen to celebrate month to commemorate the arrival of the first Filipinos who landed in what is now Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587. It is also the birth month of Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong.

FANHS Founders Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova and Dr. Fred Cordova first introduced October as Filipino American History Month in 1992 with a resolution from the FANHS National Board of Trustees. In 2009, U.S. Congress officially recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States.

While some used the term Filipino American Heritage Month interchangeably with Filipino American History Month, FANHS cites that the month should be properly focused on "history" instead of "heritage." Whereas history includes the events, experiences, and lives of people and their impact on society, "heritage" is solely about cultural traditions handed down from the past.

Governor Inslee

Governor Inslee Signs SB 5865 May 2019 declaring October as Filipino American history month.