From: The Honorable Michael M. Honda
Sent By:

Date: 9/22/2016

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in supporting a resolution for October 2016 commemorating “Filipino American History Month” in appreciation of the many contributions made by the Filipino American community.

On October 18, 1587, the earliest documented Filipino presence in the continental United States happened when the first “Luzones Indios” set foot in Morro Bay, California, on board the Manila-built galleon ship Nuestra Senora de Esperanza. The Filipino American
National Historical Society recognizes the year of 1763 as the date of the first permanent Filipino settlement in the United States in St. Malo, Louisiana.

Filipino Americans are an integral part of American history and society:

  • Loyal and valiant Filipino American servicemen and servicewomen served in the United States Armed Forces dating back from the Civil War to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts
  • Filipino American labor leaders played an integral role in the multiethnic United Farm Workers movement
  • Filipino Americans contributed greatly to music, dance, literature, education, health care, business, literature, journalism, sports, fashion, politics, government, science, technology, the fine arts, and other fields in the United States

Filipino American History Month brings attention to the many economic, cultural, social, and other notable achievements by Filipino Americans throughout the history of the United States.

To join as an original cosponsor, or for additional information about the resolution, please contact Alice Lin in the office of Rep. Honda at or at 5-2631.

Michael M. Honda
Member of Congress