Filipino American Association of Wisconsin page
Urging Our FAAWIS Community to
SUPPORT & CELEBRATE FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH IN OCTOBER
Filipino American History Month (FAHM)
For many years, Filipinos all over the United States have been celebrating Filipino American History month in October. This was
initiated by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) since l988. We did not realize that the resolutions passed by
the House and Senate in 2009, will require continued yearly support to become a permanent and official celebration, like the
Women's History Month, Black History Month or the Latino History Month. This is why we need your support for the 2010 activities here
in Milwaukee and throughout the United States. If we do not support this initiative, it will be no one's fault but our own, that we do not
have a month dedicated to the contributions and sacrifices that our people have made to this country. To have a month dedicated to
us, is to recognize the filipinos once and for all.
In September 20, 2010, the Senate passed US Senate Resolution 669 - Recognizing Filipino American History Month in October
2010. We have proclamations from the Governor and the Mayor of Milwaukee, but to make this official, we need you to come and
attend the events. Why October?
The Senate resolved that the earliest documented Filipino presence in the continental United States was in October 18, 1587, when
the first "Luzones Indios" set foot in Morro Bay, California, on board the Manila built galleon ship Nuestra Senora de Esperanza.
In American history, we learned that Henry Hudson aboard the Half Moon reached the river named after on l609, twenty two (22)
years later than the filipinos landfall in California. Hudson's landing was the beginning of the New England exploration that the
Mayflower Pilgrims would follow. Navigational mistakes and bad weather caused the settlers to wind up in Cape Cod in l620, in time
to observe the first Thanksgiving that we now celebrate each year in November. Yes, the Morro Bay landing predates the Plymouth
Rock historic landing by 22 years.
SR 669 mentions the long contribution of filipino american servicemen from the US Civil War to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
These are men and women we are proud to call our own. Until we have an official resolution making October - Filipino American
National History Month - we need to continue supporting the resolutions and the FANHS chapters who is working hard to pass this
Contact Angeli Varona Camara at 414-943-1045 if you are able & willing to help out with any of the events in October...Let's come
together as a community and support FANHS and Filipino American History Month!!!
CELEBRATE FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
(The events are FREE & open to the Public, Donations are welcomed
Thursday, October 14
Mt. Mary College from 11:30-1 pm, A Taste of Filipino Culture
Alumnae Dining Room
2900 Milwaukee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Friday, October 15
Monday to Friday, October 18-22
UW-Milwaukee: American Geographical Society Library,
3rd floor of Golda Meir Library
2311 East Hartford, Milwaukee, WI 53211
See archived rare maps from the 1500s and other exhibits.
Open 8-4:30 weekdays
Saturday, October 16
The Tommy Thompson Youth Center
640 South 84th Street at the State Fair Park, parking is free
See exhibits, panel discussions, Filipino film, & cultural performances
(Food will be available for purchase)
Open at 1:00, Proclamation Presentation at 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 19
UW-Milwaukee American Geographical Society Library,
3rd floor of the Golda Meir Library
Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Cullinane
From UW-Madison Center for Southeast Asian Studies
"Philippine Revolution Interrupted: The Filipino American War, 1898-1902"
Time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Note the AGS library will be open until 7:00 PM on this day
Sunday, October 24
Our Lady of Good Hope, South Hall from 2:00
7152 N. 41st & Good Hope Road, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Film, food, and fun.