Happy Filipino American History Month!

pork sinigangDid you know Filipino American History Month is celebrated in the United States each October? The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) established this tradition in 1988 to preserve and share the history of Filipino Americans.

According to FANHS, “The celebration of Filipino American History Month commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States. Various states, counties and cities in the U.S. have established proclamations and resolutions declaring observance of Filipino American History Month.”

HALO-HALO, MIX-MIX, a blog by Deborah Francisco dedicated to discovering the Filipino American identity, has published Nine Ways to Celebrate Filipino American History Month. Our favorite is this one: “cook up a big pot of warm Filipino sinigang soup, (a sour soup made from tamarind fruit)”. Ummmm.

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