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The purpose of Pilipinx American Heritage Month is to educate, share, and preserve the Pilipinx culture at MiraCosta College and its surrounding communities. The vision is to promote and honor the contributions of Pilipinx and Pilipinx Americans through organized leadership activities, arts, and educational workshops. The month of October is Filipino American History Month; this declaration was established in 1988 by a non-profit organization known as Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). The Filipino American National History Society was established in 1982 in Seattle, WA; the mission of FANHS is studying, preserving, and sharing Filipino American history (FANHS, 2018). The month long celebration 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” (FANHS, 2018b). Congress officially recognized October as Filipino American History Month, in the U.S. with H. Res. 780.
Filipino American journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discovered at age 16 he was an undocumented immigrant. Since that moment, he kept his undocumented status a secret. He graduated from college, accepted internships and jobs, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2008. In 2011 he revealed his status through an article for the NY Times. Full Bio
The Philippine-born singer and actress Lea Salonga is best known for originating the role of Kim in the 1990 London stage hit Miss Saigon. She won every major New York drama award including a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1991 and was the singing voice for Aladdin and Mulan.Full Bio
Peter Gene Hernandez, known professionally as Bruno Mars, was born and raised in Hawaii by a half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from Ukraine and Hungary) father and a Filipina mother. Selling more than 130 million albums, and with a net worth of more than $100 million he is one of the most successful musical artists of all time. Full Bio
Corazon Cojoangco Aquino was the first female president of the Phillipines. Her 1986 election was largely a response to the assassination of her husband who was from a well-known and historic political family in the Phillipines. Full Bio
Raymond Townsend is a former professional basketball player and the first Filipino American to play for the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was also the first Asian American to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall, the talented guard played three seasons professionally in the United States, and several years abroad, before he retired from basketball in 1988. (Source Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History) Full Bio
The author of several novels and numerous short stories and poems, Santos is best known for works such as the American Book Award–winning collection Scent of Apples. His writings chronicle the development of Filipino American identity amid the political upheaval of the twentieth century. Full bio
Fe del Mundo (1911–2011) was a Filipino pediatrician who was the first woman to be admitted to Harvard Medical School in 1936 - over ten years before the school officially began admitting women. She was also the first woman to be named National Scientist of the Philippines in 1980, and founded the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. Bio and Obituary
Philippine-born comic-book artist Alfredo Alcala devoted his life to the creative process. He began his artistic career early, selling customized notebook covers to his classmates in grade school in the Philippines. His 1963 comic Voltar won him many awards and placed him in the top echelon of comic artists in the Philippines. Full Bio
A prize-winning boxer, the five-foot, six-inch tall Manny Pacquiao's nicknames are Pac-man and the Destroyer. Pacquiao is the first boxer ever to win eleven world titles in eight different weight divisions. Full Bio
"DJ QBert is a renowned Filipino American turntablist who performed regularly with San Francisco–based childhood friends Mix Master Mike (1970–) and DJ Apollo (Apollo Novicio, n.d.) in the late 1980s and early 1990s." (Source: GVRL Hip Hop around the World: An Encyclopedia) Full Bio