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Pilipinx American Heritage Month

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.

This year’s celebration will focus on them theme of Turning Points, acknowledging three events that impacted Filipino Americans and Filipinos; “the declaration of Philippine independence and establishment of the First Philippine Republic, the Spanish American War and the establishment of Ethnic Studies” (FANHS, 2018).  FANHS has selected the events as they are considered, “turning points in Filipina/o/x American history” and that with these event the emphasis is on history not heritage. The events were impactful in influencing lives, and also culture and heritage (FANHS, 2018).

Read more at FANHS

Famous PilipinX

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

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

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga

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

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

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 Aquino

Corazon Aquino

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

Bienvenido Santos

Bienvenido Santos

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

Fe del Mundo

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

Alfredo Alcala

Alfredo Alcala

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

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

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

Pilipinx Books

Image of book titles The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans break the rules of race
Image of book titled Reliquaria
Image of book titled Pinay power : Peminist critical theory : Theorizing the Filipina/American experience
Image of book titled The crucible [electronic resource] : an autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American guerrilla
Image of book titled Letters to Montgomery Clift
Image of book titled The day the dancers stayed : performing in the Filipino/American diaspora
Image of book titled Puro arte : Filipinos on the stages of empire
Image of book titled Babaylan : an anthology of Filipina and Filipina American writers 1st ed.
Image of book titled The decolonized eye : Filipino American art and performance

Pilipinx Films

Island Roots

Island Roots

When the Filipino pioneers of the 1920's and 30's settled on Bainbridge Island, Washington they were hired by Japanese-American landowners to tend their renowned strawberry farms. The bombing of Pearl Harbor turned this relationship upside down when the Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the Island and incarcerated during WWII. This brief film explores this dynamic.

Paper Dolls: A Filipino Trans Community in Israel

Paper Dolls: A Filipino Trans Community in Israel

"Paper Dolls" is a documentary film which explores changing patterns of global immigration and expanding notions of family through the prism of a community of Filipino transvestites who live illegally in Israel.

Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers

Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers

Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement's finest hours - The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW).

Out Run: LGBT Politics in the Philippines

Out Run: LGBT Politics in the Philippines

As leader of the world's only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation in the halls of Congress is not an easy feat. Bemz and her eclectic team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies to amass support from unlikely places.

Jeepney

Jeepney

This documentary, by following jeepney artists, drivers, and passengers, visualizes the richly diverse cultural and social climate of the Philippines through its most popular form of mass transportation: vividly decorated ex-WWII military jeeps. 

Home from the Eastern Sea: The Story of Asian Immigration to America

Home from the Eastern Sea: The Story of Asian Immigration to America

Home from the Eastern Sea: The Story of Asian Immigration to America is the story of the immigration of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos to America. The documentary explores the history of each nationality through the personal stories of representative families. Intercut with family stories and rare archival footage are the observations of scholars, community activists, and writers.

Ma' Rosa

Ma' Rosa

Won for Best Actress at 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Ma' Rosa has four children and owns a small store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband sell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa's children are ready to do anything to buy their parent's freedom from the corrupt police.