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).