Filipino American History Month


Julie Leon, Co-Editor, Staff Writer

In October, the United States celebrates Filipino American History Month, or FAHM! FAHM commemorates the first known arrival of Filipinos in the US of 1587. The Filipino American National Historic Society introduced the idea of a historic month in 1992, and in 2009 the US Congress officially recognized October as FAHM. In the US, Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group, which is why it’s important to know the rich history of this widely celebrated month. 


The History 

FAHM is celebrated in the month of October to honor the arrival of “Luzones Indios”, or Indegenous Filipinos, on October 18, 1587. Many of the Luzones Indios were laborers, and a part of the Spanish Navy. They landed their ships in what is now Morro Bay, California during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade. 


The Importance of FAHM

So, why should we celebrate Filipino American History Month? Well, it’s great to recognize America’s great diversity, so acknowledging FAHM is important in celebrating the Filipino community’s diversity as well. Their community makes up a significant amount of the Asian population in America, which is why it’s crucial to celebrate Filipino culture, achievements, and legacies. 


How You Can Celebrate

There are many ways to appreciate the Filipino community, and anyone can participate in the celebration! For instance, discovering Filipino-American artists, such as musicians, authors, or painters, is a great way to show your support for their community. Another way of joining in the celebration is participating in parades and festivals to show your appreciation. Generally, learning more about FIlipino-American history is a great way of understanding their past, and the hardships and struggles they went through as a group.


Many people look over Filipino American History Month because they’re unaware that it is nationally celebrated. However, Filipino-Americans definitely deserve to be commemorated for their accomplishments throughout the past. Whether it’s doing quick research about their history, or attending a parade dedicated to Filipino-Americans, you can do your part in celebrating FAHM.