Filipino American History Month

Filipino American History Month: October 2020Filipino American History Month (FAHM) is a celebration and recognition during the month of October of the many achievements and contributions of the Filipino American community.

According to the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), Filipino American History Month is a chance for Fil-Am communities to commemorate the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the U.S. when Filipinos arrived in present-day Morro Bay, California aboard the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza on October 18, 1587. FANHS founder Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova, along with her late husband Dr. Fred Cordova, first presented a resolution introducing October as Filipino American History Month in 1992. The U.S. Congress officially recognized October as Filipino American History Month in 2009.

The term “Filipino” is a traditional term referencing a person (male-gender) bearing ethnic origins from the Philippines. “Filipina” refers to a female with roots from the Philippines whereas Filipinos is a gender-inclusive term when used in its plural form. Some Filipino American communities and the younger generation are shifting to embrace a gender-neutral alternative term. Filipinx is emerging in various spaces to include nonbinary and non-gender conforming folks. The linguistic shift is gaining traction.

This year, FANHS has declared this year’s theme to focus on Filipino American Activism. Thus, we at ELEVATE AAPI @ IVC have chosen to focus this year’s programming on local and statewide Filipino American movements.

IVC Events

Documentary Screening: The Delano ManongsELEVATE AAPI @ IVC Documentary Screening: The Delano Manongs
Wednesday, October 21  |  4 - 5 pm  |  Registration Required

The DebutELEVATE AAPI @ IVC Movie Screening: The Debut
Wednesday, October 28  |  4 - 5:30 pm  |  Registration Required

IVC EMCEESIVC EMCEES (Irvine Valley College ELEVATE’s Men of Color by Engaging and Embracing Solidarity)
Friday, October 9  |  10:30 - 11:30 am  |  Registration Required

Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC)Womxn of Color Collective (WoCC): Money Sense: Financial Literacy and Well-being
Wednesday, October 28, 2020  |  11 am - 12:30 pm  |  Registration Required

Community Events

“Mabuhay Pinoy” Celebrating FAHM by FILAM, Filipino Influential Leaders and Mentors
Thursday, October 1  |  6 - 8 pm  |  Registration Required

LGBTQ Filipina/x/o American Activism: Intergenerational Perspectives
Thursday, October 13  |  8 – 9:30 pm  |  Facebook Live Stream



IVC Library

  • The IVC Library guide will help you locate information resources for Filipino Americans including art, politics, and other historical events.

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