Filipino American History Month

Filipino American History Month: October 2021Download Filipino American History Month Virtual Background

Filipino 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.

Activist Spotlight

Documentary Screening: The Delano ManongsLarry Itliong & The Delano Grape Strike 1965-1970
On September 8, 1965, Filipino American grape workers, members of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, walked out on strike against Delano-area table and wine grape growers protesting years of poor pay and conditions. The Filipinos asked Cesar Chavez, who led a mostly Latino farmworkers union, the National Farm Workers Association, to join their strike. Learn More »

IVC Equity Programs and Events

What FAHM means to meWhat Does FAHM Mean to Me?
Wednesday, October 20  |  11 am - Noon   |  Registration Required »

IVC EMCEESIVC EMCEES: Irvine Valley College ELEVATE’s Men of Color by Engaging and Embracing Solidarity
Wednesday, October 20  |  3:30 - 5 pm  |  Registration Required »

WoCC: Womxn of Color CollectiveWoCC: Womxn of Color Collective
Wednesday, October 20  |  3:30 - 5 pm  |  Registration Required »

Readers Theater Virtual PerformanceReaders Theater Virtual Performance Reading of the book Journey of Justice with Larry Itliong
Monday, October 25  |  5:30 - 6:30 pm  |  Registration Required »

Community Events

Songs from Larry, a New MusicalSongs from Larry: A New Musical about the life and Legacy of Filipino American Labor Leader Larry Itliong
Saturday, October 2, 2021  |  6 pm  |  Free Registration »

FAHM Fest: Food, Art, Music, and FashionFAHM Fest, San Pedro, CA
October 16 & 17, 2021

IVC Race and Ethnicity Related Course

  • ETHN 10 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies 
  • ETHN 20- Introduction to Asian American Studies 
  • HUM 10 - Introduction to Cultural Studies 
  • HUM 21 - Introduction to Asian Religions
  • SOC 20 - Race and Ethnic Group Relations

IVC Resources

The Elevator Podcast
  • The Elevator Podcast by ELEVATE AAPI at IVC
  • The IVC Library guide will help you locate information resources for Filipino Americans including art, politics, and other historical events.

Additional Resources