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Celebrate Diversity: Filipino American History Month

October 3

Brightly colored design with yellow, blue, white and red and the words Filipino American History MonthFilipino American History Month is celebrated in the United States during the month of October. The Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in the year 1988. In California (and in Hawaii), where a large number of Filipino Americans reside, Filipino American History Month is widely celebrated.

Filipino-Americans are one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the United States. contributed significantly to the American labor movement, particularly with the United Farm Workers movement in the 1960s. A quarter of a million Filipino- Americans are veterans of World War II.

Fun Facts

  • Filipino-Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the United States.
  • Filipino-Americans are the largest Asian-American group in 11 out of the 50 states
  • Filipino-Americans contributed significantly to the American labor movement, particularly with the United Farm Workers movement in the 1960s.
  • A quarter of a million Filipino Americans are veterans of World War II.
  • One-fifth of the Filipino American population is multiracial.
  • Filipino-Americans identify as members of many different religions.
  • Many Filipino-Americans also choose not to identify as Asian or Asian-American, often due to a history of exclusion.


Traditional Count and Capture Game of the Philippines Sungka is one of the traditional games in the Philippines that most families enjoy during gatherings. It involves dropping shells or stones into large holes on a long canoe-shaped board called Sungkaan.

Food and Cuisine:

While most Filipinos today eat using a spoon and fork, the traditional way of eating is kamayan, or “with hands.”

  • Try to eat mostly with one hand, keeping the second hand clean for drinking.
  • When taking food, use your fingers to pinch the food into a clump at your fingertips (don’t let it settle onto your palm)

Some typical dishes of the Filipino Culture include:

  • Halo -halo (Tagalog for “mixed”), also spelled haluhalo, is a popular Filipino cold dessert.
  • Kare-Kare: This rich stew is made with peanut sauce and, customarily, oxtail, but other meatier cuts of beef can also be added in. Many Filipinos will consider kare-kare incomplete without a serving of bagoong (fermented seafood paste) on the side.
  • Lechon: One of the top contenders among the best Filipino dishes (alongside adobo) is perhaps the famous lechon. After all, it is hard to top a tasty, fully-roasted pig with perfectly crisp skin and juicy meat. Find the best of this sinful treat on the island of Cebu, but this is almost always served at any grand Pinoy gathering or fiesta.
  • Sinigang is a Pinoy classic. A delicious sour broth usually made tangy by tamarind (sometimes kamias), it’s filled with different vegetables and a meat of choice. Popular variants include sinigang na baboy (pork), sinigang na hipon (shrimp), and sinigang na isda (fish)

Learn more about Filipino Cuisine here

Here are some documentaries you can check out out to learn more!


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