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Filipino American History Month or FAHM, is celebrated annually in October, commemorating the arrival of the first Filipinos in modern-day Morro Bay, California in the United States on October 18, 1587.
Filipino-Americans were known as Luzones Indios back then, and they were primarily the Filipino sailors who were enrolled into the Spanish navy as native laborers during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade. From the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza, they arrived at the shores of present-day Morro Bay, California.
The first wave of Filipino immigration followed the U.S. annexation of the Philippines in 1899. Many Filipinos came to work in agriculture, primarily on fruit and vegetable farms along the West Coast and sugarcane plantations in Hawaii, though some came to the United States to obtain education.
Following years of campaigning and advocacy by both the civil and community organizations, the Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in 1992. In 2009, Congress recognized the month of October officially as Filipino American History Month in the U.S. It has been celebrated by National Federation of Filipino American Associations Region 5 since 2011, and themed as such in its annual anchor Filipiniana event.
On October 22, 2023, the Filipino American History Month will be celebrated for the first time at the History Colorado Center in Denver. There will be over 40 vendors, free food samples, dance performances, film screenings including A Long March by Tammy Botkin, and more! The day of celebration will also include presentations from various Filipino American organizations in Colorado:
Filipino American Community of Colorado (FACC),
Filipino American Community of Southern Colorado (FACSC),
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region 5,
Philippine American Society of Colorado (PASCO),