Filipino American History Month (FAHM) has been in celebration since 1982, when it was first declared by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) to commemorate the first Filipinos that landed in Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587. In 2009, the U.S. Senate passed U.S. House Resolution 780, which recognized October as Filipino American History Month across the United States. In 2010, the governor of New York and the mayor of New York City also proclaimed FAHM in the month of October.

To commemorate the historic month, please join the Metro New York Chapter of FANHS for our “Opening Ceremonies” at John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY (524 W. 59th Street, Room L.63). At the event,there will be a photo exhibit entitled “Filipino Americans in New York” featuring Filipinos in various time periods, including students at Columbia University in the 1920s, military personnel in the 1940s, immigrants in the 1960s and 1970s, and even indigenous Filipinos who were “displayed” at the Coney Island Amusement Park in 1911. We will also be selling “Filipinos in New York City”- our latest book published this past year.

Performances by Broadway Barkada & Filipino American Musical Ensemble (FAME)!

FANHS will be presenting community awards to several individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the preservation of Filipino American history and the promotion of the Filipino American community of the Metropolitan New York area.

Our Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Professor Jessica Hagedorn. Professor Hagedorn is the author of five books, including the novel Dogeaters (1990), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Playwrights Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, an NEA-TCG Playwriting Residency Fellowship, and fellowships from the Sundance Theatre Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Currently, Hagedorn is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing and director of the MFA Writing Program at Long Island University Brooklyn.

Our Bayani (Hero) Award will be given to Kalaya’an Mendoza. Kalaya’an has spent the last twenty years of his life fighting for social justice in various movements ranging from the fight for LGBT rights to Tibetan Independence to anti–racist organizing and beyond. As a Queer Filipino, with a disability, he has always gravitated towards working in solidarity with impacted communities across the globe. He is currently serving as a Field Director with Amnesty International USA.

Our Three Annual Community Awards go to:
Contributions to Excellence: Monette Rivera
Outstanding Artist: Joseph Legaspi
Outstanding Youth Leadership: Oliver Sawi