Monday, October 1, 2012

Pilipin@ American Heritage Month and Indigenous People's Month

Today marks the beginning of Pilipin@ American Heritage Month, celebrating Pilipin@ and Pilipin@ Americans and the immense contributions we have given to the United States, contributions that are often overlooked and unknown, despite being officially recognized by the California Department of Education.  Started by FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society) in 1998, October was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the first Pilipin@s to arrive in the United States.

It also marks the beginning of Indigenous People's Month in the Philippines, to help in the fight to preserve the indigenous cultures and traditions of the Philippines that have been under threat due to western colonialism, westernization, and globalization.

In honor of this month, we will be having Fun Fact Fridays to share the accomplishments of Pilipin@/Pilipin@ Americans and to spread awareness of the issues concerning the indigenous people of the Philippines.

To read up on the resolution to recognize Pilipin@ American Heritage Month: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hres155ih/pdf/BILLS-111hres155ih.pdf

To read up on the resolution to declare Indigenous People's Month:
http://www.gov.ph/2009/10/05/proclamation-no-1906-s-2009/

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