File #: 210721    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/17/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/23/2021
Title: Recognizing October 2021 as Filipino American History Month in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21072100, 2. Signature21072100
Recognizing October 2021 as Filipino American History Month in the City of Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, In 2009, the United States Congress officially recognized October as Filipino American History Month to celebrate the history and culture of Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to the Nation; and

WHEREAS, In 1587, the first Filipinos set foot on what would be American soil at Moro Bay, California, as sailors on a Manila-built Spanish galleon who were part of an exploratory mission; and

WHEREAS, In 1763, the first permanent Filipino American settlement was founded in St. Malo, Louisiana by Filipino sailors who had served on Spanish galleons. These sailors became known as "Manilamen" and pioneered shrimp harvesting techniques; and

WHEREAS, Filipino Americans have long been an integral and important part of the life and leadership in the City of Philadelphia through art and culture, politics and policy, science and technology, business and commerce, sports, medicine, religion, education, charitable works, and service and sacrifice alongside other Philadelphians in the Armed Services of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Filipino American communities across the country make up the second largest Asian American ethic group with approximately 3.8 million people. Our City recognizes and celebrates their leadership, service, and contributions; and

WHEREAS, In the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency, we wish to pay tribute to all Filipino healthcare frontline workers in Philadelphia and across the country, who make up over 7% of the national healthcare workforce; and

WHEREAS, Our City has benefited greatly through the contributions of the Filipino American Community to the richly diverse tapestry of our population that is Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, On October 2, 2021, the fifth annual "Taste of the Philippines USA," a Filipino culinary and cultural exhibition to commemorate Filipino American Heritage Month, will be held virtually d...

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