October 2nd: Dorothy Cordova traveled from Seattle to Washington D.C. for the White House’s celebration of Filipino American History Month event. #FAHM #FAHM2015 #FAHMseattle

Mel Orpilla recognized both Dorothy and Fred Cordova.  Additionally, President Barack Obama gave a message to them recognizing FAHM. This was the first celebration ever of Filipino American History by the White House. View video link here.

October 3rd daytime: the Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project & Puget Sound Marine Corps League: “Alaska Airlines hosted a 50th Commemorative of the Vietnam War event along with the USO and Boeing. Alfie Alvarado, Director – Washington Department of Veteran Affairs, gave a thoughtful keynote speech that received a standing ovation. Among the attendees were Marines and Corpsman from Puget Sound Marine Corps League Detachment 336… All attendees were pinned and issued a Challenge Coin.”

Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project
Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project

October 3rd evening: FANHS Greater Seattle was in attendance for the “FYA Generations” fundraiser dinner along Lake Union.  The Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team is the first, oldest, and longest running Filipino American drill team in the United States. It was cofounded in 1959 by Fred Cordova.  We are glad to support the new generations of the FYA and their guidance by Chris and others.


FilAm Fact: Thurgood Marshall’s family is Filipino American.  His wife was Cecilia Suyat, and his sons are John & Thurgood Jr.  The past week in history also coincides with Thurgood Marshall’s birthday, the beginning of oral arguments on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, and Marshall’s appointment as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
The Marshall Family