October 5th: King County Council declares October Filipino American History Month – Filipino history in North America predates the arrival of the first colonists from Great Britain and continues throughout the U.S. The Metropolitan King County Council today recognized that rich tradition and heritage by declaring this October, “and every October thereafter,” Filipino American History Month in King County.
“It is an honor to be the sponsor of this proclamation, since the district I represent has been the historic home of the Filipino community in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. County,” said Councilmember Larry Gossett, the sponsor of the recognition. “Most people do not realize that Filipinos have been in the US longer over 400 years or the contributions that Filipino Americans have made through their labor, public service and heroic war time sacrifices while serving their country.”
The first documented proof of Filipino presence in what would become the United States was in 1587 in what is now California, almost a half-century prior to when the colonists arrived in the “new world.”
October 9th: Filipino American activists and artists Chera Amlag and George “Geo” Quibuyen were honored by the Northwest Asian Weekly on Oct 9th with Visionary Awards. They were introduced by Joaquin Uy, Ethnic Media & Communications Specialist of City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs. (Photo by Ador Pereda Yano)
Chera Amlag & Geo Quibuyen
James Tabafunda, Northwest Asian Weekly:
“Business owners Chera Amlag and George “Geo” Quibuyen know quite a lot about leadership and activism – universal human connection, in other words. The husband-and-wife team work as volunteer community organizers who are not only interested in social change but also in showing that their ideas can help make that change happen.”
October 10th: FANHS Celebrated with a reception and program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965. In recognition of Filipino Americans and their families, who arrived after the enactment of this important immigration law that transformed and enriched our communities nationwide.
Several lifetimes achievement awards were issued to community leaders who have significantly impacted Seattle: current Seattle University President Steven Sundborg, former FCS President Dolly Castillo, and InterIm Community Development Association former Executive Director Bob Santos.
FilAm Fact: After arriving from Europe in October 1900, celebrated author Mark Twain announced himself as an anti-imperialist. Twain was at the forefront of modern Filipino American history as a proponent of democratic rights for Filipinos. In 1901 he became Vice-President of the Anti-Imperialist League and held the position for the remainder of his life. http://goo.gl/YPrSj4