Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco > Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco >> News



The Philippine Consulate General and the City of  San Francisco  together with the  Filipino American Community on the Bay Area   launched the first of a series of events to commemorate Filipino American History Month starting with  a celebration at the  prestigious Asian Art Museum last Sunday, 3 October 2010.



   Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, gave opening remarks together with  San   Francisco  Art    
   Commissioner Carmen  Colet   and  Museum Director Dr. Jay Xu at the opening   program of  
   Filipino  American  History   Month celebration at the Asian Art Museum


The Asian Art Museum event  celebrated the  period with a theme Filipino Journeys through American History and Art   celebrating the early sea trade connections between the Philippines and California, which gave root to Filipino American communities,and shaped artistic production in Asia and the Americas “


On this day Museum visitors explored Philippine Art and Filipino American History through an array of musical, artistic, scholarly presentations and performances, exhibits, readings, film showings, lectures, by local Filipino American artists, performers, writers, special guest scholars, educators and community groups.


   A Filipino  Jeepney   on display  at  the front  steps  of the Asian  Art  Museum during  its 
     Filipino American History Month celebration


The Museum also featured a newly acquired piece to add to the showcased  Philippine collection.    The Museum celebration  ended with the free shuttle of museum visitors to an ongoing exhibit at the University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery called Galleons and Globalization  featuring  exhibits of artificacts and artworks resulting from the Manila – Acapulo  Galleon trade and  how it influenced California Mission Arts.


The permanent celebration of October as Filipino American History Month had its beginnings  with the passage in September 25, 2009  of  California Senate Resolution No. 48 sponsored by Senator Leland Yee establishing October 2009 and every October thereafter as Filipino American History Month. Up intil then, proclamations were issued by the California Senate but did not have a permancy to it.  


The 2009 Resolution was based on the historical  recognition of the centuries-old historical presence of Filipinos in California when the  “ Luzones Indios “ first set foot in Morro Bay on 18 October 1587.  From the historical perspective it moves to give recognition   to  the large presence of Filipino Americans in the United States particularly in California and the economic, cultural, social and other notable contributions they  have made in countless ways toward the development of the history of the United States.


It also recognizes the importance of   efforts to continue promoting the study of Filipino American history and culture  and  give the Filipino American youth positive role models, to instill in them the importance of education, complemented with the richness of their ethnicity and the value of their legacy.  


For the whole  month of October, various performances and presentations  by  cultural / folkloric, musical, artistic and  even historical groups will be held in San Francisco and the Bay area, including a Filipino American Jazz Festival   and a game of the Oakland Raiders football team.


The large turnout of museum visitors from the Filipino American community and  the  mainstream public highlighted  the growing  importance being  attached to   Filipino American History celebration.

As Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr.  mentioned in his opening remarks  at the Asian Art Museum  “ Indeed, what started out as an ode to remember the Filipino’s early historical links to the Americas, Filipino American History Month is now an evolving  realization and celebration of Filipino American interconnectivity  in its varied manifestations from the purely historical to the cultural and the artistic  “ .  END