Filipino American History Month (FAHM) is a celebration and recognition during the month of October of the many achievements and contributions of the Filipino American community.
According to the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), Filipino American History Month is a chance for Fil-Am communities to commemorate the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the U.S. when Filipinos arrived in present-day Morro Bay, California aboard the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza on October 18, 1587. FANHS founder Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova, along with her late husband Dr. Fred Cordova, first presented a resolution introducing October as Filipino American History Month in 1992. The U.S. Congress officially recognized October as Filipino American History Month in 2009.
The term "Filipino" is a traditional term referencing a person (male-gender) bearing ethnic origins from the Philippines. "Filipina" refers to a female with roots from the Philippines whereas Filipinos is a gender-inclusive term when used in its plural form. Some Filipino American communities and the younger generation are shifting to embrace a gender-neutral alternative term. Filipinx is emerging in various spaces to include nonbinary and non-gender conforming folks. The linguistic shift is gaining traction.
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