Did you know that Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American ethnic group? 1 in 5 Asian Americans are #pinoy . As one of the largest immigrant groups of the country, it's nice to have our history and stories recognized throughout the month of October (and any other day, for that matter!) Correct me if I'm wrong, but...
Did you know that after the Philippines gained their independence from Spain, they were colonized again by the United States, and had to regain their independence?
Did you know that more than 250,000 Filipino's fought under the American flag in WWII? They were promised full veteran benefits and American citizenship, but to this day, hundreds of these veterans are still left with broken promises.
Did you know that Filipino's were part of starting one of first labor unions in America? Filipino farm workers were the first to strike at the #DelanoGrapeStrike demanding better treatment (better pay and better working conditions). Cesar Chavez helped Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz by joining forces, and soon they strengthened and became the #UnitedFarmWorkers . Bold and courageous move for the leaders and workers, considering working at the vineyard was their only source of income!
Did you also know that Filipino's are heavy in the arts and hip hop? We all know a handful (or a lot more) of talented Filipino artists (and family members...magic mic, anyone?)
So much Filipino history has been overlooked, so much more to be uncovered, and so many stories yet to be told. We are proud of our heritage and our culture, and we are extremely honored to be able to serve our community with a (delicious) piece of our culture.
As Jose Rizal said, "He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination."
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