CAPAC Members Celebrate Filipino American History Month

Oct 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today marks the beginning of Filipino American History Month, which is celebrated throughout October to commemorate the 16th century arrival of the first Filipinos to what is now the United States. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements to mark the occasion.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

I am thrilled to be kicking off Filipino American History Month, during which we celebrate and honor the history, culture, and contributions Filipino Americans bring to our nation. Filipino Americans play an integral role in our nation as our soldiers, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs, essential workers, and healthcare workers who have fought tirelessly against the COVID-19 virus. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing the Filipino American community, their accomplishments, their victories, and their joy.

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), CAPAC First Vice Chair:

"This month, we celebrate the rich history, accomplishments, and contributions that Filipino Americans have made throughout our nation’s history. From serving in our armed forces to the frontlines of the pandemic as essential workers and more, Filipino Americans have been leaders in pushing our nation forward as they fought for civil rights, labor rights, and social justice throughout our history. We also continue to honor the 250,000 Filipino veterans that served during World War II to defend freedom and democracy. As we mark Filipino American History Month, I thank and applaud all that Filipino Americans have done and continue to do for our country.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“In honor of Filipino American History Month, I am pleased to celebrate the contributions of Filipino Americans in California and across the country. Filipino Americans are vital to the fabric of America. From serving in the military to working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, Filipino Americans have made our country better. As an immigrant, I believe that America’s strength comes from its diversity and honoring individual cultures and their histories is a critical part of that. I am honored to join my CAPAC colleagues in celebrating Filipino American History Month and continuing to fight for the needs of all American communities, including Filipino communities, in Congress.”

Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03):

“Each October we observe Filipino American History Month to celebrate the rich contributions made to our country by Filipino Americans. I am proud to represent the Hampton Roads community in Congress, which is home to a large community of Filipino Americans, many of whom have served our nation in uniform. As the only current serving member of Congress with Filipino ancestry and co-chair of the U.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus, I join my colleagues in CAPAC and the Filipino community in celebrating Filipino American History Month.”

Congressman Ed Case (HI-01)

“Each October we recognize the incredible past, present and future of our fellow Americans who trace their roots to their motherland – the great country of the Philippines. In my home state of Hawai’I alone are some 369,000 residents who proudly claim Filipino heritage, making up fully 26% of our island’s population. The “Sakadas” were the first Filipinos to arrive in Hawai’I well over a century ago now, recruited by the sugar plantations to work the fields.  From that hardscrabble life, Filipinos persevered as the next generations rose to become leaders in business, government, education and other fields of endeavor. The story of Filipino Americans is an American story, and I am fiercely proud to represent the Fil-Ams of Hawai’I and throughout our country in Congress.”

Congressman Al Green (TX-09)

“As a proud member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, it is my esteemed pleasure to celebrate Filipino American History Month and honor the countless Americans of Filipino heritage across the United States. This month is important to recognize because of the invaluable contributions Filipinos have made and continue making across our communities. As the third largest Asian-American group in the country, Filipinos have enriched the fabric of our nation, including through their participation in social justice movements and vibrant culture. I pay tribute to the generations who have blessed us with their spirit over the course of history and applaud the rising young leaders at the forefront of today’s progress.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

“This month, we acknowledge the profound impact the Filipino American community has made on our history and culture. Filipino Americans strengthen our diverse communities as educators, frontline workers, public servants, community organizers, and much more. I’m proud to join my Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus colleagues in celebrating Filipino American History Month in California’s 13th Congressional district and across the country.”

Marilyn Strickland (WA-10)

“During Filipino American History Month, we celebrate the innumerable contributions of Filipino Americans to our history, culture, economy, and communities right here in Washington's 10th Congressional District and across the nation. From serving in the military to teaching our children in schools to saving the lives of COVID-19 patients and much more, we honor and celebrate the Filipino community and recommit to building a more diverse, inclusive and just democracy for all.”

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12):

“I am proud to celebrate Filipino American History Month as we honor the rich history, culture, and contributions of the Filipino American community. Filipino Americans have made countless contributions to our society, from serving our country in uniform and elected office, to running successful businesses, teaching our children in schools, and selflessly working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic as nurses, doctors, and essential workers. This October, we look to the past in recognition of the momentous role of Filipino-Americans in our national history and to the future in anticipation of the exciting contributions of generations to come.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09)

“As the third largest Asian American group in the country, Filipino Americans have made incredible contributions to our communities and I am proud to celebrate Filipino American History Month during October. The Ninth District and Puget Sound region is fortunate to be home to a strong Filipino American community that has been an integral part of our culture and society. As a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am proud to honor and celebrate the rich heritage and history of the Filipino American community.” 

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07):

“Today marks the start of Filipino American History Month. During the month of October we reflect and celebrate the rich history and the tremendous contributions that Filipino Americans have made to the United States. From working on the frontlines of the pandemic to the small businesses owners woven into our communities, Filipino Americans are continuing to impact the culture and society of this nation. I’m proud to join my Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus colleagues this year to celebrate Filipino American History Month”