October is the time to commemorate National Filipino American History Month.
To celebrate the occasion, the Laugh Cellar is hosting a virtual comedy show extravaganza event that will benefit FANHS Sonoma County Chapter’s Katherine Baguio Scholarship Program. The virtual program is on Sunday, Oct. 28.
The program was created to promote and support continuing education among local youth, while honoring the memory of the late “Manang Kay” and her dedication to the community. Each year FANHS Sonoma awards a scholarship to a qualified college-bound student. 2021 marks the 11th anniversary of the scholarship program.
According to the Filipino American National History Society (FANHS), the celebration commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States. On October 18, 1587, Spanish explorer Pedro de Unamuno led a landing party that included indigenous Filipino men. The crew landed in now-Morro Bay, California from Macau, China. Thus, in 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month.
Filipino Americans have contributed to the cultural fabric of the United States. In a study by the Pew Research Center, more than 4 million Filipinos live in America. They are the second-largest Asian American group in the nation and the third-largest ethnic group in California.
Each year, Filipino American History Month is recognized with a special theme. For the 2021 theme, the FANHS has titled it, “50 Years Since the First Young People’s Far West Convention.” ABC10 reports that more than 300 young Filipino Americans participated in the Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention at Seattle University in 1971. This convention sparked the beginning of the Filipino American movement.
The virtual comedy lounge opens at 6:45 PM with the show running from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PST on October 28. If you are interested in attending or learning, please click here. Tickets are $28 per household.
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