11 Proclamation Declaring October 2015 as Filipino American History Month.

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STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Proclamation Declaring October 2015 as Filipino American History Month. MEETING DATE: October 20, 2105

PREPARED BY: Betty Cota, Deputy City Clerk

REVIEWED BY: Eddie Duque, City Manager

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RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends that the City Council approve a Proclamation declaring October 2015 as Filipino History Month in the City of Livingston.

BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION:

The month of October has been recognized as Filipino American History Month by the State of California and by Congress. Luna Jamero, President of the Central Valley Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) has requested that the City Council proclaim October 2015 as Filipino History Month to recognize the economic, cultural and social contributions made to the community by the Filipino families and their continuing presence in Livingston for several decades from the early 1920’s.

On October 2, 2015, several Filipino Americans attended the White House Conference on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. They were honored at the White House for initiating Filipino American History Month. Among those attending was Pete Jamero, son of the late Ceferino and Apolonia Jamero who were longtime residents of Livingston.

Luna Jamero is present tonight to receive the Proclamation on behalf of the FANHS.

FISCAL IMPACT:

No fiscal impact to the City.

ATTACHMENTS:

1. Proclamation declaring October 2015 as Filipino American History Month.

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the earliest documented Filipino presence in the continental United States was on October 18, 1587, when the first "Luzones Indios" set foot in Morro Bay, California onboard the Manila­ build galleon ship, Nuestra Senora de Esperanza; and

WHEREAS , the Filipino American National Historical Society recognizes the year 1763 as the date of the first permanent Filipino settlement in the United States in St. Malo, Louisiana, which set in motion the focus on the story of our Nation’s past from a new perspective by concentrating on the economic, cultural, social and other notable contributions that Filipino Americans have made in countless ways toward the development of the history of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Filipino community is the second largest Asian American group in the United States, and Filipinos have had a presence in the Livingston area since the early 1920’s; and

WHEREAS, Filipino American servicemen have a long standing history in the Armed Forces including the 25,000 Filipinos who fought under the United States flag during World War II with nine receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor; and

WHEREAS , Filipino Americans are an integral part of the United States health care system as medical professionals and have contributed greatly to the fine arts, music, dance, literature, business, journalism , education, science, technology , government politics, farming and other fields in the United States that enrich the landscape of the country; and

WHEREAS, efforts should be made to promote the study of Filipino American history and culture because the roles of Filipino Americans have been overlooked in the writing, teaching and learning of the United States history; and

WHEREAS, the Central Valley Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society was the 19th Chapter chartered in 1998 and includes over 50 members. The Chapter provides annual programs that include scholarships and speaking engagements on Filipino American history and fundraisers benefiting community service endeavors.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Livingston City Council does hereby proclaim October 2015 as FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH in the City of Livingston, as a study of the advancement of Filipino Americans as a time of reflection and remembrance , and as a time to renew efforts toward the research and examination of history and urge all citizens to engage in the worthy programs and activities to improve the Livingston community .

RODRIGO ESPINOZA, Mayor