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Multicultural Roots Project

The Multicultural Roots Project was created to increase visibility for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in Sonoma County, with a particular focus on Santa Rosa; and to recognize, through historical stories from BIPOC, contributions and impacts that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Working with local historians and community partners, Community Engagement staff gather stories and facts about local BIPOC leaders, as well as historical events and places that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County into what it is today. Each month, we will share five of these stories with the public through multiple communication channels, including the City’s website, social media and this newsletter.

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Oct 11

Celebrating the Bayanihan Spirit of Pilipino American History Month

Posted on October 11, 2021 at 8:25 AM by Danielle Garduno

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This October is Pilipino American History Month (PAHM), a month-long celebration aiming to promote the enrichment and appreciation of Pilipinx Americans in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and the greater United States. 

Pilipinx Americans are one of the largest-growing ethnic groups in the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, about 4 million Pilipinx Americans reside in the United States, about 1.5% of the American population. Pilipinx Americans are currently the second-largest Asian American group in the United States and the third-largest ethnic group in California. 

In 1991, the Pilipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) proposed the first annual PAHM to commemorate the first recorded presence of Pilipinx people in the continental United States on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” landed in Morro Bay, California. The State of California first recognized the observance in 2006 when the State Department of Education placed it on its celebrations calendar to honor the centennial celebration of Pilipinx migration to the United States. The United States Congress recognized October as Pilipino American History Month shortly after in 2009. The designation of October as Pilipino American Heritage Month also celebrates the birth month of famed Pilipino American labor leader Larry Itliong.  

This month, we recognize the extraordinary "Bayanihan" (or community spirit) Pilipinx Americans have brought to Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and the United States. As hate crimes against Asian Americans continue to escalate across the country, it is crucial to understand the significance Pilipinx Americans have had on the fabric of our community. We invite our Santa Rosa friends, family, and loved ones to honor the valuable social, cultural, and economic impacts Pilipinx Americans have had on our city, as well as their efforts in supporting and promoting the health and wellness of our society.