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Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States in October 18, 1587. Filipinos arrived aboard on the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and arrived on Chumash and Obispeño lands (Morro Bay, California). The Filipino American National Historical Society introduced October as Filipino American History Month back in 1992. Today, many people in our community celebrate this month by organizing events to raise awareness about the role of Filipino Americans in US history.
 
Filipino American history encompasses the effects of colonialism and war, labor, global migration, and activism of the diaspora in this country. At San Diego Public Library, we celebrate Filipino American history, heritage, and culture through programs, books displays, and our collections.
 

Feature Events

Filipino-American History Month Festival
Tuesday, October 4th | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | La Jolla/Riford Library | Learn More
 
Filipino-American History Month is celebrated in the United States during the month of October. This FREE event will feature Philippine folk dances, food, and fun for the whole family!

Bilingual Storytime: Tagalog (Oras ng Kwento sa Bilingguwal: Tagalog)
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. | La Jolla/Riford Library | Learn More
 
This bilingual program is designed for preschool children to experience both English and Tagalog in a fun, engaging setting. During each session, we will read stories and sing in both languages.

Literature Talk: "Noli Me Tángere" (Touch Me Not) 
Monday, October 17, 2022 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Central Library, 9th Floor, Shiley Special Events Suite | Learn More
 
UCSD’s Literature Professor John Blanco discusses the influence and central role in the Filipino literary tradition of Filipino national martyr José Rizal’s history changing classic, "Noli Me Tángere" (Latin for Touch Me Not).

It's Not Your Lady Gaga's Monsters: Freaks, Ghosts, and Tita's Tsismis About How Strange You Are to the Family 
Monday, October 24, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Learn More
 
When queer and femme bodies are empowered, Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Southwestern College, suggests that the Catholic Church literally cut monsters like manananggal in half. 

Filipino Dark Folklore
Monday, October 24, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. | Oak Park Library
 
Oak Park Library staff member Ben Cayetano hosts a group talk about Aswang and relating to the Filipino Animation on Netflix/graphic novel titled, Trese.

Upcoming Events

Oct 810am - 12pm
Oct 103:30pm - 5:30pm
Oct 106pm - 7pm

Nicho Shadowbox Craft celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Elementary School Age, Middle School Age

Oct 106pm - 7:30pm

Local Author Talk: Carlos Tarrac

Emerging Adults, Adults, Older Adults

Oct 115pm - 6pm

Create It!: Piñata Art with Art Smarts

Preschoolers, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age


Activity Ideas & More

Scary Stories and More with SDPL:
Philippine Fright Night

How To Make:
Filipino Insta Chicken Adobo

How To Make:
Halo Halo


Resources


Reading Lists

CloudLibrary eBooks & eAudiobooks: Filipino-American History Month