Resolution J1368-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2013 as Filipino American History Month in the State of New York



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim October 2013 as Filipino American History Month in the State of
New York

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, on  board  the  Manila-built  galleon
ship Nuestra Senora de Esperanza; and
  WHEREAS,  The Filipino American National Historical Society recognized
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  concentrat-
ing  on  the  economic, cultural, social and other notable contributions
that Filipino Americans have made in countless ways toward the  develop-
ment of the history of the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York State has the third largest population of Filipino
Americans and the largest population of Filipino Americans on  the  East
Coast; and
  WHEREAS, Filipino Americans have a long-standing history of serving in
the  United  States  Armed  Forces,  from  the Civil War to the Iraq and
Afghanistan conflicts, including the 25,000 Filipinos who  fought  under
the  United  States  flag during World War II to protect and defend this
country; and
  WHEREAS, Filipino Americans are an integral part of the United  States
health  care  system  as nurses, doctors, and other medical professions;
  WHEREAS, Filipino Americans have contributed greatly to the fine arts,
music, dance,  literature,  business,  journalism,  education,  science,
technology,  government,  politics,  fashion,  and  other  fields in the
United States that enrich the landscape of the country; and
  WHEREAS, Efforts must continue to promote the study of Filipino Ameri-
can history and culture, as mandated in the  mission  statement  of  the
Filipino  American  National  Historical  Society,  because the roles of
Filipino Americans and other people of color have been overlooked in the
writing, teaching, and learning of United States history; and
  WHEREAS, It is imperative for Filipino American youth to have positive
role models to instill in them the importance of education, complemented
with the richness of their ethnicity and the value of their legacy; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2013 as Filipi-
no American History Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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