WHEREAS, the earliest documented proof of Filipino presence in the continental United States was October 18, 1587, when the first “Luzones Indios” set foot in Morro Bay, California; and
WHEREAS, Filipino Americans make up one of the largest Asian American ethnic groups in the United States with a population of approximately 3,400,000 people; and
WHEREAS, Filipino Americans have contributed greatly to the economic, intellectual, spiritual, social, cultural, and political life of the United States by sharing in their traditions; and
WHEREAS, Filipino American History Month provides an opportunity to promote the study of Filipino American history and culture, recognize the richness of the Filipino American experience, and honor the contributions of Filipino Americans.
THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim October 2017, as FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH. I offer my support to all those who celebrate this special time to recognize Filipino Americans in Pennsylvania.
GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this twenty-eighth day of September two thousand seventeen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.
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