WASHINGTON DC — Filipino Americans in D.C. look back on more than 430 years of Filipino history in the U.S., while looking forward to the current generation’s stories to come, at this event hosted by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Library for Filipino American History Month.
From the first landing of Filipinos in Morro Bay, California in 1587 to the first settlement of Filipinos in Saint Malo in Louisiana in 1763, Filipino-Americans in Washington DC looked back on the more than 430 years of Filipino history in the U.S., and looked forward to the stories of the current generation through a Filipino American History Month event hosted by the US Dept of Commerce Library.
Among those making history today is Cristeta Comerford – the first woman executive chef at the White House – and the first Asian-American at that.
“I am enjoying my life as the Executive of the White House, and it’s really been a great experience and opportunity — but my commission for myself is to pass this along to the younger generation.”
National Federation of Filipino-American Associations chair Brendan Flores said even younger Fil-Ams are making history at this moment — the likes of Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Bruno Mars and two-time Tony-nominated Eva Noblezada.
“When you see people who look like you, or eat sinigang like you, then it makes it feel like something is possible… it makes you feel like you’re able to achieve those goals,” said Andrew Esmele.
For younger generations of Filipino-Americas, it’s all about being inspired so they can also create their own path to success.