NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office recently proclaimed October as Filipino American History Month in the Empire State.
David Turley, the director of the Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs, presented the proclamation to the Filipino community in New York.
About 104,000 Filipinos live in the state.
Philippine Consul General Mario De Leon accepted the proclamation on behalf of the community.
“This is no less than the governor of the great state of New York recognizing that Filipinos arrived here as early as 1587, before even the US is an independent nation,” De Leon said. “So we’ve been here for some time. We’ve been an integral part of US mainstream society and I think we have contributed a lot to the diversity of New York.”
“Filipino Americans have been an intricate part of not only US history, but of New York state history,” Turley said. “So I think it was very very important for Gov. Cuomo to recognize and acknowledge a very strong and vibrant community.”