by Pat Nabong, ABS-CBN News
CHICAGO — “Filipinos in Chicago” chronicles about a 100 years of migration from the Philippines to the Windy City.
The book’s co-author, Estrella Alamar, is the founder of the Filipino American Historical Society in Chicago.
She hopes to establish a Filipino American museum in Chicago.
“We want the future generations to know the importance of Filipino American history.”
Alamar is one of three Filipinas honored by the Philippine Consulate General and partner organizations — for their visionary roles in the community in honor of Filipino American History Month.
“Your presence here signifies your dedication, your commitment to really strengthen and unify the Filipino communities here in the United States, particularly here in Chicago and to also highlight our contributions to your adopted country,” said Gina Jamoralin, Philippine Consul General of Chicago .
The other awardees included Adeline Fajardo, president of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, and Veronica Leighton.
The Pinay visionaries were awarded at a ceremony on Thursday night.
“The awardees have the character, the visionary because they all had a background working with the Filipino community,” said Ruben Salazar, from the Philippine American Cultural Foundation.
They come from different disciplines, but these Pinay visionaries have made it their commitment to preserve Filipino history and heritage in America.
“It is important because we need to honor our elderlies and people who’ve been here before us who made it appropriate for us to be able to be a community here in the U.S. so history is important.”
A representative of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot read a proclamation written by the mayor at the event, recognizing the importance of this month and of the Filipino American community.
“I acknowledge all Chicagoans to recognize the enduring legacy and ongoing impact of the Filipino community and join with them in celebrating this auspicious month.”
This was just the beginning of a month-long celebration in Chicago. There will be cultural gatherings, Filipino film screenings and a Filipino restaurant week in the lineup of events for Filipino American History Month.