Filipino Americans are the third-largest ethnic group in California, after Latinos and African Americans, and they are the second-largest Asian American group in the nation. Their rich history is recognized in October as it commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the United States. On October 18, 1587, “Luzones Indios” arrived in what is now Morro Bay, California.
Immerse yourself in Filipino American culture by checking out these learning resources, activities and community groups.
Art & Recipes
Create a mixed-media painting inspired by Filipina American artist Pacita Abad.
Books & Virtual Storytelling
Picture book reading list for younger children – learn about folk tales, the Filipino language and more.
Reading list for teens and adults – includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction recommendations.
Watch this Oden the Giant storytime with Asian Art Museum storyteller, Ann Riley.
Listen to the “This Filipino American Life” podcast – the Filipino American hosts explore the experiences of Filipinos in the United States.
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) – includes history, learning activities, curriculum, art and more.
Fil-Am of FSV: Filipino-American residents of Fairfield, Suisun and Vacaville.
Visit their Facebook page for history, facts and events
Little Manila Rising – Stockton: After school programs, dance, health assistance and martial arts.
Asian Resources – Sacramento: Youth employment resources, support services and workshops.
Filipino Americans of Northern California – Sacramento, East Bay & Beyond: Community resources, scholarships and workshops.
Philippine National Day Association – Sacramento: Youth leadership, scholarship opportunities and mentoring.
Lead Filipino: community organization serving San Jose and beyond.