Chicago, Il. – In 2009, the US Congress thru the House of Senate and House of Representatives respectively passed H. Res. 780 recognizing October 2011 and every October thereafter as Filipino American History Month (FAHM) to celebrate the history and culture of Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to the Nation. 

Since 2011, Filipino American community groups in Chicago and suburbs have been working and partnering together to consolidate and promote the various events in celebration of FAHM every October. We would like to invite everyone to actively participate and support the celebration of the Filipino American History Month Celebrations in Chicago and the Midwest. The schedule of events/activities is listed below. Let us take pride of our Filipino heritage and history.  Let us come together and make every October celebration – a meaningful and memorable month. 

The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) is pleased to share the Filipino American History Month 2021 theme: 50 Years Since the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention.

The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention, a meeting that took place at Seattle University in 1971 and brought over 300 young Filipino American participants from the West Coast of the US. The convention is hailed as the beginning of the Filipino American Movement.

In Chicago, we are going to celebrate the milestone anniversaries of 3 organizations with common mission of preserving and promoting the arts, culture and history of Filipinos and Filipino Americans – PACF (25), CIRCA Pintig (30) and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago (35).

FANHS also reminds everyone that the month is HISTORY month, not “Heritage” month. “History” encompasses the experiences and events that have shaped our lives, as well as culture and heritage.

FAHM planned events in 2021

All times below are in (CST) Central Standard Time.

Oct 2, Saturday at 8pm – Songs from Larry: A New Musical about the life and legacy of Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong. Brava Theater presents songs from Larry: A New Musical. A FREE virtual workshop reading and panel discussion. Based on the life of Larry Itliong and the archival research of Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, the musical tells the stories of the Filipino American Farmworkers who led one of the most successful labor movements in US history. Register:https://tinyurl.com/LarryPremiere  

Oct 6, Wednesday at 1130am – UNITE, United Airlines’ multi-cultural business resource group invites you to join them in a virtual celebration of the Filipino American History Month with special guests, Albert Samaha, and Chicago’s very own, Billy Dec.  Come and learn about the Filipino culture and American roots. Your host, Richelle Tuazon, will lead the conversation and trivia questions and share more about what’s happening around the city to celebrate this special month. We hope that you can join! Contact: Richelle Tuazon [email protected]

Oct 9, Saturday 3pm to 6pm – FYLPRO Arts Fest 2021. In celebration of Filipino American History Month, Join FYLPRO, Asian Pop-up Cinema for the US Premiere screening of Akin Ang Korona and a panel with award winning Filipino American Filmmakers. We close FYLPRO Arts Fest with An Evening of Filipino All-Star Comedy with Rex Navarrete, the Premiere Filipino American Comic, and JR de Guzman, Winner of the 13th Annual “Standup NBC 2017”, featured on Comedy Central’s ‘Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City,.’ Event Schedule: Akin ang Korona Screening: 4:30 – 6:00 pm, Filipino Film makers Panel: 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Rex Navarrete and Jr De Guzman Comedy Show: 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Venue –  Alliance Française de Chicago Theater, 810 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL For tickets and more information, visit: bit.ly/fylproartsfest2021 For inquiries or group discount call JP Ferrer at 1 (224) 607-1139.

Oct 10 Sunday 2021 Chicago Marathon. Cheer the Filipino and Filipino American runners coming from the Philippines and other U.S. cities along with several local runners from the greater Chicago area. Contact Noly Dulay [email protected]

Oct 11 Monday at 12 Noon – The Filipino American community will once again join the Columbus Day Parade starting at State and Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago. The parade will also be telecast on ABC7. To participate, contact Noly Dulay [email protected] or RJ Turija at [email protected]

Oct 17 Sunday at 2pm Filipino American History Month Celebration. Celebrate Filipino American History Month, the 35-year anniversary of the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, the 30-year anniversary of CIRCA/Pintig and 25-year anniversary of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation at our exhibit event with a luncheon, and performance. Featuring performances by the Samasama Project, UIC FIA Cultural and FIA’liwan, CIRCA/Pintig and others to be announced later. $30 ticket includes food/drink, reserved seat at the luncheon and all performances. Register here to attend.

Oct 19, Tuesday at 6pm– Save the Date for FAHM Celebration and Film Showing at the Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook, IL. Movie to be announced later. Contact [email protected]

Oct 21 Thursday at 6pm – A Workshop on the Immigration Stories of Filipino Americans with guest speaker Maria Alvarez Stroud, author of the book book, Brave Crossing. The book is the story of a young man’s dream of adventure and a different if not a better life in another country. This coming-of-age saga is told through the eyes of Ricardo, a young Spanish-Filipino, as he voyages to America in 1916.  Venue – Skokie Public Library Mary Radmacher Meeting Room at 5215 Oakton St, Skokie. Contact [email protected]. Free event. Register here to attend.