Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas On October 18th, 1587, the first recorded “Luzones Indios” Filipinos arrived in Morro Bay, California, on board the Manila-built galleon ship Nuestra Senora de Esperanza; and

Whereas The Filipino American National Historical Society recognizes 1763 as the date of the first permanent Filipino settlement in the United States in St. Malo, Louisiana; and

Whereas The Filipino-American community is the third largest Asian-American group in the United States, with a population of approximately 3.5 million individuals; and

Whereas Filipino-American servicemen and servicewomen have a longstanding history of serving in the Armed Forces, from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, including the 250,000 Filipinos who fought under the United States flag during World War II to protect and defend the United States; and

Whereas Nine Filipino-Americans have received the congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Forces; and

Whereas Filipino-Americans have contributed greatly to the Commonwealth and play an integral role in the health care system, music, education, government, technology, sports, journalism and other fields; and

Whereas On this day we ask the residents of the Commonwealth to recognize the rich history of Filipinos and their many contributions to the vibrancy of the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2013 to be,

FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, On this day we ask the residents of the Commonwealth to recognize the rich history of Filipinos and their many contributions to the vibrancy of the Commonwealth,

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts