Celebrating Filipino American History Month 2023

This month is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the rich history, culture, and contributions of Filipinx Americans to the United States. 

Filipino American History Month (FAHM)* was established in October 1988 to commemorate the first recorded presence of Filipinxs in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when "Luzones Indios" came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. As we enter FAHM, we celebrate and recognize the vibrant and diverse Filipinx community at UC Berkeley.

Alumni Organizations

Sather Gate, UC Berkeley

Pilipinx American Alumni Chapter (PAAC)

Founded in 1987, PAAC is one of the culturally-affiliated Cal alumni chapters chartered through the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) of UC Berkeley. PAAC promotes professional networking and social opportunities through campus and community volunteer service as well as sponsorship of student mentorship and scholarship programs. PAAC is committed to supporting the alumni, students, CAA and campus at UC Berkeley. Join the Facebook group or follow @calpilipinxalumni on Instagram. 

Night photo of the Campanile with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

Berkeley Club of the Philippines

This group aims to connect the Berkeley community in the Philippines and serve as a platform for alumni and students to network with each other and stay engaged with the university. 


October 25 is Larry Itliong Day

In 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom declared October 25 as "Larry Itliong Day" across California to honor Itliong's work in civil and labor rights activism. Learn more about Itliong’s civil and labor rights activism and read the Governor’s proclamation

*We refer to the month as Filipino American History Month to align Congress' resolution that officially recognized October as "Filipino" American History Month and use "Filipinx" when addressing individuals and the community. We acknowledge the use of multiple “umbrella” terms, such as Filipino/Filipinx/Pilipinx and the many intersectional identifying terms people embrace. We respect and appreciate how community members choose to self-identify.

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