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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
(abstracted from PILIPINAS2.0MAG)

1587... First Filipino in North America landed near San Luis Obispo, California

1763... Firt permanent Filipino settlements established in North America near Barataria Bay in southern Louisiana

1781... Antonio Miranda Rodrgiguez chosen a member of the first group of settlers to establish the City of Los Angeles, California

1898... US annexes the Philippines

1899... Philippine-American war begins

1903... First Pensionados, Filipinos invited to attend college in the US on American government scholarships, arrive

1906... First Filipino laborers migrate to the US to work on the Hawaiian sugar cane and pineapple plantations, California and Washington asparagus farms, Washington lumber, Alaska salmon canneries

1920s.. Filipino labor leaders organize unions and strategic strikes to improve working and living conditions

1930s.. First Filipino women and children migrate to the US

1939... Washington Supreme Court rules unconstitutional the Anti-Alien Land Law of 1937 which banned Filipin Americans from owning land

1946... Republic of the Philippines established

1955... Peter Aduja becomes first Filipino American elected to office becoming a member of the Hawaii State House of Rrepresentatives

1965... Congress passes Immigration and Nationality Act to facilitate ease of entry for skilled Filipino laborers

1974... Benjamin Menor appointed the first Filipino American in a state's highest judiciary office as Justice of Hawaii State Supreme Court

1975... Governor John A. Burns (D-Hi) convinces Benjamin J. Cayeatano to run and win in a seat in the Hawaii State Legislature despite Cayetano's doubts about winning office in a white and Japanaese American dominated district; Kauai's Eduardo E. Malapit elected first Filipino American Mayor

1987... Benjamin J. Cayetano becomes the first Filipino American and second Asian American elected Lt. Governor of a state of the Union

1990... David Mercado Valderama becomes the first Filipino American elcted to a state legislature on the mainland US srving Prince George's County in Maryland

1991... Seattle's Gene Canque Liddell beomces first Filipino American woman to be elcted mayor serving the suburb of Lacey City

1992... Velma Viloria becomes first Filipino American and First Asian American elected to the Washington State Legislature

1993... Mario R. Ramil appointed Associate Justice to the Hawaii Supreme Court, the second Filipino American to reach the court

1994... Benjamin J. Cayatano becomes the first Filipino American and second Asian American elected Governor of a state of the the Union

2000... Robert Bunda elected Hawaii Senate President and Simeon R. Acoba Jr. appointed Hawaii State Supreme Court Justice
posted by infraternam meam @ 9:20 PM  
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