Saturday, April 15, 2006

Historical Facts of Filipino-American Relationship

Blogger's Note: The accuracy of information in this post has not yet been verified but we posted anyway for some interested soul to ponder.

Subject: Some Historical Facts of Filipino-Americans (SeeThe EVIL DEEDS of the Americans how they manipulate the sytem against the Filipinos)


1587 - First Filipinos ("Luzonians") to set foot in North America arrive in Moror Bay, California on board the Manila-built galleon ship Nuestra Senora de Esperanza under the command of Spanish Captain Pedro de Unamuno.


1720 - Gaspar Molina, a Filipino from Pampanga province, oversees the construction of El Triunfo dela Cruz, the first ship built in California.


1763 - Filipinos in Acapulco cross the Gulf of Mexico to Barataria Bay in Louisiana to establish 7 Philippine-style fishing villages. The "mahogany-colored Manilamen of Louisiana" pioneer the dried shrimp industry in America (40 years [before the 1803] Louisiana Purchase).


1781 - Antonio Miranda Rodriguez, also known as "Chino," a native of Manila, is one of 44 founders of the "Pueblo de Nuestra Senora reina de los Angeles," now known as the city of Los Angeles. (California became a state in 1850.)


1796 - The first American trading ship to reach Manila, the Astrea, was commanded by Captain Henry Prince with Nathaniel Bowditch [on October 3 rd , marking the beginning of American-Philippine trade intercourse.


1870 - Filipinos studying in New Orleans form the first Filipino Association in the United States, the "Sociedad de Beneficencia de los Hispanos Filipinos."


1888 - Dr. Jose Rizal visits the United States and predicts that the Philippines will one day be [a United States] colony.


1898 -The Philippines declares its independence (June 12, Kawit, Cavite) only to be ceded to the United States by Spain for $20 million.


1899 - The war between the Filipinos and the Americans breaks out ending with the surrender of Gen. Miguel Malvar on April 16, 1902. (Results of the War: America crosses 7,000 miles of ocean, using 126,468 men, of whom 4,234 died, spend[ing] $600,000, 000.00 and engaging in 2, 811 recorded fights. Filipinos suffer losses: 16,000 died in action, 200,000 civilians perish owing to famine and pestilence, and untold millions of pesos worth of property destroyed.)


1902 -Cooper Act passed by the U.S. Congress makes it illegal for Filipinos to own property, vote, operate a business, live in an American residential neighborhood, hold public office and become a naturalized American citizen.


1906 - About 200 Filipino "pensionados" are brought to the U.S. to get an American education.


1906-1935 - More than 125,000 Filipino "sacadas" are brought to Hawaii to work in the sugar cane plantations.


1924 - Filipino Workers' Union (FLU) shuts down 16 of 25 sugar plantations.


1926 - California's Anti-Miscigenation Law is amended to include Filipinos (Members of the Malay race) as among those who cannot marry whites.


1929 - Anti-Filipino riots break out in Watsonville and other California rural communities.


1932 - The U.S. Congress passes the Tidings -Mcduffe Act, known as the Philippine Independence Act, [it] is also known as the Filipino Exclusion Act as it limits Filipino immigration to the U.S. to 50 persons a year.


1942 - After the fall of Bataan and Coregidor to the Japanese, the US Congress passes a law which grants US citizenship to Filipinos and other aliens who served under the U.S. Armed Forces.


1943 - First and Second Filipino Regiments formed in the U.S. composed of Filipino agricultural workers.


1946 - U.S. [grants] Philippine Independence. U.S. Congress passes Rescission Act declaring that "service in the USAFFE is not considered service in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes of military benefits."


1948- Celestino Alfafara wins California Supreme Court decision allowing aliens the right to own real property; California courts finally overturn Anti-Miscegenation Laws so Filipinos and other minorities could now legally marry whites.


1965 - Filipino farm workers under the leadership of Larry Itliong go on strike in Delano and win Cesar Chavez joins Itliong to from the United Farm Workers Union. Filipino American Political Association (FAPA) is formed with chapters in 30 California cities. Immigration Act of 1965 raises quota of Filipinos and other nationalities from 100 to 20,000 a year.


[1967 - The Philippine American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) founded by Pilipino American students at San Francisco State College.]


1968 - San Francisco State students, [Led by the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF), of which PACE is a part of) go on a five month long strike, the longest student strike in American higher education.


1969 - The San Francisco State Student Strike ends resulting in the creation of the first and only Ethnic Studies [School] in the nation which includes a Filipino Studies Program and an Asian American Studies Department.


1977- Students various colleges and universities such as San Francisco State College and the University of California Berkeley, participate in all out strike against the demolition of the International Hotel, a hotel situated in a former "Manilatown" area of San Francisco, that provided low income housing for the elderly. At least, 41 Manongs (Filipino elders) were evicted from the hotel.


1990 - Immigration reform Act of 1990 is passed by the U.S. Congress granting U.S. citizenship to Filipino WWII veterans resulting in 20,000 Filipino veterans take oath of citizenship. (KUNG KAILAN MATATANDA NA AT MALAPIT NG MAMATAY, NAPAKA WALANGHIYA TALAGA NG MGA HAYOP NA AMERIKANO)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is interesting to note that in the "Subject" section at the beginning appears the statement: "(SeeThe EVIL DEEDS of the Americans how they manipulate the sytem against the Filipinos)
", but throughout the story and in the end, there was many happy endings for Filipinos.
It is also interesting that in 1948 the Americans allowed foreigners to own property, but still, until today, Americans and no foreigners can own Philippine property. Who is manipulating the system?

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