Joe Biden hails 'innumerable' contributions of Fil-Am community to US

U.S. President Joe Biden takes part in a bilateral meeting with Philippines President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. in New York, New York, U.S., September 22, 2022. The celebration of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) kicks off this month. (Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis)
U.S. President Joe Biden takes part in a bilateral meeting with Philippines President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. in New York, New York, U.S., September 22, 2022. The celebration of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) kicks off this month. (Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis)

In celebration of Filipino American History Month (FAHM), United States President Joe Biden on Sunday (October 2) thanked the Filipino American community for their “innumerable” contributions to the US.

"[First Lady] Jill [Biden] and I are proud to recognize Filipino American History Month and celebrate the innumerable contributions and rich heritage of Filipino Americans across our nation," Biden tweeted.

"We support, honor, and thank you for all you have done to help fulfill the promise of America for all of us."

This year’s FAHM theme is "Celebrating Our History and Legacies: 50 Years of Filipino-American Studies, 40 Years of the Filipino American National Historical Society, and 30 Years of Filipino-American History Month."

Last year, Biden’s statement also thanked the Filipino Americans for their contributions "to make our union more perfect."

"To our Filipino American community: thank you for all you do and for all you endure to make our union more perfect," he said.

Biden cited cooperation between the Philippines and the US dating back to October 1587, when Filipinos first landed in America. He also alluded the Filipino-American farm workers’ fight to unionize during the Delano Grape Strike in California, as well as the two countries’ alliance during World War II.

"When the United States and our allies overcame enemy forces to bring World War II to an end, Filipino Americans were fighting on the frontlines to make our victory possible," Biden said in 2021.

"When Filipino farm workers organized across the Nation, including the Delano Grape Strike in California, they catalyzed permanent changes that improved the conditions of farm labor in the United States."

FAHM was first proposed in 1991, with Congress making the declaration official in November 2009.

Congress cited the "advancement of Filipino-Americans and as a time to renew efforts toward the examination of history and culture in order to provide an opportunity for all people in the US to learn more about Filipino-Americans and their historic contributions to the Nation.”

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