Celebrating Filipino American History Month

October 1, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized 

October has arrived and Filipino American History Month is here.  Long story short, the Filipino American National Historical Society established the month as Fil Am History Month based on the fact that some Pinoys jumped off a Spanish galleon called the Nuestra Senora de Buena Esperanza (aka Big Ass Spanish Boat) somewhere near Moro Bay, California back in October of 1587.  I’m paraphrasing but you get the gist of it.

What should we celebrate? It is our month but a lot of Americans are unaware of the significant contributions that Pinoys and Pinays have made to our country’s fabric. 

No need to fear ‘cause I got your Fil Am history remedial course right here on Pinoylife.com.

For starters, you gotta go with the basics. Go pick up this book

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That way I don’t have to cover all that stuff that Uncle Fred and Auntie Dorothy Cordova already documented. 

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s go over some of the highlights (and lowlights) in recent Filipino American history.  To determine the importance of these events, we will use the unit of measure called OPS – Overall Pinoy Significance.

The OPS Gauge

It’s simple really. 

If something has a positive Pinoy significance, it gets at least one Manong Philip Vera Cruz. The more Manong Phils, the more significant the event is.

For things with minimal or even negative Pinoy significance, it gets at least one Dion Basco. The more Dions, the less significance. (You think I’ve forgotten about your stupid comment about Filipinos being the “black Asians” you made in A. Magazine a few years ago? HAIL XENU!)

Let’s start with the obvious.

Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao


November 15, 2003 is the day Manny Pacquiao made a name for himself.  It was on this day that he upset Mexican boxing legend Marco Antonio Barrera with an 11th round knock out at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  This was the fight that catapulted Manny into becoming the pride of a nation. 

I know Manny is not Fil Am but the knock out happened on American soil and he trains in Hollywood so I’m putting him on the list!

OPS Gauge

5 Manong Phils

Keeping with the sports theme, we have to also include swimmer Natalie Coughlin


She is one of the most decorated female swimmers to compete in the modern Olympic games.  Natalie has set world and Olympic records in the freestyle relay and the individual backstroke respectively.  In the 2008 Beijing games, she became the first American female athlete to win six medals in a single Olympic games.  And she’s kinda hot.

OPS Gauge

5 Manong Phils

Onward to Politics.  I have to mention former Hawaii governor, Ben Cayetano

In 1994, he became the first Filipino American to be elected governor in the United States. 

For that accomplishment, he deserves 5 Manong Phils.

However, his track record as governor sucked balls.  According to his entry on HawaiiHistory.org, “during his tenure [as governor], Hawai`i experienced an economic downturn [and] the state’s teachers went on strike.”  Also during his watch, lap-dances were banned in Honolulu. 

For that he gets 4 1/2 Dions.

OPS Gauge (average)

½ a Manong Phil

That’s enough with the politics. Let’s talk about movies.

In the early part of this decade, two films made by and starring Filipino Americans were featured in many film festivals and independent theater screenings across the nation. The films were The Debut and The Flip Side.  The two movies were the result of a collective effort of determined young filmmakers and their hard working film crews. 

OPS Gauge

3 Manong Phils

Not all films were great.  Remember Surf Ninjas? Remember Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo? And did anyone torture themselves by watching American Adobo

For those films…

OPS Gauge

2 Dions

There are stains in our Filipino American history.  These are things that we should not be proud of and people we are ashamed to call our own.  I have two items that I consider the failed abortions of our Filipino American experience.

Item #1: Andrew Cunanan

This psycho dude and alleged male prostitute went on a five person killing spree that included fashion designer Gianni Versace.  His Wikipedia entry boasts that “On June 12, 1997, Cunanan became the 449th fugitive to be listed by the FBI on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, and became the first person from San Diego to be placed on that list.”  Stay classy San Diego!

Item #2: Vanessa Minnillo

I’m sure some of you are fans of the former MTV TRL host but she needs to go.  This clueless bitch said that her mother was “Polynesian” in a Maxim interview.  That’s cool Vanessa ‘cause if you aren’t down to claim your shit, then we’re not down to claim you. 

OPS Gauge

Both of these fools get 5 Dions.

I’ll close this out with a person who has truly made Filipino American history with everything he has done.  I’m talking about our favorite comedian, Rex Navarrete

In October of 2005, Rex recorded his second DVD titled “Badass Madapaka” with a sold out crowd in L.A.’s historic Wiltern LG Theater.  His accomplishments and success are a true celebration of the Filipino American experience. 

OPS Gauge

For Rex, he gets 5 Manong Phils and I’ll throw in a Larry Itliong.

There’s a whole lot more of our history and experience in America to learn out there folks. Filipino Americans have been doing our damn thing in the United States before this nation was even founded in 1776 (look up the Manila Village in the bayous of Louisiana). 

This is our history month.  Go out, discover it, celebrate it, and be proud of it.

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31 Responses to “Celebrating Filipino American History Month”

  1. richard move on October 2nd, 2008 8:51 am

    the “black asian” looks like he’s dumping or climaxing…

  2. Razzmatazz on October 2nd, 2008 2:01 pm

    But dude. Vanessa Minnillo is F-ing hot!! Where’s horny pinoy?

  3. tetro on October 2nd, 2008 8:52 pm

    I pick Misa Campo over Vanessa.

  4. Moonie on October 2nd, 2008 9:10 pm

    tetro, it’s Filipino AMERICAN History Month. Misa is a Pinay Canadian or Pinuck if you will. Please celebrate the month responsibly.

  5. Joe Bag O'Suman on October 3rd, 2008 4:19 pm

    Ironically enough, Dion somewhat facially resembles Manong Phil and could probably do a credible job of playing him should the role present itself.

    Re: Manillo. Hot yes. But, it’s amazing how unattractive one can instantly become when the attitude toward one’s own culture is ugly. She, and other “culture dismissives” like her, gets the Gas Face.

  6. darleene on October 4th, 2008 3:45 pm

    “Stay classy San Diego!” I love it.

  7. KoRN on October 4th, 2008 4:36 pm

    HAHAHAHA…the OPS meter rocks! Still love the “Big Ass Spanish Boat” plagiarism story from a few years back!

  8. Horny Pinoy on October 7th, 2008 9:37 am

    Razmatazz: Go away, I’m ‘batin!

  9. Moonie on October 7th, 2008 9:48 am

    I guess we all have our special ways of celebrating our history month. I prefer highlighting the accomplishments of our people in the United States while Horny Pinoy prefers to “bate”.

    If that’s the case, then Horny Pinoy probably celebrates Filipino American history at least twice a day throughout the year.

  10. A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude on October 7th, 2008 10:02 am

    I think the proper way to celebrate Filipino American History Month is this:

    Since October is the month that signals the end of baseball season, we should use the symbolic location of a baseball field. And populate the field with an entertainment stage, representing our artistic talents. And surround the stage with a set of booths to represent our dedication to and interest of community and entrepreneurship. And have an area nearby with at least one booth selling popular Filipino fast food. The event shall be known as a Pinoy Festival, or something like that.

    Yes, I know it’s a novel and radical concept, but I hope at least some of you are able to have that sort of forward-thinking vision.

  11. Masbate on October 7th, 2008 10:10 am

    Isn’t tonight the night that two very prominent Americans get a chance to ‘bate in front of millions of people on television?

  12. Razzmatazz on October 9th, 2008 9:06 am

    Horny P. I will stay well out of your way especially since I’m only a Novice Bater. One day I hope to be a Master like you.

  13. Sagada Igorot on October 20th, 2008 12:54 am

    Go Pinoy! How about the recent Olympic Gold Medalist with a Filipino parent? Forgot the name…

    Cheers from a Sagada Igorot!

    blog of the SaGaDa-iGoRoT

  14. TT Bhoy on October 22nd, 2008 6:13 pm

    Umm….Sagada…read the article por favor.

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  28. If you're done talking I'm done hearing you on May 17th, 2012 10:42 pm

    You took what you wanted and gave as little as possible in return.
    The gods are immortal but they are not divine.

    Karen Carpenter. “Punished for something she did.” “Like you.”
    I was pushed into it. It was your doing. Karen Carpenter was a series of fakes. She entered in the early 70s then you managed the clone host to create the perception you desired to sell.
    I was pushed into molesting and stealing so you could create this perception and sell it. And sell it was exactly what you did.
    The gods are wicked. Did it to fulfill the real Second Coming makes little difference to me.
    Unit 731:::TSUSHOGO was a 1930s-era clue illustrating the god’s intent.

    The god’s “big thing”::Bullshit Boss positioning.
    Dutch company, Piss of the penis clue, pissing on Germany. The clue it would fail.
    Oh, but the “big thing” did happen:::Real Second Coming vs. the Matrix fake Jew Second Coming yet to occurr. That’s why my Situation was downplayed and defended so hard by the gods. When it happens the fake Second Coming will be BIG TIME!!! Global without the gods trying to defend and downplay it.
    The Matrix Jew Biblical Jesus vs. the REAL “Jesus”, likely a German, probably not Irish, around the same time.
    With a much different message.

    Let me illustrate the power of their technology:::
    The gods create the perception of global warming by beeming heat into (cold out) of the polar icepacks. As they can listen to your thoughts and affect your behavior so can they will the animal kingdom, which explians the changing migrating patterns of hundreds of millions of birds all at once, changing growth patterns for foliage as well as changing weathern patterns we all experience.
    Similarly, the gods can do this with food. They can beem sugar out of fruit, flavor out of shrimp.
    I suspect like the biotechnology issue they use genetic engineering to accomplish the goal of bland produce, but they are far too much of control freak rapist fucks to paint with such a broad brush. Rather it occurrs on an individual-by-individual basis. This way they can maintain conditioning/reinforcement and denial at the same dinner table.
    Realize they can also affect taste, so their options are open. As with the retard and other examples, expect it boils down to an issue of culpability.

    The gods placed us all into our own corners of the globe. As such for thousands of years we spent time and reproduced with out own kind.
    This is why mobilty/travel, biracial unions/offspring and partaking of other cultures is a sin::::
    Each has it’s own elements of disfavor, and by experiencing other cultures you are being exposed to these disfavors, which if people may adopt will make their state even worse than prior.
    The United States has been considered a “melting pot” where rejects from around the world were sent when kicked out of their motherland.
    Remember, this concept of cultural diversity is an element of the liberal platform the gods used to promote societal decay, revealed on the map with the “beast” that is the SanFranciscoBayArea and the spread of social deterioration that spread to the rest of the country and eventually to the entire globe.

    The gods positioned this global situation with a telepathic audience in the hundreds of millions to create the appearance/perception of an evil/wicked diety, thereby corrupting those unable to deceipher the clues and understand their true intent. This has effectively created a division between those with hope and The Damned, sentenced to dig a hole for themselves they may never recover from as they fall for temptation the gods test them with.

    xtainity is the true evil here, and why it depicts Lucifer as wicked.
    Lucifer is the Second COming. xtinaity used this tactic to protect the Biblical Apocalypse as it reads in the Bible. The truth is Lucifer is a prophet who teaches the meaning of life. You must follow my teachings if you are to ascend into heaven rather than the xtian “consolation prize” of 1000 years wuith Jesus on Earth.

    “We’ll make it up to them.” is the empty promise the gods make to the people.
    The 20th century devestated our society and our cultures so severely to meet their strategy that the gods incurred obligation for what they did to the people. In compensation the gods gave the people this Situation, the Chosen One who teaches the “meaning of life”, which the gods defended vigorously, plus the “consolation prize”, the promise of 1000 years with Jesus on Planet Earth.
    Telepathically “pushed” into violating their values and morals the gods washed their hands of obligation to the people as cheaply and easily as they possibly could.
    The gods washed their hands WITH me then washed their hands OF me.
    MY “consolation prize” is “coming back”. Not reincarnation, for we ALL experience this being a matter of policy and procedure, but “coming back” on the scale of the gods:::A new “colonist” on the next Planet Earth. And, if they choose, they will manufacture a way to get out of this obligation as well.

    Let me share with you some of the monsterous things the gods have done in the recent past::::
    1. Treat Blvd. killings. Saw a beautiful therapist I recently brought up again. The gods had some delinquent white male plow his SUV into an Afghan man and his 9 year old daughter on a Saturday morning ride right in front of the building after I “foreshadowed” the event, killing them both.
    2. Discussed Haitian child slavery problem. Had a slavery complex in my family, perpetuated from parents into the next generation. Considered a parent’s possible reincarnation as a Haitian child slave. Shortly thereafter 25,000 dead in 2009 earthquake.
    3. Badmouth crappy Chilean fruit. 2009 Earthquake.
    4. 2002 Cozumel vacation. Wilma parks on the prime diving area (SW) of the island and hammers the reefs for 40 full hours.
    5. Hurricane Andrew
    6. Hurricane Hugo
    7. Trip to followed by the 2006 Hawaiian earthquake days later.
    8. 2004 trip to Bourbon Street’s hedonistic Fat Tuesday followed by 2005 Hurricane Katrina (name clue).
    9. 1999 trip to Grand Cayman. Hurricane Ivan devistates the reef, the Queen’s Garden and proceeds to slice up the middle of the state of Alabama months after my visit.
    10. The town I stayed in experienced a tornado which killed almost a dozen.
    This list goes on and on and on.

    The gods having fun with the Situation through killing playing their fucking games:::
    2. Salon Meritage, 8 dead
    3. Speed Freak Killers, dozens dead, which was used to inspire Beavis and Butthead.
    4. Costa Concordia, Sch captain, 30 dead.

    They treat life so trivially. Since we are all “coming back” through reincarnation I suspect this may be justified. However in light of the atrocities the gods inflict on humanity in the name of divine justice it rings hallow.

    The morbidly disfavored Mediterreanean was used as the platform for “Western Civilization”, promoting sexual deviacy to create an “Animal House” type of enviornment in our society, “leveling the playing field” for Europeans in preparation.
    The gods will enforce their positioning of xtianity/RomanCatholicChurch partnered with capitalism/UnitedStatesofAmerica. And we will realize when the gods execute the New Testiment prophecy under the guise of the perceived “one true religion”, xtianity.
    Two realities:::The god’s positioning and the god’s reality. The reality is children ascend into heaven upon repairing their relationship with the gods and fixing their evils from current and prior lives. The positioning will deliver “1000 years with Jesus on Earth”, justified with scientific and medical advances, and only the TRUE believers in Jesus (are there any?) will have “everlasting life” (recolonize next Planet Earth and continue humanity’s life cycle).

    The gods are control freaks who forced this Situation with Artificial Intelligence.
    Much as WorldWarII’s Unit 731::TSUSHOGO proves, it could have gone no other way.

    My life was devistated and I never even had a brief period of time to achieve to the best of my ability.
    You could have allowed a period of loss. Instead your control freak nature ensured total control and little progress.
    The Situation sucked for many reasons:::One so the gods would not be obliged to their Chosen One. A mediocre Situation ensured they could force me into MY “consoloation prize”::::Relegated to recolonization of the next Planet Earth. Tens of thousands of years of hard labor, “dawn to dusk” days, slavery, crucifixion, burning at the stake, torture, etc.
    They attempt a “Pavolv’s Dog” conditioning method like I was a lowly Mediterreanean, a consequence for the European West as well as a result of this Mediterreanean platform of “Western Civilization”. It didn’t work on me when you destroyed my childhood in preparation for this Situation and it won’t work now.

    Making me inactive in my youth was to enhance your positioning. They didn’t want any hint of respectability.
    I have decided the gods are wicked. They’ve taken too many liberties, crossed too many lines and have revealed their immorality. Convienience is their priority.
    My trademark:::The penticle. Guess I really am Lucifer::The sole source of disfavor used to initiate disfavor in the next “Garden of Eden”. “You’re coming back.” Bitter resolution for someone they selected as their “Chosen One”. Guess it is true all I will receive is a lousy “reach-around”.

    If that’s religion I don’t want it.
    Fuck religion. It’s full of shit.

    If you’re done talking I’m done hearing you.
    I wish the gods would fuck off for good.


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