Celebrating Filipino-American History Month is important. It is a remembrance and commemoration to a group of people who have significantly contributed to our nation for centuries.
Filipinos have been part of American history since 1587; several decades before the Pilgrims arrived. Before our Founding Fathers declared independence from the Brits, a group of Filipinos had already settled in Louisiana. More than a century before Alaska became a state, Filipinos had already made it here, engaging in the fur trade with Alaska Natives.
Filipino-Americans have made significant contributions to our nation. In the early 1920s, many Filipinos called the 'manongs', left their native country and their family to work in the plantations of Hawaii and California and the fisheries of Washington and Alaska. During WWII, Filipinos, both here and in the Philippines, fought with and for the U.S. to help protect our freedom and secure peace in our world. In the late '60s and '70s, many Filipino professionals left their native country to help fill the workforce of our rapidly growing technology and health industry. As the families of the 'manongs', veterans and professionals grew, their family members took on the critical jobs that helped in the development of our nation's health and economy. Filipino-Americans worked in the health field, service industry, hospitality, technology, education, government, armed forces, and construction.
The U.S. provided opportunities to Filipino-Americans so that they could achieve the American dream. Rear Admiral Connie Mariano is a Filipino-American who served as President Clinton's physician. Chef Cristeta Comerford is also a Filipino-American who has been the White House Executive Chef for President George W. Bush. Thelma Buchholdt of Alaska was the first Filipino-American state legislator and Benjamin Cayetano of Hawaii was the first Filipino-American governor. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, Los Angeles Ram’s Pro Bowl quarterback Roman Gabriel and NBA coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat are Filipino-Americans.
I am blessed to work with two outstanding Filipino women who live in the Philippines. They embody the same selfless service and sacrifices of their ancestors. Together, we will “Unite All in Love for God is Love.”
Step 1: Put on a “Smile” (and if appropriate take a step back) and say to yourself: “Jesus, I need you.” (Diffuses tension, relaxes the jaw, open to change)
Step 2: Breathe In and Breathe out slowly: calms your mind, relaxes your body and renews your spirit. Gives time for the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, words, and actions. Disengage from the situation when appropriate. “Jesus, I trust you.”
Step 3: Love: wrap you and the person(s) or situation in the white light of love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and peace. Pray for those who persecute you. “Jesus I love you.”
As Jesus is all and in all, we have been given the mandate to love one another.
Jesus Christ is the game changer…Jesus, I need you, trust you and love you.
Unite all in Love for God is Love!