Gain wisdom from Filipino Americans who triumphantly fused best of two cultures. They retain their Filipino identity while adjusting to their new American lifestyles.
Filipino Americans are Filipinos who have chosen to live in the United States majority of whom are in search of greener pastures. Their children comprise the second generation of Fil-Am’s (shortened).
History bears records of Filipinos migrating to US even before our country became US territory. They were sailors leaving Spanish ships due to cruelty and some introduced shrimp drying skills to America.
More Filipinos migrated to America in 1900’s when the country was under American rule. These were the “Pensionados” or the cream of Filipino students sent to America to study with government subsidy to prepare them as country’s future leaders.
Some were agricultural workers, others were employed in the US Navy, many were world war veterans including their wives and children and some Filipinas with their children left the country to be with their American husbands. America has been home to many of our nurses, doctors, therapists, engineers, entrepreneurs, chefs, nannies, caregivers, helpers and other workers searching for greener pastures.
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford
Per Commission on Filipinos Overseas, there were 2.37 million permanent residents or emigrants of the 7.29 million overseas Filipinos in 2000, with United States of America as the highest major destination. Emigrants include spouses and fiancées of foreign nationals.
Later census of 2010 reveals that Filipinos living in US have reached 3.4 million majority are in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, New York, Colorado and Utah.
Coach Erik Spoelstra and Famous Swimmer Natalie Coughline
Although a minority group, Filipino Americans have hurdled hardships and shown determination, courage, industry, wisdom and balance in adjusting between two or more cultures. The following men and women have made excellent records in their chosen fields.
Major General Antonio Taguba and Rear Admiral Eleanor Mariano
These persons indeed have given inspirations and hopes not only to Filipino Americans and expats but to everybody that sowing hard work, determination and faith among others will produce good yields.
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