October celebrates Filipino American HISTORY Month in the United States. First proposed by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) board of trustees in 1991, the official commencement of Filipino American History Month was October 1992. And, it wasn't until 2009, when Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month.
It is also important to note that October is Filipino American History Month, and not Filipino American Heritage Month, or Filipino Heritage Month. In the words of the late Dr. Dawn Mabalon:
"History is inclusive of heritage & culture, but it's also about the ways we have built and changed this nation -- our stories, political struggles, transformations, labor, migration, activism, impact of imperialism & war, victories, etc -- whereas 'heritage' is more limited to what we pass down in terms of culture, tradition, legacies. History is inclusive of heritage and much more. WE MADE HISTORY. WE HELPED BUILD THIS NATION. That's what this month is about."