The earliest documented proof of Filipino presence in the continental United States was the date of October 18, 1587, when the first “Luzones Indios” set foot in Morro Bay, California, on board the Manila-built galleon ship Nuestra Senora de Esperanza. The early settllers were farmers and field workers and in the 1930's the US Navy allowed 25,000 Filipino men to become US citizens after serving 3 years in the US military fighting WW2. During World War II, more than 260,000 Filipino and Filipino American soldiers answered the call to action and bravely served and sacrificed under the American flag. The Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional God Medal Act unanimously passed through Congress and was signed into law in December of 2016 . We have long been allies of the United States and have migrated here to become caregivers, workers, business owners, military, Doctors, Nurses, artists among others. This group aims to serve and unite the Spokane and Couer D'alene Filipino Community to be empowered , ignited with passion, to seek others
The Filipino Spokane Community Association service areas include the Inland Northwest , Spokane County and outlying areas and Coeur d'Alene ,Kootenai County and outlying areas.
Our Spokane Filipino Community Association is Headquartered in Spokane Valley, Washington with an affiliate site in Hayden Idaho, we strive to connect communities and foster relationships with filipino americans that include first, second and third generations that have found the Pacific Northwest their home away from the Philippine Islands.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To celebrate and connect community with goals to offer programs that would create an impact in the cultural , historical ,educational, economic, civic, and social areas aiming to improve people’s lives.
Our organization welcome all members of all ages, race, and gender to be members.
Our goal is continue progressing the enrichment of diversity and cultural identity in the Northwest. Together we commemorate our history, our traditions, our customs including the culinary arts! But also memorializing the trials and tribulations our predessors had to overcome and sacrifice to bestow upon us the rights we have today.
By fostering to continue our Filipino heritage in order that we may be better prepared for the modern challenges that confront our society today, and that together, all Filipino Americans in the Northwest will be united as one.
This group started an an offshoot of Sinulog Festival . Jacqueline Babol Formed the non profit in 2018 in Coeur d'alene Idaho, and is a registered Non Profit 501 C3 in both Washington and Idaho. Other filipina board members were quick to jump in to pursue this dream of Filipino solidarity .
We hope to provide leadership on many issues of civil rights, social justice, and culturally relevant responses to basic needs.
Together we invite you to Celebrate Our Culture, Foster Community and Connect with other Fil-Asian members of the community.