Vice President Joe Biden on the Filipino American History Month
“Jill and I are proud to recognize Filipino American History Month and to honor the immense contributions that Filipino Americans make to our society. Whether fighting proudly in our armed services or fighting to advance social justice across the United States, Filipino Americans have enriched and strengthened every aspect of our country. And this year, as we battle a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 205,000 people in the United States and thrown our economy into turmoil, we have depended on the countless Filipino American essential frontline workers and caregivers who have helped carry our communities through this crisis. And we offer our prayers to the families of Filipino American nurses, who represent 4% of nurses in the United States, but make up more than 30% of nursing deaths due to Covid-19. Their heroism is a reminder that Filipino Americans embody the heart, the courage, and the values that define the United States. We are a nation that has always been renewed by immigration and fortified by our diversity. As President, I will build on that proud American legacy, including by celebrating the history of the Filipino American community and expanding access to a future of opportunity for all.”
Bergenfield Mayor Arvin Amatorio lauds Filipino American contribution to the US
“I share with our kababayans the excitement of celebrating and commemorating the Filipino-American History month. Now numbering around 4 million strong, the second-largest Asian-American group in the United States, Filipino-
Americans are essential demographics in the US. From the first recorded presence of the Filipinos in the Continental United States in October 1587, we have gone a long way.
Filipino Americans have enormous contributions to the fine arts, music, dance, literature, education, business, journalism, sports, fashion, politics, government, science, technology, healthcare, and other fields in the United States which enrich the landscape of the country.
I encourage everyone to look back at our heritage and history and teach our kids the importance of our culture and our contribution to society.
I also wish that all Filipino Americans who are otherwise eligible to participate in the coming elections should take this obligation seriously and vote regardless of our affiliation. This will make us stronger as a group while we perform our civic duty. Mabuhay po kayo.”
(Press release from the Biden-Harris campaign and the office of Bergenfield Mayor Arvin Amatorio)