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City of Los Angeles Celebrates Filipino American History Month

Posted on 10/21/2021
LAX Presents 2021 Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts

City of Los Angeles Celebrates the Vast Contributions of Filipino Americans Who Are Lighting the Way Towards a More Equitable Future

Join Us for a Celebration in Honor of Filipino American History Month

In celebration of 2021 Filipino American History Month (FAMH), the City of Los Angeles is proud to announce in-person and virtual activities planned for October. Los Angeles County is home to more than half a million Filipino Americans - the largest population of Filipinos in the world outside of the Philippines. This month is a special opportunity to celebrate the vibrant culture of the Filipino community and recognize their significant contributions in helping build Los Angeles and the nation. 

This series of activities will elevate the stories and voices of Filipino Americans and bring the community together during a critical time when anti-Asian attacks continue to rise. Activities include the lighting of various local monuments in the colors of the national flag of the Philippines. This year’s events pay special tribute to Filipinos who have been on the frontlines as essential workers providing services to four million Angelenos during the COVID-19 pandemic, including public servants in the City of Los Angeles.

Programming was organized by Public Works Commissioner Jessica Caloza with the support of the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles City Council, Department of Public Works, LA Metro, various Filipino Commissioners, community partners, and Bureau Director Miguel Sangalang, the first Filipino American to lead the Bureau of Street Lighting.

Commissioner Caloza is the first Filipina American to serve on the Board of Public Works. During the 17th Filipina Leadership Global Summit in September 2021, she received the prestigious “Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World” award from the Foundation for Filipina Women’s Network. The Foundation for Filipina Women’s Network recognizes women of Philippine descent who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, doing outstanding work in their respective fields and are acknowledged for their contributions to society, mentorship, and legacy.


  • Friday, October 29, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - FAHM Board of Public Works Virtual Presentation

Join Commissioner Jessica Caloza and the entire Public Works Commission for a virtual FAHM presentation during the Board Meeting. The Board will honor and recognize Filipino American employees from the Department of Public Works.


    • Mark Gutierrez, Management Analyst, Bureau of Contract Administration
    • Ana Lynn Rocio, Senior Management Analyst II, Bureau of Engineering
    • Mark Lansang, Management Analyst, LA Sanitation and Environment
    • Francis Mejia, Senior Storekeeper, Bureau of Street Lighting
    • Ana Tabuena-Ruddy, Landscape Architect II, StreetsLA
    • Norman Tanada, Senior Management Analyst I, Board of Public Works Offices

Where: Zoom Webinar:

Meeting ID No. 161 637 1032

Or listen live:

  • 2021 FAHM Lighting Schedule

This year’s Filipino American History Month lighting schedule will illuminate the night sky in the colors of the national flag of the Philippines at monuments throughout Los Angeles. Follow along with our Lighting Schedule below:

    • LAX Pylons: September 30 - October 3
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    • 2nd Street Tunnel: October 23 - 24
    • City Hall: October 24 - 30
    • Union Station: October 24 - 30

Sponsors: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Board of Public Works, Bureau of Street Lighting, Los Angeles World Airports, and LA Metro.    

Past Events:

  • October 19, 2021- FAHM City Council Virtual Proclamation

The Los Angeles City Council formally introduced a proclamation led by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell for Filipino American History Month. Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Kevin de León, and Paul Koretz also made remarks to recognize the contributions of Filipino Americans. Public Works Commissioner Jessica Caloza, Board of Water and Power Vice President Susana Reyes, and L.A. City Association of Filipino Employees (LAFACE) Vice President Janelle Parra commemorated the occasion.

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  • October 19 & 20, 2021 - West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Rum and Humble hosted LAX Presents 2021, the live performing series featuring local artists at LAX, with performances by the Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts in celebration of Filipino American History Month.

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