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Filipino Americans get own month

The Sunnyside School Board at last night’s meeting recognized and approved a proclamation for Filipino-American Month.

The state of Washington also recognizes October 2013 as Filipino-American Month.

Rey Pascua, whose wife Sandy was a local teacher until she lost a battle to cancer, said this is the fourth year the state legislature has recognized the Filipino-American community for its contributions.

The first Filipino came to the U.S. 426 years ago, according to Pascua.

“I’m trying to get schools to honor and educate students regarding Filipino history,” he said.

Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) was also present for the school board meeting. He said, “The Filipino community is important to the country and especially the Yakima Valley…they enrich the culture.”

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