Honeyford resolution honoring Filipino-Americans adopted by state Senate

The Washington State Senate recognized the Filipino-American community of Washington yesterday by adopting Senate Resolution 8688 sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside.

“The 15th District has one of the largest Filipino-American populations per capita in the state and I’m proud to represent them in the Senate,” Honeyford said. “Without their unique history and culture in the Pacific Northwest, Washington wouldn’t be what it is today. It’s nice to see that recognized with a Senate resolution.”

Documents dating to 1888 found at an old lumber mill in Port Blakely on Bainbridge Island west of Seattle listed a “Manilla” among the employee roster. It is the first known worker from the Philippines in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Filipinos make up the largest Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic population in Washington, home to dozens of historically Filipino communities such as Wapato, Auburn, Bremerton, and others.

“The Filipino-American community is as much a part of the cultural fabric that makes up Washington State as the pioneers and Native Americans,” Honeyford noted. “They’re a wonderful group of hard-working people that have many activities to preserve their heritage and culture, including traditional dances and a strong interest in education.”

Honeyford’s resolution designates October 2014 as Filipino-American History Month, calling it a significant time in the history of the State of Washington and the United States to study the advancement of Filipino-Americans. It also recognizes 2014 as the 427th anniversary of the presence of Filipinos in the United States.