OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington residents of Filipino ancestry got a standing ovation in the state Senate Wednesday after the approval of a resolution honoring their contributions to the state.
Among the dozens of communities in the state with Filipino-American heritage recognized by Senate Resolution 8617 is Wapato, which still boasts a Filipino community hall where the Filipino-American Community of the Yakima Valley organization still meets.
The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, also establishes October of this year as Filipino-American History Month in the state.
“Their history and culture here in the Pacific Northwest helped make Washington what it is today, and it’s fitting that we honor that with a Senate resolution,” Honeyford said in a news release.
According to documents from 1888 found in Port Blakeley on Bainbridge Island, the first known worker from the Philippines in the Pacific Northwest started out at a lumber mill there. Since then, Filipinos have come to account for the largest Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic population in the state.