'Pinay Visionaries' honored in Chicago in commemoration of Fil-Am History Month

Pat Nabong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2019 04:10 PM

Filipino women visionaries were recently honored in Chicago for their efforts to preserve stories of the past for future generations.

Estrella Alamar, author of the book "Filipinos in Chicago" that chronicles about a 100 years of migration from the Philippines to the Windy City, is the founder of the Filipino-American Historical Society in Chicago.

She hopes to establish a Filipino-American museum in the state. 

"We want the future generations to know the importance of Filipino American history," Alamar said.

Alamar is one of three Filipinas honored by the Philippine Consulate General and partner organizations for their visionary role in the community in honor of Filipino-American History Month. 

"Your presence here signifies your dedication, your commitment to really strengthen and unify the Filipino communities here in the United States, particularly here in Chicago and to also highlight our contributions to your adopted country," said Consul General Gina Jamoralin.

The other awardees included Adeline Fajardo, president of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation and Veronica Leighton.

The Pinay visionaries were awarded at a ceremony on Thursday night.

"The awardees have the character, the vision because they all had a background working with the Filipino community," said Ruben Salazar of the Philippine-American Cultural Foundation.

They may come from different disciplines, but the Pinay visionaries have made it their commitment to preserve Filipino history and heritage in America.
"It is important because we need to honor our elderly and people who’ve been here before us, who made it appropriate for us to be able to be a community here in the US, so history is important,” added Salazar.

A representative of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot read a proclamation written by the mayor at the event recognizing the importance of this month and of the Filipino American community.

"I acknowledge all Chicagoans to recognize the enduring legacy and ongoing impact of the Filipino community and join with them in celebrating this auspicious month," the message read.

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