With established global icons such as Bruno Mars, H.E.R. and Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, as well as the skyrocketing ascension of superstars like Hailee Steinfeld, Bella Poarch and Saweetie, it is undeniable that Filipino Americans are continuing to make their mark in music. In celebration of Filipino American History Month, here are seven artists of Filipino heritage we’ve got our eyes on!7. Kajo
Don’t let the lack of information about Kajo fool you — this genre-bending songwriter and producer needs to be on your radar. Now signed to Def Jam Recordings, Kajo first gained traction after writing several songs with rapper Logic, eventually joining his label BobbyBoy Records. With an acute awareness of musical history mixed with an ear for the fantastical, his new solo work is fresh and primed to defy expectations.
‘Thank you for all you do’: Biden honors Fil-Am frontline workers to start Filipino American History Month
As October marks Filipino American History month, President Joe Biden expressed his gratitude to Filipino Americans for enriching and strengthening the U.S. over the years.
Biden’s statement: In a statement issued by the White House on Saturday, the president and the first lady recognized the contributions of Filipino Americans in the U.S. He honored the Filipino community for their sacrifices in armed services and in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Filipino American entrepreneur has accused Pepsi of forcing her company to change its name and plagiarizing their product while claiming to support women-led small businesses.
To add to the insult, Celeste Perez, who co-founded Droplet, said a Pepsi employee bought their drink before the beverage giant launched a similar version right on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
A Filipino American man in Antioch, California has reportedly died after a police officer kneeled on the man’s neck.
The incident, which was partially caught on video, occurred during a police intervention last December while the man was suffering from a mental health crisis.
A Filipino American highway patrol officer in California was recently given the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award a public safety officer can receive for displaying great courage in the face of danger.
Governor Gavin Newsom gave the award to officer Michael Panlilio and seven other law enforcement personnel during a virtual ceremony on Jan. 25, according to Asian Journal.
A Filipino American father and daughter were electrocuted in the backyard of their home in Panorama City, California, on Monday.
The victims were identified as Ferdinand Tejada, 53, and Janine Reyn Tejada, 20, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office via CBS Los Angeles.
Filipino American Olivia Rodrigo is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter currently topping every major streaming chart with her debut single “Drivers License.”
A 41-year-old Filipino American man was among the cyclists killed in a Nevada highway crash after a truck driver with high levels of methamphetamine in his system claimed he fell asleep behind the wheel on Dec. 10.
A humble and quiet man: Gerrard Nieva was described by Pamela Inman, his colleague at Fresenius Medical Care in Las Vegas, as a kind and caring person who always made sure the dialysis machines were properly working for patients, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A 59-year-old transgender Filipino American has still not been found after she went missing at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Texas while on a layover on the way to Mexico almost one year ago.
What happened: Paula del Mundo, a nursing assistant at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida, was last seen wandering inside the airport on Sept. 14, 2019, according to Asian Journal.
A Filipino American nurse passed away after fighting on the front lines against the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
Ali Dennis Guillermo died on April 8 in the Intensive Care Unit of the Long Island Community Hospital, where he had been working since coming to the U.S. in 2004, according to Views From The Edge.
Pixar made history this Filipino American History Month with their new short film titled “Float,” which features Filipino animated characters for the first time.
Pixar writer and director Bobby Rubio spoke to Action News about his project, saying, “As a Filipino-American and it being Filipino History Month, I am super proud that this is coming out, and we are making history.”
Filipinos were among the first to arrive in America, landing on what is now known as Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587.
The historic landing, which is 33 years ahead of the Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock, is commemorated via a special rock in Morro Bay.