Catapulting Fil-Ams into the politics
It has been a long time since Filipinos migrated to the United States. It was said that in 1763, after fleeing mistreatment aboard Spanish ships, Filipinos established the small settlement of Saint Malo (now state of Louisiana). They where they were said to have kept their existence a secret for over a hundred years.
With the population of over 3.4 million (2010 US Census), Filipino Americans or better known as Fil-Ams rank the second largest American Asian group in the United States. The Filipino Americans average annual household income is US$75,146.
Among overseas Filipinos, the Fil-Ams are the largest group and send the most dollars to the Philippines.
Filipino Americans have the ability to easily adapt to the American culture. Acceptance has not become an issue. However, Filipinos in the United States do not seem to participate in the political arena of the America. There have been some exceptions like Benjamin J. Cayetano, the first Filipino American governor in the U.S., and John Ensign, former U.S. Senator from Nevada, who says he is one eighth (1/8) Filipino, his Philippine-born paternal grandfather being half Filipino.
One of goals of Philfortuneis to encourage Filipino Americans to become more visible in the political arena treading the examples mentioned. With Philfortune serving as a virtual meeting place for our own version of the miting de avance, who knows what Fil-Ams can accomplish?
Perhaps with Fil-Ams support and Philfortune’s goal together we envision a Global Pinoy catapulted into the highest office of one of the most powerful nations in the world, the United States of America!