LOS ANGELES (February 2008) – The history of Filipino Americans in the American entertainment industry is finally revealed in the new book, Filipinos in Hollywood by Carina Monica Montoya. It will be launched at the Filipino American Library (FAL) on Saturday, March 8 at 2:00pm.
The memoirs of Filipinos in Hollywood span more than 80 years, dating back to the early 1920s when the first wave of immigrants, mostly males, arrived and settled in Los Angeles. Despite the obstacles and hardships of discrimination, these early Filipino settlers had high hopes and dreams for the future. Many sought employment in Hollywood, only to be marginalized into service-related fields, becoming waiters, busboys, dishwashers, cooks, houseboys, janitors, and chauffeurs. They worked in popular restaurants, homes of the rich and famous, movie and television studios, clubs and diners.
For decades, Filipinos were the least recognized and least documented Asians in Hollywood. But many emerged from the shadows to become highly recognized talents, some occupying positions in an industry that has made Hollywood what it is today -- the world capital of entertainment and glamour.
Born and raised in the Hollywood area, author Carina Monica Montoya has collected vintage images from the early Filipino families who settled in Hollywood, from the Filipino community and from Los Angeles historical organizations. These remarkable photographs capture the spirit of Filipinos in America, the challenges they faced and the triumphs, recognition and success they enjoyed in Hollywood.
Montoya’s interest in local history is personal; her father was one of the first young Filipino men to arrive, settle in Los Angeles and find work in Hollywood. She was thrilled by the opportunity to compile and edit this photographic history in behalf of her family and the Filipino community in Los Angeles who are all part of the history in this new book.
She hopes her work will bring back fond memories and inspire the telling of more colorful stories. Her fervor in writing this book has led her to currently undertake a second book on Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles.
Founded on October 13, 1985, FAL is one of the most comprehensive repositories of Filipino and Filipino American works with a collection of more than 6,000 titles. Its mission is to actively promote the history, culture and professional achievements of Filipinos and Filipino Americans through the book collection, leadership development and cultural programming, thereby contributing to the achievement of a culturally dynamic, multi-ethnic America.
Authors introduce their Filipino works of literature with residents of Greater Los Angeles in FAL book launches. Admission is free and food and drinks will be provided.
This event is co-sponsored by Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI) and Burger King Corporation.
FAL is located at 135 N. Park View St., Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, CA 90026-5215. It’s open Monday to Fridays 1:00-5:00pm and by appointment. For more information, please contact the FAL administrator, Jonathan Lorenzo, at 213-382-0488 or email@example.com. You can also visit www.filipinoamericanlibrary.org and www.myspace.com/filamlibrary. Tax-deductible donations are accepted online. FAL is a division of the Filipino American Heritage Institute.
For more information on Filipinos in Hollywood you can visit www.filipinosinhollywood.com.