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Book Traces History of LA’s Filipinotown
By Karla Maquiling   - 03/18/2009

Pinoy Centric

Carina Monica Montoya’s new book, Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown, commemorates one of the most distinctive Asian/Pacific cultural legacies in Los Angeles.

With vintage images collected from LA historical organizations and families who settled in and around Historic Filipinotown in its early years, Montoya, an LA native of Philippine ancestry, traces the history of this town, which was once home to one of the largest Filipino enclaves in California.

Officially designated by the City Council of Los Angeles in August 2002, Historic Filipinotown was where many early Pinoy settlers purchased their first homes, raised families, and established businesses during the turn of the 20th century. It is the first US community to ever merit a named area with distinct geographic boundaries.

Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti writes the foreword for the book.

Printed by Arcadia Publishing under the “Images of America” series, which celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the US, Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown (price: $20) will be launched at the Filipino American Library on April 4, 2 p.m. Venue is Lake Street Park (227 N. Lake St., Los Angeles 90026). To RSVP for the event, contact filamlibrary@sbcglobal.net or call 213-382-0488.

Founded in 1985 by “Auntie Helen” Agcaoili Summers Brown, FAL is the earliest and largest Filipino library in the US with 6,000 titles. It actively promotes the history, culture and professional achievements of Filipinos and Filipino Americans. Donations are welcome and 100% tax-deductible. Visit the official site.




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