Kilusan Bautista performed an excerpt from his piece   Universal Self

Kilusan Bautista performed an excerpt from his piece Universal Self. He is one the many talents that night.

Updated 11/15/2013

The closing ceremony at John Jay College ended this year’s Filipino American History Month in style.

Nine floors up and in a large room overlooking the city, the event showcased Filipino talents from Broadway artists to rappers, culminating with a marriage proposal that surprised almost everyone.

“Having Fil-Am History Month in NYC is especially important because New Yorkers (both Filipinos and non-Filipinos) tend not to know the history of Filipino Americans in New York City,” Kevin Nadal,┬áco-president of FANHS-MNY wrote in an email.

According to him, most young Filipinos don’t know that there were Filipinos attending Columbia and NYU as early as the 1900s, worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1920s, and they were the majority in certain Brooklyn neighborhoods.

In addition, Filipino national hero, Jose Rizal visited New York in 1888.

“Filipino Americans need to know that there were many Filipinos before them who paved the way for them and who contributed greatly to the history of New York City,” he wrote.

Look below to see scenes from the Nov. 1st event.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared October as Filipino American History Month in the City of New York three years ago.

Since then events, workshops and performances are held on October to educate and entertain people about Filipino-American history, social issues and contributions.

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