Filipino Californian Contributions Featured in New Exhibit

Press release
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — October 4, 2022: “California Is in the Heart” highlights stories, events, and towns that represent the Filipino Californian spirit

The California Museum, in partnership with the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at UC Davis, announced that “California Is in the Heart,” an all-new exhibit exploring the critical role Filipino Americans have played in our state’s history, opens Oct. 29, 2022. Running through Apr. 9, 2023, the exhibit will feature original art, historic artifacts and regalia.

Despite being among the largest Asian American groups, Filipino Americans’ history is largely unfamiliar to the wider public. This exhibit helps change that as it highlights their influence in the Golden State from their first landing at Morro Bay in 1587, through the labor and civil rights movements of the 1960s, to current leadership in local and statewide office. Never-before-exhibited family photos tie into a map depicting Filipino towns across the state, while artists provide unique perspective as their work supplements a historic timeline.

Additional sections celebrate the lifesaving work of Filipino nurses during the pandemic, highlight women’s role in the Fil-Am community, and address efforts to combat AAPI hate.

Exhibit support and contributions were provided by the Filipino American National Historical Society Museum (FANHS), Stockton, Calif. and the California Nurses Association.

On Sat., Oct. 29, the California Museum will host an exhibit opening celebration from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event offers reduced $5 admission, food and drink for purchase from Filipinx vendors and pop-up shops from regional Filipinx artisans.


The California Museum celebrates the Golden State’s history, arts, diversity and unique influence on the world. Established in 1998, the Museum is home to the official California Hall of Fame and many more exhibitions inspiring visitors to make a mark on history. Located at 1020 O Street in the March Fong Eu Secretary of State complex. Plan a visit or get tickets at


The Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies is hosted by the UC Davis Asian American Studies Department under the directorship of Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez. The center’s mission draws from the life’s work of Carlos Bulosan, a worker, writer and activist. They produce, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the Filipinx experience in the United States and the broader diaspora through research and education programs driven by close partnerships with community-based organizations.