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Posted: Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 5:49 AM HST

Case resolution marks centennial of Filipino immigration

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) _ As honorary chairwoman of the Filipino Centennial Celebration, Governor Lingle is to announce key events being planned for the year-long festivities in 2006.

The announcement will be made tomorrow at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu.

Meanwhile, Hawaii Congressman Ed Case has introduced a resolution in Congress to mark the centennial of the first Filipino immigrants to the U-S.

Immigration from the Philippines began in 1906 when the first group of 15 farm workers came to the Big Island to work in the sugarcane fields.

Case says the resolution will give formal national recognition to 2006 and the 100 years of sustained immigration from the Philippines.

Hawaii currently has a population of more than 275-thousand Filipino Americans, second only to California, where more than one (m) million live.

(Copyright 2005 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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