Filipino American History Month 2021

Black silhouette with poppies, three stars

This year, the Library’s celebration honors the Filipino American community in the Bay Area’s resilience against the tragedies and travails of the COVID-19 pandemic with the theme darating ang liwanag, or “Hope will come.” Throughout the month of October, the public is invited to learn more about the unique history and contributions of this community through interactive workshops, demonstrations, book readings and more.  

Filipino American History Month Spotlight Artist

Lydia Ortiz has a multidisciplinary practice, including illustration, design, art director and photography. She is currently a children’s book art director and designer at Chronicle Books. She moonlights as an editorial illustrator during nights and weekends, and has had work featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, California Academy of Sciences, WIRED and more.

For her campaign poster, Ortiz wove in symbolic elements from the Filipino flag, the sun and the 3 stars, as well as red, yellow, blue, and white colors. She also incorporated floral elements from back home (Gumamela, Sampahuita and Rosal). Lastly, the brushwork on the letters was inspired by Filipino brushwork on alibata.

Join us in welcoming Lydia Ortiz for her Artist Spotlight program as part of Filipino American History Month on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.

Other Resources

Additionally, check out our curated booklists for all ages.