According to the American Census of 2010, there are about 3.4 Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams or Pinoys) comprising of about 20% of the Asian-American population.
It all started when the First Filipino sailors reached America at Morro Bay, California (north of Santa Barbara) in October 1587. They were mariners under the Spanish galleon trade.
However, the earliest permanent Filipino settlers were first documented in Louisiana in 1763. It is believe that Saint Malo, were the site of early settlements. They settled in the marshlands of Louisiana and the people who settled in the bayous were called the “Manilamen”.
The “Manila village” rarely have women and this can be attributed to the isolated and harsh conditions of the settlement. Since there were no Filipino women, the Manilamen often wooed and pursued Cajun women.
Saint Malo was a small fishing village in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana on the shore of Lake Borgne