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The restaurant that offers one of the Best Lechon Kawali in town: Manila Wok & Grill.

Filipino are continuously growing their community in California. It has become a home for many Filipinos. That is why there are also a lot of Filipino restaurants that exist in California, where Filipino owners reinvent the Filipino Cruisine while preserving the Pinoy style of it.

Lechon Kawali is a Filipino recipe consisting of deep-fried pork slabs in a pan or wok (kawali). Now, we don't have to travel back to the Philippines just to have a taste of the flavorful, tender meat of Lechon Kawali because we're going to share with you one of the Filipino Restaurants in California that offers the best Lechon Kawali!

The restaurant owner, Mr. Gilbert, grew up in Manila, and he decided to pursue his career in America. Ten years ago, he successfully established Manila Wok & Grill that their family is now managing. The name of the restaurant was a combination of the Chinese word "Wok" and the word "Grill," which translates to "Kawali at Inihaw" in Filipino.

The Restaurant Manila Wok & Grill offers one of the best Lechon Kawali, according to many reviews on several restaurant reviews websites like,,, and many more! Not only that, but according to these reviews, the restaurant also offers excellent service to its customers. The restaurant also has many Filipino dishes available that will surely satisfy your craving for Filipino food, and they also provide catering services!

Manila Wok & Grill is located in Fontana, California. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays. To know more, you can visit their website and Facebook page: Manila Wok & Grill

Filipinos continuously raise their race: Celebration of the 434th year of Filipino American History.

With four million Filipino Americans, Filipinos have become the second-largest Asian group in America
and approximately 1.5% of the United State's population. That's why the United States celebrates
multiple Filipino-related events. One of these is the Filipino American History Month. The objective of
this celebration is to recognize the diverse Filipino American community; promote, enlighten, appreciate,
preserve, and disseminate the history and culture of Filipino Americans.

The start of celebration

        Image from FANHS

It all started in 1988 when the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) established
Filipino American History celebration. But, it was only recognized in 2006 when the California Department
of Education placed it on their celebrations calendar. Three years after, the 111th United States Congress passed
its commemoration resolution, officially recognizing October as Filipino American History Month nationwide. 

The first Filipinos in America.

Image of metal plaque commemorating the first arrival of Filipinos in Morro Bay, California. By RightCowLeftCoast - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


The celebration in October was to commemorate the first arrival of the Filipino sailors (Luzon Indios) in the land of America, on October 18, 1587, from a Spanish ship near Morro Bay, California. It was four
hundred thirty-four years ago! Prior to the existence of the American nation and before the partition of
the American continent, which was now "North and South America." Filipino was in fact, the first Asian
and Pacific Islander to have stepped on American land.

This year, the Filipino American National History Society highlights the 50th anniversary of the first Filipino
People's Far West Convention (FWCs) that took place in Seattle with over 300 young Filipino American
population. The first convention eventually resulted in a series of conferences held annually between
1971 and 1982 in places like Seattle, Los Angeles, Stockton, and Berkeley. These conventions were
held to advocate social justice issues affecting Filipino Americans. Thus, FANHS chooses to honor them
as the earlier pioneers in the Filipino American movement to encourage today's younger generation the
ability of Filipino American youth empowerment 50 years ago. Thus, we Filipinos often found pride in our
fellow Filipinos who found success internationally, which or may not have Filipino blood. And we somehow
found their success as our success.

Cultural identity is an essential part of one's life. It is a key to people's identity. So, thanks to FANHS for
introducing this celebration and annually reminding the Filipino American community about our history
and culture, sharing their knowledge and stories while preserving our country's legacies. 

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