Filipino Arrivals @ Ellis Island

Filipino Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Introduction page 2
Filipinos @ Ellis Island Oral History Project
Untold Stories of Ellis Island
Presidents, Royalty (Muslim) & Early Arrivals
Filipino Arrival Names A-B
Filipino Arrival Names C-D
Filipino Arrival Names E-G
Filipino Arrival Names H-L
Filipino Arrivals Names M
Filipino Arrival Names N-Q
Filipino Arrival Names R
Filipino Arrival Names S
Filipino Arrival Names T
Filipino Arrival Names U-Z
Ellis Island Ships w/ Filipino Crew
Genealogy: Ellis Island Filipinos
Phil. Colonial Personalities Arrival @ Ellis Island
Historical Notes
Guest Page #1: Seamen OFWs
Guest Page #2: Seamen OFWs
Guest Page: Filipino Seamen Hostage in Somalia, Nigeria, etc
Filipino Arrivals @ Angel Island
East Indian Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Chinese Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Japanese Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Korean Arrivals @ Ellis Island
Siamese (Thai) Arrivals @ Ellis Island

Photo of Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Featured on the cover of Heritage Matters, a National Parks Service U.S. Department of Interior Newsletter Spring 2009

Filipinos in Ellis Island


                          by Maria Elizabeth Del Valle Embry


     It is common knowledge that in the early 1900s, many Filipinos came to the Hawaiian and Alaskan Territories, as well as to California, Washington, and Oregon to work in the agricultural and fishing industries.  Filipinos played a significant role in the defense of the country during World War II when they worked in the ships that transported military personnel and supplies to the war fronts.  However, the entry of many Filipinos through Ellis Island, our nation’s symbol of liberty and inclusion, remains largely unknown.


     The Ellis Island Oral History Collection is currently looking for Filipinos who passed through Ellis Island on their way to the United States.  The research staff is also looking for those who worked as ships’ crewmembers, were stationed at Ellis Island with the Coast Guard, or worked as an employee prior to 1954.  According to Dr. Janet Levine, the Ellis Island oral historian, they do not have any Filipinos participating in the oral history project to date.   



     Going through thousands of ships’ manifests that the Ellis Island Foundation publishes free online in the website,

Maria Del Valle Embry created her own website that listed the names of many Filipinos who passed through.  This list included Filipino non-voting members of the U.S. Congress as Resident Commissioners of the U. S. colonial government in the Philippines, commissioners Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmena, both of whom would later become Presidents of the Philippines.  Filipinos who passed through Ellis Island were the Senators, provincial Governors, diplomats, jurists, writers, educators, students and businessmen/women.  It is also noteworthy that of the Filipinos who entered the US through Ellis Island, most were crew members of ships.  Since the Filipinos were called FOBs (fresh off the boats) by other earlier immigrants, it is interesting to know that they were actually the seafarers who toiled in the ships that brought the European immigrants to the United States.   



     Publication of the Ellis Island interview search will identify Filipinos who may be willing to tell their first-hand experience on their passage through Ellis Island and be part of its history.  Additionally, members of diverse communities like the Chinese, Koreans, Hispanics, and others who worked alongside the Filipinos as crewmembers may wish to share their stories.  Identification with our nation’s history will undeniably promote good citizenship and civic involvement, a common goal for all.



     For more information contact Janet Levine, Oral History Program, Statue of Liberty National Monument; e-mail: phone:212/363-3206x157


To obtain a free copy of the newsletter (while supplies last) please contact:
Mr. Brian D. Joyner, Editor, Heritage Matters
Department of Interior
National Park Service
1849 C Street NW (2280)
Washington D.C. 20240
phone 202 354-2276
fax 202-371-2422

To read past issues of Heritage Matters, visit the website at and click on “publications.”

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Heritage Matters, the newsletter of the Cultural Resources Diversity Program of the National Park Service.  addresses historic preservation and cultural resources activities as they pertain to diverse communities.  It informs preservation professionals about what is taking place in diverse communities, and offers these communities information about programs and resources from which they may benefit.With a circulation of nearly two thousand, Heritage Matters has a broad readershiparound the nation.  The audience includes National Park Service and other Federal, State, and local cultural resource management staff; private sector partners in the historic preservation and cultural resource management fields; professors and students at HBCUs, Hispanics-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and other colleges and universities; and other interested parties.

Heritage Matters is published twice annually and is available online

Maria Elizabeth Del Valle Embry is solely responsible for the content of this website and should not be interpreted as representing or endorsing the opinions or policies of the Ellis Island Foundation, National Park Service or any government agencies.
No financial or other benefits will ever be solicited by the website owner or any other individual from this Filipino in Ellis Island research project

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Website Secondary Sources:

(website of Nestor P. Enriquez, online historian)

Contact info for website owner:
Maria Elizabeth Embry
2101 Hamlin Court
Antioch Ca 94509
925 754-1795

“Identification with our nation’s history will foster assimilation and participation in common goals that promote good citizenship and civic involvement”


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