Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles

Satellite image of the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, with the district marked by a yellow line.

There are approximately 4 million Americans of Filipino descent. They comprise almost one-fourth (22%) of all Asian Americans and is the largest group within the Filipino diaspora. Most Filipino Americans are concentrated in Hawaii and California and in the latter, can be found within the metropolitan areas of Oakland-San Francisco (like Daly City, where the first U.S. branch of Jollibee is located), San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Areas in these cities that contain a high concentration of Filipinos are often called Little Manilas and sometimes Manilatowns or Filipinotowns. I think the first legally-recognized such area is the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. This district was created by a resolution proposed by L.A. city councilor Eric Garcetti on August 2, 2002. Its borders are defined to be the U.S. Route 101 – Hollywood Freeway to the north, Beverly Blvd. to the south, Glendale Blvd. to the east, and Hoover St. to the west.

The Historic Filipinotown, interestingly nicknamed “Hi-Fi,” is the cultural heart of Filipinos in Los Angeles. The Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council spearheads the development and community projects within the area while the Historic Filipinotown Chamber of Commerce is another organization that promotes the district.

Among the interesting things you can see in Hi-Fi are these Pinoy-inspired pedestrian walkways. See more pictures of the area on Flickr.

For more information, Wikipedia is always helpful and this article on The Filipino Community is chockful of data, pictures, and history.

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July 8, 2007
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