Many Filipinos who have migrated to the U.S had an opportunity to explore a different type of life. Living in America there are so many opportunities for each Filipino to live, work and to have a better type of lifestyle. Migrating from a third world country is a huge transition from the way life is in the U.S. Coming from a country of seven thousand plus islands and a culture where “…women were considered equal to men,”(1) according to Linda A. Revilla in her article entitled, “Filipino Americans: Historical Review,” Filipino Americans have presently become the second largest immigrant group to enter the US annually.
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The Spanish colonization of the islands now known as the Philippines, started in 1521 when Ferdinand Magellan set foot on soil and claimed the land for Spain. The Spaniards succeed in the colonization of the Philippines in many ways. Catholicism was integrated into the lives of the majority of the population. A strong education system was also established in the Philippines. Filipinos are one of the largest groups of immigrant in the United States. According to the Asian Population: 2000, “Filipinos and Asian Indians were the next two largest specified Asian groups. There were 1.9 million people who reported Filipino alone and an additional 0.5 million who reported Filipino in combination with one or more other races or Asian groups. This gives a total of 2.4 million people who reported Filipino alone or in combination with at least one other race or Asian group” (Asian Population: 2000). They migrate to different parts of the world but most of them tend to migrate and stay permanently here in America. “American Dreams” this is one of the main reasons as to why Filipinos and other races migrate here in America. Before anything else, let us define “American Dreams,”- it is a belief where the United States is considered a place where, as long as a person worked hard, he or she will have...