“There was a moment during your presentation where I had to hold back tears because I was overwhelmed with emotion as this was the first time attending something that was solely about Filipino American history. On top of that, it was specifically Fil-Am history in Louisiana.”

Message from an Attendee of a Community Talk on Filipino Louisiana.

Community Historian

The descriptor “community” references my position as a native New Orleanian of Filipino descent working within the community to reveal our history and share it with a broad audience. My mission to share the history and culture of Filipino Louisiana with the public leads to me making my research available through a range of media. Below are some of the ways I share the story of Filipino Louisiana.

Digital Media

I developed Filipino La. (www.filipinola.com) to share the history and culture of Filipinos in Louisiana. Filipino La. includes a website, digital and physical archives, and social media accounts.

Posters and Markers

Filipino American History Month History Posters,” Filipino La. Poster. 1 October 2023

“St. Malo” Louisiana State Historical Marker. Philippine-Louisiana Historical Society, St. Bernard, LA, 9 November 2019.

Journal Articles

Gonzales, Randy. Stories Told About the Nineteenth Century Filipino Settlement at St. Malo, Louisiana.” Louisiana Folklore Miscellany: 29 (2019): 5-22. Print.

Gonzales, Randy. “The Filipino Mission Moves to Talisheek, Louisiana.” Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley 16.2 (2017): 83-96. Print.

Gonzales, Randy. “(Un)Documented, a Narrative of M— in Letters to/from US Institutions.” Proceedings from the Document Academy: 4.1 (2017).

“As an immigrant to the States myself, I see much of my own struggles in this narrative and find this exchange profound in its ability to tell the stories of millions of U.S. ‘transplants’ simply by providing a trail of correspondence/documentation.”

Reviewer on “(Un)Documented, a Narrative of M— in Letters to/from US Institutions.”

Encyclopedia, Guide, Textbook Entries

Gonzales, Randy. “Manilamen at Saint Malo.” The American Mosaic: The Asian American Experience, ABC-CLIO, 2023.

Gonzales, Randy. “The War of 1812,” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies. Kevin Nadal,  Leo Yabut Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and E.J.R. David, editors. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 2022.

Filipino Americans and U.S. Civil War,” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies. Kevin Nadal,  Leo Yabut Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and E.J.R. David, editors. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 2022

Gonzales, Randy “Philipino Colony Bar and Refreshment Co. and Caballeros de Dimas-Alang Louisiana Lodge No. 34,” The People’s Guide to New Orleans. Lynnell L. Thomas and Elizabeth Steeby, editors. University of California Press [forthcoming]. Print.


Gonzales, Randy. “Memory, Community, and Climate Change: Reception of the St. Malo and Manila Village Historical Markers,” Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, New Orleans, LA. 14 Mar. 2024.

Gonzales, Randy. “Filipinos in Louisiana: A Brief History,” Filipino American History Month, Louisiana State University – Shreveport, Shreveport, LA. 6 Oct 2022.

Gonzales, Randy. “The Filipinos of St. Bernard,” Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana Meeting, Virtual. 7 May 2022.

Gonzales, Randy. “St. Malo,” St. Malo Marker Unveiling, St. Bernard, LA. 9 Nov. 2019.