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Comedian Jo Koy to be recognized in San Diego with own day in honor of Filipino American History Month

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 10:03:46-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Famed stand-up comedian Jo Koy is being recognized by the City of San Diego in honor of Filipino American History Month.

On Friday, Oct. 16, District 6 City Councilman Chris Cate will proclaim the day “Jo Koy Day” in San Diego. The ceremony, which will take place in Mira Mesa on Friday afternoon, will be emceed by ABC 10News reporter Melissa Mecija.

The 49-year-old Jo Koy, whose real name is Joseph Herbert, has established himself as one of the most popular comedians in the world in recent years, with several Netflix specials, sold-out comedy tours, and other media endeavors under his belt.

In a statement, Cate, a second-generation Filipino-American, said: “Jo Koy is iconic and a trailblazer. His homage to the Philippines has reached the lives of millions of people worldwide. Filipino cuisine, culture, and arts are flourishing in District 6, and I am excited to celebrate Jo Koy and recognize his accomplishments.”

According to Cate’s office, 1 in every 3 District 6 residents is of Asian-American descent. The district consists of Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos, and Sorrento Valley.

Cate’s office added: “Filipino American History Month commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred in October of 1587 when Luzones Indios landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation and the third largest ethnic group in California. San Diego is home to one of the largest concentrations of Filipinos, with more than 200,000 Filipinos residing in America’s Finest City.”