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21/06/2017: SAN FRANCISCO CONSULATE ATTENDS FILIPINO COMMUNITY EVENTS COMMEMORATING 119TH ANNIVERSARY OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE

Representatives of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco attended events in Alameda, Solano County, Sacramento and San Jose, Northern California, joining the Filipino-Americans in those respective counties in their celebration of the 119th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence.

Officers of the Consulate conveyed their appreciation to the Filipino-American Communities for commemorating such an important event in our country’s history, congratulating the Communities for keeping alive the values and traditions of the Philippines, and providing venues to share to the larger Community our Filipino culture and heritage.

The officers also took the opportunity to invite the Filipino-American Communities in Alameda, Solano County, Sacramento and San Jose to join in the movement to Spark*Connect*Empower* the Filipinos throughout Northern California and beyond, by providing platforms in which Philippine culture is displayed, sparking curiosity and pride within the Community, especially for the next generation of Filipino-Americans, whose connections to the Philippines grow more fragile as the years pass.  END

Cultural performances took place on 03 June 2017 at the Alameda City Hall grounds while Mayor Trish Spencer and the rest of the Alameda Council look on during the 5th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day at Alameda and the 2nd Anniversary of the Alameda-Dumaguete Sister City Committee.

Mrs. Cecile G. Ascalon and Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, together with Philippine Consulate General Staff, joined the festivities for the 31st Annual Vallejo Pista sa Nayon on 03 June 2017.

Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon and Philippine Consulate staff attended the Filipino Fiesta of Sacramento at the Jose Rizal Community Center on 04 June 2017.

San Jose celebrated Philippine Independence Day with an all-day cultural program at Eastridge Mall on June 10, and a flag-raising event at the San Jose City Hall on June 12, 2017.  Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. thanked elected local officials, led by Asenas, for supporting the Filipino-American Community.