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Early Philippine Independence Day parade in Los Angeles draws big crowd

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THE Historic Filipino Town in downtown Los Angeles was wrapped with Philippine colors on Saturday (June 4) as thousands of Filipino-Americans paraded through the streets for the so-called 4th Kalayaan Parade.

Participants included more than 30 Filipino-American organizations, beauty pageant contestants, bike riders, a marching band, journalists and an array of community leaders and personalities.

A colorful Philipppine jeepney owned by the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) led 30 other floats and vehicles that joined the parade as they weaved the streets of the Historic Filipino Town.

Members of the United Cordillerans of Los Angeles who showed up dressed in their colorful customary garbs greatly enhanced the display of Philippine colors.

Hundreds of Filipino Americans stood on the sidewalks and cheered as the parade passed by.

The parade ended at Parkview St. where a short program was held to emphasize the significance of celebrating Philippine Independence Day.

Among those who caught the attention of the crowd were the members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP-USA) who carried a streamer saying: President-elect Duterte: Stop the media killings!

A detail of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) presented the American and Philippine flags during the singing of the national anthems at the start of the program in front of the headquarters of the Filipino American Service Group (FASGI).

Council Member Mitch O’ Farrell of District 13 of Los Angeles and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of District 51 both gave speeches on the significance of the 118th Philippine Independence Day celebration which taken from the day when Filipino revolutionaries declared their independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.

There were singing and other performances during the program.

The organizations that composed the 4HFT Independence Day Committee (4HFTPIDC) were the following (in alphabetical order) : ALLIANCE PHILLIPINES, ANSWER-Los Angeles, Binibining Pilipinas-USA 2016,Benguet 13/Benguet Organization of Southern California, Cordillera Association of Los Angeles, District 13 Office of Councilmember Mitch O’ Farrell, Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC), EPCC Mayor Jerry Esguerra,

Filipino American Community of Los Angeles Inc.(FACLA) Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI), FILAMS FOR HILLARY, FILAM BAND, Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA)FILAM INQUIRER, Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV). Knights of Rizal (KOR)-Historic Filipinotown Chapter Kabataang Makabayan Pro People Youth (KmB) Band, LAKAMBINI NG KALAYAAN 2016,

National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP)-USA, Outreach for Christian Fellowship (OCF), Office of California Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, District 51. Pinoy Harley Riders Club (PHRC), PCC/Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)-Alumni Association-USA, People’s Community Organization For Reform and Empowerment (People’s CORE), Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California(PWC-SC), Pangasinan Brotherhood-USA, Philippine Independence Day Foundation-Carson City,Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP, SUNDAY JUMP and Sapphire Media Regency(SMR).

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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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