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PH Consul General in Los Angeles kicks off fund raiser for Filipino vet’s gold medals

Consul General Adelio Adelito S. Cruz assists a Filipino WW II veteran cut the ribbon to open the exhibit at the Philippine Consulate office. Also in photo are volunteers who portray Philippine Scouts during WW II and another one who portrays US Army General Douglas MacArthur. On the far right is Gil Mislang, leader of Lt. Alexander Nininger of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society. Photo © Abner Galino

PHILIPPINE Consul General in Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz recently kicked off a benefit concert aimed to generate money for the production of United States Congressional Gold Medal for each of the surviving Filipino World War II veterans and, posthumously, to the families of those who already died.

During a press conference organized by Mutch Carino of the Maxx Promos in Goldilocks, Cerritos, the Philippine consul general called on the leaders of the Filipino communities in Los Angeles and surrounding suburbs to help in the cause of producing the replicas in bronze of US Congressional medals for Filipino WW II veterans.

At the same time, Cruz lauded the willingness of “Spotlight” awardees to volunteer their talents for the fundraiser.

Spotlight on Vets will take place on July 29 (Saturday) at the Envision Center at 15055 Oxnard St., Van Nuys, California.

After an impassioned and protracted battle for recognition waged by Filipino veterans and their supporters, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act was passed by the US Congress in 2015. It was subsequently signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 14, 2016.

There were an estimated 200,000 Filipinos veterans who survived the war. Of the more than 60 nationalities that fought with the US, only the Filipinos were denied benefits. It was done through the Recission Act of 1946 which was signed by US President Harry Truman.

In 2009, President Obama (as part of a stimulus bill) awarded $15,000 each to Filipino Americans who served during the war and $9,000 each for Filipinos who served during the war.

Spotlight on Vets is to be headlined by Spotlight Awards’ 2017 Entertainer of the Year Mon David, 2015 Entertainer of the Year Christine Love and 2017 Best Jazz Artist Boy Katindig.

Other artists who would be performing are Val Villar, Bing Martin, Joni Villamil, Louise Marie Cornillez, Ric Ickard, Malou Toler, hip-hop artist Bagyo, Michael Keith, Nonie Belarmino, GG Starr, Esmeralda Padilla Gould, Mon Concepcion, Tina Cruz and Therese Masangkay.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please call (626) 716-5442.

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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