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Los Angeles’ Filipinotown is all set for 120th Philippine Independence

By Abner Galino

(File Photo) Consul General Adelio S. Cruz (4th from left on the front row) poses with FACLA president Fernandico Gonong (3rd from left on the front row) and a group of Filipino American youths inside Filipino Cultural Center compound in Temple St., Los Angeles.

THE Historic Filipinotown is all set to hold one of the biggest Filipino American parade in celebration of the 120th Philippine Independence Day.

This year’s independence celebration is anchored on the theme: Pagbabagong ipinaglaban alay sa masaganang bukas. (Changes fought for sacrifices for a prosperous future).

As of this writing, some 32 organizations have confirmed their participation in the six-mile independence parade, dubbed as the Kalayaan Parade, on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The parade was organized by the Historic Filipinotown Independence (KALAYAAN) Day Organizing Committee, Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), the organization that operates the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC).

Converging points will be in front of the FCC office at 1740 West Temple Street and at the Silver Lake Medical Center (SLMC) at 1711 West Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90026.

Assembly time begins at 8 a.m. as the parade is scheduled to commence at 9 a.m.

The parade will feature the FCC/FACLA beauty queens Elizabeth Zaide (Mrs. FCC/FACLA), Pamela Saguinsin (Miss FCC/FACLA) and Renoa Felix (Miss Teen FCC/FACLA), and candidates for the ongoing Miss Filipina International (formerly Binibining Pilipinas USA).

Marchers and floats will traverse Temple St., Bonnie Brae St., Beverly Boulevard, Rosemont Street, Vendome Street, Court Street and Burlington St. as it make a round the neighborhood and end to where it started.

Participating organizations, personalities and other private entities are as follows: ALKAVIDA c/o Dra Erlinda Grey, ALLIANCE PHILIPPINES (AJLPP), Burlington School, Chibogs Filipino Restaurant, Cebu Brotherhood, Everlasting Adult Day Care Center, Filipino-American Media and Entertainment (FAME), Filipino American Community of St Ignatius (FACSI) Filipino-Mexican Friendship Society (FILMEX), Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA), Filipino Overseas For Constitutional Rights and Equality (FORCE),Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC).

Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB), Knights of Rizal-Central LA, Lions Club, LAKAMBINI 2015, Los Chavacanos of Cavite City, Miss Filipina International 2018 (Former Binibing Pilipinas-USA), Philippine Institute for Arts, Language and Culture (PILAC), Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA), Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Philippine Women’s Club of LA (PWCLA), Rotary Club of HFT, Relevance Dance Group (RDG), Silver Lake Medical Center (SLMC), Temple-Westlake Community Development Corporation (TWCDC),TINIG UCLA Choir, Tropang Pinoy, Tondo Association, United Architects Of the Philippines-California Chapter and the Virgil Middle School Band.

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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