Filipino Freedom Being Celebrated

The Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee is hosting a special event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at City Hall.

The first celebration of its kind on the island, the event will commemorate the day the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain was enacted on June 12, 1898, and the first republic in Asia was established.

Speakers at the event include Philippine Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., Assembly-member Rob Bonta, City Councilmembers Steward Chen and Tony Daysog, and other community leaders.

Organizers say the celebration will showcase Philippine history, culture and education on various issues faced by Filipinos and Filipino Americans today. There will also be dances, poetry, song and food – free for all.

There now are some 1.5 million people of Filipino-American descent residing in California, about 83,000 of whom live in Alameda County. Alameda is home to 5,419 Filipino-Americans, and 8% of Alameda Unified School District students are Filipino.

Many members of the Island’s Filipino community worked for the Naval Air Station.

The event is being sponsored by the City of Alameda in cooperation with the Alameda Committee to Celebrate FILAM History; Filipino Advocates for Justice; Alameda Multicultural Community Center; Knights of Columbus of Alameda; SF Filipino American Jazz Festival; East Bay Emergent; Independence Plaza Residents Council; Sampaguita Fil-Am Cuisine; and Bayanihan Youth Group at Encinal High School.

Janet Levaux