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Time to Celebrate Philippine Independence Day in Alameda

AJ Blog Col May 30

Alameda’s second-annual flag-raising and Philippine Independence Day Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, in front of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

As with last year’s trailblazing event, this year’s free activities will include tributes, entertainment, food and more.

Event organizers say that there will be cultural performances by several youth groups. The national anthem of the Philippines, “Lupang Hinirang” or “Chosen Land,” will be sung by a chorus of three organizations.

Guest speakers include Hon. Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., who is the Philippine Consul General of San Francisco, as well as State Assemblyman Rob Bonta and Mayor Marie Gilmore.

Later on Saturday, Rhythmix Cultural Works will present “Lumago Lampas” starting at 7 p.m. The show will include performances by the American Center of Philippine Arts, Parangal Dance Company, Kulintronica and Kristian Kabuay.

This event will be live-streamed via Skype between Alameda and its Sister City of Dumaguete, with support from Alameda Councilmember Dr. Stewart Chen and Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria in the Philippines.

At last year’s Philippine Independence Day Celebration, Ellona Santiago (a former-“X Factor” finalist) sang “Lupang Hinirang” (“Chosen Land”), the national anthem of the Philippines, at City Hall.

Janet Levaux