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02/06/2011: FIL-AM ELECTED OFFICIALS HONORED AT OACC EVENT

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01 June 2011

 

FIL-AM ELECTED OFFICIALS HONORED AT OACC EVENT

 

Filipino American elected officials pose with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu during ceremonies held at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on 25 May 2011. Photo by Sandra Lim.

 

 

 

 


San Francisco, California –  Twelve (12) Filipino American elected officials were honored during ceremonies held at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) last Wednesday, 25 May 2011. The event, hosted by the OACC as part of its activities in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, highlighted the unprecedented accomplishments of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) elected officials and the impact that they have made on promoting the political voice of Asian Americans and strengthening the leadership of the United States.

 

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the first woman and the first Asian American to be elected Mayor of Oakland, led the thirty-one (31) honorees who included also San Francisco Board of Supervisors President and candidate for San Francisco Mayor David Chiu. The Filipino American elected officials are as follows: 1) San Leandro Unified School District Board Trustee Hermie B. Almonte; 2) Vice Mayor Rob Bonta of the City of Alameda; 3) Daly City Council Member Ray Buenaventura; 4) New Haven Unified School District Board Member Rosalinda Canlas 5) Alameda City Health Care District Board Member Stewart Chen; 6) Union City Council Member Pat Gacoscos; 7) Daly City Council Member Michael Guingona; 8) San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education President Hydra Mendoza; 9) Union City Vice Mayor Jim Navarro; 10) Vallejo City Council Member Hermie Sunga; 11) Hercules Vice Mayor Myrna de Vera; and 12) Vallejo City School Board Director Cris Villanueva.

 

Ms. Mona Pasquil, a Filipino American and currently the Appointments Secretary in the Office of California Governor Jerry Brown, was the Mistress of Ceremonies during the event, where Guest Speaker William “Bill” Wong, a distinguished Chinese American journalist, spoke of the struggle and recent emergence of Asian Americans as a political force in California. END.