16/06/2010: PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATED AT THE UNION SQUARE
The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco in cooperation with Filipino community leader Rudy Asercion organized the “Filipiniana @ Union Square: Philippine Independence Day Celebration” on June 12 at the Union Square. This is the first ever Philippine Independence Day celebration to be held at the Union Square, a major tourist draw of the city.
The Union Square is also significant to the Filipino-American community as the plaza is where the Dewey Monument is located. Built in 1903, the Monument commemorates the victory of Admiral George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War.
Organized by the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service, the Filipino-American Veterans, and the Filipino-American community, the event started with remarks by Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. and Mr. David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor David Chiu (center) presents the Proclamation of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr.
The event also highlighted the unveiling of the proposed Dewey Monument Plaque which portrayed the struggles in the Philippines after Commodore Dewey's victory in Manila Bay and the US occupation of the islands. Mr. Rodel Rodis made a brief description of the historical events significant to the Philippines.
The Dewey Monument at the Union Square
The unveiling was followed by a cultural presentation which included performances by the Barangay Dance Company, top Filipino mezzo sopranos and tenors, the Singing Priests of the San Francisco Archdiocese, and the FilVet Rondalla. END