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31/10/2013: FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH ENDS WITH A BIG CELEBRATION

San Francisco City Mayor Edwin Lee presents the Proclamation to Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, officially declaring the month of October as Filipino American History Month.

As the month long celebration of Filipino American History Month comes to a close, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee hosted a reception in honor of this annual event.  The reception was held on October 30, 2013 at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda, and was graced by leaders and members of the Filipino American community, local government officials, the media and the officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco.

This year marks the 9th annual Filipino American History Month celebration.  In his remarks, Mayor Lee stated the importance of recognizing the history of the city and its immigrants, their hard work that made San Francisco a successful city.  The Mayor also mentioned the contributions of the early Filipino immigrants in the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.  He stressed that the city needs more heroes, more people from the FilAm community to serve and innovate and to make the city more valuable.  He also encouraged the Filipino Community and its leaders to become a stronger ethnic group.

Left photo: DCG Ascalon presenting his remarks during the Reception for the Filipino American History Month Celebration.  Right photo: SF PCG personnel pose with San Francisco City Mayor Edwin Lee (4th from left) and his wife, Mrs. Anita Lee.

Mayor Lee’s remarks ended with a presentation of the Official Proclamation declaring the month of October of each year as Filipino American History Month.  As Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon received the Proclamation, he expressed the Consulate’s deep appreciation to the City’s support to the Filipino American Community.  He also stressed the importance of understanding and continuing to celebrate how the FilAm community came about and to how it is today.

The Reception also gave recognition to outstanding Filipino Americans and FilAm organizations belonging to the various districts of San Francisco, who has made significant contributions and accomplishments in the community.

The Awardees with the members of the Filipino Cultural Center

The Reception for the Filipino American History Month Celebration was held in sponsorship with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, the SF Board of Education, the Filipino American Arts Exposition and the Philippine Consulate General.