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Photo Caption: Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. addressing Bay Area Filipino American community leaders on the need to come up with a harmonized calendar of cultural events every year.

San Francisco Art Commissioner Carmen Colet speaks during the meeting.

San Francisco, California -- The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco organized a meeting with prominent leaders and members of the Filipino American community last Friday, 6 August 2010, to come up with an integrated calendar of major cultural events held every year in the Bay Area.


Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. instructed his staff to arrange the meeting so that the exchange of ideas among the participants will lead to a more organized planning of activities and events for the Filipino American community.


“While we have many ongoing activities planned, organized, and held by various community organizations every year, we need to focus and maximize turnout and participation for important events held during Philippine Independence Month in June and the celebration of Filipino American History Month in October, said Consul General Paynor, Jr.


The meeting was attended by community leaders from cities which have large Filipino American populations like San Francisco, Daly City, Hercules, Vallejo and the capital, Sacramento. Youth organizations headed by leaders of Kababayan Fest, Inc. were also represented in the meeting.


In expressing satisfaction on the outcome of the meeting, Consul General Paynor, Jr. said the ultimate goal in institutionalizing these cultural events is to raise awareness and appreciation of the Filipino identity among the diverse and largely multi-ethnic communities in San Francisco and the Bay Area. END