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San Francisco, California –  Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. and Mrs. Teresita B. Paynor hosted a reception last night, 10 August 2010, at the Consul General’s  official residence  for the sponsors, supporters and participants of the annual Pistahan Parade and  Festival.


The event was also attended by officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General, leaders of the Bay Area Filipino American community, the officers and members of the Filipino American Arts Exposition and former Hermanos and Hermanas Mayor of the festival. The latter welcomed Consul General and Mrs. Paynor, Jr. as the incoming Hermano and Hermana Mayor of the Pistahan Parade and Festival this year.


In his remarks, Consul General Paynor, Jr. commended the organizers and supporters of Pistahan for contributing to the efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of Filipino culture and heritage in Northern California.


“The Pistahan Parade and Festival is now in its 17th year of existence and by showcasing the best of Filipino arts, dance, music and food, our community is able to promote our culture and heritage in this part of the United States,” he said.


Consul General Paynor, Jr. also referred to the Filipino American Arts Exposition’s motto of “Create, Educate, and Celebrate” as one of the driving forces for the successful holding of the parade and festival through the years. He said that the annual event is not only a celebration of our culture but is likewise a “celebration of our success, recognition and the blessings we have received as individuals and members of our growing community in San Francisco and the Bay Area.”


During the program, Consul General Paynor, Jr. together with Mrs. Paynor handed over a large Philippine flag to San Francisco Commissioner Al Perez as his legacy gift to the Pistahan Parade and Festival. A book entitled “The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines” published by the National Historical Institute and a compact disc on the Philippine national anthem were also given by Consul General Paynor, Jr. to the festival’s organizers.


The Pistahan Parade and Festival is an annual display of Filipino community pride along San Francisco’s main street – Market Street. It is held in August every year with a parade that encompasses the Embarcadero and ends at the Yerba Buena Gardens, long considered the crown jewel of San Francisco’s cultural district. Colorful floats, historical themes and lively community contingents have helped build the Pistahan Parade and Festival as the Filipino counterpart of San Francisco’s great cultural institutions like Chinese New Year Parade, Carnaval, and St. Patrick’s Parade. It is the only major Filipino parade in the U.S. West Coast. END