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Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. attended the 5th Anniversary of Eskwela Natin Our Filipino School in Sacramento, California on Sunday, 21 May 2017.

Eskwela Natin is the brainchild of Perry and Dolores Diaz, Filipino-American Community leaders in Sacramento, who envisioned a summer program for Filipino-American children aged five (5) to twelve (12) years old that would expose them to Philippine culture.  Five years later, Eskwela Natin is now a registered non-profit organization that is ran by volunteers and does not charge parents for enrolling their children in the program.

Consul General Bensurto congratulated the Officers and Board members of Eskwela Natin who, like the Consulate, aims to Spark*Connect*Empower* Filipinos who are proud of their heritage and who create a connected and supportive Community.  I commended Eskwela Natin for providing “platforms that will enable the next generation to explore what it means to be a person of Filipino descent growing up in another country and culture. Just like the Consulate, Eskwela Natin provides the foundation that exposes our children and the youth to our traditions and values, that keeps us rooted and allows us to explore our identities as persons who straddle two cultures.”

I also thanked the parents for seeing the need to connect their children with their Filipino roots, and encouraged the children to “continue the legacy of your parents and elders who came before you and pay it back by teaching the next generation what you learned from them, showing them that it is perfectly okay to say, “Pinoy ako, proud ako!”

Also in attendance during the event were retired Ambassador George G. Aducayen, Jr., former Mayor of Davis, Ruth Asmundson and SMUD Board Member Dave Tamayo.  The children sang “Lupang Hinirang” and performed Filipino folk songs and a Santacruzan for the guests. END