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The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco was invited by the Honorable Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco City, to hold a flag-raising event at the City Hall in honor of the 119th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence on the morning of June 12, 2017. The Mayor presented to Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. a Proclamation declaring June 12, 2017 as “Filipino-American Friendship and Heritage Day” in San Francisco.

Consular staff and partner agencies sang the “Lupang Hinirang” at the front steps of the San Francisco City Hall, while officers watched the Philippine flag being hoisted from the Mayor’s Balcony.

Mayor Lee, who hosted the event with Chief of Protocol of the state of California, Ms. Charlotte Schultz, welcomed the Consulate General to his offices, remarking that the only reason he would bring down the flag of the Warriors was for the commemoration of Philippine Independence Day.  He thanked Consul General Bensurto for his leadership and for being the City’s conduit to Manila, San Francisco’s Sister City, and to the entire Philippines.

The Consul General thanked the Mayor for a letter he wrote, expressing his concern for Marawi City.  He thanked the Mayor for his support of the Filipino-American Community, and for donating $400,000.00 to various Filipino Community projects, particularly the completion of the Filipino Community Center, which had been in construction for some time.  Consul General Bensurto added that the City’s support was vital in pushing forward the movement to Spark*Connect*Empower* the Filipino-American Community, as Filipino-Americans go through life straddling two cultures.

In attendance at the event were members of the San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee, led by Chair Carmen Colet and husband Ralph Colet, Ambassador Romeo and Dr. Ennie Arguelles, Filipino-American officials appointed by Mayor Lee, Filipino-American leaders and Consulate personnel. END