"In societies where Robbing Hoods are treated like a celebrity it is but natural to expect political parties to act like a Mafia syndicate" Political Jaywalker "In a nation where corruption is endemic people tend to confuse due process with aiding and abetting criminals" Political Jaywalker "War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left" Bertrand Russell "You have just one flash flood of money, you keep your people poor. It's like a time bomb and it's scary" Philippine Lawmaker

112th Philippines Independence Day Celebrations

I. Proclamation/Program/Vendors' Showcase
Place: Los Angeles City Hall City Council Chambers & Forecourt, 200 North Springs St., LA, CA 90014
Date: Friday, June 11, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 3:30pm
Host: The Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees (LAFACE)
Attire: Filipiniana
Costs: Free entrance. Free lunch. Everyone invited.
Contact: According to Cora Aragon Soriano, please
email Alex Banares
for free parking. Furnish your car info (make/model/color/year/owner).

Additional remark:

10:00 am Proclamation by the LA City Council of Philippine Independence Day at the Council Chambers, LA City Hall, 3rd Floor
11:30am-1pm: Reception and Entertainment at the LA City Hall Forecourt.
FREE lunch will be provided
10am thru 3:30pm: Vendor's Showcase

Theme: "Celebrating Freedom through Culture and Arts"
Place: Hilton Hotel near Los Angeles Airport, Los Angeles
Date: June 12, 2010
Time: Not indicated
Host: The Kalayaan 2010 Planning Committee headed by Gil Mislang
Attire: Filipino formal wear, Barongs for men and Terno na Saya, Sarongs and Maria Clara-styled evening gowns for women.
Costs: Requires ticket. Price not indicated.
Contact(s): For tickets and/or other inquiries: Gil Mislang, (323) 286-2121;
Josie E. De Jesus, (714) 272-0300; Trini Foliente, (909) 226-3271;
Bing de la Vega (661) 468-0497.

Additional remark:

The event will feature local Filipino pop singers Mon David, Louie Reyes, Paco Arespacochaga, Miguel Vera, Angeline, Gelo Francisco, violinist Andy Tecson and pianist Juliet Posadas. Music by Midnight Motion Band and MC, Shiela Ferrari, a former Miss Philippines and actress in Miss Saigon. Guest speaker will be Filipino American Corey Calaycay, councilman of the City of Claremont and candidate for the California 59th District Assembly in the June 8th primary elections. He will be introduced by Vice Consul General Daniel Espiritu.

3. Filipiniana at Union Square Philippine Independence Day Gala
Place: Union Square, San Francisco
Date: Saturday, June 12
Time: Program is from 1:30 through 4 pm
Host: The San Francisco Filipino community in association with West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service and the Filipino WWII Veterans Memorial Library and Museum
Attire: Filipiniana
Costs: Free entrance. Everyone invited.
Contact(s): Rudy Asercion, Yolanda Stern, Rodel Rodis, and Dennis Normandy are members of the Philippine American War Centennial Committee. For more information please (415) 724-0641.

Additional remark:

The Filipiniana at Union Square Philippine Independence Day Gala is a major celebration by the Filipino community of the San Francisco Bay Area to create awareness of the Philippine culture and for many Filipino-Americans to rekindle their roots and heritage and to raise funds for charity projects.

The celebration will start with an opening reception and unveiling of the Dewey Monument Plaque at 1:30pm. It portrays the struggles in the Philippines after Commodore Dewey victory in Manila Bay and the taking possession of the islands by the U.S. To follow will be performances including that of soprano Stephanie Reese, tenor Dr. Tito Yusi, The Singing Priests, the FilVet Rondalla and other surprise guest appearances.

Pakaraguian Music & Dances of the Southern Philippines
Place: Neurosciences Institute Auditorium
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Host: Sponsored by the Center for World Music
Attire: Not indicated
Costs: Not indicated
Contact(s): For information, please call - (619) 470-6024; email

Additional remark:

Mini concert featuring the traditional culture of Mindanao to be performed by the Samahan Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble & Samahan dancers. Generously underwritten by the Neurosciences Institute as part of the program, "Performing Arts at the Neurosciences Institute", a series of cultural events presented as a community service to support the arts in San Diego & to underscore the special relationship between the arts & the brain. Web announcement

Place: Kapistahan Grill
1925 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Start Time: Saturday, June 12 at 7:00pm
End Time: Sunday, June 13 at 1:30am
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link:here

Date: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Place: West Covina and Azusa, California
Host: Filipino American Chamber of Commerce-San Gabriel Valley
Attire: Not indicated
Costs: Not indicated but everyone invited and WELCOMED to bring family and friends.
Fellowship lunch after the program..
Johnny Chua

Additional remark:

1) Free health screening in front of the Seafoodcity Market [Amar and Azusa], West Covina
2) Program starts at 11am with a Special Sunday Service, "FREEDOM CRY," describing the birth of Filipino Revolution. To be held at the Gospel Life Community [18901 E. Amar Rd., Walnut, CA 91789]
"Stories of My Heritage"
Place: Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030
Telephone: (805) 486-2424
Date: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Time: 12-11pm
Host: Not indicated
Attire: Not indicated
Costs: Free and open to the public
Contact(s): Charleen Morla, Fiesta chairperson: (805) 236-1309
Grace Tuazon, co-chair: (805) 766-3231

Additional remarks:

Featuring Performances by Rey Kilay, Freda Simone, Salin Lahi Dance Troupe, Zambales Youth Dancers, Undeclared, Emanon, Ohana Dance Group, Henry Garcia's Tae Kali Do, Icac Line Dancers, Fil-Am Dancers, Fil-Am Camarillo's Polynesian Dancers, Cirque Quejada, Doce Pares Eskrima, and more.

Vendors Include: Philippine Center of Ventura County, Our Pet Stop, Philippine Expressions Bookstore, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Salin Lahi Dance Troupe, C&C Sweden Shoes, Silver Mountain Jewelry, Magnetek USA, Missing Ink Tattoo, Among Friends, Katalysta, and many many more!!



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Philippine Embassy announced a full slate of art exhibits – from paintings to pottery - in the month of June to commemorate the 112th anniversary of Philippine independence.

Showcasing Filipino artistry, craftsmanship and heritage, June month begins with the launch on June 1st of "Brown Strokes on a White Canvas," which features paintings by more than 20 Filipino and Filipino-American artists from the community. Now on its seventh year, "Brown Strokes on a White Canvas," is presented in partnership with the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc.

To be launched on June 10th, during the week of the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence, is the exhibit "Lupang Hinirang" by Chicago-based visual artist Paul C. Balan. Lupang Hinirang Series 1 through 10 is a visual representation of the lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem. Consisting of ten 24" x 18" pen and ink compositions, the works highlight the virtues of courage, pride, honor, duty and love of motherland that inspired Filipinos in their quest for independence and greater peace, progress and prosperity.

According to Paul Balan, his striking images drew inspiration from Philippine folklore. Balan is from the town of Paete, a town known for its sculptors, painters, musicians and poets. Balan is a descendant of Pablo Bague, one of Paete's master sculptors. Chicago-based Balan is an Associate Artist for the United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program.

Capping the month will be the exhibit of stoneware potter Hadrian Mendoza entitled, "Carabao" which will be launched on June 18th. Named after the Philippines' water buffalo, the exhibit shows three dimensional works evoking Philippine symbols and icons, including the carabao.

Mendoza is a graduate of Mary Washington College in Virginia and was a former student of Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran School of Art where he was awarded the prestigious Anne And Arnold Abramson Award for Excellence in Ceramics. Mendoza recently received and completed the 2007-2009 Toyota Foundation Grant: "Asian Neighbors Network Program: Unlocking Southeast Asia's Potential.

The exhibits will all be held at the Embassy's Carlos P. Romulo Hall.

Los Angeles, 02 June 2010 – The Philippine Consulate General wishes to inform the public that in view of the preparation for the celebration of the 112th Declaration of Philippine Independence which will be held at the Rizal Hall of the Consulate General, the Consulate will be open from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon on 11 June 2010.

Information Section
Philippine Consulate General
Trunkline: 213 639 0980
Directline: 213 637 3028


The San Francisco Philippine Consulate General will be closed on the following dates in commemoration of the 112th Declaration of the Philippine Independence:

Friday, 11 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010

Regular consular service hours will resume on the Tuesday, 15 June 2010.

For emergency cases requiring assistance from the Consulate during the holidays, please contact the Help Desk at telephone no. (415) 269-2090.
Cultural, Community Relations and Public Information (CCPI) Section
Philippine Consulate General, San Francisco
447 Sutter Street, 6th Floor,
San Francisco, CA 94108 USA
Tel. No.: (415) 433-6666 ext. 314
Fax No.: (415) 421-2641
Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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