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Narciso “ Chito” Tenza, A FilAm Community Leader

October 14, 2016

Narciso “ Chito” Tenza, A FilAm Community Leader

By Arturo P. Garcia

Los Angeles— For the Philippine American History Month of October, AS A TRIBUTE TO OUR FILAM HEROES,I AM STARTING A SERIES ON OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS .Chito Tenza


Chito Tenza was a successful Filipino American businessman from Florida. He went to Los Angeles and engaged in business. He was also a devoted Filipino American community leader in Los Angeles.

Chito did not finish his medical technology course from FEU., he switched to computers – took courses in computers He emigrated to – Los Angeles in 1971- 1972.

He was managing computer consulting company and was a member of the SilverLake Chamber of Commerce when drafted by Eric Garcetti to help his campaign in the Filipino-American community as a Council member of District 13 in 2001.

Field Rep for DC13

When Eric Garcetti was elected as Councilmember, he asked Chito Tenza to take time off and serve as his Filipino Field Deputy. District 13 included the Beverly-Temple Corridor also known as Pilipinotown or P-Town.

He was given the project to unity the Pilipinotown Project to unify the American community. Together with Jay Valencia, we worked together to push for the declaration of the Historic Filipin0town District .

Finally, after a 15 years struggle , on August 2, 2002, the City Council approved the designation of the Temple-Beverly Corridor as the Historic Filipinotwn District. A Historic Filipinotown became a reality.

Filipino World War II Memorial MonumentValor Monument

He also took charge of the Filipino World War II Veterans Memorial Project in Historic Filipinotown. It was on this project he worked closely with us, the Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV). It was called the Valor Monument at Lake Street Park.

Three years after he left the District 13 office, the Filipino World War II Memorial or the Valor Monument was inaugurated on November 11, 2016, Veterans Day.

He also became the first and founding President of the Historic Filipinotown Chamber of Commerce (HFCC) organized to help the API minorities navigate doing business with the city of LA.

On October 2003, he left the District Office but he continued to work for the Filipino-American Community in Historic Filipinotown as a parishioner of St.Columban Filipino Catholic Church in Historic Filipinotown.

He peacefully passed away last May 5, 2016 in South Bay area of Los Angeles County.