5TH KALAYAAN PARADE IN HFT, LAST, A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

EPCC NEWS
June 09, 2017

5TH KALAYAAN PARADE IN HFT, LAST, A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

Los Angeles– As usual. the 5th KALAYAAN Parade in Historic Filipinotown last Saturday, June 03, 2017 jumpstarted the 119th Celebration of the Philippine Independence, June 12, 1898.

More than 23 vehicles of all types like convertibles, cars, trucks. vans and ambulances were used as floats during the 45 minutes parade.

This was augmented by walking delegations led by flag bearers from the California State Northridge Filipino American Students Association (CSUN FASA).

Unity Despite The Differences

Very prominent during the parade two disparate group. One is the pro-Duterte group displaying Prsident Duterte’s image and another van from BANTAY PILIPINAS -USA with bold red signs NO TO MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO signs.

A proof that despite the political differences, the Filipino American community is united in celebrating its independence.

In keeping with a 5 year tradition for the parade, the Binibining Pilipinas USA 2017 candidates beauties led the parade. On the other hand, different convertibles also promoted Miss Philippines-USA 2017 candidates.

KALAYAAN After-Parade Program.

After the parade, PILAC President Bernie Ganon emceed the program at the FACLA Social Hall where the parade ended. She ushered in the guest speaker of the program, Councilmember Mitch O’ Farrell of District 13.
O’Farrell thanked the parade organizers for the event and awarded certificates of recognition to FACLA. PILAC, JFAV and the Kalayaan Organizing Committee (5KOC).

Then, the Candidates for Binibining Pilipinas-USA 2017 were presented to the crowd. Miss. Mildred Deang introduced the candidates.
Earlier before the parade, Consul General Adel Cruz visited the FACLA facilliites and was toured by newly elected FACLA President Fernandico Gonong Jr. He joined the parade but left earlier for other commitments.
Performers

Different performers regaled the crowd for more than one hour. The BURLINGTON SCHOOL children were the first to perform. They danced, sung and mimicked dance numbers to the delight of the crowd.

GINGEE, the Kulintang /Hip Hop artist brought the house down with her performance with the Kulintang.

Next to perform was Hip Hop Artist BAGYO with MERVIN LUWEE. They were followed by the SINGING DOCTOR RICHARD GILKISON and PARIS BEBE AGNES ended the program.

Thus the KALAYAAN PARDE and PRogram was another unqualified success.

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