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News Release 
June 09,2014

Los Angeles“ The Araw ng Kalayaan 2014 116th Philippine Independence Day Parade was a resounding success! Mabuhay ang Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas!
It was a much bigger, livelier and larger parade than last year. The 2nd Historic Filipinotown Independence Day organizers reported back that than more than a thousand Filipino Americans paraded in walking contingents and riding vehicles and floats around the Beverly-Temple corridor in Historic Filipinotown last Saturday, June 07, 2014.
This amidst the cheers of the multi-ethnic community in show of flag waving and vibrant display of patriotism.
The Parade Around the Town
The more than an hour long 2nd HFT Independence Day Parade started and ended at Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) in Historic Filipinotown of Los Angeles. The  parade formation  was formed at 8;30 AM but the parade started at 10:00 AM after the LAPD traffic  made it sure that the rolling closure was in place.
The parade commenced at Temple and Burlington Street with the United Cordillerans of LA leading the van dancing with their colorful costumes and gongs. Following them were the equally colorful Maranaos from MAPIA with their customes.
Closely following behind, the the delegation from the Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles led by no other than Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim and DCG Imelda Panolong and their 17 men and women contingent were also at the head of the parade.
Behind them were the ten beautiful candidates from the Binibining Pilipinas-USA led by Mildred Deang.of the Insider Productions.
Also at the van leading the parade were the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles Inc. (FACLA), which has the most number of floats, Philippine town Inc. (PTI) led by PTI Mayor Jerry Esguerra,
The parade passed the streets of Temple. Benton Way, Beverly,Rampart and back to Temple St. in a letter L short parade route that took than more than a hour long. The parade was shorter than last year, 2013 that reached up to Dillon St and back.
Participating Organizations
Some of the participating organizations are Historic FiIipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC)led by Cecille Ramos , The Justice for the Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), People’s CORE and Pro People Youth KMB.The Seniors 4 Pilipino American Community Empowerment (S4PACE), LA Pilipino Women’s Club, Knights of Rizal-CAlifornia, HFT and Media, Pilipino Ministry -United Methodist Church (UMC) of Wilshire, Lord of Harvest, Jesus is Lord (JIL), Silverlake CBAS, 2nd Century CBAS, A .Castelo Medical, Luc Razon, HIFI California Expo (HIFICALI), BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA, Philippine’s Best, Ms. FILAM INTERNATIONAL LLC,Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA) were also present.
Also at the parade were the Filipino Disciples Church or the Filipino Christian Church (FCC), SMR Productions, USA, LACFAS, Golden Agers of Los Angeles (GALA),Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA).RVNC, GEPENC, Echo Park Community Council (EPCC), Phil.American Association of Professionals Inc, Los Angeles Seniors of California Inc.,Pilipino Institute of Language Arts and Culture (PILAC)/COTIFA, Burlington School, Our Lady of Loretto School (OLS), Pinnacle Communications LLC/DIRECT TV, and MOTHER Movement,.
After the Parade Program at FACLA
After the parade, at around 11:30 AM, the crowd participated in the closing program where speakers and entertainers regaled the crowd with speeches. Songs and dances at the FACLA Social Hall.
Congen Leo Herrera –Lim spoke about the theme of the 116th independence Day calling on the crowd, “ to emulate our heroes and work to lead the nation towards more meaningful change-tungo sa landas nang ganap at makabuluhang pagbabago”. To the cheering of the crowd, MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!
On the other hand, FACLA President Jun Baul proclaimed, “We are proud to be Filipinos. We must be proud to be Filipinos in America.”.
The SADHC  dance group gave the cultural number while Dr. Merle Yanesa, delivered the invocation. The US national anthem, Star Spangle Banner was rendered by Romy Borje and Lupang Hinirang by  Jane Pua. The  sound system by Fredie. Castaneda.
Singer Gloria Papin, sister of known singer Imelda Papin regaled the crowd with her songs and was largely cheered by the crowd.  Don Budd ,Canadian singer, Juliet Posadas also entrtained the crowd with their songs.
FACLA Director Bernie Ganon was the June 12 program coordinator and emcee also thank all the organizations who joined the parade and the program. FACLA’s 2nd Vice President Dr. Veronico Agatep made the closing remarks.
FACLA also provided refreshments for the crowd and all the volunteers.
3rd HFT Parade 2015, Next Year.
FACLA Director Bernie Targa-Ganon said as she thank all the parade participants, “ We will be back next year for a bigger and better organized Third Historic Filipinotown ( 117th) Independence Day in June 2015.
We will also celebrate the 70th Anniversary of FACLA on April 26, 2015 and this will be a historic event for it will be a double celebrations for 2016. We welcome all organizations to join us for this double celebrations.
We also invite all for the June 12 Dinner and Dance Party of FACLA on June 12 , 2014 at 6;00 PM for the annual Independence Day Ball to be held at FACLA.” Ganon ended.
For more information about the 3rd HFT Independence Day Parade 2015 please call or fax at  or email at . or visit our website at www. newfacla.org




June 09, 2014


Los Angeles—Mabuhay ang Ika-116 na Taong Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas!

Fresh from the successful  2nd Historic Filipinotown  Philippine Independence Day Parade lastJune 07, the  Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) announced that it will hold its traditional dinner/dance  party in honor of the 116th Independence PH Independence Day in FACLA on Thursday, June 12 at 6;00 PM at FACLA’s Social Hall.

Austin “Jun” Baul, FACLA’s President said, “ FACLA honors the heroism of Filipino heroes who fought for our independence and as a fundraiser for FACLA’s building development project.

This dinner dance and party is an offering of our organization for our community and the day of our Independence from colonial Spain..”

Meanwhile FACLA Directors Aleli Neal and Linda Nery, the party’s coordinator announced that there is a ticket for $ 25.00 for the dinner dance. They can contact FACLA at  for reservations. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the date.

No one will be turned away for this affair for lack of $ 25.00 ticket. But donations ( no matter how much)  are highly appreciated,  “  party coordinator Aleli Neal said.

KALAYAAN 2014 Arts Exhibit on June 13, 14 and 16.

On the other hand,  The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles, Inc. (FACLA) and the Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles with Ugnayan Sining Tomasino (USAT)  of University of Santo Tomas (UST)  Manila Presents; the KALAYAAN ART EXHIBIT (FREEDOM 20014 Art Exhibit) from June 13, 14 and 16, 2014

There will be an exhibit opening on  Friday, June 13, 2014 at 6;00 PM at the FACLA Social Hall where all the works of arts of the artist group –Ugnayan Sining Tomasino (UST)  will be displayed.

The hours of the exhibit  for the KALAYAAN  Ary Exhibit 2014 is the FACLA Social Hall from June 14 and 16 from  9;00 Am to 9;00 PM.

For more information please call facla t 9213)484-1527 or email us  or visit our website @ newfacla.org