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June 26, 2014


Los Angeles- Mabuhay ang 4th of July American Independence Day!

When Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal changed the date of the Philippine Independence Day from the usual July 4th to June 12 every year, he also designated July 4th as Filipino-American Friendship Day in honor of the enduring friendship between the two nations that was sealed in blood.

Thus, the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles, Inc (FACLA) led by its President Jun Baul announced that FACLA will hold a whole day of activity to honor the Fourth of July with a dance party that will last from 2:00 PM to Mid Night at the FACLA Social Hall.

July 4, 2014 Festivities

This year, July 4th, FACLA’s 3rd Vice President Letty  Acayan Reyes will be crowned as Ms. Fil-American Friendship Queen.

Her court of honor will be Ms. Helen Rodriguez as Ms. Philippine Independence and Ms. Virgie Webber as Ms. Mindanao during the dance party at FACLA.

Music will be provided by Maestro Buddy Reyes and his band while the ticket will be at $ 10.00 for the dance and the dinner party. The public is cordially invited.

Historic Four of July Parades

Since FACLA was founded in April 26, 1945 , the organization usually holds a parade in honor of the 4th of July with a motorcade of its  crowned beauties from the chosen hotel in downtown LA to City Hall from 1945 to the early 1960’s .

That was until the Philippine Independence Day was changed to June 12 every year.

Since then FACLA still celebrates the 4th of July , the American Independence Day with usual revelries  but without the July 4th grand parade.

Meanwhile FACLA has led the successful Philippine Independence Day Parade at Historic Filipinotown for the past two years, 2013 and  every June of the year in collaboration with the Philippine Consulate General of LA.

More than 30 organizations in Historic Filipinotown and Southern California joined the 116th PH Independence Day Parade around Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles last June 07, 2014.

For more information please call Clarita or Cording at (213)484-1527 or email us at or visit our website at newfacla.org.









Alliance-Philippines Condemns Potential Hate Crime that Claimed the Life of a Filipino in New York.

June 25, 2014

Alliance-Philippines Condemns Potential Hate Crime that Claimed the Life of a Filipino in New York.

Los Angeles – The Alliance-Philippines vehemently condemns the tragic killing of a Filipino who died days after he was assaulted by a stranger in Woodside, New York. The victim, 56-year old Roberto Martires, died on Wednesday morning at the Elmhurst general Hospital.

The Alliance-Philippines and the Filipino-America community in the West Coast condole with the family and all Filipinos in the East Coast that suffered this senseless tragedy.

It is time for our compatriots in the East Coast to be united and led a hand to the bereaved family and fight this senseless potential act of racist violence in the community.

“Potential Hate Crime”

The Alliance believe this potential hate crime attack on Roberto Martinez is racially motivated. According to the police reports and Filipino-American media accounts, the Woodside police said Martires was leaving Filipino restaurant Krystal’s early Saturday morning when an unidentified man walked up to him and punched him in the face.

Witnesses said Martires fell down and hit his head on the pavement. He was taken to a nearby hospital.Another witness said that the attacker even asked Martires: “Are you Filipino?” before he was attacked. According to the police, investigators are treating this case as a potential hate crime.

The Alliance hopes that the New York authorities solve this violent crime against the Filipinos as soon as possible with dispatch.

For more information please call (213)241-0995 or email us at [email protected]