CARSON, CA — The city of Carson celebrates Larry Itliong’s birthday, with its 10th annual parade and celebration, honoring the legacy of Filipino-American labor leader.
Carson is the first U.S. city to declare Itliong’s birthday as a holiday, spearheading the annual celebration, and eventually making it a paid city holiday.
They continued the annual festivities which also commemorated Filipino American History Month with art, performances, and by honoring community members, many who continue the Delano Manong’s fight for labor and civil rights in these modern days.
“It’s humbling to receive an award coming from the city of Carson on the Larry Itliong Day, because compared to what he did, everything we did, is really minimal to what he has started working with united farm workers, Philip Veracruz, Cesar Chavez, we’re actually standing on the shoulder of our meanings continuing what he did in the labor movement,” said veteran and labor organizer, Lt. Colonel Armin Reyes.
As the city of Carson wrapped up its Filipino American History Month celebrations, they got a special guest — a prizefighter looking to make history in this very city a week from now.
International boxing federation junior bantamweight champion Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas met with fans during the celebration.
His team was enjoying the festivities.
Ancajas will defend his world title on Saturday, November 2nd at Dignity Health Sports Park, giving the local fans, another reason to celebrate Filipino pride in their city.