Clean government tops Xmas wish list for Socal Pinoys

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 26, 2013

LOS ANGELES – It’s beginning to look a lot like a Pinoy Christmas in Los Angeles, as the Filipino community lit up Historic Filipinotown with parol lanterns.

Throughout the holidays, Temple Street, which runs through historic Filipinotown will fill the night sky with the Philippine lanterns.

“Filipinos have to light up with parols this time,” Bernardo Bernardo, an entertainer and community leader, said. “It gives a strong connection to the homeland.”

After a year in where the community had to deal with the pork barrel case and Typhoon Yolanda, the lights are a welcomed sight.

“We are all hurting and crying inside, but as Filipinos we are strong,” Historic Filipinotown Inc. President Cecile Ramos said. “This parol lighting will lift up their spirits and for them to know that [after] every darkness, there is a silver lining. And just keep on our faith and trust everything will be okay.”

The lighting comes as new developments take place in the ongoing pork probe. The Philippine justice department announced 10 more lawmakers will be charged in the pork barrel scam.

For the community who has been closely following the scam, it’s a small holiday wish come true.

“It’s good to know that they’re getting their act together and charging more people,” Roman Mosqueda of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance said. “It will be unequal justice of only some were charged and some were not.”

With the holiday season comes the season of giving.

Ramos added that the community will continue raising funds to help the typhoon victims celebrate Christmas with a traditional noche buena.

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