DALY CITY — The Philippine flag rises in Daly City to honor 120 years of Philippine independence from Spain.
In attendance was Congresswoman Jackie Speier — who represents the 14th congressional district — which includes Daly City.
As part of celebrating Philippine independence, Speier also wanted to right the wrongs of the past.
“I want to pay a special tribute to all the Filipino Americans and the Filipino nationals to say that I apologize on behalf of our country for our shabby activities during many of those years.”
Speier, a long time advocate of Filipino WWII veterans, continues to push for their full benefits through the Filipino Veteran Fairness Act.
South of Daly City — for the first time in the history of Redwood City — the Philippine flag is flown.
San Mateo County supervisor David Canepa — who brought the tradition to Daly City four years ago, starts a new one here in Redwood City.
“The contributions Filipinos have made doesn’t span 10 years it goes hundreds of years. And so I’m honored to be here in spirit of Rizal.”
Fil-Am Mayor of Daly City Juslyn Manalo says the act of flying the Philippine flag and acknowledging Philippine independence validates the community.
“It’s really a testament that we’ve been here as a Filipino community, and they we are continuing to grow and that as an empowered community we are thriving.”
Consul General Henry Bensurto says that with the growing population of Filipinos, he foresees a day when the entire US will celebrate Philippine independence.
“One day we will have our own version of Cinco de Mayo, and we will call it one na kalayaan.”
According to Con-Gen Bensurto, other cities throughout the Bay Area have also acknowledged and celebrated Philippine independence.