DALY CITY, CA — The city council recently inducted two new members — Pam DiGiovanni and Filipino-American Dr. Roderick Daus-Magbual.
As an ethnic studies professor, and to honor his friend — the late Dr. Dawn Mabalon — Dr. Daus-Magbual says his victory is a symbol of the contributions of Filipinos to this country.
Magbual adds that it is important, now more than ever, that Fil-Ams take leadership roles.
The first Filipina-American mayor of Daly City, Juslyn Manalo, completed her term as the city council voted to elect Ray Buenaventura as mayor and Glenn Sylvester as vice mayor.
“We’re going to remain diligent in securing more affordable housing for our people. The other issue is public safety. We lost a fire engine company. We need to bring that back.”
The evening also included an annual awards presentation by outgoing Mayor Manalo.
The Filipino Channel won the mayor’s award for business of the year.
“TFC as business of the year award was really not hard to do. Upon coming back to Daly City, TFC has been an amazing partner most especially around our Filipino history month celebration and even in other endeavors.”
Dr. Arlene Daus-Magbual, who serves on the city’s arts and culture commission, received the mayor’s Commissioner of the Year award.
11-year-old Nathalie Anunciacion received one of the two Youths of the Year award.
The evening also honored outgoing councilmembers Judith Christensen and Mike Guingona.
Councilman Guingona served Daly City for 25 years, and became the first Filipino-American and youngest person to be elected as mayor at the age of 33.