REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – There’s a new holiday in California in honor of Filipino-American labor hero Larry Itliong.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB7 into law which designates October 25th as Larry Itliong day which also falls on the late labor leader’s birthday.
The Pangasinan born Itliong moved to the U.S. at age 15 to work in the farms. Itliong, along with other Filipino workers eventually led the battle for labor rights in the 1960s.
The bill, which received unanimous support, was introduced by Fil-Am State Assemblyman Rob Bonta.
Officers and members of the Larry Itliong Foundation say they are touched by the passage of the bill.