Fil-Ams kick-off Asian Pacific Heritage Month at SF celebration

SAN FRANCISCO – As part of a celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, San Francisco honored the distinctive work of those from the community.

“We had lots of great speakers. Everyone from Mayor Lee to the committee chair Claudine Cheng. We had an amazing ensemble of dance troupes perform, and we of course honored three great organizations for their work with the Asian-American community,” Filipino American Arts Exposition program manager Kharissa Fernando said.

Philippine Consul General of San Francisco Henry Bensurto said that he is happy that the city recognizes its unique citizens.

“San Francisco is known to be a city not only of diverse culture, but a community in terms of that diverse culture to be able to integrate and work together,” Bensurto said. “I think that this event we are celebrating is a testimony of that particular culture and character of the city.”

While this month will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Seoul Sister City Committee, the 50th anniversary of the Asian Art Museum and the 110th anniversary of San Francisco Japantown, the Philippines will be honored by sports.

“In celebration of May being APA Heritage Month, we are doing Filipino Heritage Night with the San Francisco Giants coming up May 23,” president of FAAE Al Perez said. “This season’s giveaway is a Philippines inspired baseball cap.”

While the country celebrates APA Heritage Month in May, Filipino American Heritage Month will be celebrated in October.

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