by Yvee Tadeo-Guevara, ABS CBN News
CARSON, CA — The Filharmonic, the Fil-Am acapella group featured in the movie Pitch Perfect 2, lead the kick-off event of the 8th annual Filipino American history month in Carson over the weekend, along with singer Geneva Cruz.
This month-long celebration, in the city with the 4th largest of Filipino population in the country, showcases the contributions of Filipino Americans through the years.
Awards for leadership, youth achievement, and heroism were presented to outstanding members of the community.
Keynote speaker Edgar Dormitorio, chief of staff for student affairs at the University of California, Irvine says celebrating and recognizing Filipino achievements in the U.S. should not only last a month but must be all year long.
More than just education, Dormitorio also emphasized the value of taking leadership roles.
“Not only become doctors but be the head doctor, not just become a teacher but become a principal, not just be an assistant vice chancellor but a chancellor. We really need to push that in order to highlight in our community our contributions and recognize again the contributions we have given to this country,” he said.
For the Fil-Am youth, events such as this are not only entertaining, but inspiring as well.
“We usually learn from our families that the Filipino culture is so important to us, and so I feel it is important to go to events like this in order to become enriched inside that culture,” said student Evir Jolo Andrade.
The program ended with the annual FilAms Got Talent amateur singing contest.
The celebration of the Filipino-American History month continues with the Larry Itliong Day, TFCU Talks, and the Annual Philippine Film Festival scheduled in the coming weeks.