HOUSTON — Philippine culture and heritage was celebrated in Houston as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebrations this month.
Spearheaded by the newly opened Philippines consul-general office in Houston, Filipino organizations in Houston collaborated to bring to life the most festive and most inclusive celebration so far.
“We’re so glad that we managed to get this together. We played a small part by being coordinators. But they did most of the coordination. Maybe for the first time in 25 years we have had something like this,” said Consul General Jerril G. Santos.
The event was titled “Kalayaan Magkaisa.”
This is the first community collaboration event the consulate office has engaged in since it reopened in Houston earlier this year, 25 years after it first closed.
“We are so excited today because this is the first time, we are going to have a big celebration with all the Filipino organizations here in Houston.”
It was also the first collaborative community event in the newly opened Philippine Community Center.
The center opened its doors 9 months ago under the leadership of the Houston based Filipino organization, People Caring for the Community Inc.
“We were the only ethnic group in Houston without a community center. It took 13 years to realize this dream. We are so happy for the Filipino community,” said Dr. Norma Mendoza.
June has seen a host of other events across Texas. Where more than 137,000 Filipinos call their second home — all with hopes for even greater collaboration for larger citywide celebratory events in the future.