LA celebrates PH Independence Day with parade

LOS ANGELES – With the new consul general Leo Herrera Lim leading the way, Filipinos in Los Angeles celebrated the 116th Philippine Independence Day with a parade.

Lim said it was happy and exciting many Filipinos participating in the festivities.

The tradition began last year and takes place in one of LA’s most historic Filipino hubs; Historic Fiipinotown.

“It’s a nice, rejuvenating, awakening of the Independence of the Philippines,” said resident Rudy Ferran.

Filipino World War II Veterans, beauty queens, community groups, religious organizations, were among the marchers filling the streets of Filipinotown.

“I’m so proud of our community. I’m so proud that we are celebrating our independence. And Filipinos are really in it now and we are going to get more people and it’s going to be bigger in the next few years,” added Historic Filipinotown Inc president Cecile Ramos.

She added that there are plans to make the simple neighborhood parade into a large star-studded event similar to New York and San Francisco’s celebrations.

The celebration will continue through the week and will be capped off with the annual 5k run through Historic Filipinotown this weekend.

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