Los Angeles — 375,000 Filipinos call Los Angeles County home, representing the largest population of Filipinos in North America.
So when October rolls around the corner, Pinoy pride flies high in the city of Angels.
Historic Filipinotown kicked off the month with its annual festival.
The neighborhood, an original hub for early Filipino Angelenos, has plenty to be proud about as its been cited by several travel publications for its uniqueness.
During its festival, councilmember Mitch O’Farrell gave even more hope as he announced more improvements to HiFi.
“We are restoring the historic mural by Eliseo Silva at Unidad Park, a glorious history. So that’ll be restored, my office, has identified the funding to help that happen.”
As different HiFi organizations host a series of celebrations this week, Carson kicked off its month-long celebration with dignitaries, community leaders, and sports heroes.
They’ve also activated their annual essay and art contest encouraging the youth to learn about Larry Itliong and Filipino World War II veterans.
“By having this month, to kick off our Filipino History Month, allows us to look back into our history, and allows us to look into the future. What do we want to be known for here in our society?” said Rainier Casis, Vice Consul General.
Even creative Filipino businesses are milking this pride-filled Month.
As small popups push their Philippine themed goods more than usual, Pinoy-owned artisanal ice cream shop Wanderlust has brought back its month-long collection of Filipino flavors.
With so many events, and swag there’s definitely no avoiding Pinoy Pride in Southern California, no matter what side of town you’re in.