SAN FRANCISCO – In this evening of celebration and recognition, elected officials such as Assembly Member Rob Bonta, Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, and San Francisco School Board member Hydra Mendoza were in attendance.
“This is our simple, humble way of recognizing not just the efforts of the people who won and the people behind them, but all the Filipino-Americans in that great history of Filipino-American struggle for recognition,” said SF Consul General Henry Bensurto Jr.
Many of the Filipino leaders took the opportunity to recognize the importance of Filipinos in US public service.
“I hope you will continue to serve as long and as well as you can,” said Ron Bonta to the crowd, “and that you will also reach back and fill the pipeline and encourage others who might not be sure, who are thinking on the sidelines, thinking about serving.”
Many of the elected officials found it motivating to see so many fellow Filipino-Americans in leadership roles.
“It’s just a exciting time and it really shows how we are really stepping up and having our voice heard and putting ourselves out there,” said Hydra Mendoza, of the SF School Board.
“It’s events like this that bring that kind of attention to our community, that will make this grow,” said Daly City City Councilman Mike Guingona.
“We are proud that Filipino-Americans in this area are able to serve, to contribute, and at the same time be a significant factor in the leadership,” said Jose Esteves, Mayor of Milpitas.
Many of the elected officials said they hope to strengthen their political networks more and have more opportunities to work together in the future.