SAN FRANCISCO — Members of the Filipino community gathered to look back and appreciate how far they have come in establishing San Francisco’s first Filipino cultural district, while also looking forward to the goals they still wish to accomplish.
Those victories include the establishment of SOMA Pilipinas as a cultural district of San Francisco, the California Arts Council selection of SOMA Pilipinas for state designation, and the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant of $100,000.
For newly elected San Francisco mayor London Breed — this was one of the first times she was able to address the Filipino community as a whole.
She acknowledges the fact that the city has not done enough to protect long-time residents who have been pushed out, which includes Filipinos; however she considers more affordable housing one of her top issues as mayor.
“As mayor, I am committed to continuing a real, strong working relationship so that we can do everything we can to grow our city together and leave no one behind.”
Mayor Vreed and the city of San Francisco will be hosting their own celebration of Filipino-American History Month towards the end of October.