Vice President Leni Robredo met with the Filipino community in Los Angeles, after a few private meetings with the local
Bicol Association and other community members.
She attended the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra gala.
The guest of honor spent time at the historic Filipino-owned Mary Pickford home, while taking pictures with guests who donated to the music non-profit, and receiving a warm welcome.
While she declined to be interviewed by media, the Vice President spoke to the audience for about 15 minutes, sharing her admiration for the arts and FASO.
“I consider it a great honor to be given the chance to help, even in a very small way in raising funds to sustain the only Filipino Symphony Orchestra outside of the Philippines,” said Robredo.
Bringing music to every man woman and child, especially for those who long the sounds of home is a very important advocacy.
She gave an update on the conflict of Marawi and the need for aid.
“Our soldiers are still in battle and families have not been able to return to their homes.
The local government unit of Marawi continues to call for donations. ”
She advocated for her Angat Buhay project which tackles poverty, health issues, and disaster relief in the Philippines.
“Tthere are global and local challenges many of which we cannot control — but the extraordinariness of ordinary people are giving us hope,” she said. “Some examples of this can be seen in the lives of the people that we have met, while going about the advocacy of the office of the vice president called Angat Buhay. Partnerships against poverty.
While she avoided politics in her address, a group of protesters gathered outside of the gated compound.
Despite their claims that the gala was to fundraise for the Vice President, FASO says that her attendance was a year in the making — with all proceeds going towards its music programs.
“Madame vice president we thank you for coming her to raise funds this is for our students and our causes; we thank you for that…. the money comes to us because we need it,” said Claire Espina, a FASO board member.
And the show went on with the vice president on hand to honor some of the groups.
Leaders and performers, including Sylvia Latorre, who performed with the group last year.
Robredo’s visit to Southern California will be be brief. She is expected to return home to the Philippines immediately.