Los Angeles, 16 June 2014 – Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim received the City Council Proclamation honoring the 116th Anniversary of Philippine Independence Day from the Council members in session at the John Ferraro Council Chamber, City Hall of Los Angeles on 13 June 2014.
District 13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell presented a resolution declaring the City’s commemoration of 12 June 2014 as the 116th Anniversary of Philippine Independence and was signed by all members of the L.A. City Council including former District 13 Councilmember and present City Mayor Eric Garcetti.
In Consul General Herrera-Lim’s remarks to the City Council, he is deeply honored in representing the Philippines and the Fil-Am community in Los Angeles and recognized the best support from District 13 of Councilmember O’Farrell in honoring and recognizing the 116th Philippine Independence Day as also the 1st Republic in Asia with the biggest Asian community in Los Angeles. He also said that Filipino-Americans found Los Angeles a welcoming home, sharing a lot of values with America, education oriented and contributing to the neighborhood.
This event was organized by the Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees (LAFACE) headed by its President Linda Granados, and was sponsored by the office of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.
The council session was followed by an Independence Day celebration organized by LAFACE at the City Hall’s Historic Spring Street Steps. The program included a parade of historical flags of the Philippine revolution and cultural performances and food for everyone.
During the celebration Consul General Herrera-Lim was invited by LAFACE President, Ms. Granados, to deliver his Independence Day message before the Filipino community at the City Hall Forecourt. He remarked on Filipino Americans efforts on continued support for families and relatives back in the Philippines and actively participating in civic and national life in the Americas.