by Miko Santos/AJPress
DALY CITY – Despite the gloomy weather, Filipino-Americans from the Bay Area gathered last weekend (June 28 and 29) at the Serramonte Shopping Center Mall in Daly City to celebrate the 14th Fil-Am Friendship Festival.
Officials from Daly City headed by its mayor Carol L. Klatt and visiting dignitaries from the Philippines kicked-off the opening ceremony at noon on Saturday.
The festival, the longest-running FilAm event in the Bay Area, was highlighted by performances from Patricia Javier, Don Pepot, Melissa Reyes, and other popular singers from the Bay Area. It also featured traditional Filipino music and dance from the various provinces in the Philippines.
Festival goers were also treated to sample Filipino delicacies prepared by local restaurants as well as offering shoppers a variety of merchandise depicting Filipino arts and culture. Exhibit booths ranging from health care groups where attendee can get pertinent health information from medical professionals to casinos were also present.
The Daly City-Quezon City, Sister City Committee was founded in 1994, under the auspices of the City of Daly City’s Economic and Community Development (ECD). Primary objectives were to promote local Filipino-American businesses and to encourage other commercial ventures to bring additional business. In 2000, Albuquerque, a town in the Bohol Province, became a Friendship City.
Scholarships and Charitable Projects proceeds from the Festival fund educational scholarships to deserving students in Daly City, Quezon City, as well as its Friendship City of Alburquerque, Bohol .
Additionally, the DCQC Sister City Committee allocates monies for charitable projects and awards them year-round. Past recipients included the Philippine National Red Cross, the Children’s Learning Center in Bohol, Bantay Bata 163, Quezon City, House With No Steps Foundation, Quezon City, Center for Tuberculosis, Quezon City, the Daly City Emergency Food Pantry, Daly City Police Explorers and the Daly City Police Athletic League (PAL).