Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In Photos: 2019 Filipino American History Month Opening Reception in Jersey City, New Jersey

US Navy Veteran Nestor Enriquez of FANHS NJ;  Rolando Javier of PACCAL; Joey Mayo of Knights of Rizal NJ; Lumen Castaneda of Ladies for Rizal NJ; and Armand Porto for KOR NJ. Photo by Domingo Ampil.

October is Filipino American History Month. The celebration in New Jersey officially began on Monday October 7, 2019 at The Five Corners Branch Library in Jersey City with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, historical exhibit and fellowship, light refreshments paired with "lumpia", "pancit", chicken wings and "turon" were served. The opening reception scheduled at 6pm was attended by members of the community from New Jersey and New York.

Photo by Lambert Parong

Photo by Lambert Parong

Photo by Lambert Parong

The Jersey City Municipal Council led by Filipino American Rolando Lavarro as council president adopted a resolution recognizing among other things, "The Filipino American community as an integral part of the multi-ethnic, cultural and economic fabric of the City of Jersey City." The council also recognized the sponsors and organizers of the celebration: Knights of Rizal NJ chapter; Ladies for Rizal NJ chapter; Pan-American Concerned Citizens Action League (PACCAL); and the Filipino American National Historical Society NJ chapter (FANHS NJ). The resolution also noted that "These Filipino American community-based organizations are duly commended for their educational initiative of preserving Philippine culture and history." 

Photo by Lambert Parong

Photo by Domingo Ampil.

Photo by Lambert Parong

The month-long commemoration at The Five Corners Branch Library includes a book drive, historical exhibit, film screenings at the library auditorium on October 14 at 6pm featuring  'Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo' (Bonifacio: The First President) and on October 21 at 6pm featuring 'Heneral Luna' (General Luna). Closing activities scheduled on Sunday October 27 at City Hall located at 280 Grove St. Jersey City includes a noontime reception then at 1pm the screening of 'Filipino Americans: Discovering their Past for the Future' it will be followed by a cultural program and a closing ceremony.

To learn more about Filipino American History visit the website of the Filipino American National Historical Society here.

For more information about the Jersey City, New Jersey commemoration and celebration, contact Joey Mayo via email at JoseMMayoNYC@aol.com

Photo by Lambert Parong

Maricar Taino of PAFCOM, Nestor Enriquez of FANHS NJ and Allah Arcangel for PACCAL and Ladies for Rizal. Photo by Lambert Parong

Photo by Lambert Parong

Photo by Lambert Parong


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