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Monday, 11 June 2007 08:44

The News UpFront: (TOP STORY) as of Monday, 11 June 2007

~~ A motley crowd of non-Filipino spectators swarmed the House of the Philippines' Independence Day celebration in Balboa Park on Sunday (June 10), indicating an interest to learn more about the country and people who will commemorate the 109th year of the declaration of freedom from Spain on June 12.


Hundreds Swarm Philippine Independence Day Event in Balboa Park


A simple yet richly-cultural fare attracted a huge crowd of Filipino park goers and foreign spectators at the Independence Day program hosted by the House of the Philippines in Balboa Park yesterday (Sunday, June 10).

Selected music and dance numbers performed by the Pakaraguian Kulintang and Samahan Philippine Dance Company not only entertained but also broadened knowledge about the Philippines, guests interviewed for this story said.

Kulintang's Bernard Ellorin and Samahan's Ruby Pearl Chiong made a good point of explaining each of the performance by their respective troupe by providing brief insights and historical perspectives to the delight of the mostly non-Filipino audience.

Entire families, senior folks, tourists and Filipino San Diego residents practically encamped around the elevated stage on the lawn fronting the House of the Philippines, their attention focused on the young performers dressed in colorful native costumes.

"I thought the program was wonderful," exclaimed Patricia Justiniani McReynolds, president of the House of the Philippines. "It's an instant lesson in Philippine culture," she added.

Indeed, when Ellorin and Chiong expounded on every music and dance before the performance, the crowd watched in silence and lent their ears to every word being spoken. That way, the diverse audience was more engaged.

"We're dedicated to educating Filipinos and non-Filipinos," McReynolds said. "I want both to know about our culture."

Sunday's program was still part of the commemoration of the 109th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence from Spain.

The day before, on Saturday (June 9), the Council of Philippine American Organizations held its own annual money-generating Philippine Faire in National City's Kimball Park.

The unresolved scandals involving 50 check forgeries and the missing $27,000 might have impacted the event as not too many people went to see it. That also must be the reason COPAO shortened the event from the usual two days to just one day.

Similar events also took place earlier this month, one in Mira Mesa sponsored by the Aguinaldo Foundation and another by the One Vision One Voice Movement at the San Diego City Council Chambers.

Two more celebrations are coming up, namely: the traditional unfurling and raising of the Philippine flag on June 12, Tuesday, at the residential yard owned by the late patriot Carlos Riego de Dios Linayao on 4460 Ocean View Blvd., and the PASACAT performance at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library on Aero Drive on June 30.


A community service of the Philippine Village Voice ( or at 619.265.0611) for the information and better understanding of the public.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 October 2007 07:52

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