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Home Sections Sports Dodger Stadium Photos taken during the Filipino-American Community Night held on July 24, 2006
Dodger Stadium Photos taken during the Filipino-American Community Night held on July 24, 2006 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 April 2007 20:12

Then Acting Philippine Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Willy C. Gaa, threw the ceremonial first pitch in the First Filipino-American Community Night at the Dodgers Stadium on July 24, 2006. He had the distinction of being the first Filipino diplomat to do so in the history of Major-League Baseball.

I asked also the Dodgers-Stadium announcer to mention when she introduced the Filipino ambassador and the Filipino-American community leaders the details of the first-ever Filipino-American Community Night in any Major-League Baseball stadium. And to tell the crowd that Buffalo Soldiers that were sent to the Philippines in the early 1900s taught Filipinos (whom they called their "Brown Brothers") the game of baseball.

Gallery Photos taken at the Dodgers Stadium during the Filipino-American Community Night held on July 24, 2006



First Photo (From Left): Ms. Chelsea Emata, Bobby Reyes, Madame Linda Gaa, Dodger Coach Manny Mota, Amb. Willy C. Gaa, then Deputy Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon, Philippine Tourism Representative Christine Dy and Rick Munda of the ANCOP Foundation/Gawad Kalinga (Photos courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, except the second picture taken in June 2006).

Second Photo taken in June 2006 during the familiarization tour of the Dodgers Stadium: (From Left): Fender Santos of the FACLA and Philippine Town Inc., Deputy Tourism Director Manny Ilagan, Dodger Executive Trey Magnuson, then Dep. Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon (now the first-ever woman Filipino Consul General in Los Angeles), Philippine Consulate Cultural Officer Myrna Valero, visiting Engr. Alfred Gilo of Panama City, FL, and Philippine Consulate Officer Moises Ocampo. (Photo taken in front of the Dodger Dugout by Bobby Reyes)

Third and Fourth Photos Show the Sining Kambayoka Filipino Folk Dancers in action. The Sining Kambayoka fielded a group of 50 dancers and musicians in the historic first-ever Filipino-American Community Night at the Dodgers Stadium.

Fifth Photo: Amb. Willy C. Gaa preparing to toss the ceremonial first pitch before the regular game between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. Ambassador Gaa became the first Filipino envoy to do such honor in the more-than 100 years of Major League baseball. Please notice the picture of Ambassador Gaa being flashed in the Big Screen of the Dodgers Stadium. (Photo compliments of the Los Angeles Dodgers.)

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