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IN THE NEWS: Filipino-American Community of the Yakima Valley hosting Barrio Fiesta on Saturday

Yakima Herald Republic

More than 60 years ago, Filipino pioneers built the Filipino Community Hall at the corner of West Second Street and Satus Avenue to preserve culture and the community.

On Saturday, that effort will be commemorated with a traditional dinner during Barrio Fiesta, the Filipino-American Community of the Yakima Valley’s 64th anniversary of the hall.

The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the hall at 211 W. Second St. The dinner will feature roasted pig, spiced adobo chicken, lumpia, garlic bokchoy and steamed rice. Desserts include pudding, fresh fruit, rice cakes and sweet rice.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from a member of the Filipino-American community or at the hall on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

State Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, will be the guest speaker. He will discuss the contributions the Filipino-American Community has made in the Yakima Valley and shed some light on the current Legislative session, said Filipino-American Community President Rey Pascua.

Over the years, Honeyford has supported several state resolutions in the past designating October as Filipino-American History Month, and eight years ago helped secure state funding to make improvements to the hall.

“He’s been very cooperative and supportive,” Pascua said.

The original article, published March 16, 2016, can be viewed here.

State Senate honors Filipino-Americans with Honeyford resolution

Honeyford_200x282The Washington State Senate stood and applauded the Filipino-American community of Washington Wednesday after passing Senate Resolution 8617 sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside.

“There are large populations of Filipino-Americans in the 15th District and I’m proud to represent them in the Senate,” Honeyford said. “Their history and culture here in the Pacific Northwest helped make Washington what it is today, and it’s fitting that we honor that with a Senate resolution.”

Documents dating to 1888 found at an old lumber mill in Port Blakely on Bainbridge Island west of Seattle listed a “Manilla” among the employee roster. It is the first known worker from the Philippines in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Filipinos make up the largest Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic population in Washington, home to dozens of historically Filipino communities such as Wapato, Auburn, Bremerton, and others. Continue reading

The Tagumpay Awards

The Tagumpay AwardsI’m proud to announce to you that I was recently honored to receive the Pinoy Reporter Tagumpay Award. This is the third year of the awards but the first year that they have made an award for the top contributor to the Filipino American community in Washington State. I was nominated by Rey Pascua, the president of the Filipino-American Community of the Yakima Valley.

I was interviewed by the Pinoy Reporter and shortly thereafter notified that I would be given the award. Those attending from the Yakima Valley were Rey Pascua, Tom and Lorena Silva and Geoff and Dori Baker. The Tagumpay Foundation’s mission is to celebrate and promote Filipino American achievement, heritage and contribution in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading