filipino-american-history-month-USP4GGThe US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) has scheduled several events in Michigan to mark the celebration of Filipino American History Month next month (October).

A special proclamation paying tribute to Filipino Americans was issued by four state senators – namely, Steven Bieda, 9th District; Jim Ananich, 27th District; Hoon-Yung Hopgood, 6th District; and Vincent Gregory, 11th District.

The tribute cited the many commendable contributions and unselfish commitment to the common good by the many Filipino Americans

in Michigan. It also mentioned the Filipinos’ heritage that enriches the culture of mainstream Michigan society.

The month of October can inspire admiration to a proud group of citizens, and through the awareness and contributions, the US and Philippines hope to foster a friendship that will stand the test of time.

One of the goals of USP4GG is the promotion of Filipino American cultural awareness.

UP4GG has lined up the following events in celebration of Filipino American History Month.

Oct. 1 – Sunday — TASTE OF PHILIPPINE CUISINE opens the celebration at 1 p.m. by showcasing Philippine›s best cuisine and Filipino hospitality.  By invitation only.

Reading of the  Filipino History Month Proclamation 2017. Venue — Filipinas Oriental Restaurant. Cost is minimum.

Oct. 2 – Monday  — Opening of a month-long exhibit of  Philippine Shells at the Public Library, City of Warren.

Oct. 3 – Tuesday  — NOVI DIVERSITY DAY – Philippine participation at Novi Public Library, City of Novi. The event includes cultural exhibits and Filipino outfit exposition.

Oct. 4- Wednesday   — It’s More Fun in the PHILIPPINES, a mini-exhibit of Philippine tourist destinations,  a month-long educational showcase in cooperation with the City of Sterling Heights Public Library.

Oct. 9 – Monday    — KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS: PHILIPPINES, a one-hour video presentation

by the City of Sterling Heights on City Cable TV.   It is a pre-recorded live interview about the Philippines.

Oct. 16 -Monday – PHILIPPINE CUSTOMS AND FOOD, a live panel discussion at the Warren Cable TV studio. It will be shown at Comcast and WOW programs

Oct. 17-Tuesday – In cooperation with the City of Sterling Heights Public Library.

USP4GG will present an educational activity about the Philippines. The venue is the city library. Student and parents will be in attendance.

Oct 19 -Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION WORKSHOP in cooperation with the Michigan Immigrants Rights Center at Sterling Heights Public Library. Pre-registration is required.

26 – Wednesday- Attendance at CORP! Magazine Diversity Awarding.

28 – Saturday – EDUARDO NAVARRA DAY IN MICHIGAN. This is a celebration that will be supported by a state legislative proclamation. There will be a guest speaker and food reception. Attendance is by invitation only.

Most of the events/programs are free but some events are by invitation only.

Persons interested to participate in any of the events are asked to e-mail this writer at  [email protected]

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Willie is a teacher at the Detroit Public School. A very popular and influential leader in the Filipino-American community in Michigan, Dechavez is the incumbent Michigan state chairperson of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) and public relations officer of both the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) and the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM). A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he is also vice president of the Bicol Association of Michigan. He is recipient of numerous awards.

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