Senator Grace Poe keynotes 116th anniversary of Philippine Independence in Southern California

Philippine Senator Grace Poe. Photos by Joe Cobilla

Philippine Senator Grace Poe. Photos by Joe Cobilla

By Lou S. Sabas

Senator Grace Poe joined hundreds of Filipinos and Filipino Americans on June 14th at a Grand Gala in celebration of the 116th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Westin LAX Hotel.

The event, under the auspices of Kalayaan Incorporated, the region’s ‘Foremost Celebrant of Philippine Independence Day,’ was attended by close to 800 Southern Californians led by Consul General Leo Herrera Lim. The Consulate’s Chief of Mission introduced Senator Poe as the event’s guest of honor and keynote speaker.

Bishop Oscar Solis of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, delivered the invocation.

Poe, in her introductory remarks, made mention of the fact that she was once a Filipino immigrant here in the United States, where she was “maintaining a job and taking care of the family home,” until her return to her native land in 2004. She attributed how, on the loss of her father, she changed her ‘perspective in life.’ Poe is the daughter of box-office hit actors, Susan Roces and the late Fernando Poe, Jr.

The visiting senator strongly stated: “Despite the political controversies going on right now in the homeland, we should be proud that the economy of the Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, second to China, and our country is considered the new economic tiger worldwide.

“After more than two decades, our country hosted the World Economic Forum in East Asia on May 21-23, this year,” she said.

Poe mentioned the three bills she has proposed as a legislator: The Standard Lunch Program for the Schools; The Film Tourism; and the Freedom of Information.

In concluding her much-awaited address, Poe asked everyone, to watch her “Nanay’s Teleserye on Channel 7.”

It will be remembered that Susan Roces was acclaimed as the “Philippine Movie Queen of the Sixties.”

A high note of the evening: Poe graciously obliged the attendees by going from one table to another in response to requests for ‘picture-taking,’ by the guests who praised her for her humility, friendliness and candor.

The guests praised Poe for her humility, friendliness and candor.

The guests praised Poe for her humility, friendliness and candor.

red line

red line



Leave a Reply