San Francisco, 11 June 2018 – The officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, led by Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr., joined Daly City officials and residents at a Philippine flag-raising ceremony in commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence held at City Hall, Daly City. In attendance were the members of the Daly City Council headed by Mayor Juslyn Manalo and Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
During the ceremony, Daly City Mayor Juslyn Manalo, a Filipino-American, presented to Consul General Bensurto a proclamation declaring June 11, 2018 as Philippines Day in Daly City. In presenting the proclamation, Mayor Manalo conveyed that the “city of Daly honors and values its Filipino and Filipino-American residents for having a strong commitment to family, service, faith and hard work; and recognizes the contributions Filipinos have made to enrich the diversity of our community.”
In his message, Consul General praised the diversity of Daly City and stated the positive contributions that Filipinos and Filipino-Americans have made to the community. He also encouraged the public to connect the young Filipino-American generations to their Filipino roots and heritage conveying that only through recognition of Filipino identity can the Filipino-Americans have and continue to have a strong voice in their community.
At the ceremony, Mayor Manalo also signed the Spark*Connect*Empower Agreement signifying that Daly City is a partner of the Philippine Consulate General to Spark*Connect*Empower the next generations of Filipinos, by moving them to fall in love with their Filipino heritage and culture, through various platforms and activities.
Daly City is dubbed as the Pinoy Capital in the U.S. having the highest concentration of Filipino population in the country. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Daly City has a total population of 101,123, 33.3% of which are Filipinos (33,649).