Bacolod Delegation in LB

Elena LapidSalonga hosted a dinner for the visiting Bacolod Delegation at her restaurant , The Original Lapid Restaurant in Bellflower, for the best Filipino food in town.

The Bacolod delegation was welcomed by Long Beach Sister Cities President Phyllis Venable with Vice President Richer San and wife, Sithea, Long Beach-Bacolod Association President Peter Ramirez, Evelyn Andamo, Willie Guevara, and Marshall Chavez, Long Beach Airport Public Affairs Mr. Reeves and Kim McMann, DrLoi Herrera and Malou Mariano

A boat tour of the Port of Long Beach with Tyler Curley, Legislative Deputy of LB Mayor Robert Garcia, Joel Perler and Nina Turner with Port of LB,

Bacolod Delegation Brenda Burdeos, Project Development Officer, Tourism Officer Elma Gerasmo, Blythe Balbin Investment Technical Staff are shown with Legislative Aide Tyler Curley and Peter Ramirez

Bacolod Councilors Bartolome Orola, Caesar Distrito, Em L. Ang, Cindy T Rojas, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Councilor Rene Novero are shown in parking slots reserved for the visiting g delegation

Meeting with Long Beach Councilmember Roberto Uranga whose district has the largest Filipino American residents, chief of staff Celina Luna and Filipino Community Leaders Oscar dela Cruz, Alex Montances, and Ms. Bernal with Cal State Long Beach

Long Beach Filipino American Community Advocates Alex Montances, Malou Mariano, and Oscar Dela Cruz

Presentation and luncheon at the Long Beach Convention &Visitors  Bureau with its Chairman Steve Goodling,

Steve Goodling makes a presentation to the visiting delegation

A visit to the Philippine Consulate General with Consul General Adelio Cruz

At the Recreation Park of Long Beach with Joe and Peggy Gamboa for the Masskara Festival, Richard Madeira with Long Beach Sister Cities

At the festival where the stage was decorated with banners and a Giant Masskara statue

At the Philippine Expressions Bookshop tent, one of the Filipina American authors Leslie Ryan signs her book, I am Flipish, for a buyer.  Her book is about her children growing up as Filipino Irish.

Community leader and Dance Studio owner, Nonie Belarmino and his lovely  IDancers show their moves during the Festival’s program

Tyler Curley, Legislative Deputy to LB Mayor Garcia was presented with a miniature mascara token of appreciation by Bacolod City Administrator John Orola Jr.

The Bacolod delegation in their colorful attires and the huge mascara they are donating to the Long Beach City Hall displays of Sister Cities.

All is well that ends well.  The Masskara Festival performers and delegation gathered on stage for a souvenir photo.