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Filipino-American History Month Celebrated in Cerritos

Emmy Award-winning director Marissa Aroy (left) with Sandra Itliong, daughter of farm labor leader Larry Itliong with poster of documentary "Delano Manongs."

Emmy Award-winning director Marissa Aroy (left) with Sandra Itliong, daughter of farm labor leader Larry Itliong with poster of documentary “Delano Manongs.”

 

By Rico Dizon

As part of the Filipino American History Month celebrations, a string of cultural and entertainment shows had taken place recently in Los Angeles County including those held in the cities of Cerritos and Carson.

Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido and wife Gloria led the organizers among them were Whitney High School Club Kaibigan, Filipino Parents Support Group, Cerritos High School Club Kapamilya and Gahr High School Barkada Club in partnership with the Filipino American Community of Cerritos and the Filipino American National Historical Society of Los Angeles Chapter.

A documentary film “Delano Manongs” by Emmy Award winning Filipino American director Marissa Aroy, was shown at the Multi Media Arts Center of Whitney High School on 16800 Shoemaker Avenue. Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong  and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movements’ finest hours – the Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFWU).

A question and answer session with the audience followed immediately after the film screening.