Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and his council colleagues paid tribute to the Filipino-American community this morning during three separate events at City Hall.
The event marked the start of Filipino-American Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles. The annual event pays tribute to the cultures and diversity in the City of Angels.
Councilmember Felipe Fuentes joined O'Farrell to kick off the morning festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony for an art display on the Henry P. Rio Bridge between City Hall and City Hall East. The display features the work of Filipino artists from the community and is open to the public.
"Through your talent, you are not only helping preserve and promote Filipino culture in the City, you are also inspiring the next generation of Filipino-Americans," said O'Farrell who represents one of the largest Filipino communities in the City. "I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees for helping to organize today's festivities and for helping the artists share their talent with us.
The ribbon cutting was followed by the traditional council presentation in the John Ferraro Council Chamber, which featured a guest appearance by Helen Barber De La Vega, the Philippine consul general.
The art exhibit is located at 200 N Spring St in downtown Los Angeles. The public is encouraged to come check out the work, which will be on display through October.