Friday, July 25, 2008

‘BETERANO’ Exhibit launched at Consulate: Mayor Villaraigosa gives Support

Photos and article by Jay Fermin PinoyWired All Rights Reserved

Los Angeles: The Frontliners Media Group (FMG) in cooperation with the Filipino-American Services Group Inc.(FASGI) launched the ‘BETERANO’ photo exhibit last July 8 at the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. Honorable Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon cut the ribbon to officially launch the multi-city traveling exhibit honoring the Filipino Veterans of World War II. Consul Aragon stated that “Our work is not done. We need to work some more so that due recognition be given to the Veterans. We are working hard with our friends in Congress.” Susan Dilkes, Executive Director of FASGI, added that “the exhibit is excellent, excellent and a key instrument in making people become involved by calling their U.S.Congressman” to pass SB.1315. She added that all of us have the moral obligation to help our forgotten heroes of World War II. Senate Bill 1315 (Filipino Veterans Equity Bill) is now pending at the U.S. House of Representatives and need 260 votes to pass.

‘BETERANO’ opened at its second venue at the Leonardo Da Vinci Art Gallery in Los Angeles City College (LACC) on Saturday, July 19, 2008 during the ‘Mayor’s Volunteer Day.’ Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave his support by proclaiming that “60 years ago we gave our promise to the Filipino Veterans. They marched in the death march of Bataan; they have fought in the jungle of the Philippines and then we have not kept our promise. Lets stand up for these men.” Close to a hundred veterans, most in their khaki uniform with proud medals hanging, were on hand to see the Mayor as well as view the ‘Beterano’ exhibit, a photography tribute to Filipino Veterans, which is showcased until July 31, 2008. More than 500 community volunteers also attended the event and enjoined in the various food booths and entertainment compliments of the City of Los Angeles.

Join us and experience the continuing plight of our Filipino World War II heroes depicted thru these memorable collection of Black & White images that brings awareness and show the urgency for support of the successful passage of the Filipino Veterans Equity Bill (SB.1315) now in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The traveling exhibit is planned to be visiting the cities of Cerritos, Carson, Walnut and other U.S. cities. The exhibit is open to the public and features a stunning collection of Black & White images of Filipino Veterans who not only fought for the cause of freedom but have been brave on their battle for their Veterans Benefits for more than 60 years.