THE Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco participated in a reception hosted by the City Council of Mill Creek, Washington at its city hall in honor of visiting Consulate personnel and members of the Filipino community last October. The reception was held in view of the Consulate’s consular outreach mission in Mill Creek, Washington from October 7-11, held at the Mill Creek City Hall.
The City of Mill Creek was represented by Mayor Brian Holtzclaw, Councilmember Melissa Duque, Councilmember Sean Paddock, City Manager Martin Yamamoto, Communications & Marketing Coordinator Jody Hawkins, and Communications & Marketing Coordinator Scott Harder.
Washington State Representative April Berg (D) from the state’s 44th legislative district (which covers Mill Creek) attended the event, along with representatives from the offices of the following elected officials: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA 7th District), and Washington State Representative and former Washington House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-WA 43rd District).
From the Filipino community in Washington, representatives from the Fil Am Resources for Educational Advancement for Culture and Technology (Fil Am React), IDIC Filipino Senior & Family Services, the Seattle Mabuhay Lions Club, the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, and the Coalition of Filipino American Organizations of Washington State attended the event.
On behalf of the undersigned, Consul Jed Llona thanked Mayor Holtzclaw, the Mill Creek City Council and the personnel from its city hall for hosting the reception. He also presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the City of Mill Creek for extending its support to the Consulate during the outreach.
In his remarks, Consul Llona highlighted that the Filipino population in Washington is among the fastest growing demographic groups in the region and that the community is well-represented in all facets of civic, political and economic life in the state. He also noted that October is Filipino-American History Month and paid tribute to the contributions of the Filipino-American community throughout the United States.