Fil-Am Mayor Bob Sampayan of Vallejo Proclaims Carlos Bulosan Day

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CLAIRE MORALES TRUE
 
VALLEJO, California – Carlos Bulosan, famous writer, poet, essayist, labor union leader and activist will be honored and recognized during the City of Vallejo’s declaration of November 24, 2018 (his birth anniversary) as Carlos Bulosan Day thru a City Proclamation by Mayor Bob Sampayan on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 pm at the John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo Room, lower level, adjacent to the City Hall, 555 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, California 94590.

 

Mayor Bob Sampayan personally invited Hon. Consul General Henry Bensurto, Jr. in San Francisco to attend the Proclamation presentation and program. Also invited to share brief talk on Carlos Bulosan is Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Director of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies (BCFS) initiative at the University of Davis in Davis, California.

The Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies (BCFS) initiative (the first of its kind in the University of California and nationally) successfully conducted the first Filipino Policy Symposium last September 9, 2018 at the UC Davis in Davis, California.

The Proclamation will honor and recognize Bulosan’s contribution to the struggle for recognition of Filipinos, particularly the farm workers, cannery workers and laborers and their labor union in America, which according to then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, in speeches before the Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the United States, helped made what the Filipinos are today.

Expected to attend the Carlos Bulosan Day Proclamation are BANC (Binalonan Association of Northern California ) President Romualdo Cerezo, Binalonan, Pangasinan townmates now residing in California, local officials and community leaders, relatives now residing in San Francisco Bay area like Elena Sampayan Gabot Madlaing from Santa Clara, California, the oldest living cousin of Bulosan who will be celebrating her 100th birthday in their hometown in Binalonan on January 21, 2019.

In his hometown in Binalonan,  Bulosan had been honored and recognized by celebrating every September 11 (his death anniversary) as Carlos Bulosan Day in the town. Through the initiative and leadership of Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico III , a Carlos Bulosan Museum was established inside the University of Eastern Pangasinan in the town along the national highway going to Baguio City. A subject called the Life and Works of Carlos Bulosan is also being taught in the university.

In 2013, then US President Barack Obama had a fitting tribute to Carlos Bulosan during his term when the Carlos Bulosan poem “I Want the Wide American Earth” was chosen as the theme and poem for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month which he covered with Presidential Proclamation. Obama became the second US President to honor Bulosan.

Bulosan is being honored for his outstanding achievements as an essayist (“Freedom from Want” as commissioned for by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt); novelist (“America is in the Heart” and others); short story writer ( “The Laughter of My Father”and others); poet (“I Want the Wide American Earth” and others); editorial writer, journalist and labor movement propagandist.

The members of the Carlos Bulosan Day Committee cordially invite the Binalonan townmates and relatives now residing in California and “kababayans” to join the presentation of special Proclamation of Carlos Bulosan Day on  November 13, during the regularly scheduled Vallejo City Council Meeting.

For more information and reservation, please contact Angelic Bennett, Executive Assistant to the Mayor at (707) 649-3479 or email:email: angelic.bennett@cityofvallejo.net. You can also contact BANC President Romualdo Cerezo at (415) 235-4899 or Art Gabot Madlaing at (650) 438-3531 or email agmadlaing@hotmail.com.