Mayor Scoda considering Filipino-American Cultural Day

PHOENIXVILLE — With a gathering for a Filipino-American group slated for the last weekend of July, Mayor Leo Scoda took a request to proclaim July 27 Filipino-American Cultural Day in the borough.

Spanning both July 27 and 28, the International Mataw-Guro Association Gathering is scheduled to take place in the borough and will be hosted by Dale Yeager, the executive director of the Kuntao Club, located in Franklin Commons.

“This is one of the Top 10 Filipino-American events in the United States,” Yeager told council and the mayor at a June 11 meeting. “It’s actually recognized by the state department.”

With the leadership from the Philadelphia and Chester County Filipino American Associations set to attend as well as a former senator from the Filipino government, Yeager said he’d like to have the proclamation to present to them.

Yeager said such a proclamation makes sense because of the relatively-high numbers of Filipino-Americans in Phoenixville.

“We have one of the largest Filipino-American populations in the Delaware Valley,” Yeager said. “We have the largest in Chester County.”

Later in the meeting, Scoda said he would raw up a proclamation.

The same day, in Reeves Park, Feria Latina, a celebration of Latino culture, is scheduled to take place from 12 to 7 p.m.

“It just, again, (is) showing how many different things are going on in the borough of Phoenixville on weekends,” Scoda said.

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