Assemblymember Steven Raga Celebrates Historic 125th Philippine Independence Day in New York State Capitol

Assemblymember Steven Raga, an esteemed leader and the first Filipino American elected official in New York State, continues to make waves with his remarkable achievements. After sharing his achievements during his first 100 days in office with significant legislative achievements that address the community’s diverse needs and enhance the well-being of all New Yorkers, he is once again making yet another historic moment in New York.

Assemblymember Steven Raga

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Recently, he spearheaded the historic inaugural 125th Philippine Independence Day Celebration at the prestigious New York State Capitol in Albany. This momentous event showcased the vibrant Filipino American community and its significant contributions to the cultural tapestry of the state. Hundreds of Filipinos from across the state gathered, transforming the Legislative Office Building into a dynamic and vibrant Filipino festival. The event marked a significant milestone as the first-ever Philippine Independence Day celebration at the New York State Capitol in Albany.

Raga emphasized the importance of this landmark celebration, highlighting the growing presence and impact of the Filipino American community in New York State. It was a proud moment, not only for Filipinos but also for Filipino Americans, as they celebrated their heritage and ongoing contributions to the state’s cultural fabric.

Assemblymember Grace Lee, Co-Chair of the New York State Asian Pacific American Task Force, expressed her support and commitment to the Filipino American community, recognizing the vibrant Filipino community that has called New York home for over a century. Under the leadership of Assemblymember Raga, the community now has strong representation at the state level, and she looks forward to working together to uplift the needs of Filipino Americans.

Philippine Consul General Senen Mangalile acknowledged the significance of the event, honoring both the historical Filipino heroes who fought for liberty and the current generation of Filipino professionals who contribute positively to the fabric of New York society.

Renowned dancers, foreign dignitaries, and state-elected officials graced the occasion, adding to the grandeur of the celebration. The collaborative effort of the Philippine Consulate General of New York and various Filipino American groups from across the state played a pivotal role in the success of the event, embodying the spirit of unity and cooperation.

Bacolod City MassKara Dancers

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The celebratory program featured captivating performances that showcased the rich tapestry of Filipino culture, including mesmerizing dance routines, heartfelt renditions of national anthems, and spirited showcases of Filipino traditions. Notably, the exceptional talents from both Upstate and Downstate New York, as well as the renowned MassKara dancers from Bacolod City, Philippines, left a lasting impression with their outstanding performances.

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Assemblymember Raga’s visionary leadership in organizing this monumental event has ushered in a new era of recognition and appreciation for Filipino culture and heritage in New York State. This celebration represents more than just a commemoration; it serves as a commitment to continue contributing to the diverse cultural heritage of the state and nation.

Representing the 30th District in the New York State Assembly, Raga stands dedicated to championing legislation that supports the well-being, growth, and prosperity of his constituents and all New Yorkers. As the first Filipino American elected to any public office in New York State, his achievements continue to inspire and pave the way for future generations.

For more information on Assemblymember Steven Raga, please visit his official website or contact his offices.