U.S. Congressman Scott Perry and State Representative Seth Grove are guests of honor and keynote speakers at the 2nd Annual Philippine American Heritage Council Picnic this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at Springettsbury Park in York County, Pennsylvania from 12 noon to 5 PM organized by Americans who call the Philippines their country of origin.
Additional speakers of the Philippine American group include Pamela Gay, a candidate for Coronor of York County, and Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors candidate Mark Swomley. The group started at a Church in York County but now has members from other areas of Pennsylvania at the picnic and also have founding members as far away as Las Vegas, and Palawan, Philippines.
There will be a “Cultural Display Booth” at the picnic featuring Philippine heritage and culture, presented by a group which takes pride in reminding both their fellow “new Americans by Choice” and their fellow “accidentally born Americans” that the United States of America has a national motto, “e pluribus unum” – out of the many, one. The group’s logo includes both the United States and Philippines flag to emphasize its purpose, to foster friendship between the two countries while celebrating what is great about the heritage, history, culture and beliefs of both America and the Philippines.
The speakers at the picnic have been asked to comment on “American Exceptionalism.”
Sponsors of the 2nd annual Heritage Picnic include: McMillan Insurance Agency (Lester McMillan), LLC, REDmarke Solutions, Larry & Linda Lint, Jeff & Pamela Gay, Jon & Elomar Siennick, Mark & Maria Swomley, TASA (Kenneth and Sonia Diaz & partner who operate a food booth at the Central Market, York PA), and Scott and Josefina Montgomery who will be recognized with a “Certificate of Appreciation” at the Picnic.
In addition, Certificates will also be awarded for special volunteer service promoting Philippine and American heritage and culture, to Simeon and Priscilla Santos, Teresita Coronel (co founder of the Philippine American Heritage Council), Milagros Thomas, and Alice Quinto.
Those attending have been asked to bring their own dish to share and also make a voluntary $2 donation to help defray picnic expenses such as the Pavilion Rental and setup, picnic promotion, etc. Those attending are also asked to bring their own chairs and if possible table, since the Pavilion seating capacity is already exceeded by the number of people (over 50) who have confirmed their attendance (no liquor or beer is allowed at the Park).
A flyer with details (and which can be printed out on 8 ½ by 11 is available HERE (or here: http://philippineamericanheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/130804heritagepicnicNew.pdf
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP via email to: Chairman@PhilippineAmericanHeritage.org. The Philippine American Heritage Council has been associated with New Americans by Choice starting this year. New members are welcome to the Council, which has no dues and is an informal association associated with an organization recognized by the IRS as a 501/c/4. Their own members and event sponsors pay all expenses associated with promotion and organizing of functions such as this Sunday’s picnic.