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Pops Fernandez Headlines the Biggest Philippine Independence Day Celebration in Los Angeles

Veterans Park
22400 Moneta Avenue
Carson, CA 90745

Saturday, June 10, 2023

7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

An all-day festival in Carson featuring non-stop cultural and patriotic performances and various entertainments for the entire family will mark the 125th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 10th, from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Veterans Park, located at 22400 Moneta Avenue in Carson. The celebration is open to the public and admission is free.

Non-stop entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. featuring the best Filipino American entertainers in Southern California. Food and display booths are also lined up for the day’s activities. Flag raising ceremony will kick off the day’s ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. and a parade of various regional organizations from the Philippines and America at 10 a.m.

Topping the list of this year’s guests is entertainer, TV host and actress, Pops Fernandez. Dubbed as the Philippines’ Concert Queen for the last four decades, Pops has performed internationally and locally in sold out shows, arenas and previously with ensembles before transitioning from music acting on big screen to hosing successful TV shows such Penthouse Live! and ASAP. She also had a record-breaking ticket sale for her concert called Shindig which also achieved praise through album sales and international tours from 1999-2002 and two Box Office films through Viva Entertainment.

In the City of Carson, which is home to the largest concentration of Filipinos outside of the Philippines, the celebration of Philippine Independence Day is a yearly festival that draws thousands of Filipinos and non-Filipinos of all ages from all over Southern California. It is a commemoration of the birth of the Philippine republic after over 300 years of Spanish rule. This is the premiere Filipino event in the United States.

“Philippine Independence Day has been celebrated in the City of Carson since 1986, making it the largest and longest running Filipino event in a city that has about 20% of our roughly 100k population being of Filipino descent. I am proud to continue to be a part of this successful event working with Councilmembers Jim Dear and Arleen Rojas on its ongoing success,” said the President of Filipino Community of Carson, Elito M. Santarina.

On behalf of the citizens of the great City of Carson, we extend our sincerest appreciation to the Filipino Community of Carson for their exceptional dedication in ensuring a successful event each year to celebrate this important historical occasion. It is truly a delight to see the diversity of Carson celebrated through cultural events such as this. Thank you for giving the community the opportunity to see and experience the richness of Philippine history and culture, and for making a wonderful contribution to the ethnic diversity that makes Carson great, that is the consensus of the people of Carson.

The celebration is a joint undertaking of the City of Carson and the Filipino Community of Carson. For more information about the event, please contact city staff at Veterans Park at (310) 830-9991 or (424) 202-1463.

City Hall Contact

701 E Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 830-7600, 7 AM - 6 PM
Monday - Thursday
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