Fil-Ams in LA move to honor Itliong

Los Angeles, California – A proposal to honor a true-blooded Pangasinense who migrated to the United States 89 years ago will soon be a reality.

Several Filipino-American civic organizations have endorsed the move to rename a portion of the Temple Street in Historic Filipinotown as Larry D Itliong Avenue.

Spearheaded by the Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles and the Media Business Club of Los Angeles, the project calls for the renaming of a portion of Temple Street from Figueroa Street in downtown LA up to Virgil Avenue. 

The proposed plan has been submitted to the Office of Mayor Eric Garcettti under whose term as a councilman representing the area, the Historic Filipinotown came into fruition. 

The project has been hailed by Pinoys throughout America especially Pangasinenses who described him as a man with a heart for the downtrodden. 

A native of San Nicolas town made popular by the late Press Secretary Greg Cendana, Itliong was born on October 25, 1913. He died February 08,1977 at a young age of 64.

Itliong who came to the US at age 14, beat the odds by working in farms. He rose to national prominence along with three of his colleagues when they fought for equal wages comparable to federal minimum wage. (Leonardo J Galvez, Punch correspondent)

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