By Ed Diokno
What? You didn’t get invited to the White House celebration of Filipino American History Month?
You’re not alone. Apparently, my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail so I missed the five-hour event.
However, through the courtesy of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and Youtube, you get to watch the whole thing below:
The emcee is Billy Dec, a Filipino American restaurant owner and entertainer based in Chicago, and member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.
The event features Filipino American artists as well as discussions with prominent celebrities and Administration leaders on issues such as education, veterans, health, and immigration. If you want to see and hear Apl.de.ap’s performance, click here.
Five hours! That’s a long time to sit through speeches, panels and some cultural presentations. There had to be some food in the back, right? Did they let the guests have baon (take-home food)? Did they break out the Karaoke at the end?