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June declared Filipino-Americans month
by Julie Herrmann
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Mary Guilas-Hawver, president of the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak, thanks the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly for declaring June Filipino-American Heritage Month on Thursday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Mary Guilas-Hawver, president of the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak, thanks the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly for declaring June Filipino-American Heritage Month on Thursday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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Citing their “vital contributions to the economic, social, political, and cultural quality of life in the community,” Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerrol Friend declared June to be Filipino-American Heritage Month in Kodiak.

At the borough’s regular meeting on Thursday, the proclamation read by Friend added that Kodiak was “made up of a wonderful mosaic of culturally diverse people.”

Filipino-American Association of Kodiak president Mary Guilas-Hawver accepted the proclamation.

“I’d like to thank you and accept this proclamation declaring June 2014 as the Fil-Am heritage month in Kodiak,” Guilas-Hawver said. “As always, thank you Kodiak for your continued support and partnership.”

The proclamation acknowledged that June 12 is the anniversary of the independence of the Philippines, which contributed to June being declared the heritage month.

“This momentous occasion provides an opportunity for all Filipino-Americans to share their cultural heritage with people of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities,” it said.

It also stated, “this momentous occasion is essential so that Filipino-Americans can continue to reflect the shared values and manifest our joys in harvesting the fruits of such values.”

Assembly members expressed their support for the proclamation.

Frank Peterson Jr. thanked Guilas-Hawver and the rest of the Filipino-Americans in Kodiak.

“I’ve got a lot of wonderful friends, brothers I served with in Iraq — shout out to them,” Peterson said. “They’re a wonderful part of our community.”

Carol Austerman echoed his words saying, “I really think that it’s a significant portion of our community and I’m glad that we can recognize the work that they do for our community.”

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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