What was intended to be an intimate gathering to welcome LA’s top public official from the Philippines turned out to be not so with Pinoys from various parts of Southern California coming in force for the event.
Newly installed Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz, turned out to be a “crowd drawer” with some attendees coming from as far as San Diego to meet him at the Original Lapid Filipino Cuisine in Bellflower known for its delicious Filipino food fares.
Two city mayors were also at the event to “meet and greet” him – Cerritos Mayor Pro Tempore Mark E. Pulido and former Carson City Mayor Jim Dear.
It was not actually the first time that the members of the Filipino community had the honor of meeting the Consul General Cruz as many in the crowd already met him at the Consulate-sponsored introduction event held at the Consulate very recently.
Only this time, the meet and greet event attended by members of the business, professional and political sectors within the jurisdiction of the Consular Office had a less formal atmosphere and was an occasion for the Consul General to enjoy Filipino cuisine and the warm welcome of an expanded crowd.
The trio of Elena Salonga Lapid, Mutch Carino and Andy Edralin, Jr. of Fil Am Press Club of California responsible for putting up the event in place which showed how hospitable and accepting the Filipinos are in this part of California.
Consul General Cruz is the “face” of President Rody Duterte’s much vaunted image of change outside of the Philippines. Already those familiar with the Consular Office are beginning to notice the changes that had taken place courtesy of the existing personnel in the interim period before Consul General Cruz formally assumed his post from his assignment in Tripoli. And more changes are forthcoming according to the Consul General.
In his brief remarks Congen Cruz reiterated his commitment to improve consular services and optimize his effort at touching base with the Filipino community is his jurisdiction which includes Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.