Proposed Fil-Am Friendship Monument gets unanimous approval from Glendale City Council

Illustration shows the proposed Fil-Am Friendship Monument that will be installed in Glendale, California. Courtesy of the Filipino American Business Association of Glendale

THE proposed Filipino American Friendship Monument for the city of Glendale, California has advanced to the next phase.

This comes after the Glendale City Council on Tuesday, March 8 unanimously approved the construction and installation of the monument.

The monument is slated to be located at 201 E. Colorado Street, Glendale, California, near the Central Library by the entrance of the Adult Recreation Center.

The project is being spearheaded by the Filipino American Business Association of Glendale (FABAG-GLAC), a non-profit organization of business and community leaders in the city.

According to the organization, the Friendship Monument  “will be a part of Filipino American heritage and history, not only in Glendale and LA County, but in California.”

The monument will have several symbols, including a tribute to the late Ruby De Vera, a community leader who was one of the founders and past presidents of FABAG-GLAC.

It will also commemorate the organization’s community service and inter-cultural relations among businesses and ethnic groups over the past 30 years, as well as gratitude and friendship to the city residents “for many years of unwavering help and support and for warmly welcoming Fil-Ams and to this day, fully embracing [their] heritage and culture. And to the adjacent communities for helping FABAG-GLAC maintain its highest levels of service, trust and integrity,” the organization said.

Details of the monument’s formal unveiling have not been disclosed, as of this writing.

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