LaSallet 8/16/18

The chapel, in the background, and the Welcome Center at LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro.

ATTLEBORO — A Filipino–American group is sponsoring a celebration of Philippine Independence Day with a parade and festival at LaSalette Shrine on Saturday.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to all. Admission is free.

It will be hosted by NBC10 Boston news anchor Joy Lim Nakrin who has Filipino heritage.

There will be vendors, cultural performances, Filipino music and food.

The parade opens the event at 10 a.m.

Money paid by vendors and donations received during the event will be used to help victims of a devastating earthquake in the Philippines that occurred in April.

Helping the home country through disasters such as earthquakes is one of the purposes of the Filipino-American group whose official name is Philippine American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations, Inc.

There are approximately 20,000 Filipino-Americans in New England, with many living in the Boston area.

The Republic of the Philippines declared its independence from Spain 121 years ago and its Independence Day is celebrated every year on June 12.

The raising of the Filipino flag was scheduled for Wednesday at Boston City Hall and a gala event is scheduled for Lombardo’s in Randolph on June 29 in the extended celebration.

According to its website the purposes of PAMANA, Inc. are “to foster and strengthen cooperation among Filipino American organizations in the New England region of the United States, promoting mutual understanding, humility and equality (and) to encourage active participation of all Filipino American organizations in the New England region in the commemoration of the Philippine Independence Day.”

For more information, visit www.pamanainc.org.

George W. Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.+

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