WAPATO, Wash. — More than 60 years ago, Filipino pioneers built the Filipino Community Hall at the corner of West Second Street and Satus Avenue to preserve culture and the community.
On Saturday, that effort will be commemorated with a traditional dinner during Barrio Fiesta, the Filipino-American Community of the Yakima Valley’s 64th anniversary of the hall.
The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the hall at 211 W. Second St. The dinner will feature roasted pig, spiced adobo chicken, lumpia, garlic bokchoy and steamed rice. Desserts include pudding, fresh fruit, rice cakes and sweet rice.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from a member of the Filipino-American community or at the hall on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
State Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, will be the guest speaker. He will discuss the contributions the Filipino-American Community has made in the Yakima Valley and shed some light on the current Legislative session, said Filipino-American Community President Rey Pascua.
Over the years, Honeyford has supported several state resolutions in the past designating October as Filipino-American History Month, and eight years ago helped secure state funding to make improvements to the hall.
“He’s been very cooperative and supportive,” Pascua said.