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Highway named after Fil Am trailblazer Alice Pena Bulos

A portion of State Route 35 in Daly City, California will be named after Alice Peña Bulos, who is dubbed the “Godmother of Filipino American politics” and is revered for her service in the County of San Mateo.

Since last year, residents of San Mateo have been demanding a highway running through their county be named the Alice Peña Bulos Memorial Highway to commemorate Bulos’ service.

That is why on February 11, 2020 San Francisco Assembly member Phil Ting wrote a resolution titled ACR 165. The resolution read, “We see the influence of Alice Peña Bulos throughout our communities, as well as in elected local and state government leadership. That’s why she’s considered the Godmother of Filipino American politics and empowerment. It’s my honor to carry the legislation that celebrates her legacy.” 

Ting continued to stress, “Her career in community organizing epitomizes leadership not just in the Filipino community, but also throughout the state of California. I am proud to represent the district where Bulos’ activism was rooted and her legacy lives on.”

After years of consideration, a California lawmaker finally announced on Friday that the state approved Ting’s resolution.

More known to the public as Tita Alice, Bulos advanced programs benefiting youth and older adults while inspiring many Filipino Americans in her community for four decades.

The USA Inquirer reported President Bill Clinton appointed Bulos to the National Council on Aging in the 1990s, making her the first Filipino American selected by a sitting president to serve on a federal post.

The Filipino American Democratic Club of San Mateo County told Fox 2 that “Tita Alice was committed to opening doors for young Filipino Americans who wanted to enter public service and politics, but did not see themselves represented in those places of power.”

“Tita Alice has left an everlasting mark in commuters all over California and especially here in the Bay Area where she called home. While she is no longer with us, her memory lives on in her family and the numerous friends, supporters, and pupils she inspired over her decades of service.” 

Bulos, a long-time San Mateo resident, passed away at the age of 86 due to heart failure on October 21, 2016, according to Asian Journal.

Fox 2 reported signs exhibiting the highway’s new name will be installed by next year. The only step remaining is for supporters to raise money for the cost of signage.

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  1. If this is the same Alice Bulos who taught Sociology in the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines then she was my teacher/professor. Mrs. Bulos was very nice, intelligent, compassionate woman. I’m glad she’s been recognized and honored for her good work and I believed she also worked in Manpower in Sacramento.


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