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Bay Area park named after Fil-Am organization

A park in Alameda, California, named after a Filipino American organization is officially open.

Bohol Circle Immigrant Park is the first park in the United States to be named after a Filipino American organization, according to ABS CBN News. The city considered over 700 names for the waterfront park before choosing Boho Circle, one of the oldest Filipino-American social societies in the nation.

“The name that the Recreation Parks Commission selected and the city council unanimously approved was Bohol Circle Immigrant Park,” Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, told ABS CBN News.

According to Alameda Post, the organization was founded in 1936 by Filipino immigrants who were from the “Boho” province in the Philippines. On January 22, the city held a ceremony to celebrate the park before it opened. A few descendants of the founding members attended.

Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee said the park celebrates the amazing contributions of Boho Circle.

“Let’s take this opportunity to really celebrate the rich history and culture and traditions of the Filipino community, everything our Filipino community has brought to this country especially in the East Bay and the vibrant city of Alameda,” Lee told ABS CBN News. “Let’s take up this moment to recommit ourselves to fighting for an even more inclusive society like here in Alameda but we need this throughout the entire country and standing in unwavering solidarity with the Filipino community.”

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