The City of Carson, California (not to be confused with Carson City, Nevada) is a sunny city of unique attractions just 13 miles south of Los Angeles.
For sports and music lovers, one can find the Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) which is home to LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer (former team of soccer superstar David Beckham) and Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL. It is where fútbol and football co-exist. It has also hosted world boxing championship fights and huge names in music for concerts.
For history lovers, there is the International Printing Museum which houses one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of antique printing machinery which the staff interpret for today’s audiences through working demonstrations and theater presentations.
Then for autophiles, a big treat: located in the City of Carson is the Porsche Experience Center-Los Angeles – home to Porsche Motorsports North America. Here, one experiences the Porsche Passion through driving events unlike any other. From the track to fine dining, the visitors’ time here is sure to be as memorable as the dynamite vehicles themselves.
Another distinct feature of the City of Carson is its diversity. The city’s population is almost 93,000 in 2017 based on U.S. Census. More or less each making up a quarter of the population are Whites, Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Americans. Over 20 percent of the Asian Americans in the city are Filipinos. This is why Filipino presence and representation here are among the strongest and most vibrant in the U.S. In fact, it is the only city that has a paid holiday on behalf of Larry Itliong Day, celebrated in honor of the late Filipino American labor organizer that is known as one of the fathers of West Coast labor movement.
The City of Carson also takes pride in its annual Philippine Independence Day celebration through its partnership with the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc. (PIDF). It is one of the biggest yearly Filipino events in the U.S.
Come this Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Veterans Park on 22400 Moneta Avenue, Carson, a packed all-day program that starts at 7:30am and culminates at the ABS-CBN TFC Hour with Tarsier and myxTV at 4:30pm, is guaranteed to thrill, delight, excite, entertain and make Filipinos in the U.S. proud of their heritage and talent.
ABS-CBN TFC, which started its partnership with PIDF and the City of Carson last year, is bringing an explosive talent line-up with The Filharmonic and Inigo. Joining them are the lovely candidates of the Miss Filipina International 2019 whose Coronation Night will happen on July 27 at the Redondo Beach Performing Center with Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez as hosts. This pageant special will air on TFC.
Inigo has been making a big mark on the music scene on these days leading to official summer in the U.S. He was just recently a featured artist on the Viacom Showcase in New York. Inigo has also visited the top radio stations and media companies in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles to showcase his new music with his single, Options produced by Harv, Justin Bieber’s music director releasing June 28.
The 21-year-old Pascual is a Filipino American singer, songwriter, actor, and musician. In 2016, his song “Dahil Sa ‘Yo” (Because of You) blew up the music charts and broke Filipino records on YouTube with its lyric video hitting the 90-million mark. It became a chart topper for over three months. Inigo took home numerous awards in 2017 such as Billboard Philippines’ First Chart Topper Artist, Alta Media Icon Awards’ Song of the Year, and the 30th Awit Awards’ Song of the Year. With the success of this track, Inigo won MOR Music Awards’ Best New Artist of the Year. MOR is the number one radio station in the Philippines.
The Filharmonic is a Los Angeles-based a cappella group of Filipino American youngsters who were featured in NBC’S hit musical competition, The Sing-Off, has much to sing about. The 5-piece vocal group made the semifinals, joined The Sing-Off national tour, and were featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, Pitch Perfect 2, then became a viral sensation after their Late Late Show with James Corden appearances. In 2016, The Filharmonic brought their unique blend of hip-hop, pop and 90’S nostalgia to more than 150 stages nationwide and was named the #1 college booked entertainment group of the year. They consist of vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz, and Beat Boxer Niko Del Rey.
“The City of Carson, in collaboration with ABS-CBN-TFC and the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, is proud to hold the 121st Philippine Independence Day Celebration, on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Veterans Park in the City of Carson, California. This is by far the most-attended Filipino celebration in Southern California which draws around 20,000 attendees each year. We invite everyone to join us and see for themselves why this has become a Filipino summer destination event,” said PIDF Chairman Jesus “Alex” Cainglet.