By Omar Pérez

City leaders gathered at the future Delano Manongs Park in East San Jose to honor the community’s Filipino Americans and in solidarity in condemning the recent surge in hate crimes against the AAPI community. 

San Jose District 5 Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco in partnership with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, elected officials and leaders from the Filipino community, held a press conference Tuesday to honor the future park. 

“I am proud to represent a district with a large Filipino American population but it is incumbent upon us to remember them not just in words but in factual, concrete moments like these,” said Carrasco. 

“To name the newest park in the Eastside to Delano Manongs feels like the perfect name and the perfect time to do so.” 

(From left to right) SOMOS MayFair Executive Director Camille Fontanilla-Llanes, Santa Clara County Board of Education trustee Peter Ortiz, Ben Menor,
Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco, Dr. Jennifer Briscoe and Alex Chu with L.E.A.D Filipino, PRNS Director Jon Cicirelli, and Director of Public Works Matt Cano.

The city of San Jose will dedicate and name the new city park to honor the thousands of Filipino farmworkers who organized and participated in the 1965 Delano Grape Strike. 

These Filipino farmworkers worked alongside activists Cesar Chavez to organize the strike from 1965-70 throughout the state’s Central Valley. 

“The recognition of the Filipino farmworkers and especially those who stood for equality, justice, and human rights in Delano of 1965 is overdue,” said Ben Menor with the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. 

The term “manong” means “elder brother” in the Ilocano language and was commonly used as a term between the Filipino farmworkers who led the grape strike more than 55 years ago.

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The Delano Manongs Park located at the corner of Gimelli Way and Beechnut Drive in East San Jose is set to open within the next few months and will be open to everyone.

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