Atlanta, June 12, 2019 — Members of the Filipino community celebrated the Philippines Independence Day “Kalayaan” at a banquet hall in northeast Atlanta. The event was organized by Makabayan and Office of the Consul General of the Philippines.

Over 400 guest including Honorary Consul General of Philippines Ray Donato, Consul General Kim Young-Jun of South Korea, Consul General Takashi Shinozuka of Japan, and several leading Atlanta's business and community leaders attended the colorful dinner gala.

The theme for this year's event is “Halo-Halo:  A Celebration of the History & Culinary Journey of the Filipino” — to celebrate the rich traditional cuisines and culture of the island republic.

Guest were treated to a keynote presentation by Amy Besa, author of “Memories of Philippine Kitchens – Stories and Recipes from Far and Near” and Owner of Purple Yam Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

A silent auction of Philippine indigenous (Lumad) dolls and traditional food display of Philippine dishes  were held as part of the celebration.