REDWOOD CITY, California - Filipinos in the Bay Area were able to take extra pride in their baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, as they took part in Filipino Heritage Night at AT&T Ball Park.
The bi-annual event, organized by the Giants, in partnership with the Filipina Women’s Network, Filipino American Arts Exposition, Manilatown Heritage Foundation and 600 Hands, is a way of sharing the Filipino culture to the diverse Giants fan base.
However, the event was even more special after the San Francisco Giants organization presented $120,000 to the Philippine Consulate to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon came to accept the check at the center before the start of the game.
"We are thankful to the San Francisco Giants for organizing this Filipino Heritage Night. They honor the Filipino American community in the Bay Area which we around 600,000 Filipinos in the Bay Area. So this is a good manifestation of giving importance to the Filipino American community," Ascalon said.
Ascalon said he is grateful for the continued support for the Philippines six months after the country’s deadliest typhoon on record, which killed more than 6,200 people.
"But as massive as it was, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and assistance of the international community. So we are really thankful for the San Francisco Giants for donating a substantial amount that will truly help rebuild lives in the effective areas," Ascalon said.
Two-time Cy Young awardee Tim Lincecum, whose mother is Filipina, took the mound as the starting pitcher for the Giants. It was Lincecum’s first start during a Filipino heritage night and he did not disappoint.
In his best start of the year, Lincecum struck out 11 batters before being taken out to a roaring ovation in the eighth inning.
In the end, the Giants beat the Braves 4 – 2.
Filipinos and fans not only got a chance to watch an exciting baseball game against the Atlanta Braves but also got to celebrate Pinoy pride and culture with the rest of the community.
Along with a special check going toward Typhoon Yolanda relief, those who purchased the Filipino Heritage Night tickets also got a special themed Lou Seal bobble head. The Lou Seal bobble head is wearing a Barong Tagalog and dancing the tinikling.