In the heart of New York City’s “World’s Borough,” a portal to the Philippines awaits. From the Mabuhay Mural to the many kabayan-owned businesses along 69th/70th Street and Roosevelt Ave, Filipino Americans have long considered Woodside, Queens their home. And this past month, many from nearby and afar came together to celebrate on Philippines Independence Day the co-naming of Roosevelt Avenue as “Little Manila Avenue.” At the heart of this ceremony – the stories of countless Filipino Americans, including Xenia and Elizabeth Diente. AAJA Voices Fellow Michael Tamsuriyamit reports from Little Manila on the significance of this ceremony and what it means to the Filipino American diaspora.

Michael Tamsuriyamit is a New York-based multimedia journalist and fourth-year university student attending the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. He is also a segment producer for CUNY TV’s “Asian American Life,” an Emmy award-winning news magazine show highlighting Asian American communities and stories nationwide.

You can connect with Michael on Instagram.

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