It was early morning Friday when Carson Mayor Jim Dear walked into one of the houses along Moneta Avenue, not to campaign for votes in one of Los
Angeles' cities where 47 percent of the residents are Filipino-Americans.
The mayor's action was part of his love for his thousands of constituents, especially the Filipino-Americans, who had contributed a great deal in giving him the much-needed edge to win the last elections for the mayoralty posts in Los Angeles county.
With leaflets in hand, the mayor was out early to distribute to his constituents an important announcement. The leaflet reads: "Finally, he is here! Celebrate the unveiling of the "Rizal Monument." After many months of delay, the unveiling of such marker came true.
The Rizal monument may not be as elegant as the one at Luneta Park in Manila, but a simple pedestal where Filipino-Americans can still revere the late national hero's accomplishments during the more than four decades of Spanish occupation in the Philippines.
The monument came true with the support of the City of Carson and the Los Angeles Office of the Philippine Consulate General.
As a means to honor the late hero's great deeds when he was still alive, the Rizal monument will be formally unveiled at the new Carson International Sculpture Garden within the confines of the Carson Civic Center at 6 p.m. on September 29, 2012 (Saturday). The event will be followed by an appreciation gala at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.
This is the first time that a Filipino hero's monument will be built in the United States.