In a concise address, Sheila Burros, recognized former publishers, writers, columnists, supporters and family members, who attended the 46th anniversary celebration of the long-established Filipino American Herald.
“This paper has been a staple in the Filipino community since it first appeared in 1969. The paper has been the longest running local Pinoy publication in the Northwest,” said Sheila Burros.
The party, held at the Filipino Community Center, was attended by close friends, family and invited guests. “We decided to keep it small and intimate,” said Sheila. “We purposely invited a few to party with us.” The evening saw a live performance by April Villanueva Santo Domingo and a fun treat, her son, four year old Austin gamely dancing to his mom’s song. The Red Wine & Rhythm band provided the evening’s dance music with their own rendition of classic R&B as well as some old fashioned rock & roll. Sheila also talked about the progress of the Herald from its humble beginnings to embracing the available technology to make the paper more available to new readers.
“We in the herald want to partner with our advertizers, our community and be the platform of choice for communication with our readers.
“Our editor-in-chief tells us stories of how he got involved by doing layout for the Francisco’s without computers – those of you old enough to remember – it was the old cut & paste on a light board production. “We are now mobile in our production – we use laptops, the web, and soon we also we’ll be launching our web page to broaden our reach to new readers,” said Sheila Burros. Editor-in-chief, Bong Sto. Domingo, provided a brief history of the paper and expressed gratitude to the past editors and publishers, some of whom were present at the event.
“Thank you to all of our supporters who came, most especially Agnes Garcia our emcee, and to Emma Catague our account executive,” said Sheila. “I’m so looking forward to another 46 years!”