SAN FRANCISCO---The San Francisco Giants began a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Before beginning the game against the East Coast team, San Francisco held their second Filipino Heritage Night of the season.
The special event began with a festival in Seals Plaza. Fans gathered in the area to watch various performances as they enjoyed the food and ambiance. On the field prior to the start of the game, LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble performed a Pilipino dance. Dressed in bright traditional costumes, the dance troupe treated the Giants crowd to a taste of Pilipino culture.
Ellona Santiago, former contestant on X-Factor, sang the National Anthem. Hailing from San Lorenzo, Calif., Santiago is a self-professed San Francisco Giants fan. On her twitter page, she tweeted on Thursday, “I get to sing the National Anthem tomorrow for my face #SFGiants Also honoring Filipino Heritage month :) proud to be a bay-arean!”
After singing the anthem, she tweeted, “Just finished singing the national anthem!!! Ahhhhhhhh the feeeeeeels!”
Following the National Anthem, the President of the Pilipino American Arts Exposition and Comissioner of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, Al Perez, threw out the first pitch. According to Perez, the night was “historic” as it was the first time that both the National Anthem and the First Pitch were done by people of Filipino ancestry on Filipino Heritage Night. Perez was “excited” as this was the first time he has been a focal point in any of the events, despite being a part of the organization of numerous Filipino Heritage Nights in the Bay Area sports events.
The celebration was concluded with Perez pitch to Giants pitcher Sergio Romo. Perez stood on the mound and threw a respectable pitch right to home plate into Romo’s waiting glove.
The San Francisco Giants took on the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:15pm.