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The third annual Filipino American Festival at Otay Ranch Town Center brought together the community with live performances, cultural displays and traditional food.

Its organizer, Susan de los Santos, has been nurturing this event in Chula Vista to raise awareness of the heritage and culture of the Filipino community in San Diego.

The event took place at the Food Pavillion inside the shopping center with activities for the entire family as well as cultural performances by Maraya Dance Academy, a live band and a variety show.

The celebration opens precedes the San Diego Filipino Film Festival that began Sunday, Oct. 17 at the AMC 12 theatre at the same location.

October is Filipino American Heritage month, these events are part of a region wide effort to recognize the diversity of the region.

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