School now officially 1st in U.S. to be named after Fil-Am heroes | Global News

School now officially 1st in U.S. to be named after Fil-Am heroes

01:31 AM December 17, 2015


The Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School in Union City, California.

UNION CITY, California — A Union City school finally got its new name and made history.

On Friday, December 11, Alvarado Middle School was officially renamed Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School. The name change makes the school, located on Alvarado Boulevard, the first in the country to be named in honor of Filipino Americans.


Larry Itliong and Philip Vera-Cruz were Filipino-American leaders, who helped organize the United Farm workers union in the 1960s.


A total of 38 percent of students living around the school are Filipino American. The name change came after passionate lobbying and mass actions by students and members of the Filipino community

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