Honolulu, Hawaii—Candonians has historical mark in Hawaii being the origin of the first sakada (Filipino plantation laborers). Such mark is the main point of Candon City headed by City Mayor Ericson Singson to enter into sisterhood ties with Honolulu, Hawaii. City Mayor Ericson Singson and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell realized the dream when they signed a Sister-City Agreement in a ceremony on May 7 at Mission Memorial Auditorium. “A journey that began when the first 15 sakada boarded the S.S. Doric and left Candon for Hawaii back in 1906 came full circle today,” said Mayor Caldwell in his press release. “With the formal recognition of the deep ties between Honolulu and Candon City, our two cities now begin a new chapter in a partnership that dates back over a century,” he said. City Mayor Singson for his part appreciated Mayor Caldwell and the Honolulu Council for approving the sisterhood agreement. “As our sisterhood ties finally attain rest assured that we your brothers and sisters from Candon city vow to do our part to realize the goals of this sisterhood ties,” City Mayor Singson said. City Mayor Singson also thanked the support extended by the different organizations of Candonians based in Hawaii like the Candonians of Hawaii currently headed by Helen Grace Villanueva Go and the support of Candonians back home particularly the support of the city council led by City Vice Mayor Alfonso Singson. He also pointed the full support of Congressman Eric Singson. He said that Candon City is given a rare opportunity to have ties with a first class city in a first world country with historical bond. City Mayor Singson was accompanied by fellow city officials like City Councilors George Valdez, Aristeo Valdez, Rhodana Abrero, Florendo Mangasar, Angel Balagot, Charina Bona, Aileen Acal and former Congresswoman Grace Singson. Others who also joined City Mayor were his wife, Attorney Claire, CPDC Engr Naulie Cabanting and City Engr. Steve Martinez. The first sakada (Filipino plantation laborers) came from Candon and arrived in Hawaii on December 20, 1906 to work in the sugarcane plantations, beginning the first wave of Filipino immigration to the islands. During Mayor Caldwell trade mission to the Philippines with the Hawaii Filipino Chamber of Commerce in February, 2014, he visited Candon City where he discussed the Sister City Agreement with Mayor Singson. Candon City is Honolulu’s 32nd established sister-city. The signing ceremony was well-attended, including the Honolulu City Council, Caldwell Administration cabinet, Congressman Mark Takai and representatives of the Hawaii Congressional Delegation, members of the State Legislature, and officials from the Philippines Consulate. They were joined by members of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Filipino Business Women’s Association, Candonians of Hawaii, United Filipino Council of Hawaii, Ilocos Surian Association of Hawaii, Filipino Nurses Organization of Hawaii, Hawaii Filipino Women’s Club, Filipino Women’s Civic Club, Gumil Hawaii, and other Hawaii Filipino organizations.
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