SGI-USA Hosts Southeast Asia Festival in Los Angeles, California
On June 27, 2009, some 500 members and guests gathered at the SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center for an event titled "A Celebration of Friendships, Cultures and Peace Through the Oneness of Mentor and Disciple."
The occasion was the SGI-USA Southeast Asian Language Group's sixth Southeast Asian Youth and Family Festival. Live entertainment at the event included a piano performance and a magic act. Among several other performances was "Silamanee," a Thai dance that tells the story of a princess who is on a search to find a precious gem (analogous to a person seeking happiness, or Buddhahood). In addition to live entertainment, members and guests enjoyed Southeast Asian cuisine.
During the festival, SGI-USA Vice General Director Ted Morino accepted various commendations on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda, including a congratulatory letter from the Philippines Consul General in Los Angeles, Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon.
[Adapted from an article in the July 31, 2009 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of SGI-USA]