In collaboration with The Palengke National, this year’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Event took place on December 10th in conjunction with the first-ever Holiday Palengke at FCS in the effort to invite more people to kick-off and celebrate the holidays at the Filipino Community of Seattle. This event brought together over 20 food and retail vendors from throughout the Puget Sound area and served a multigenerational audience of 300 and more. Vendors included Jennifer Johnson of BLACK PINAY (co-founder of The Palengke National), Gracie Santos of Grayseas Pies (co-founder of The Palengke National), Licia's Lumpia, Ma Arté Co., Sari Sari Store Puyallup, Bora by Irene Lim, and many more small business owners.
The Holiday Palengke opened at 5pm. The Salvation Army NW Division Brass Band volunteered to provide live music and led attendees to the Kern-Veloria Plaza for the tree lighting ceremony at 6pm. Children, adults, and seniors helped decorate our 20-foot Christmas tree as we sang Christmas carols. FCS plans to make these concurrent events happen annually to uplift and empower small business owners, and to energize the residents and visitors of the Beacon Hill community and its surroundings.