San Diego State’s Andres Bonifacio Samahan, a Filipino-American cultural organization, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday.
The organization booked the Naval Training Center Promenade at Liberty Station to host the approximately 300 students and alumni expected to attend. There will be dinner, a silent auction fundraiser and cultural dances performed by students. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Olaes will be the keynote speaker of the night. Congressman Bob Filner may even show up.
The AB Samahan Filipino American Alumni Association, which recently gained official recognition from the SDSU Alumni Association, will be launched at the celebration. Students will be given the opportunity to to mingle with alumni and network for career opportunities.
The event is sponsored by various local businesses and alumni. The night aims to not only provide networking opportunities, but to raise funds for scholarships and other educational ventures.
Bryan Spencer of the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs said planning for the event began a year and a half ago.
“It’s a night for entertainment and reflection of the last 40 years,” he said.