PA House celebrates the 179th anniversary of Dominican independence

HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – State Reps. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., and Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz and Manny Guzman, both D-Berks, today showcased their pride for the tri-color flag of the Dominican Republic during a festive event held in the state Capitol Rotunda commemorating the 179th anniversary of Dominican independence.

The lawmakers honored their roots with a two-part celebration that included a news conference and reception, and the participation of House Speaker Mark Rozzi and Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, among other legislators.

“We want to emphasize that regardless of the holiday marked in our calendars, every time we get the chance to speak in the House chamber or take action, we are proudly representing our heritage and working in the best interest of our people,” Burgos said about the event that showcased a vibrant display of allusive ornaments, traditional dishes and souvenirs.

“This joint effort pays tribute to our rich culture and contributions to Pennsylvania, a state that more than 99,000 Dominicans regard as their home. Our input to this country has transcended discrimination and prejudice. We have positioned ourselves across the most important spheres of the nation against all the odds and yet we keep thriving, we keep fighting, which is in our nature,” Guzman said.

Cepeda-Freytiz highlighted the contributions of five small business owners from Berks County who were awarded with citations on behalf of all three representatives.

“It is truly a pleasure to confer these citations. The hard work and dedication of these business owners raise the bar in our community and serve as inspiration to keep dreaming and pursuing the American dream.”

The Dominican consulate in Philadelphia, Alexis Henriquez and members of the Dominican Association of Pennsylvania were also in attendance.

The following small businesses were awarded citations at the event: Star City Boxing, Ady Cakes, JP Tailoring, Marveen Beauty Expression and Origen Latin Fusion.