Burgos headlines Dominican Independence Day ceremony, introduces resolution

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 –State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., on Wednesday led a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol to honor the 176th anniversary of the independence of the Dominican Republic.

“I am honored to headline this ceremony which celebrates the rich history and accomplishments of Dominicans to our great state for a second year,” Burgos said. “Events like this showcase past prominent Dominicans up to the present and highlight how we can focus on future endeavors for our community.”

Burgos, the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, was joined by keynote speaker George Fernandez of the Latino Connection and other Latino organizations from around the state, including the Dominican Association of PA Inc., a statewide charitable organization that provides support to Dominicans. Luz Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, also attended. Spanglish, a Dominican dance group, performed a traditional Dominican dance ensemble.

Solidifying visibility and recognition of the contributions of the Dominican community to Pennsylvania, the freshman legislator recently introduced a House resolution that would recognize Feb. 27 as “Dominican Independence Day” in Pennsylvania.