Stock­ton’s Lit­tle Manila Cen­ter de­faced by van­dal

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two -

STOCK­TON — Sev­eral vinyl ban­ners honor­ing Stock­ton’s Filipino-American her­itage were dam­aged after a woman is said to have tried to rip them down from the win­dows of the Lit­tle Manila Cen­ter in down­town.

Stu­dents with the Lit­tle Manila Dance Col­lec­tive ar­rived about 6 p.m. Mon­day to find the im­ages of Filipino icons in the cen­ter’s store­front van­dal­ized. Graf­fiti with racial con­tent was left be­hind.

Five of six do­nated vinyl ban­ners that had been on the win­dows for the past three years were ei­ther ripped off or dam­aged, graf­fiti writ­ten with nail pol­ish was on one win­dow and let­ters were re­moved from a sign. The dis­plays were es­ti­mated to cost about $800, of­fi­cials said. Stock­ton po­lice on Tues­day said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and it’s cur­rently be­ing clas­si­fied as a van­dal­ism case.

Oc­to­ber is Filipino-American His­tory Month.

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