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Historic Filipinotown Tour Launches Tomorrow

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By Eddie North-Hager/Special to LAist

Don’t be ashamed if when you hear the term Hi Fi you still think of a 1980s stereo playing R.E.O. Speedwagon. But it’s a new millennium and going forward Hi Fi is now short for Historic Filipinotown.

In August of 2002, Los Angeles designated the neighborhood south of the 101 Freeway and north of Beverly Boulevard, between Glendale Boulevard and Virgil Avenue, as Historic Filipinotown. It’s Echo Park adjacent.

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But what makes Historic Filipinotown Filipino? Four groups - Pilipino Workers’ Center, Public Matters, UCLA’s Center for Remap and HyperCities, have partnered on PDUB Productions to tell the story.

They have created a time-travel like experience that mixes historical maps, personal narratives, GPS and mobile technology to create walking tours. And the youth, many of them first-generation Filipinos, have produced touching movies on what it means to live in the area, what they appreciate about Los Angeles and what they miss about their homeland.