“Achy Breaky Heart” brought the senior citizens to the dance floor.
Every weekday morning, dozens of elderly Filipinos gather in Bay Terraces Community Park to chat, eat and get their exercise by line-dancing under a gazebo. Last Wednesday, the seniors grooved to versions of “Stayin’ Alive,” “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”
“Even if it’s raining, we’re here,” said Fred Calucag.
The Filipino seniors have been coming to the park for more than two decades, and during that time the park has changed. They lobbied the District 4 City Council office for bathrooms, the gazebo and a storage bin. They got all three. A recreation center, however, still hasn’t arrived. They hope the new District 4 council member will be able to deliver it.
But as of last Wednesday only one of the nine candidates running in the March 26 special election had come by to see the group: Tony Villafranca, the one candidate who’s Filipino, like them.