The first Filipino Heritage Night at AT&T Park was definitely a success, with over 4,000 tickets sold, one of the largest numbers for a heritage event at the ballpark. The Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble provided pregame entertainment, and it was pretty impressive, as many of the cultural entertainment groups are. Here’s a short clip of their performance; the music you hear is from a full on-field orchestra.
Coming Friday: Japanese Heritage Night, featuring Masanori Murakami bobbleheads for those who purchased the special Heritage Night ticket package. And here’s a little Welcome to Third and King scoop for you: “Mashi,” the first Japanese player in the Majors, will be here in person as the Forever Giants Fridays special guest, signing autographs near the home bullpen from 5:45-6:15. He’s also featured on the season ticket for Friday’s game. By the way, the photo to the left of Murakami enjoying his first hot dog is displayed on the Club Level of the ballpark.
Monday kicks off Asian Heritage Week at AT&T Park, with four nights devoted to celebrating different Asian cultures. Fans who buy special tickets sit in the heritage night seating section and receive a special Giants-themed gift available only to those with the special tickets.
Monday: Chinese Heritage Night (cap)
Tuesday: Korean Heritage Night (T-shirt)
Wednesday: Filipino Heritage Night (T-shirt)
Friday: Japanese Heritage Night (Masanori Murakami bobblehead, in honor of the former Giants pitcher who was the first Japanese player in the Major Leagues)
Even if you don’t have tickets for the special seating section or commemorative gift, each night will include pregame and in-game cultural entertainment. Check out a couple of videos, one from last Friday’s Mexican Heritage Night, featuring the Xiuhcoatl Aztec Dancers, and one of a lion dance troupe from last year’s Chinese Heritage Night.