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“Philly Welcomes You,” is a new series of social videos our volunteers and Philadelphians have created to share Philly’s diverse culture. The videos feature Philadelphians from a variety of backgrounds speaking in different languages about their favorite parts of Philadelphia.

The original series are intended to welcome people of all walks of life to the city during this summer’s Democratic National Convention.

We’ll be sharing a new video on our social channels, weekly through June. Each video features an individual speaking about his/her favorite aspect of the city in a different language. The languages spoken in the videos are: Spanglish, Creole, Bengali, Greek and English. You’ll see iconic Philly spots in each one, including South Street Bridge, the Philadelphia Art Museum, McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Tyler School of Art, and La Colombe in Fishtown.

The video series consists of nine videos, seven of which were shot by Stephanie Ramones and two by Josue Lora. Ramones edited and produced all nine videos. The project is the brainchild of Laiza Santos, a Host Committee volunteer, who acts a project manager for this initiative.

Ramones is a native of Venezuela living in Philadelphia as a professional filmmaker and photographer. Her work focuses primarily on well-being, race, and gender.  She is currently a filmmaker and studio manager at Florescio Films in Philadelphia and is the owner and lead photographer of Contigo Photograph, also in Philadelphia. Stephanie hopes to make more narrative and documentary films that share the perspectives of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

Lora is a filmmaker and Latin hip hop artist of Dominican descent living in Trenton, NJ. He created his own audio and visual company, “Lora Productions” in 2015. Through his works he looks to share his personal experiences while being able to relate to a multi-cultural audience.

 Santos is the Social Media and Marketing Manager for The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Social Media Coordinator for the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. She is a first generation immigrant of the Dominican Republic with descendent roots in Puerto Rico, using her background to create multi-cultural content that connects various communities.
In this video, Greek-speaking Philadelphian Lea Faye shares her heartfelt #PhillyWelcomesYou message from Philly’s La Colombe coffee shop in Fishtown. Visit our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to watch her Greek-language message.