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FESTIVE, STAR-STUDDED PARADE MARKS 116TH PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION IN NEW YORK CITY, JUNE 1

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New York City  -- The Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI), a nonprofit organization best known for the largest Philippine Independence Day Parade outside the Philippines, which is also celebrating its silver anniversary this year, is all set to host its annual Philippine Independence Day Parade, accompanied by an all-day street fair and cultural festival, stretching from 38th Street down to 23rd Street and Madison Avenue, on Sunday, June 1, from 11:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

The Black Eyed Peas Co-Founder apl.de.ap; multi-platinum award-winning recording artist David Pomeranz; boxing and mixed martial arts superstar Ana Julaton; First Filipina Miss World Megan Young; Original Philippine Music (OPM) icons Kuh Ledesma, Cecile Azarcon, Edlyn Peregrina, Lirio Vital, and Ogie Alcasid; First Filipina Carnaval Queen in Brazil Bessie Badilla; Grand Marshals Drs. Emilio and Felicisima Quines; and nearly 200 Filipino American-related nonprofit and for profit organizations will participate in the day-long celebration, whose attendance would likely peak at 100,000 people, made up mostly of Filipinos and Filipino Americans who come from the New York Tri-State area, Pennsylvania, California, Canada, and the Philippines.

Leading the parade, along with the Grand Marshals, are PIDCI President Fe Martinez; Philippine Consulate General New York, led by Consul General Mario L. De Leon Jr., who also acts as an honorary adviser to PIDCI; Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Luis Cuisia; Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran Cabactulan; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lorna Schofield; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro and New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President Ram Raju, MD will also attend.

PIDCI’s Goodwill Ambassadors 2014 Mrs. Kalayaan (Mrs. Independence) Josephine Vilar Rafael and 2014 Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) Mikaela Alexa Rada will also ride one of the many festive floats featured in the parade, alongside world-renowned Filipino cultural festival live acts such as Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival, Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival, and Kalibo, Aklan’s Ati-Atihan Festival.

 

Scheduled activities include the following:

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.: FLAG CEREMONY AND INDEPENDENCE DAY MASS at the Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Avenue.

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: STREET FAIR, 26th Street down to 24th Street and Madison Avenue. 

11:45 a.m.: PARADE OPENING CEREMONY, 38th Street and Madison Avenue

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.: INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE, 38th Street down to 27th Street and Madison Avenue.

2:00 to 6:00 p.m.: CULTURAL FESTIVAL, 23rd Street and Madison Avenue

 

For updates, like PIDCI on Facebook: facebook.com/pidci or visit pidci.org.

 

About the Celebration Theme: Triumphs of the Filipino: Pride of the Philippines

 

Everyone in the world was in awe of the Filipinos’ capacity to persevere and triumph over adversity, especially when Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical storms in history, struck central Philippines last year, but never destroyed the unflagging optimism of the Filipino spirit. On our 25th year celebrating the Philippine Independence Day - its 116th anniversary - in the center of the world, no less - we honor the shining triumphs of Filipinos across different fields and industries: from business and technology to sports; from world ambassadorship to entertainment; and from volunteerism to social activism wearing only national pride in our hearts.

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