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Marvee San Agustin on TFC Connect

Marvee San Agustin on TFC Connect

The 2011 Diwa Ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) – Marvee San Agustin featured on a recent episode of TFC Connect.

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Photos of PIDCI 2011 by J.R. Peña

Photos of PIDCI 2011 by J.R. Peña

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A Message from Joji Jalandoni, PIDCI President

A Message from Joji Jalandoni, PIDCI President

Welcome to the commemoration of the 113th year of the Declaration of Philippine Independence!

We dedicate this year’s commemoration of Philippine Independence to the next generation of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, who will, someday soon, proudly carry on this tradition. On the eve of the 10th anniversary (next year, 2012) of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI), we are reminded that PIDCI’s goal as the caretaker of the annual commemoration of the Declaration of Philippine Independence is to engage the next generation to participate in the celebration of their Filipino heritage. We invite all, especially the young, to join with PIDCI in leading this and future celebrations!

The Officers and the Board of Directors of PIDCI, member organizations, as well as the Independence Day Parade Grand Marshals have been unrelenting in their hard work and support in helping to achieve all our goals, especially our fundraising efforts, which I deeply appreciate especially in this difficult economy! Our volunteers have been a constant source of inspiration with their fresh ideas and energy, assisting and performing in a variety of tasks, ranging from administrative support to marketing, community and public relations, to recruitment roles. Their skills and time have immeasurably helped PIDCI and stretched the capacity of what we can do.

I am pleased that very special guests from the Philippines are joining us at the Independence Day Parade on June 5. We have invited Iloilo’s Best, the Dinagyang, and a star-studded cast of celebrities and entertainers who will make this year especially festive and memorable!

We are planning more events leading up to June 5. Please look for us online and in the media for updates. Moreover, I encourage you to visit PIDCI’s newly minted website at

Enjoy! Have a good time at the celebrations!

Mabuhay at maraming salamat po!

Josephine “Joji” Jalandoni
President, Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc.

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Jericho & Karylle to headline 113th Philippine Independence Celebration

Jericho & Karylle to headline 113th Philippine Independence Celebration

Contact: Elton Lugay
(212) 417-0419

NEW YORK – Matinee idol Jericho Rosales and pop singer Karylle Padilla of ABS-CBN fame, are this year’s headliners of the 113th Philippine Independence anniversary celebration June 5 in Manhattan.

The annual celebration that features a parade, trade fair and cultural show will also be attended by Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, New York Consul General Mario de Leon, invited government officials from New York as well as Tribu Pan-ay from Iloilo, winner of Dinagyang Festival’s street dance competition.

Organized by the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI), the event promises to be bigger and better this year. Last year’s attendance according to the NYPD was roughly 70,000. “We did not expect the large turnout last year,” said board member Cathy Uy.

“That’s why this year, we will be more prepared and the show will be much more entertaining as it continues to promote our cultural heritage.”

Uy, who is also this year’s chair of the cultural show said her committee has carefully selected this year’s talents, from emcees to soloists and group performers to live bands, they have been instructed to pick songs or music that resonate unity and hope. “We want the artists to give our fellowmen the kind of music that they always want to hear,” she said. “Many of us call America our home yet our hearts still belong to the Philippines.”

A four-hour spectacular lineup of live entertainment awaits our kababayans from all walks of life. Here are this year’s featured performers of the cultural show:

Tagged as Asia’s Queen of Jazz, Annie Brazil is regarded by her contemporaries as the grand dame of Pinoy Jazz for her unique voice and singing style. With no formal voice lessons, Brazil began singing duets with her sister Julie as she traces her career roots with the famed ReyCard Duets in the Philippines. At 78, she remains active in singing in New York where she is based. She performs twice a week at Cusina Stagionale, a popular Italian jazz joint in Greenwich Village. Her latest album, a compilation of well-loved tunes and choice cuts that include, “It Could Happen To You” and her duet with Kuh Ledesma’s daughter, Isabella: “Lullaby of Birdland” was produced by his son Richard Merk, also known as the prince of jazz in the Philippines.

Singer-composer Rachel Anne Wolfe-Spitalleta, daughter of Annie Brazil is no stranger to the music industry. Mother, actress, product endorser and beauty queen, Rachel believes that music is one way of staying young at heart forever. She later found herself working with composer-arranger Archimedes Dairocas who helped her produced her album “Cool”. Released in 2007, this 10-track CD is a product of Manna Records and distributed under Sony BMG. Rachel is married to John and they have four sons: Max, Trevor, Luke and Jake.

DJ Riddler began his career at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah where he performed alongside some of the best DJs in the world including Markus Shulz and Morgan Page to name a few. He has performed at some of the largest arenas and terrestrial radio events including Z100′s Jingle Ball and DJ’d every home game for the Houston Texans inside Reliant Stadium with over 70,000 fans during the regular football season. From Manhattan’s Webster Hall to Manila’s Republic, Riddler uses his open format which includes electro, progressive, dustup, Top 40 and vocal house to captivate his audiences with his energetic style. In addition, he also produced and remixed over 20 projects and collaborated with celebrity DJ Vice on projects like Drake and Pink to name a few. He is a recipient of Best Radio Mix Show DJ 2010 in Atlantic City, Best Radio Mixshow DJ South, an honor for his own streaming Internet Radio station and iphone/Droid app called Riddler Radio. This year, Riddler is nominated at the 26th International Dance Music Awards in Miami for Best Radio Mixshow DJ for his Adrenaline show that airs on SiriusXM BPM Satellite Radio. This is an incredible feat considering that the IDMA awards generate over two million votes from fans in over 183 countries. Signed to Ultra Records, Riddler has released over 18 commercial CDs selling over a million RIAA certified copies in his career spanning over 10 years.

Singer-comedian Jojo Mabolo started performing in 2003 in San Francisco. He was a member of the singing group, The Chunks. A year later, he moved to Los Angeles to join Comic Lab, a comedy bar that had a three-month stint in the San Fernando valley. This has then inspired Jojo to become a solo artist. So in November of the same year, he staged his first solo show with guest, Anapolis Band at the Mayfair Hotel. Later, a two-night show in Texas. And soon, he will be touring key cities in the US this summer. To date, Jojo has performed with Ai Ai delas Alas, Piolo Pascual, Parokya ni Edgar, Vina Morales, Bea Alonzo, Ara Mina, and Bugoy Drillon to name a few.

Fil-Am comedian Air Tabigue was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Throughout his life he has had a natural ability to make people laugh at any given moment. Now as a comedian, he is quickly rising in the comedy world performing at clubs and colleges throughout the country. Air won the Eastern Division of the First Asian American Stand Up Comedy Competition held by Takeout Comedy. He has appeared on NBC, FOX, TFC and has hosted Asian America on PBS. In addition, Air has performed at the FIND Conference (Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue) the MAFA Conference (Midwest Association of Filipino Americans), the Fil-Am Friendship Festival in Virgina Beach, numerous Barrio Fiestas and more.

Crizelda ‘Sigh’ Robes started singing at 6. She made it to the grand finals of Eat Bulaga’s nationwide talent search Little Miss Philippines. She finished first runner up and consequently landed several commercial modeling and acting stints on local Philippine television. Despite her demanding showbiz schedule, she kept her academics and was a consistent honor student. She went on to pursue mathematics at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Finishing her course only in three years time, she graduated Cum Laude. Post college, she worked as an actuary for several insurance and plan design companies and taught mathematics to college students at UP. But in pursuit of bigger dreams, Sigh moved to New York where she found the right complement to her artistic side in JayR Castillo. Together, they formed the band “Striving in Greater Hopes” (S.i.G.H., later known as April’s End) and had performed at different hot spots in the tri-state area since then. In 2008, Sigh hosted the Jabbawockeez show alongside Air Tabigue for SCAT Productions. Sigh is definitely a unique artistic talent to watch out for!

Ileana Riley was born in the Dominican Republic. She comes from a very diverse family background that includes Spanish great grandmother and Philippine great grandfather, from parents side while Spanish and Dominican, great grandparents. She immigrated to the U.S. when she was 13 with only Spanish as her first language, but quickly learned English. Her love for music has taken her trough different paths, from American Idol auditions to small events in Latin and Philippine cultural events, and acting in different plays and movies. She currently works as a pharmaceutical sales representative, but still finds time to pursue her passion as a singer.

Louanna Factora is a triple threat artist: singer, dancer and actress. A natural-born talent, she has performed in many plays, musicals and concerts, including the National Tour of Miss Saigon and has even done the show regionally playing her dream role of Kim twice. She represented New York as Miss Philippines-USA 1999 and Miss New York City 2001. She currently works as a makeup artist for Christian Dior and is proud to be a mom to the love of her life, Madden.

Christine Soriano is this year’s PIDCI Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) pageant winner. An active athlete and student leader at William Paterson University in New Jersey, Christine is also a singer, performing at many Filipino events and community gatherings for Pidci, Pafcom, Naffaa to name a few.

Nineteen-year-old Monica Castillo Meares is last year’s Diwa ng Kalayaan titleholder. Daughter of Francis Alan and Faith Castillo from Philadelphia, Monica is currently on the dean’s list, and entering her third year in Nursing at Holy Family University. Besides working on the weekends, she loves to volunteer her services to organizations that raise awareness for Philippine culture. Monica also cantors at her parish church and plays cello along with the piano.

Visiting from Iloilo, Philippines is Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School who just won P1 million grand prize in the Festival Streetdance Competition of Aliwan Fiesta 2011, part of the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival. Aliwan Fiesta is an annual project of Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the cities of Manila and Pasay, and the National Parks Development Committee.

Nina Sophia Mojares is a multi-talented 12-year-old singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, pianist and model. She has been featured on America’s Got Talent Season 5, the Maury Povich Show, NBC’s Today Show, Fox’s Good Day New York and Sirius XM radio to name a few. In addition, she has performed the national anthem at the 2010 US Open Tennis Championship, Philadelphia 76ers and NY Knicks basketball games. Nina just released her single “Leap of Faith” on iTunes. Most recently, she’s been selected to represent the Filipino community at the 32nd Annual Asian and Pacific Heritage Festival event at Union Square.

Inspired by her mother, Lyza Echon, Jellyn Anne has started singing when she was only two years old. She joined the national tour of The King and I for a year and a half as Princess Tuptim to 42 cities across America. She became a champion in the Pop Star Kids USA competition held in California. Consequently, she traveled to the Philippines where the singing contest was televised on Q-TV11, and guest-starred in many shows on GMA, such as SOP, Walang Tulugan, Sis and Mel and Joey. In 2009, she won the Kidzbop Talent Search contest held in Madison Square Garden where she performed during half-time of the Knicks games. She also recorded with Kidz Bop in their album of that year and recorded a video with them. Jellyn sang for Arnel Pineda in Atlantic City before joining Miss Teen Philippines 2011 where she placed 3rd. Later on that year, she took the lead of Gabriella (High School Musical) in the performing arts program of New Jersey. Jellyn is also a songwriter, recording an album with her producer. This album includes her original composition, “More Than Friends”.

Composer to the stars, Elzar “Dodjie” Simon is this year’s musical director and arranger for the cultural festival finale medley. Elzar is graduated from the UP College of Engineering in 1985. While pursuing expat life as global and regional IT executive, he continued to pursue his passion for music. Known to many as Dodjie in the Philippine music industry, he composed major hits performed by Lea Salonga, Lani Misalucha, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Sharon Cuneta, and Basil Valdez among many others. He won the grand prize in the 1999 Metropop Song Festival and grand prize in the 1997 Asia Song Festival. He also placed 2nd in the KBP Music Festival in 1988 for the song “Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi, Isang Musika”. In addition, Dodjie composed theme songs for numerous films and “tele-serye” for ABS-CBN and GMA as well as jingles for numerous corporate advertisements aired on radio and TV.

Born and raised in Zambales, Michelle Semana began singing at different Catholic churches while she was only three years old. She’s a singing angel on Salubong, a popular Holy week celebration in the Philippines. At nine, she began recruiting kids to join her in the church choir. She has become the schools’ representative on every singing contest and has won most of them. She was a glee club member of Olongapo City High School, until she became famous joining Bagong Kampeon hosted by Pilita Corales and the late Bert Marcelo. As she grew older, she would sing at weddings and other important occasions, but most of the time, she sings at church fundraising projects. When she migrated in the U.S. in 2007, she would perform at various community events in New Jersey’s Wazzup Café and Manny’s Bake Shop in New York. Most recently, she performed with the legendary Florante de Leon. Michelle graduated from Adamson University in Manila with the degree of civil engineering.

Filipino American up-and-coming singing sensation Alyssa Jade Shoemaker may just be 10 years old but this young girl, already, writes her own songs, plays the piano and saxophone and loves  ballroom dancing as well. Daughter of Maureen Javier and Michael Shoemaker, Alyssa is a fifth grade student at Arbor School in New Jersey. She was part of the of the Soaring High Scholar program in her school where she was also part of the school choir, band and honors program. She was crowned Little Miss Performing Arts 2009 and Little Miss NaFFAA 2010. Currently, she studies voice at the Staten Island Conservatory. Alyssa made her first singing debut at the 2009 Philippine Fiesta in New Jersey along with famous artists Gerald Anderson and Kim Chu. Last March, during the New York Knicks halftime game in Madison Square Garden, Alyssa performed in front of 20,000 people and won the KidzBop Talent Search.

Fifteen-year-old Charisse Nicole Trinidad attends Stamford High School in Connecticut. Since 2000, Charisse has been performing in various plays, concerts, and fundraising events. She’s a regular featured artist at PIDCI’s event. Charisse will be a goddess, “Luninging” in the upcoming “Auros Mindanao,” a dance-theater-fashion show at Time Warner Center in New York on June 3. Her accomplishments include: champion, 2010 Stamford Idol, lead star of Broadway’s Music Man, Annie Musical National Tour, consistent honors from NYSSMA. At present, she attends workshops at MB2NY Young Performers, a Miguel Braganza II production in Manhattan. Playing the piano and ukelele are her additional talents. Proud parents Greg and Violet support her to reach her goal and success in the near future.

DJ Roli Rho is a legendary member of longtime mobile DJ crew IntroBass Productions (IBP) and the world famous 5th Platoon. In addition to his undeniable urban blends and party mixes, he retains a number of titles and belts such as: 1999 DMC 1st Place East Coast Regional Champion and 1999 and 2000 1st Place Vibe Music Seminar Champion, to name a few. DJ Rho is without a doubt one of the unsurpassed beat jugglers of all time. Retirement is nowhere near his future; he is constantly reinventing and inspiring the perspective of the music industry as he has already proven time and time again.

Gabrielle Borromeo signed to EP Records in 2010 after she created quite a buzz as a singer, pianist, and guitar player with performances throughout Washington. Gaby is a gifted young soprano singer. The emotion and passion in her voice has a trans-generational appeal and is a force to be reckoned with. Her ability to write and produce records on her own quickly became evident as she began to collaborate with producers and songwriters. Her past experience includes modeling for United Colors of Benetton and training in acting and theater, classical music and opera, and singing in French and Italian. She also received formal ballet training from the Ballet Academy of Performing Arts among others. She performed in the Balik Bayan Festival, the Seattle Cultural Center, and has won in several competitions. Recently, she landed an endorsement deal with Jovani and will be the face of their 2011 prom dress line, including a music video, national and online print ads, with magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Vogue running these ads. The song “Superstar,” written by Gaby specifically for Jovani, was introduced last year.

“As a keyboardist or producer, Christian Almiron has got it all – the feel, the chops, the ears. His groove and fresh, creative instincts lift the music up,” said Jeff Campbell, guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Sting. Born and raised in New York, Fil-Am Almiron is a creative musician trained in jazz performance and audio technology. He is a multi-talented pianist, composer, sound engineer, producer, and music editor for film and television. Christian has been featured in a variety of bands such as Adam Dietch and the Grammy-nominated Les Nubians who described Christian as, “One of the best keyboard players I know.” Christian currently holds residence in the famous Cafe Wha band. A best-kept secret, Christian’s recognition as a producer continues to grow with recently produced tracks for popular artists including Ja Rule, Rakim, Laura Izibor and Atlantic recording artist Estelle. He has recently completed music editing for the VH1 reality TV Series Love and Hip Hop currently airing on VH1. Shuttling between Hollywood and New York, Christian has worked extensively in post production for feature films, selected credits include Welcome to the Rileys (Sony Pictures, 2010), I Love You Man (Dreamworks, 2009), Observe and Report (Warner Brothers, 2008), and A Lot Like Love (Beacon Pictures, 2004). Christian’s compositions have appeared on FX series Dirt as well as several commercials including Ritz Crackers, Coke, Puma and Chevrolet.

Michael Christian is a singer and songwriter. Coming from a very musically inclined family, he has been influenced by several types of genres from old time rock and roll, folk, ballad to modern age pop, rock, R&B and soul. Music has always been his passion “as well as a very big part of who I am.” Michael believes that through music, one is able to express himself and entertain at the same time.

Singer and songwriter Waty grew up to a family of musicians. Growing up, Waty started off with basic piano and slowly moved on to different instruments. She has been writing originals secretly until one day she decided to perform her original at a talent show. Soon enough, Waty started to perform more of her originals outside of her school with the support of her family, teachers and friends. In 2007, Waty met her lead guitarist Zeeman who attended the same high-school. They both were passionate about music and pursued it after they graduated. Waty’s music is inspired through dreams and the stories of others who have lived through the difficult times of their lives. She hopes to inspire others as much as they inspire her through her music.

Mike and Ann Claire Macalintal began their journey as a musical duo in the midst of their own home. What started off as mere jamming sessions became the foundation for a pair that would go on to perform for hundreds of people. From benefit concerts to showcases, the Macalintal pair has showcased it all. Mike, a graduating senior from the Bergen County Academies, and Ann Claire, a sophomore from Bergen Technical High School blend live music with vocal harmonies to create a sound that has captivated audiences for several years.

DV8 is a hip hop dance crew based out of The FUNKtion Dance Complex in Central New Jersey. Led by John Barrella, the group is comprised of dancers that focus on hip hop dance styles such as b-boy, locking, popping and more. Each dancer is efficient in many styles and strengths of both freestyle and choreography. Since creation, the group has been seen at various venues including Monsters of hip hop dance convention, Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure, Relay for Life and other charities, and halftime shows for the New York Knicks and New York Liberty professional basketball teams.

The Virus Band was formed in the tumultuous decade of the 90′s. Since then, the band has become the premier Fil-Am rock, pop and soul cover band in the East Coast. They specialize in Original Pilipino Music, Pinoy rock, classic rock, Motown, British invasion/60′s bands, 50′s rock n’ roll, alternative and new wave. They enjoy making all types of music and each member brings his own style and influences that give Virus that unique, unmistakable  sound. They have played in almost all of the Filipino establishments in New York and New Jersey for the last fifteen years or so.

This year’s Philippine Independence anniversary celebration is brought to you in part by the Philippine Department of Tourism New York, ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel, Western Union, Ayala Land, VuQo Premium Vodka, Andro NYCELife, Payag Restaurant, Maharlika Filipino Moderno, Project Heal Manila,and media sponsors: Asian Journal, International Tribune, Filipino Reporter, Filipino Express, Filipino Times, Planet Philippines, Philippine Daily Mirror and, an online magazine for Filipino Americans in New York.

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2011 Philippine Independence Day Celebration in New York City

2011 Philippine Independence Day Celebration in New York City


New Community . New Spirit . New Filipino

A Duly Registered Non-Profit Corporation – Joji Jalandoni, RN, CMC – President
With the cooperation of the Philippine Consulate General of New York



  • FLAG CEREMONY at 8:30 am at the Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Avenue between 45-46th streets
  • INDEPENDENCE MASS at 9:00 am at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center
  • PARADE OPENING CEREMONIES, 11:45 am on Madison Avenue and 37th Street
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE, 12:00 noon, Madison Avenue, 38th Street down south to 27th Street
  • STREET FAIR, from 10:00 am to 6:00pm, Madison Avenue, 26th Street to 24th Street
  • CULTURAL FESTIVAL from 2:00 pm to 6:00pm, on an open stage, on Madison Avenue and 23rd Street


Sunday, June 5, 2011 – 12:00 pm
Madison Avenue, 38th Street down to 27th Street

Contacts: Chairpersons Fe Martinez (973) 222-0085, Benjie Santos, Jr., MD (347) 255-0085, Ner Martinez (347) 837-5853, or PIDCI President Joji Jalandoni  (201) 401-7559

Parade led by Grand Marshals Nick Libramonte and Dr. Edita Cruz Libramonte, with Guests of Honor: Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr; Philippine Consul General in NY, Ambassador Mario L. de Leon, Jr., the Philippine Permanent Representatvive to the United Nations Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan. Also invited are New York State and City Government Officials including  Mayor Mike Bloomberg; Joined by the PIDCI “DIWA NG KALAYAAN”(Spirit of Independence) Winner and her Court; joined by Filipino community leaders , with contingents of marchers from  Fil-Am associations, cultural groups, Marching Bands, floats, open cars, and others.


Sunday, June 5, 2011 • 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Madison Avenue, 26th Street to 24th Street

Contacts: Chairman, Raul Estrellado (201) 421-6187, or PIDCI President Joji Jalandoni  (201) 401-7559

Filipino Food Vendors with delectable Philippine cuisine and more; Mini-Expo (goods, merchandise and services), Corporate Booths, games and more.


Sunday, June 5, 2011 • 2:00 pm – 6:00pm
open stage, on Madison Avenue and 23rd Street

Contacts: Chair, Cathy Uy (732) 687-2413, Co-Chairpersons: Hector Magno (732)563-4554, Vivian Velasco (917) 623-3827, Satrick Uy (732) 687-2413, or PIDCI President Joji Jalandoni (201) 401-7559

Featuring Celebrity Guest Headliners: Courtesy of ABS-CBN/TFC: JERICHO ROSALES &  “KARYLLE” PADILLA. One of a kind cultural extravaganza featuring Filipino and Filipino-American talents from here and abroad, artists, bands, dancers, singers, groups, special performances and the much awaited CELEBRITY HOUR! Also coming straight from the Philippines is the Dance Group, Dinagyang Festival Group of Iloilo. plus from the East Coast we will have the Queen of Jazz, Ms Annie Brazil and her Talented Beauty Queen/Teleseria Actress/Singer – Rachel Anne Wolfe and Z100′s DJ Riddler partaking in our cultural show…and many, many more •

PIDCI to have star-studded Independence Day

The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) has received confirmations from Philippine Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and the Philippine Tourism sensation Dinagyang Festival from Iloilo City, the Philippines’ “Queen of Festivals” of their appearances on Philippine Independence Day Sunday, June 5, it was announced by PIDCI President Joji J. Jalandoni.

The Philippine Vice President will be the Guest of Honor of the Philippine Independence Day Parade, while the more than 30-some-odd-person Dinagyang Festival contingent will be its main feature along with that of the Cultural Festival, two of the three major events held on the same day of the months-long, multi-event 113th commemoration of Philippine Independence.

Organized, executed, directed and presented by the Philippine Independence Day Council in New York, the commemoration, now on its 22nd year, has enjoyed the proud reputation among Filipinos and their friends worldwide of being the largest celebration of Philippine Independence outside of the Philippines for the last 17 years.

Some of those who have also been invited by PIDCI to thePhilippine Independence Day are, from the Philippine Government, Congressman Jerry P. Treñas of the lone district of Iloilo, Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Gerundio Madueno, Iloilo Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Escalante Mabilog, Tourism Regional Director Edwin G. Trompeta, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr., and Ambassador to the U.N. Libran N. Cabactulan.

From the U.S. Government: U.S. Senators from New York Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, N.Y. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, N.Y. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, among others.

And in the last five years, it has become the largest outdoor gathering of Filipinos in the Diaspora. In 2008 the singing sensation Charice was the main feature of the Cultural Festival, and last year, pop superstars Sarah Geronimo and Christian Bautista were the main attractions.  New York Police Department (NYPD) official estimates of the crowd of participants, onlookers and others at Philippine Independence Day was 70,000 persons.

This June the Cultural Stage and Parade will be graced by the multi-awarded actor/singer Jericho Rosales  with singer/TV and theater performer Karylle. TFC is one of the Official Sponsors/Co-Presentor of the Event and the Exclusive Media Partner of PIDCI 2011, that has brought these famous Philippine celebrities as guest artists of the Independence celebration in the recent years.

Two events of the 113th commemoration have been held. The first one, the Grand Marshals Gala, honoring the Philippine Independence Day Parade Grand Marshals Nick and wife Dr. Edita Libramonte was held Saturday, April 2 at the Astoria World Manor in Queens and the Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) Selection and Coronation Pageant and Gala was held Saturday, May 7 at the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey where a 16-year-old teenager from New Jersey, Maria Victoria Sanagustin won PIDCI’s most-coveted title of Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) over five other young dalagang Filipina in a sensational pageant. She takes home the grand prize of a round trip airline ticket to the Philippines with land packages, plus tours to the “eighth wonder of the world” Ifugao Rice Terraces, and Cebu and Siargao Island in the Southern Philippines.

The first runner-up title of Miss Filipino-American went to Nica Fraulein Chua, 17 of Milldale, Connecticut and the second runner-up title, Hiyas ng Pilipinas (Jewel of the Philippines) was won by Stephanie Quiambao, 17 of Yonkers, New York who also earlier took the title of Miss Photogenic.

PIDCI’s Independence Day takes place on the first Sunday in June every year, this year on June 5, starting with an early morning (8:30 a.m.) Flag Ceremony at the front of the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue, between 45th and 46th Streets, immediately followed by an Independence Thanksgiving Mass at Kalayaan Hall on the second floor of the Center. At 10:00 a.m., after New York Police has closed Madison Avenue from 23rd Street to 42nd Street from vehicular traffic, the Independence Day Street Fair opens on the Avenue from 24th to 26th Streets. It’s an all-day (until 6:00 p.m.) virtual Filipino Food Festival and a Mini-Expo.

At 11:45 in the morning, brief opening ceremonies are held at Madison Avenue at 38th Street after which at the stroke of 12:00 o’clock noon, the Independence Day Parade gets under way heading South (downtown). Marching contingents in brightly-colored costumes, others in uniforms, floats and open cars stop very briefly in front of a Reviewing Stand on the West side of the Avenue between 29 Streets before proceeding to the dispersal point at 27th Street. At 2:00 p.m., the Cultural Festival opens on an open air stage in the center of Madison Avenue north of 23rd Street. The Festival features Filipino and Filipino-American talents and performing artists until 6:00, which marks the closing time for the whole day’s festivities.

Organizations or groups wishing to participate in PIDCI’s Independence Day Parade may contact Committee Chairs Fe Martinez at (973) 222-0085 or Dr. Benjie Santos, Jr. at (347) 255- 0826, or Co-Chair Ner Martinez at (347) 837-5853. For booth rentals at the Street Fair, the contact is Chairman Raul Estrellado at (201) 421-6187 and for the Cultural Festival, the contacts are Chair Cathy Uy at (732) 687-2413 or Co-Chair Hector Magno at (908) 229-0155.

The culminating event of the commemoration is the Philippine Independence Ball, this year to be held at the Hilton New York Hotel at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019-6012 on Saturday, June 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. of the actual anniversary date of Independence Day of June 12. The Ball will feature an authentic Rigodon de Honor. For information or invitations, please call Independence Ball Committee Chairperson Tess Lobo at (917) 783-8673. For any and/or all matters you may call PIDCI President Joji Jalandoni at (201) 401-7559 or any member of the PIDCI Board of Directors.

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2011 PIDCI TV spot on ABS-CBN

2011 PIDCI TV spot on ABS-CBN

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An Evening in Manila – May 14

An Evening in Manila – May 14

Photo by Richard Reyes

A million thanks to everyone who came out and joined us at the An Evening in Manila event in support of Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. A very special thanks to DJs Neil Armstrong, Riddler, and RaiZe as well as all of the silent auction contributors and those who helped us the night of the event.  And finally, a shoutout to our co-host, Maharlika Filipino Moderno, and their crew for the great food and fabulous drinks.

We will send out an email to all of our auction winners regarding payment information and prize claiming.  Thanks so much for bidding and congratulations!

Finally, for the amazing early supporters who purchased $80 tickets- you will also be receiving an email from us shortly.

Photos from the event can be found in our Gallery.  Be sure to check out our Events section for news on our next event or contact us at

Maraming Salamat again.  You guys rock.

Project Heal Manila



Maharlika, Project Heal Manila and PIDCI request the pleasure of your company at:

An Evening in Manila
Saturday, May 14th, 7-10pm

15 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

Cocktail Attire
Silent Auction
Tickets $40

Hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails courtesy of Maharlika

Soundtrack Provided by: DJ Neil Armstrong, DJ Riddler, & DJ RaiZe

Project Heal Manila is a global organization dedicated to supporting sustainable community-based projects designed to empower the youth of the Philippines. For millions with limited needs, inadequate support and resources make it nearly impossible for the future of our islands to reach their dreams and full potential. Through creative fundraising, we look to sponsor the noble efforts of charitable organizations that aid in areas of greatest need.

View photos from An Evening in Manila by Richard Reyes

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PIDCI 2010 Video by Josephus Tudtud

PIDCI 2010 Video by Josephus Tudtud

112th Philippine Independence Day Celebration – NYC 2010 from Josephus Tudtud on Vimeo.

A Proud Day to be Filipino! Too many people to thank for giving me the opportunity to shoot this Grand Event.

Notes: This is a roller coaster ride! Hold on to your seat!!

If you want to read the Banners, please hit pause. Sorry for the inconvenience, but the show must go on!

Photography/Cover Design By: Ronn Tan

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Photos of 2010 PIDCI by Ronn Tan

Photos of 2010 PIDCI by Ronn Tan

View photos from the 2010 Philippine Independence Day Celebration by world famous photographer Ronn Tan.

Photos of PIDC 2010 by Ronn Tan

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Photos of 2010 PIDCI by John Richard Pena

Photos of 2010 PIDCI by John Richard Pena

View photos from the 2010 Philippine Independence Day Celebration by world famous photographer John Richard Pena.

Photos of PIDC 2010 by John Richard Pena.

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