Martinez Seeks A Third Term Presidency; Wycoco To Run Anew For Board

by Kobakila News

NEW YORK – Fe Martinez, who has had a euphoric two-year role as President of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI), has filed for the same much-sought-after position for a third year in a row, on the basis of a new provision in the just-ratified PIDCI bylaws.

As PIDCI President, Martinez has turned the months-long, multi-event commemoration into a success that it was, especially this past year, when it featured the participation of all three major Philippine television networks:  first timer TV5, ABS-CBN-TFC, and GMA, overwhelming the satiety of Greater New York area Filipino audience.

As icing on the cake of the thought-to-be last year of her Presidency (according to term limits under the then PIDCI bylaws), PIDCI collaborated with the Philippine Department of Tourism and its global promotion “It’s more fun in the Philippines” in bringing back to Independence Day the world-famed Dinagyang “Queen of Philippine Festivals” from Iloilo City that had largely been responsible for drawing 100,000 participants and celebrators that turned out for Independence Day in 2011.

Martinez has an envious track record in community service, having been a two-term President of the Federation of Philippine Societies of New Jersey (FOPSNJ), Inc., the premier umbrella organization of the state, it counts with well over 40 organizations as members.  She was also Grand Marshal of the Philippine Day Organizing Council (PDOC) Philippine day parade in Passaic, New Jersey in 1993, and the year after, she was elected Overall Chair of PDOC.

Later, Martinez was chosen by PIDCI to be the Grand Marshal of the Philippine Independence Day Parade commemorating the 105th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence in 2003.

Although Martinez is today a highly successful business entrepreneur, she still adeptly manages to divide her time between her thriving business and her volunteer community endeavors – which is why many of those in the community describe her as a consummate community volunteer, a leader par excellence.

Her performance as President of the Philippine Independence Day Council remains unchallenged – repeating last year’s feat of drawing no opposition to her quest for an unprecedented third consecutive year of PIDCI’s Presidency.

The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) elections for President and seven members of the Board of Directors are scheduled at the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue, between 45th and 46th Streets, in Manhattan, New York 10036-5002 on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Meanwhile, Tambi Wycoco, long considered a consummate volunteer community service leader in the Greater New York area, has announced he is running anew for the Board of Directors.

Wycoco has been actively involved in the annual Philippine Independence anniversary celebration since its inception 24 years ago by the ad-hoc group Philippine Independence Day Committee (PIDC) which staged and managed it until 2002 when the Philippine Independence Day Council was formally organized and incorporated into PIDCI. 

Wycoco has a sterling record of accomplishments in the annual commemoration of Philippine Independence.  On numerous occasions, he served as Director of Communications and for five years as a member of the Board of Directors.  This year, Wycoco is the Public Relations Officer who is solely responsible for media releases.

He also served as chairman of the Commemorative Program (Souvenir Journal) and Street Fair committees where he established record revenues.  Aside from these two committees, he had also chaired the Membership committee and the Special Projects committee and co-chaired other committees giving him an all around, hands on management expertise of the celebration.

His career is steeped in what has become his forte concentrated in advertising, media, marketing communications and public relations.

Wycoco’s handlers and supporters have described him as exuding “tested experience and proven performance” in his bid for the PIDCI Board of Directors.

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