NEW YORK – Dr. Leonidas “Ned” Pulido and wife, Carmencita “Menchie” Pulido will be honored March 12, 2016 during a Grand Marshals Gala tendered by the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) at the Astoria World Manor at 25-22 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, New York. The couple was elected Grand Marshals during PIDCI’s first regular meeting in November last year.
The gala event, which will begin at 7 p.m., will launch New York’s celebration of the 118th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence followed by many months of multiple commemorative events such as the Mrs. Kalayaan Pageant and Gala and the Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) Selection and Coronation Pageant and Gala, culminating with Philippine Independence Day on the first Sunday in June (5th) where three major events share the whole day celebration: the all-day Independence Day Street Fair, the celebration’s centerpiece Independence Day Parade, and the afternoon cultural Festival, all taking place on Madison Avenue in the center of New York’s Manhattan Island, from 38th Street down to 23rd Street.
The annual commemoration concludes with a Philippine Independence Ball, usually held the weekend after Independence Day.
The Grand Marshals Gala is usually attended by the honorees’ colleagues, relatives, friends, and community leaders who are invited to grace their investiture. Donation for the invitation is $100 and the attire requested for the evening is Filipiniana or Formal.
Dr. Ned, as he is fondly called, retired after a 25-year private practice in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. His wife, Menchie, is a retired nurse. They were introduced to the community as 2016 Grand Marshals at PIDCI’s “An Evening with the Consul General” in early December held at the official residence of the Philippine Consul General in New York, Ambassador Mario L. de Leon, Jr.
Dr. Ned obtained his M.D. from the University of the Philippines (UP) while Menchie received her R.N. at San Juan de Dios School of Nursing and her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from La Corcordia College. Both are very active in volunteer community activities in the Greater New York area and beyond, especially because they are among those in the core group of the Filipino medical community. They are presently in a medical mission in the Philippines, a calling which has regularly taken their time after retirement.
Dr. Prospero Lim, is 2016 PIDCI president; Antero “Ner” Martinez, vice president; Joycelyn Aligarbes, secretary; and Violeta McGough, treasurer.
Elected to the Board of Directors to serve until 2017 are re-electionists Olivia David and Violet McGough along with new Board members Rely Manacay, Beth Manalo, Edilberto Olimpo and Shiran Ybanez. They join Board members Raul Estrellado, Helen LaBarbera, Antero Martinez, Nonoy Rafael, Maryann Sanagustin, Margie Wisotsky and Tambi Wycoco, who will be on their last year in the PIDCI Board.
Annie Ortiz, last year’s Internal Auditor was re-appointed as was Gheng Pingol, Executive Director. Manuel B. Quintal, PhD was named General Counsel of PIDCI for the tenth consecutive year.