NEW YORK, NY — Drs. Emilio and Felicisima Quines, former Philippine Medical Association of America (PMAA) presidents and long term medical mission volunteers, are 2014 grand marshals, the Philippine Independene Day Council Inc. (PIDCI) has announced.
In a statement, PIDCI said the Quineses stood out in the Filipino-American community during the monthlong public nomination process, which was set in November by the Chairman of the 2014 Grand Marshal Search Committee Olivia David.
“I first thought that the search process could be pretty daunting, but it turned out to be pretty easy, especially when the nomination papers of Drs. Quines reached my desk,” said David, who joined PIDCI’s board of directors in September.
PIDCI President Fe Martinez, former (1997) Overall Chair Nelia Ferrette, Philippine Consul General to New York Mario de Leon, Jr, who is also an honorary adviser, and current PIDCI board members officially welcomed the new grand marshals to PIDCI during an intimate dinner reception held at the consul’s residence in the Upper East Side December 13.
2013 Mr. World Francisco Escobar, who has expressed his interest this early to escort first Filipino-American Miss World Megan Young in next year’s parade, was also in attendance to celebrate with Drs. Quines and other special guests, including 8-year-old pianist-vocalist Rain Ascadera and teen singer Desiree Wisotsky, who both performed.
“I’ve known the Quineses for 25 years. They were then presidents of PMAA. I remember they both showed strong leadership during the medical and dental mission in Cabanatuan City. Both have warm personalities and giving nature; they are philanthropists who helped contribute to the success of many organizations,” said Ferrette.
She added, “I highly recommend Boy and Fely Quines. They have proven their dedication, commitment and loyalty to the Filipino community. They will positively promote our culture and values.”
The Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal is one of the highest honors bestowed by PIDCI annually to an individual (or a couple). The search recognizes an exceptionally outstanding person (or a couple) whose contributions have positively impacted the local community and the greater community as well. This special honor is in recognition of excellent leadership qualities, outstanding personal achievements, contributions and service in a specific field of endeavor, as well as in the field of public service not only in the Filipino-American community, but also in mainstream America.
Besides organizing and promoting the parade, street fair and cultural festival on June 1, the new grand marshals are also expected to take part in various pre-celebratory events that will lead up to the Philippine Independence Day celebrations namely: Presentation of Candidates for Diwa ng Kalayaan and Mrs. Kalayaan (February 15), Grand Marshal Gala (March 15), Mrs. Kalayaan Pageant (April 12), Diwa ng Kalayaan Pageant (May 3) and culminating with the Independence Ball (June 7).
Dr. “Boy” Quines, together with his wife, Fely, has accepted the challenge and said, “We belong to the medical profession. We’re trained as physicians and that’s what we do best. So we offer and volunteer our best to do the most good, to serve our community in particular, and serve humanity in general. We’ve been serving as medical surgical volunteers from Abra to Zamboanga covering tribal and underserved areas with the U.S.-based PMAA, Association of Philippine Physicians in New York (APPNY) and various humanitarian projects with local volunteers since the early ‘90s.
“During our separate terms as presidents of the PMAA, we were intertwined with adversities, calamities and disasters. But we bounced back. We have our faith. It’s like in a sense, we, the Filipino people, are married to each other. We’re together in sickness and in health. In health, when we’re healthy, we’re happy. We enjoy each other’s company, and we celebrate. We call that our fiesta. In sickness, during the time of need or sorrow, we have our hope. We have the spirit of togetherness helping each other out in times of need and sorrow. That spirit we proudly call bayanihan,” he added.
Dr. “Boy” Quines was born in Baguio City and grew up in the town of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. He finished his Doctor of Medicine at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) in 1966. He migrated to the United States in 1967, where he finished his U.S. trainings in rotating internship, medical residency and fellowship at various medical institutions. He worked for the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Center. He also served as attending physician and associate clinical professor at NYCOM. He is now retired and devoting most of his time to community service and his family. He is married to Dr. Felicisima David-Quines. They are blessed with two sons and a daughter: Emilio III, Alan and Lisa.
Dr. “Fely” David-Quines was born in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. She finished her Doctor of Medicine at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) in 1968. She migrated to the United States in 1968, where she finished her U.S. training in medicine at NJ College of Medicine, and additional residency and fellowship for adult and geriatric psychiatry at Downstate SUNY Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital. Currently, she is an attending physician at the Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry SUNY Downstate-Kings Hospital NY VA.
Drs. Quines join the ranks of 23 accomplished individuals/couples in the Filipino-American community who have served as PIDCI grand marshals: Dr. Rebecca “Dolly” Rivera (2013), Dr. Prospero Lim (2012), Dr. Edita and Nick Libramonte (2011), Dr. Zenaida and Bejamin Santos, Sr. (2010), Dr. Teofila Malanum Santos (2009), Monsignor Oscar A. Aquino, JCD (2008), Dr. Emmanuel M. Pangan (2007), Dan de Guzman (2006); Dr. Linda R. Pelayo (2005), Engr. Rudy Quiambao (2004), Fe Martinez (2003), Jean Lobell, PhD (2002), Dr. Vivina Malantic (2001), Dr. Raul Sala (2000), Joanne D. Benitez (1999), Loida Nicolas-Lewis (1998 Philippine Centennial), Libertito Pelayo (1997), Manuel Aldana (1996), Deacon Gary Villanueva, MD (1995), Dr. Estela Gonzales (+) (1994), Dr. Alice Francisco (1993), Ric Crudo (+) (1992) and Lilia Clemente (1991).
2014 will be another exciting milestone for PIDCI as it prepares for the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Independence celebrations in N.Y. since its founding in 1990.
The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) organizes the annual celebration of Philippine Independence in the New York Tri-State area that falls every first Sunday of June. The Philippine Independence Day parade, together with the street fair and cultural festival along Madison Avenue, is the largest Philippine Independence Day celebration outside of the Philippines.
Photo 1: (Center, R) While singing Christmas carols, Drs. Felicisima and Emilio Quines are flanked by Philippine Independence Day Parade former (1997) Overall Chair Nelia Ferrette, Chairman of the 2014 Grand Marshal Search Committee Olivia David and PIDCI Treasurer Violeta McGough. (Photo by Rolan Gutierrez)
Photo 2: Drs. Emilio and Felicisima Quines, 2014 Philippine Independence Day Parade Grand Marshals (Photo by Rolan Gutierrez)
Photo 3: Drs. Emilio and Felicisima Quines, 2014 Philippine Independence Day Parade Grand Marshals, together with PIDCI President Fe Martinez, Philippine Consul General to NewYork Mario de Leon, Jr. and his wife, Eleanor, and current PIDCI board members, at the consul’s residence December 13. (Photo by Rolan Gutierrez)