PIDCI New York Opens Search For 2012 Grand Marshal

by Kobakila News

NEW YORK – The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) has announced that nominations for Grand Marshal for the 2012 Independence Day Parade is now open.  Elvira Reyes, PIDCI board member, was appointed chairman of the Grand Marshal Search Committee.

According to the announcement, the deadline for submission of nominations is midnight of Saturday, December 17. Nominations received after the deadline date will not be considered.

To be considered in the selection, the nominee for Grand Marshal must meet the following criteria: (1) Must be of Filipino ethnic background; (2) a role model in the community; that is, has integrity, credibility and honesty; (3) has active involvement in the Filipino-American or the mainstream community; (4) has the ability to raise substantial funds to support the activities of the PIDCI; (5) has philanthropic history; that is, has contributed to or supported financially Filipino American projects; and (6) has the commitment to give time and willingness to attend meetings and activities of PIDCI.

Nomination forms are available from Elvira Reyes.  She can be reached by phone at (551) 208-4986 or her co-chair Sofie Abad at (347) 558 3728 or (718) 849-4581. PIDCI President Fe Martinez at (973) 222-0085 or any member of the PIDCI Board of Directors may also be contacted.  Completed forms are to be sent to:

Elvira Reyes, Chairperson
Grand Marshal Search Committee
3980 Commerce Avenue  Apt #D-37
Willow Grove  PA  19090-1721

Since 1991, the honororary recognition of being a Grand Marshal has been bestowed to a number of doctors, a member of the clergy, an artist, an engineer, an educator, and a number of businessmen and entrepreneurs who are considered “movers and shakers” of the Filipino American community.

The list includes Dr. Edita and Nick Libramonte (2011); Dr. Zenaida and Benjamin  Santos, Sr. (2010); Dr. Teofila Malanum Santos (2009); Monsignor Oscar A. Aquino, JCD (2008); Dr. Emmanuel M. Pangan (2007); Dan de Guzman (2006);  Linda R. Pelayo (2005); Rudy Quiambao (2004); Fe Martinez (2003); Jean Lobell, PhD (2002); Vivina Malantic (2001); Raul Sala, MD (2000); Joanne D. Benitez (1999); Loida Nicolas-Lewis (Philippine Centennial) (1998); Libertito Pelayo (1997); Manuel Aldana (1996); Gary Villanueva, MD (1995); Estela Gonzales, MD (Deceased) (1994); Alice Francisco, MD (1993); Ric Crudo (Deceased) (1992); and Lilia Clemente (1991).

The Philippine Independence Day celebration in Northeast U.S.A. includes not only New York but also the twelve states under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, namely, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Depending on the theme each year, the overall chairperson may expand and invite other areas to participate in PIDC’s many activities.

Traditionally held along Manhattan’s Madison Avenue from 23rd to 40th Streets, the culmination of the preparation, the Grand Parade, Street Fair and Cultural Show, held on the first Sunday in June each year is the biggest celebration of Philippine Independence outside the Philippines. The festivities include the Diwa ng Kalayaan (beauty and talent contest), Youth Festival, Independence Ball, Consul General Night, Grand Marshal Night, other fundraising activities, special cultural presentations and other events that may be initiated by the overall chairperson.

The Philippine Consulate extends its support and guidance to the PIDC from inception to culmination of the annual event. It begins with the sending of invitations to community leaders to a general meeting, election of overall chairperson, and in the planning and execution of activities up to Appreciation Night where the Consul General awards certificates of appreciation to PIDCI officers and members.

Photo credit: Ricky Rillera

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