NEW YORK – The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) opens its commemoration of the 115th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence with the Mrs. Kalayaan Coronation Pageant and Gala at the Astoria World Manor at 25-22 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, Queens, New York 11102 Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7 P.M.
The Mrs. Kalayaan contest, which is now on its second year, was introduced by PIDCI as another major event of the multi-event Philippine Independence commemoration staged annually. First-time winner of the Mrs. Kalayaan crown and current titleholder is Margie Beof Wisotsky of Glendale, Queens, New York.
The search for Mrs. Kalayaan 2013 ended February 22nd. PIDCI’s 2013 Mrs. Kalayaan contest has six official candidates: Jeanette Corpus of Connecticut, Josephine Gaurana, Ernestine Hollins, Rose Pacia LaBelle, Leila Morales and Susan Tobias, all of New York.
The next major event, part of the celebration of the 115th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence lined up by PIDCI is the Grand Marshal Gala honoring Philippine Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal Dr. Rebecca Castro Rivera at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel (Marriott) at 1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201, telephone (908) 436-4600 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.
This is followed by the Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) Selection and Coronation Pageant and Gala at the Double Tree Hotel Newark Airport at 128 Frontage Road, Newark, New Jersey 07114, telephone (973) 690-5500 on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Then comes the centerpiece of the annual commemoration – the Philippine Independence Day – on June 2 with three major events lumped into a whole day affair on Madison Avenue, New York City: the 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Street Fair from 24th to 26th Street (a mini Filipino food festival cum merchandise expo cum corporate exhibits); the 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. pièce de resistance, the Philippine Independence Day Parade, starting off at 38th Street, passing an East side reviewing stand at 29th and 30th Street before turning off to 27th Street for the end of the parade. And the closing event of the day – the afternoon Cultural Festival, featuring local performers and talents as well as international entertainment celebrities and personalities both from the Philippines and elsewhere – this goes on from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to conclude the day’s activities.
The annual commemoration’s culminating event is the Philippine Independence Ball at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe Hotel at 100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard, Teneck, New Jersey 07666, telephone (201) 836-0600 on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.