PIDCI’s “Gabi Ng Mga Bulaklak” Gala For Its Parade Grand Marshal

by Kobakila News

NEW YORK – The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) is set to honor its Philippine Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal with a grand Gabi ng mga Bulaklak (An Evening of Flowers) Gala dinner dance at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel (Marriott) at 1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey  07201, telephone (908) 436-4600 on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.

The Gabi ng mga Bulaklak Grand Marshal Gala honors Dr. Rebecca Castro Rivera of New Jersey, who was voted unanimously by the PIDCI Board of Directors to serve as the Philippine Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal for 2013, a position regarded by the Northeastern US Filipino and Filipino-American community as its number one ceremonial title of the area, if not the entire United States.


Information and/or invitations for Grand Marshal’s Gabi ng mga Bulaklak Gala may be obtained by calling the chairs and co-chairs:  Dr. Prospero Lim (347) 248-5106,  Ollie David (732) 499-7995, VioletaMcGough (201) 708-8152, or GhengPingol (917) 669-0505; or PIDCI President Fe Martinez (973) 222-0085, or any member of the PIDCI Board of Directors.

Dolly, as she is called by friends and associates, is a highly successful entrepreneur who operates a string of four healthcare facilities for the elderly in New Jersey: two in Bridgewater;  the Avalon Assisted Living and Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center; and two others in Hillborough, with the same names.

Dr. Rivera boasts her facilities (she also completely owns two of them) of providing top-of-the-line amenities and compassionate care enabled by well-chosen nurses and staff.  Last year, US News cited her facilities as one of the Best Nursing Homes in the United States.

Before moving on to her entrepreneurial endeavors, Dr. River shone in the obstetrics and gynecological medical scene.  From the time she obtained her Medical Doctor’s degree from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and took the Philippine Medical Board examinations, she blazed a trail of career moves that was determinedly fast tracked towards upward mobility.

To wit:  while waiting for the results of the board exams, Dr. Rivera went into an internship at Baguio General Hospital.  Then she passed her ECFMG and migrated directly to New York, where she went into a rotating internship at the Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn. 

Choosing her medical discipline in Obstetrics and Gynecology, part of her residency at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City was an intensive training at the long-famous Margaret Hague Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey.

From there, she went to Doctor’s Hospital in Manhattan, New York as well as the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, at the same time.  After completing her American Medical Board examinations she established her OB-GYN private practice in Edison, New Jersey.

She made history when she was accepted into the staff of the OB-GYN department at JFK Medical Center, which was up to that time an all-male department, it hired Dr. Rivera to become the first woman to join the department.

From first woman in the all-male department, her career path zoomed from mere department secretary to first woman President of the Executive Committee of the JFK Medical Center’s Medical-Dental Staff.  Along the way she chaired the OB-GYN Peer Review Committee, became the OB-GYN Representative to the JFK Medical–Dental Staff, moving up to Secretary-Treasurer and then Vice President and finally President.

In community volunteerism, Dr. Rivera is currently into medical missions to the Philippines.  She has and/or has had memberships in prestigious medical organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA),  the New Jersey Medical Society, the New Jersey OB-GYN Society and the Philippine American Medical Society (PAMS).

In charity work, aside from contributing free time, Dr. Rivera offered medical assistance free of charge, including physical examinations.  She was a member of Eastern Star, sister charity organization of the Freemasons, where she was her local chapter’s Worthy Star.

She considers building a local church in Aurora Hills, Baguio City for her priest brother one of the highlights of her charitable pursuits.

Throughout her private practice and personal mission, Dr. Rivera raised three wonderful and successful sons.

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