New York City — The first Sunday of June in the city will be colorful and festive as Filipinos here and in nearby states celebrate the 116th Philippine Independence Day with a star-studded parade, a gastronomic food fair, and an entertainment show.
The June 1 cultural fair on Madison Avenue will be headed by Miss World 2014 Megan Young, the first Filipina to win the title. She earlier held her fundraising activities for the rehabilitation of Tacloban and its Haiyan super typhoon survivors.
More than 200 Filipino organizations will join the parade, from 38th to 23rd Street, and will mostly be in Filipiniana and indigenous costumes. The fun fare starts at 11 o’clock in the morning and ends at 5 PM. The Filipinos are the second largest Asian group in the US, following the Chinese.
Popular entertainers and movie stars will guest the parade, including pop diva Kuh Ledesma and singer composer Ogie Alcasid. Renowned song writer and composer Cecile Azarcon along with first Filipina Carnival Queen Bessie Badilla and Mrs. Kalayaan 2014 Josephine Rafael and her court will be among the people to watch in the parade.
The event is organized by the Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.