Philippine Independence Day Parade

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Philippine Independence Day Parade
PhilippineParade2013.jpg
Also called Philippine Day Parade, Parada ng Kalayaan
Observed by Filipino people around the world, particularly Filipino Americans
Type Filipino, Filipino American, Overseas Filipino Cultural
Significance The celebration of Philippine Independence from Spain
2014 date June 1, 2014

The Philippine Independence Day Parade is a celebration for the Filipino American community in the United States home to more than 3.4 million Filipinos. Its main purpose is to create awareness of Philippine culture and to raise funds for charity projects in the Philippines and the United States. [1]

Philippine Independence, as a celebration in America, is largely an invention of the last decade—rather than having distinct cultural significance, the event is instead manufactured as a cultural awareness campaign. Earlier generations of Filipino immigrants did not celebrate Philippine Independence in significant ways. Philippine Independence is widely celebrated among Filipinos in the United States and is now a major event for many Filipino Americans to rekindle their roots and heritage.

The largest among Philippine Independence celebrations in the United States takes place in New York City every first Sunday of June. The Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City attracts over 100,000 people.

The 2014 Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City will take place on June 1, 2014, at Madison Avenue, following the tradition of the celebration being on the first Sunday of June.

Brief History[edit]

A scene at the Philippine Independence Day Parade 2013 in New York City.
Young Filipino-Americans dressed as Katipuneros at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City.

Together with the Filipino American community, the Philippine Consulate General in New York created the Philippine Independence Day Committee (PIDC) to commemorate the birth of Philippine Independence.

Established in 1990 during Consul General Hermenegildo Garcia's term, PIDC is an ad hoc committee with a life cycle of one year. All consuls general would later become honorary overall chairperson. The position of overall chairperson is elected every year. The winner in the election will then appoint the rest of her/his executive committee.

At first, the theme of each year's celebration is handed down from the government in Manila. Later on, the overall chairperson chooses the theme for her/his term. The coat of arms of the Republic of the Philippines is the centerpiece of the PIDC logo and PIDC's official address is that of the Philippine Consulate in New York. Checks payable to PIDC are mailed to and received by the Philippine Consulate and handed over to PIDC. All PIDC meetings, with rare exceptions, are conducted at the Consulate.

Crowd at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City.

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 (Spirit of Freedom, a beauty and talent contest), Youth Festival, Independence Ball, Consul General Night, Grand Marshal Night, other fund raising 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 PIDC officers and members.

Since 1993, there were calls for incorporation of PIDC. On September 8, 2001, with the election of the overall chairperson, the members of the Filipino American community were also given the chance to cast their vote on the incorporation of PIDC. Results showed that majority of Filipino Americans are in favor of incorporating PIDC. With paperwork and processing, an incorporated PIDC will take effect in 2003. Hence, 2003 was PIDC's last year under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Philippines, New York.

About The Parade[edit]

The Philippine Independence Day Parade, like any major New York City parades, has a set schedule for its annual celebration. Its usual slot is the first Sunday of June. Since its inception in 1993, the parade has steadily garnered attention not only from the Filipino American community, also from the general population of the New York metropolitan area.

The Philippine Independence Day Celebration, Inc. has been criticized for failing to invite prominent leaders and figures to join the annual event. Also, the committee has been continuously called on to allow younger Filipinos and Filipino Americans to collaborate in organizing the Philippine Independence Day Parade as opposed to the usual older generation of Filipinos, who are members of the current committee. The annual parade also experiences protests from several Philippine civic groups.

Other Parts Of The World[edit]

Jersey City, New Jersey[edit]

Several celebrations dedicated to Philippine Independence are done throughout the world. An example of this would be the Philippine-American Friendship Day Parade in Jersey City, New Jersey, held every fourth Sunday of June. [2]

Toronto, Canada[edit]

Toronto hosts an annual Philippine Independence Day Celebration. [3]

San Francisco, California[edit]

San Francisco celebrates Philippine Independence Day annually at Union Square.[4] The Philippine flag is raised at the San Francisco City Hall every June 12 as a commemoration of the event and for San Francisco's large Filipino community.[5]

Seattle, Washington[edit]

Seattle celebrates Philippine Independence Day through the "Pagdiriwang Festival," held every June at the Seattle Center.[6]

Past issues[edit]

Registration and Delinquent Financial Reports[edit]

By letter dated April 12, 2006, the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York (OAG), cancelled the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc.'s (PIDCI) registration to solicit contributions. The OAG's Charities Bureau Registry found that PIDCI had been delinquent in filing annual financial reports for 2003, 2004, and 2005, and gave PIDCI until May 12, 2006 to re-register, file all delinquent reports, pay delinquent fees, and remit a re-registration fee of $150. The PIDCI Presidents for the years in question were Reuben Seguritan, Esq., Rogelio Alama, and Nimia Lacebal, respectively; while the Overall Chairpersons for those years were Nena Kaufman, Lolit Gillberg, and Nimia Lacebal, respectively. The OAG's action may affect PIDCI's fundraising and planning for the 2006 Philippine Independence Day Parade scheduled for June 4. Days after the OAG's letter, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office ("New Jersey AG") informed PIDCI by letter dated April 26, 2006 that it had to register with the New Jersey AG's Charities Registration & Investigation Unit if PIDCI planned to hold charitable events and solicit funds in New Jersey. The New Jersey AG's Office gave PIDCI until May 11 to comply.

Past Themes[edit]

Flag-carriers at the 2006 Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City
  • 1991 · Malayang Mamamayan, Maunlad na Bayan
  • 1992 · Tagumpay ng Kalayaan, Katarungan at Kaunlaran
  • 1993 · Tagumpay ng Kalayaan, Katarungan at Kaunlaran
  • 1994 · Ang Pilipino: Maka-Diyos, Maka-Bayan, Maka-Tao
  • 1995 · Ang Galing ng Pilipino: Dakila, Magiting, Nagkakaisa
  • 1996 · Ikarangal Mo ang Pilipino, Magiting ang Lahi Mo
  • 1997 · Diwang Pilipino: Isaisip, Isapuso, Isagawa
  • 1998 · Kalayaan: Kayamanan ng Bayan
  • 1999 · Philippine Festivals
  • 2000 · Filipino Americans: The Emerging Force in the 21st Century
  • 2001 · The Philippines: Rediscovering the Filipino Spirit in America
  • 2002 · Bridging World Communities
  • 2003 · Visit the Philippines: Our Land, Our Culture, Our People...
  • 2004 · Filipino-Americans: One People, One Heritage...Building our Future
  • 2005 · The Filipino-American: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • 2006 · Celebrating the Filipino Spirit: Sa Puso, Sa Diwa, at Sa Gawa
  • 2007 · Isang Kasaysayan, Isang Kinabukasan
  • 2008 · Tribute to Filipino Excellence: Likas na Karunungan, Kakayahan, at Kahusayan
  • 2009 · The Filipino-American: Bahagi ng Bagong Bayani ng Bayan
  • 2010 · Kalayaan: Tagumpay ng Bayan (Freedom: Success of the Nation)
  • 2011 · Bagong Katipunan, Bagong Diwa, Bagong Pilipino
  • 2012 · Ang Bagong Pilipino: Bagong Kalayaan. Bagong Layunin. Bagong Pagkakaisa. (The New Filipino: New Independence. New Purpose. New Oneness.)
  • 2013 · Celebrating the Renaissance of Filipino Pride: Our Values, Our Faith, Our Culture

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