PH parade on Madison Avenue


HALA BIRA! Iloilo City’s Tribu Panayanon, champions of the recent national Dinagyang Street Dancers competition, donned their colorful costumes and pumped up the beat on Madison Avenue in Manhattan for the Philippine parade on June 2. The parade’s overall Grand Marshal was Dr. Rebecca Castro Rivera. Photos by NOEL Y. CALINGASAN/

Filipinos in New York City staged a Philippine Independence Day parade on Madison Avenue last June 2 that rivalled big homeland festivities—complete with Ati-atihan, Dinagyang and Maskara street dancers, marching bands, beauty queens on floats, movie stars and politicians.

NURSES AND BIG STARS Nurses hold high their banner in the parade

As Independence Day festivities go, the one in New York City led by the Philippine Independence Day Council took the cake in terms of pomp and celebrity. A street food fair also drew tens of thousands of Sunday participants and strollers.

Ceremonies no less fervent marking the 115th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence were also held in almost all capitals of the world where there are Philippine embassies and substantial Filipino overseas communities reside.

Filipino research scientist and ace photographer Noel Y. Calingasan took these snapshots of rising Filipino pride in New York.

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  • boybakal

    Naging OA, over decorated tong Ati atihan sa costume.
    Mas maganda pa yon dati, simple.
    Di mo maintindihan yon message kung ano. Sabi nga ng bisaya, sagol sagol.

  • sanjuan683

    hahahahaha Pinagloloko ninyo kami dahil hindi na kayo mga Filipino. American citizen na kayo. Kung Filipino nga kayo siyempre ide-deport kayo pabalik dito. Maliwanag ba so stop saying your a Filipino. Wise to say American citizen but nomore Filipino understood. Very proud pa nga kayo sa pagsasabi American citizen na kami. Tapos ngayon sasabihin ninyo Filipino. hahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Ncarreonjr

      You could actually be an american and filipino citizen at the same time. It is called dual citizenship and you can legally hold two valid but different passports. There are a lot of filipinos with american citizenship but had always lived like a filipino at heart. It holds true with other races/nationalities who came here. It is always a lot easier to change your citizenship than the culture you grew up with. A filipino will always be a filipino wherever he is, whatever his new citizenship is and as said earlier holds true with other nationalities. A lot of Mexicans, Italians, French etc act like they are still in their native countries even though they have been here in the US for a long time.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    A masquerade while children’s and parents dying at home !
    Freedom with starvations isn’t Freedom but an elites colonialism !

  • bogli_anakdami

    ay sus ginoo… another flip gung gongs exhibition of their stupidity… flip gung gongs ‘bakwet to ‘merka to display their kagung gungan…

    jan mahusay ang mga flipflams (merkan wannabes)… potlucks, tinikling, karaoke, at parada ng mga gung gongs…

    • blue_lights

      ahahahaha HOY! tumigil ka nga! nagmumukhang gung-gong tuloy ako sa katatawa sa mga comment mo!

    • jerxthegreat


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