100,000 Fil-Ams celebrate Independence Day in song, dance

An estimated 100,000 Filipino Americans trooped to Madison Avenue June 5 to celebrate the 113th Philippine Independence Day in song, dance and cuisine.

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay graced the occasion along with Filipino celebrities Jericho Rosales and Karylle Padilla.

Organized by the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General, the annual event is considered the largest outside the Philippines.

“This year’s turnout is overwhelming, we had to request for additional officers from the NYPD to help us control the crowd,” said festival chair Catherine Uy.

The foot-and-float parade that kicked off the celebration included hundreds of contingents from various civic and religious groups, alumni and nonprofit associations, local government units. Tribu Pan-ay, the award-winning group from the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo, made a special appearance.

CBS 2 reporter Hazel Sanchez anchored the parade, introducing each contingent. When gaps in between groups took a stall, seasoned entertainer Archie D was on hand to keep the celebratory mood of the
crowd going.

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