Filipino musical theater artists Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ("Godspell" - Broadway), Rachelle Ann Go (Disney's "The Little Mermaid" - Manila), Ryan Cayabyab ("Katy!," "Larawan,"), Kirby Asunto ("Child Access Broadway"), Liz Casasola ("Imelda," "Girl Crazy"), Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Broadway Barkada, a group of New York-based Filipino actors, singers, and dancers that have been performing in various Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and GMA Pinoy TV talents Dingdong Dantes and Aljur Abrenica headlined the Philippine Independence Day Council's (PIDCI) well attended 114th Philippine Independence Parade and cultural show held on Madison Avenue Sunday afternoon.
MyFoxNY.com has described the event as the "biggest celebration of Philippine independence outside of the Philippines," which PIDCI, the umbrella organization of Filipino-American business, nonprofit, and religious groups, among others that is primarily dedicated to promoting Filipino cultural heritage and traditions, has been organizing since the 1990s to help raise funds for its member organizations' charity projects in the United States and in the Philippines.
Yesterday's festival attracted an estimated 100,000 participants and spectators that came from the New York Tri-State area, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Photos by Oliver Oliveros
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