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INFOGRAPH: P-NOY's NET WORTH THROUGH THE YEARS


MAY 18---President Benigno Aquino III's net worth has steadily risen from the time he entered politics as a congressman who represented the second district of Tarlac from 1998 to 2007, during the three years when he was a senator from 2007 to 2010, and during his stint as President that started in 2010.
A steep increase in his net worth was registered during his first year as President in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth for 2011. Aquino got richer by some P10 million in 2011, based on the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth he submitted in April 2012. Aquino earlier attributed his higher net worth to the inheritance he and his sisters received. “There is an increase and the increase primarily is because of the inheritance that I got from both my father and my mother which were finalized in 2011,” the President said, referring to the house on Times Street, Quezon City owned by his parents — the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and the late President Corazon Aquino. READ MORE...

ALSO: Cynthia Villar is richest senator, Trillanes ‘poorest’


MAY 18 ---Senator Cynthia Villar's 2010 campaign photo
SENATOR Cynthia Villar remained the richest member of the Senate while Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was the “poorest” based on their 2013 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). Villar, wife of former Senator Manny Villar and the only billionaire member of the Senate, had a total assets of P1.983 billion. Trillanes’ net worth was only P5.5 million. The second richest member was Senator Ralph Recto with P522M, followed by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (P200.5M), Senator Jinggoy Estrada (P192.8 million), and Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. (P181.9 million) Both Estrada and Revilla have been charged with plunder and detained over the pork barrel scam. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who was also charged and detained along with Estrada and Revilla, was the sixth richest member with P121 million, followed by Senator Teofisto Guingona III P113.4 million, Senator Sergio Osmeña III with P107 million, and Senator Grace Poe with P89.464 million. Senator Franklin Drilon was the 13th richest senator with P73.12 million. READ MORE...

ALSO Senators ranked by wealth: Who's the biggest loser?


Check out the full infographic below in the full report.
Senators are usually ranked by the number of votes they gain from the elections, or by their attendance in Upper House sessions, or by bills they passed and which of those have been signed into law. Occasionally though, the 24 lawmakers are also scrutinized by their wealth, which they declare yearly in the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth required by government. We ranked senators by their declared net worth in 2014 and compared the numbers with those of the year before. Who grew wealthier? Who are relatively poorer? READ MORE, VIEW INFOGRAPH...

ALSO: AMLC 53 accounts in 4 banks by political critic and economist, Solita Collas-Monsod


MAY 16 ---Solita Collas-Monsod, popularly known as Mareng Winnie, (born July 29, 1940) is a Filipino broadcaster, host, economist, and writer. She had been the 5th Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority and concurrently socio-economic planning secretary of the Philippines from 1986 to 1989. Educated at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, she holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. SOURCE WIKIPEDIA  The Republic of the Philippines, represented by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), filed the ex parte (in the interest of an interested outside party) petition for the issuance of a freeze order on 224 bank accounts and 18 investments and insurance policies owned by Vice President Jejomar Binay, certain  members of his immediate family, and close associates. This arose out of a letter, signed by the Office of the Ombudsman on Nov. 18, 2014, requesting the AMLC secretariat to do so, plus what came out of the Senate hearings. The petition was filed on May 7 and the Court of Appeals’ order came out on May 11. Much too fast? No, a petition of this nature should actually have been acted on within 24 hours, because accounts can so easily be closed, or deposits withdrawn in the blink of an eye. The ponente was Justice Ricardo R. Rosario, and the other members of the Court of Appeals First Division that issued the freeze order were Presiding Justice Andres B. Reyes Jr. and Justice Edwin Sorongon. READ MORE...

ALSO TIME TO ASK THIS QUESTION: What has Aquino really done?


MAY 18 ---By Ricardo L. Saludo who is a former chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Saludo earned his Master of Science (MS) degree, major in public policy and management, from the University of London. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1977 at the Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor's degree in literature, cum laude.  Saludo worked as a senior business editor of AsiaWeek from 1989 to 1995. Presently, he is the Managing Director, and co-founder of the Center for Strategy, Enterprise, and Intelligence, a management and media consultancy firm. He is also lecturer at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines. He teaches the course The Administrator in the Philippine Public Service. SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA 
As he pondered his administration’s choices for standard bearer, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said presidential campaign debates should focus on his achievements. Over state radio, he remarked last Friday: “This, to my mind, is the center of the issue: Who will be more trustworthy to carry on the legacy that I will leave behind?” What Aquino has done to the nation should indeed be a major election. Debating it would not only set a baseline for future public policy directions and performance targets. It could also publicly dispel myths and set the record straight on what the administration has actually achieved, especially in eradicating poverty and corruption, promoting democracy and the rule of law, and advancing national security and foreign relations. Then the electorate can better decide whether or not to continue with Aquino’s brand of governance by electing his preferred successor. So in the year ahead toward the polls next May, aspiring Chief Executives would do the nation a great service by addressing most, if not all of the following questions in key governance areas of the Aquino regime: READ MORE...

ALSO: Grace: I’m a natural born Philippine citizen


MAY 19 ---Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares inside the plenary hall of the House of Representatives for President Aquino's State of the Nation Address in July 2014. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando
- Amid questions about her citizenship in relation to her possible bid for the presidency in 2016, Sen. Grace Poe stressed yesterday that she is a natural-born Filipino. Poe said she has always been forthright about her citizenship and that all the possible legal issues involving the case had already been settled when she first entered government service as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. She admitted to having held dual citizenship before when she lived in the United States for several years when her father, actor Fernando Poe Jr., was still alive. She said she renounced her US citizenship before taking the job at the MTRCB as required by law. Based on the dual citizenship law of the Philippines, Poe said she had to revert back to her original status as a Filipino citizen. “That was a condition, if you will serve in the government, for whatever position, you have to give up whatever other citizenship you may have,” Poe said in Filipino. READ MORE...

ALSO: LP torn between Mar Roxas, Grace Poe


LAUGHING MATTER Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Food czar Francis Pangilinan share a joke before the start of the Neda board meeting in Malacañang on Tuesday. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE
Is the Liberal Party (LP) on the verge of a split? Not even House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, the chair of the LP parliamentary caucus, knows for sure. On Tuesday, Gonzales admitted that he himself could not say whether the LP would remain intact as its leaders grappled with the question of whether to go with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas or Sen. Grace Poe in 2016. “Only time will tell, but political history will tell us, based on past events, that parties separate and break up because in the setting of Philippine politics, you cannot avoid that,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the House of Representatives. His statement appears to reinforce speculations of a growing rift within LP on who to choose between Roxas, the sentimental favorite, and Poe, the rising upstart. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Queen of Kundiman’ Sylvia La Torre leads star-studded lineup on PH Day in NY  


Sylvia La Torre and granddaughter Anna Perez de Tagle will lead lineup of celebrity performers in New York’s Philippine Independence Day festivities. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO NEW YORK CITY — Organizers of the Philippine Independence Day Celebration, Inc. (PIDCI) are ramping up the nostalgia and patriotism by bringing the “Queen of Kundiman” Sylvia La Torre to headline this year’s line up of celebrity performers.
The veteran singer of “Waray-Waray” and “Sa Kabukiran,” a Philippine TV, radio and movie icon, is making a rare public appearance for the Big Apple’s Philippine freedom day festivities on June 7 onMadison Avenue. She will be joined on stage by her granddaughter, Broadway performer and former Disney artist Anna Maria Perez de Tagle. “PIDCI is very honored to have Ms. Sylvia La Torre, who is a living treasure, as our headliner,” PIDCI president Fe Martinez said. “This is an exceptional treat for all the US East Coast followers of Ms. La Torre and the kundiman, as well as the younger revelers who will be dazzled for the first time by the queen of the traditional Filipino love songs, a genre that dates back to the Spanish era.” READ MORE...


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What has Aquino really done? May 18, 2015 10:26 pm Ricardo Saludo by RICARDO SALUDO


By Ricardo L. Saludo who is a former chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Saludo earned his Master of Science (MS) degree, major in public policy and management, from the University of London. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1977 at the Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor's degree in literature, cum laude.  Saludo worked as a senior business editor of AsiaWeek from 1989 to 1995. Presently, he is the Managing Director, and co-founder of the Center for Strategy, Enterprise, and Intelligence, a management and media consultancy firm. He is also lecturer at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines. He teaches the course The Administrator in the Philippine Public Service. SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

As he pondered his administration’s choices for standard bearer, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said presidential campaign debates should focus on his achievements.

Over state radio, he remarked last Friday: “This, to my mind, is the center of the issue: Who will be more trustworthy to carry on the legacy that I will leave behind?”

What Aquino has done to the nation should indeed be a major election. Debating it would not only set a baseline for future public policy directions and performance targets.

It could also publicly dispel myths and set the record straight on what the administration has actually achieved, especially in eradicating poverty and corruption, promoting democracy and the rule of law, and advancing national security and foreign relations.

Then the electorate can better decide whether or not to continue with Aquino’s brand of governance by electing his preferred successor.

So in the year ahead toward the polls next May, aspiring Chief Executives would do the nation a great service by addressing most, if not all of the following questions in key governance areas of the Aquino regime:

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Did Aquino engineer the economic resurgence?

The administration’s main claim to success lies in the string of 6-7 percent growth since 2012 and the credit rating upgrades for foreign borrowings of the national government. But how much of those gains are attributable to Aquino? Specifically, which policies and initiatives did he undertake which significantly spurred economic expansion?

Was it the tough fiscal reforms cited by international debt agencies in upgrading Philippine sovereign debt? Did Aquino’s public-private partnership program hugely augment infrastructure, the perennial area of concern among investors? Or have public works and growth suffered due to PPP delays and chronic underspending since 2011?

Have poverty programs uplifted the poor?

Expanded to P40 billion a year since 2012, the conditional cash transfer monthly stipends for poor families, inherited from the Arroyo government, is Aquino’s key anti-poverty strategy. How much has CCT and economic growth reduced destitution?

Not much, going by the government’s own data. Poverty incidence has remained at about 20 percent since 2009. Quarterly hunger incidence, polled by Social Weather Stations, affirms the limited gains. In 2011-14, it averaged 19.4 percent, higher than the 19.1 percent average during the global recession and the Ondoy and Pepeng megafloods in 2009.

Has Aquino made big gains against graft?

Administration supporters often cite the no-bail detention of former President Gloria Arroyo and three opposition senators on corruption charges as singular accomplishments in the fight against graft.

Critics, however, point to the clique of Aquino classmates, allies and shooting buddies (KKK by its Filipino initials). No KKK crony has been made accountable the way political rivals have been, prompting Catholic bishops to decry “selective prosecution” of pork barrel graft.

No doubt the debates would ask what Aquino has done about major irregularities like: the:    

---disappearance of more than 2,000 untaxed and uninspected cargo containers in 2011,

---the billion-peso police firearms bidding Aquino himself ordered investigated in 2013, the Metro Rail Transit maintenance contract awarded to a crony consortium,

---the reported $30-million bribe demand made to Czech rail firm Inekon for an MRT contract, and tens of billions of pesos in misspending found by state auditors in the Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, and Tourism Departments,

---and the third batch of pork barrel cases which Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said are no longer her priority.

Opposition candidates may cite this column’s February 26 article, “The Tuwid na Daan Myth”, which stated:

“In the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer survey by Transparency International, nearly one-fifth of GCB respondents in the country said corruption ‘increased a lot’ since the TI poll in 2010.

Another 12 percent said sleaze got a little worse, with nearly a third finding no improvement under Aquino.

A further 35 percent thought graft ‘decreased a little’. That’s almost nine out of ten Filipinos not greatly impressed with Tuwid na Daan.”

Are democracy and the rule of law strengthened?

Opposition legislators have exposed the use of pork barrel funds in inducing lawmakers to pass Aquino’s pet bills and impeach his perceived enemies. This apparent assault on democracy and governance would undoubtedly come up in presidential debates.

So would other administration actions seen by critics as undermining democracy and the rule of law. One is the blatant disregard and open criticism of Supreme Court rulings, including unanimous decisions declaring pork barrel allocations unconstitutional. Presidential meddling in court cases involving leading politicians would also be raised.

Aquino statements preempting ongoing investigations, like the Mamasapano massacre probe, is another rule of law concern. Ditto the actions of Cabinet officials defying express court orders, such as the High Court voiding of Justice Secretary de Lima’s 2011 travel ban on former president Gloria Arroyo and her husband, and the Court of Appeals restraining order on the suspension of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay this year.

Has Aquino made Filipinos safer and more secure?

Crime fighting and prevention and disaster relief and risk reduction are life-and-death public concerns sure to figure in presidential campaign forums.

The opposition will surely cite corrected Philippine National Police data showing that crime incidence doubled between 2010 and 2014.

They would also ask what sanctions were imposed on PNP officials suspended and investigated for submitting false crime data, which made it appear that crime was declining under Aquino.

On calamities, the administration bet may wish to expound on how Aquino has implemented the 2010 National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, including the mandated creation of a billion-peso DRRM agency similar to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration.

He or she can also detail projects have been funded by the billion-peso People Protection Fund enacted nearly three years ago to safeguard calamity-prone communities.

This article has no more room to discuss them, but also major security concerns are the Bangsamoro Agreement and draft bill, and the China territorial frictions and the US military deployment in the country.

The nation would surely look forward to presidential forums discussing the above issues.

Indeed, if media held such debates, maybe when Aquino ends his fifth year in office on June 30, many Filipinos would tune in to see exactly what he has done to us.


PHILSTAR

Grace: I’m a natural born Philippine citizen By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 19, 2015 - 12:00am


Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares inside the plenary hall of the House of Representatives for President Aquino's State of the Nation Address in July 2014. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - Amid questions about her citizenship in relation to her possible bid for the presidency in 2016, Sen. Grace Poe stressed yesterday that she is a natural-born Filipino.

Poe said she has always been forthright about her citizenship and that all the possible legal issues involving the case had already been settled when she first entered government service as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

She admitted to having held dual citizenship before when she lived in the United States for several years when her father, actor Fernando Poe Jr., was still alive.

She said she renounced her US citizenship before taking the job at the MTRCB as required by law.

Based on the dual citizenship law of the Philippines, Poe said she had to revert back to her original status as a Filipino citizen.

“That was a condition, if you will serve in the government, for whatever position, you have to give up whatever other citizenship you may have,” Poe said in Filipino.

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She said she even consulted the author of the law, Senate President Franklin Drilon, about the issue and was assured that upon renouncing her US citizenship, her status would revert back to natural-born Filipino.

She said in her recent visits to the US, she had to apply for a visa just like every other Filipino.

Poe lamented that the same issue raised against her father is now being raised against her.

She said the matter should have already been settled when she was allowed to run for senator in 2013.

The issue about Poe’s citizenship has reemerged because of persistent talks about her being a candidate for president in next year’s elections.

In surveys on voter preferences, Poe has narrowed down the lead of perennial frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay.

The prospect of Poe running for president became even stronger when she was approached by President Aquino recently to discuss plans for the 2016 elections.

Poe said she has not yet decided on whether or not to seek higher office in 2016 in spite of the clamor for her to go for it.

She said talks about a possible tandem with Sen. Francis Escudero or Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II were nothing but rumors at the moment.

Asked if she has any preference between Roxas and Escudero, Poe admitted she is more comfortable with the latter because of their long-standing friendship.

Escudero served as the spokesman of her father when he ran for president in 2004. In 2013 when she ran for senator, Escudero actively campaigned for her.

“I am comfortable with Sen. Escudero but this is not the only basis (for choosing a running mate). First of all, we both do not belong to a party,” Poe said.

She added that the LP would have its own process in selecting candidates and she is not a member of the party.


INQUIRER

LP torn between Mar Roxas, Grace Poe DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:29 AM | Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


LAUGHING MATTER Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Food czar Francis Pangilinan share a joke before the start of the Neda board meeting in Malacañang on Tuesday. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Is the Liberal Party (LP) on the verge of a split?

Not even House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, the chair of the LP parliamentary caucus, knows for sure.

On Tuesday, Gonzales admitted that he himself could not say whether the LP would remain intact as its leaders grappled with the question of whether to go with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas or Sen. Grace Poe in 2016.

“Only time will tell, but political history will tell us, based on past events, that parties separate and break up because in the setting of Philippine politics, you cannot avoid that,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the House of Representatives.

His statement appears to reinforce speculations of a growing rift within LP on who to choose between Roxas, the sentimental favorite, and Poe, the rising upstart.

Crossing party lines

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Gonzales said politicians crossing party lines became inevitable as a result of the multi-party system instituted in the 1987 Constitution, “unlike before when it was very difficult to be a political butterfly.”

On the Poe and Roxas question, he said the LP was still on a wait-and-see mode.

“As a member of the LP, I’m waiting for the decision of the President because we heard the President say that Mar, as the president of LP, was first priority. But then we also heard a pronouncement he is open to fielding a candidate of the administration not necessarily from LP,” Gonzales said.

“That’s something for the LP to resolve,” he added.

Gonzales said he was not part of the selection process, and had not been consulted by the party.

“I don’t know about the Speaker [Feliciano Belmonte Jr.] but I have not been asked,” he said.

Gonzales said Roxas remained the “sentimental choice” but ultimately, it was up to the party leadership to decide based on “all available information that will guide us”.

Another LP member, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, however, said there was little chance that Roxas, the presumptive LP candidate, would slide down to vice president and give way to Poe’s candidacy.

“His opponents want to portray him as a weak presidential candidate. His detractors want to convince the voters to shun a ‘non-winner.’ Again, I think this can easily be demolished by Roxas’ track record as an incorruptible leader,” he said.

“Indeed, the starting gun for 2016 has already been fired,” Evardone said.

On Friday, Roxas was off and running in Leyte. He led the distribution of P449 million in rehabilitation funds to 26 municipalities ravaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in November 2013.

Speaking with local government officials and residents, Roxas reiterated President Aquino’s previous assurance that the national government would continue funding rehabilitation programs in all areas flattened by the devastating weather disturbance.

‘Yolanda’ survivor

Roxas, himself a Yolanda survivor, inspected several infrastructure projects in Leyte which were funded by the Rehabilitation Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), a comprehensive recovery program being implemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Among those he visited were the newly constructed public market and civic center in Dulag municipality, which were completed using P10.6 million in RAY funds.

“I did not leave you then, I will not leave you now. I will always be on your side,” Roxas told residents during his visit in Dulag town.–With a report from Marlon Ramos


INQUIRER

‘Queen of Kundiman’ Sylvia La Torre leads star-studded lineup on PH Day in NY INQUIRER.net US Bureau 1:12 AM | Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


Sylvia La Torre and granddaughter Anna Perez de Tagle will lead lineup of celebrity performers in New York’s Philippine Independence Day festivities. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

NEW YORK CITY — Organizers of the Philippine Independence Day Celebration, Inc. (PIDCI) are ramping up the nostalgia and patriotism by bringing the “Queen of Kundiman” Sylvia La Torre to headline this year’s line up of celebrity performers.

The veteran singer of “Waray-Waray” and “Sa Kabukiran,” a Philippine TV, radio and movie icon, is making a rare public appearance for the Big Apple’s Philippine freedom day festivities on June 7 onMadison Avenue.

She will be joined on stage by her granddaughter, Broadway performer and former Disney artist Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.

“PIDCI is very honored to have Ms. Sylvia La Torre, who is a living treasure, as our headliner,” PIDCI president Fe Martinez said. “This is an exceptional treat for all the US East Coast followers of Ms. La Torre and the kundiman, as well as the younger revelers who will be dazzled for the first time by the queen of the traditional Filipino love songs, a genre that dates back to the Spanish era.”

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Now based in Los Angeles with husband Celso Perez de Tagle, La Torre is the first soprano to successfully cross over into mainstream pop culture in the Philippines. She co-hosted in the early 1960s the unbeatable noontime program “The Big Show” and later “Oras ng Ligaya,” and has appeared in a number of TV shows and films, including “Oh Sendang,” “Tang-Tarang-Tang” and “Yantok Mindoro.”

Star-studded

The star-studded New York City event, which draws tens of thousands of revelers every year, will also feature top balladeer Nonoy Zuniga (“Kumusta Ka,” “Never Ever Say Goodbye”), Pinoy folk rock superstar Florante (“Ako’y Isang Pinoy,” “Handog”), Original Pilipino Music chanteuse Jam Morales (“Even If,” “A Smile In Your Heart”), Fil-Am jazz artist Mon David, Fil-Am pop/R&B singer and “The Voice” semi-finalist Cheesa, and premier Filipino American stand up comedian Rex Navarette.

Adding luster to the annual celebration are international jazz vocalist Kevin Lettau (“Sunlight,” “Bridges/Travessia”), YouTube sensation and Super Selfie King Gabriel (Gab) Valenciano, Fil-Am actor/model and “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Ivan Dorschner, and multi-awarded actor and singer Cesar Montano, one of the stars of the acclaimed Manny Pacquiao bio flick “Kid Kulafu.” Montano is also the lead star of the late Marilou Diaz’s internationally-renowned opus “Jose Rizal.”

Homecoming

The June 7 event will also serve as a homecoming for Fil-Am beauty queen Christi Lynn “Ashley” Landrito McGarry of New Jersey after being crowned in March as Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinetal. Joining her is Mrs. Asia International 2014 Joyce Pilarsky.

With the theme “The Filipino: An Active Partner in Environmental and Climate Change Governance,” the 117th commemoration of the declaration of Philippine Independence from Spain will be highlighted by colorful themed floats, open cars and lively marching bands, along with participants in captivating costumes representing dozens of Fil-Am organizations in the New York tri-state area.

Philippine Airlines, which recently inaugurated its New York flight this year, is the official sponsor.

Leading the pack of dignitaries are Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations Lourdes Yparaguirre,

Dignitaries

Consul General Mario De Leon Jr., PIDCI officers and past grand marshals, past presidents and overall chairs and this year’s grand marshal, Manhattan lawyer and civic leader Reuben Seguritan.

Various New York city and state officials, led by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, have also been invited, according to organizers.

Also gracing the parade on a special float are Mrs. Kalayaan 2015 Rose Mejia Richman and Diwa ng Kalayaan 2015 Katherine Campbell and their court of beauties, and the New York Police Department (NYPD) and its Asian American members under the NYPD Asian Jade Society.

The June 7 event will kick off with a flag ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue near 46th Street, to be followed by a solemn mass to be officiated by Concelebrants lead by Rev. Monsignor Aquino, (PIDCI’s Parade Grand Marshal 2008).

The street fair, featuring an array of Philippine food and treats, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., between 26th Street and 24th Street on Madison Avenue.The two-hour grand parade will start at noon sharp with ribbon-cutting at 11:45 a.m. from 38th Street down to 27th Street, to be followed by the cultural festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 23rd Street.


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