According to the DigitalEdition, for Filipinos in New York, one of the much-awaited events is the annual Philippine Independence Day Parade, this year to be held on June 1. It’s the 116th celebration and, according to Funfare’s NYC correspondent Felix Manuel, GMA (with GMA Pinoy TV/GMA Life TV) and TV5 (Kapatid5/Aksyon TV International) will be the official media partners of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. which is headed by Fe Martinez.
Felix said that 2013 Miss World Megan Young has confirmed her participation, leading the array of expected starry guests coming mostly from the two sponsor networks. (There’s a report that Megan is here on a quiet vacation and was recently seen having dinner at Haru Japanese restaurant in Pasig City with rumored boyfriend Mikael Daez and two female friends.)
Joining Megan Young and the star guests is newly-crowned Mrs. Kalayaan 2014 Josephine Vilar Rafael (with her runners-up). She’s a Medical Technology graduate from the Philippine Women’s University and currently resides in Long Island, New York. She was crowned by outgoing queen Rose Pacia LaBelle (from Elmhurst, Queens) and Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon Jr. Part of Josephine’s prize is a trip to the Philippines.
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