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Meeting ALERT

APRIL 28, 2016, Thursday 630PM
Kalayaan Hall, Philippine center

556 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(between 45th/46th Street)

PIDCI Mrs. Kalayaan 2016 to be crowned


NEW YORK – The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) search for Filipina beauties in the Greater New York region’s large Filipino and Filipino-American community got its first beauty for the year 2016 – the Mrs. Kalayaan emerged victorious among six contestants – and the winner of the PIDCI Mrs. Kalayaan 2016 title is Mrs. Dhelma Lopez.

Lopez will be crowned at PIDCI’s posh Mrs. Kalayaan Coronation Pageant and Gala at the Astoria World Manor in Astoria, Queens, New York Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Joining in the coronation will be the Mrs. Kalayaan 2016 court of honor Leony Doller Rodriguez, who took the title Mrs. Kalayaan Filipino-American; Trefonia Brecio, Mrs. Kalayaan Philippines; Marian Reyes Zourzoukis, Mrs. Kalayaan Luzon; Donna Nuguid San Pablo, Mrs. Kalayaan Visayas; and Rose Abejar, Mrs. Kalayaan Mindanao.

Lopez hails from Baliangao in Misamis Occidental and is the eldest of seven children.  She currently resides in Woodside, Queens, New York.



Message from PIDCI President

Good Day:

Allow me to welcome you all to the website of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI).  PIDCI is the organization that plans, organizes, manages, produces and executes all the things that pertains to the annual celebration of the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City. The parade itself is usually on the first Sunday of June along the stretch of Madison Avenue and immediately followed by a street fair and cultural festival that features special guests (celebrities) from the Philippines and local Filipino talents.

The parade, however, is but one of the activities brought out by PIDCI.  In the months prior to the first Sunday of June,  we have various commemorative events that will show case the Filipino spirit. We start with the GRAND MARSHAL GALA where they are presented to the Filipino community in front of their family and friends; the MRS KALAYAAN PAGEANT (for the older Filipina/Filipina-American) follows and then the DIWA NG KALAYAAN (for the young Filipina/Filipina-American).  To cap the festivities, we have the INDEPENDENCE BALL which is usually held after the parade.

We hope that you will be involved in this 118th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence. Come and join us in the commemorative events; come and join us in the parade; and come and join us in the Independence Ball.

Mabuhay Ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay Ang Kalayaan!

Prospero A. Lim, MD

PIDCI President 2016


2016 PIDCI Grand Marshal

PIDCI 2016 Grand Marshals
Leonidas “Ned” Pulido, MD & Carmencita “Menchie” Pulido
About Our Grand Marshals

Dr. Leonidas (Ned) Pulido was born in Infanta, Pangasinan and Carmencita (Menchie) Pulido was born in Claveria, Cagayan. Ned finished his medical school at the University of the Philippines in 1961 and Menchie finished her RN at San Juan De Dios School of Nursing in 1963 and her Bachelors degree in Nursing at La Concordia College
Ned came to the USA in 1962. He started in St. Louis Missouri for his internship then went to Lankenau Hospital and Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia for his internal medicine residency. In 1967 he went for his fellowship in nephrology at Maimonides Medical center and while there he managed the Dialysis Center until he joined the Catholic Medical Center as an attending physician in internal medicine and nephrology. He started his private practice in the Jamaica area of Queens and continued for 25 years until he retired.
Menchie came to the USA in 1964. She trained at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Hospital and at Cook County School of Nursing under the Exchange Visitors program. She later worked at Maimonides Medical Center and Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn. She taught at Caledonian Hospital School of Practical Nursing Program while working part time in Ned’s office. She volunteered and served in various capacities e.g. treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary at Mary immaculate Hospital, a member of the Auxiliary to the Queens County Medical Society, and participated in several fund raising projects to help the Senior Care program and the medical Student Tuition Program.
After fifteen years, Menchie decided to go back to nursing (non-clinical). She worked for the Catholic Medical Center home health Agency where she held various positions including liaison between the Catholic Medical Center and Veterans Administration Systems. The most challenging position she assumed here was as Director of their Long island Branch. Wanting a change after ten years, she joined the Visiting Nurses Association as director of Admissions and Case management.
Ned and Menchie are very active in community activities. They are both very much involved in the Ilocano American Association, Inc. for over thirty five years. Menchie is a big supporter of the annual Miss Little Ilocana project. When she was elected president of the IAAI in 2005, among her first official acts was to revive the group’s scholarship program for poor but deserving college bound students in the Philippines. Ned and Menchie hosted private parties to raise funds for the scholarship program. Ned took over the chairmanship of this project and they are both determined to continue it. During her second term as president of IAAI, she was elected president of the Auxiliary to the Philippine medical association in America (PMAA) and Ned was elected Vice president of the PMAA. He eventually became president when the president died in office and he had to continue to finish the term
Menchie found it hard to be president of two organizations at the same time but she was game, and eventually found it fun and rewarding.
A tennis enthusiast, Menchie joined the Eastern Filipino Tennis Association and eventually became its president for two) terms. She was an avid supporter of the young players and promoted the Junior Tennis Development Program.
In spite of their busy schedules, they found time to be involved in the medical missions of the PMAA and they were both very active in the planning and preparation and execution. They have been participating in medical missions for more than ten years for PMAA and also have been involved with the Pangasinan Association medical missions.
Ned and Menchie are also involved with the San Lorenzo Ruiz Association in America and have served as Hermano/Hermana of the feast of San Lorenzo and of Our Lady of Manaoag. Ned is a member of the Knights of San Lorenzo Ruiz and of the Order of the Knights of Rizal.
This past summer, Menchie volunteered by helping a certified home health agency review charts and in billing. She also sponsored a luncheon for the homeless in the Harlem section of New York.
Ned and Menchie are both retired. They devote their time to community service and they are active in a number of organizations. Menchie was one of the 2009 Filipino Achievers in America (philanthropic/humanitarian sector). They have received Professional and leadership awards from numerous community organizations.
They are blessed with a lovely daughter – Carmela.
The Philippine independence Day Council, Inc is honored and proud to have them as our Grand Marshals for 2016!


PIDCI Mrs. Kalayaan 2015

Rose Mejia Richman was crowned 2015 Mrs. Kalayaan during the Pageant and Gala Night last April 25, 2015 at The Astoria World Manor in Astoria Queens.
Now on its fourth year, the Mrs. Kalayaan Pageant is a popularity contest for married or formerly married Filipino/Filipino-American women who embodies the ideals of a role model for women today and the young women of tomorrow.

Rose hails from Cagayan de Oro City and is a proud “lumad”- a true representative  of one of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao. A Certified Nurse Assistant since 1997 (she is also a businesswoman involved in real estate) , the humble beauty stated that she is proud of her heritage and will support the PIDCI in their efforts to promote the country during her reign. She would like to focus on her advocacy in helping others in anyway possible. She would like to use her title to help raise awareness of the plight of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao.


She will receive a round trip ticket to the Philippines and participate in the 10th Annual Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour to the Philippines courtesy of Philippine Airlines. She will also share the honor of being the central figure of the parade, together with Diwa ng Kalayaan 2015 Katherine Campbell at the  Philippine Independence Day Parade in Madison Avenue on June 7, 2015.

Angelina Dogillo Haboc, a Registered Nurse and former Miss Casiguran in Sorsogon, was crowned Mrs. Kalayaan- Filipino-American 2015 and won Best in Evening Gown and Miss Photogenic.
Other winners were:

Mrs. Kalayaan-Philippines 2015 : Eliza Baccay Manzano

Mrs. Kalayaan-Luzon 2015- Marilyn Cabagui Martin (Mrs. Congeniality)

Mrs. Kalayaan-Visayas 2015 – Lisle Marrero

Mrs. Kalayaan-Mindanao 2015- Maryann Gerbolingo Milyo

Mister World 2012/13 Francisco Javier Escobar Parra was among the judges that evening. He was joined by fellow Wilhelmina model Chris Moore; choreographer Virgie Alvarez and Filipino Reporter’s Manny Caballero.

The pageant was hosted by Antero Martinez and the lovely Dr. Mariliz Guerrero Policarpio, a former Miss New Jersey-America runner-up and Mrs. Philippines-America 2010 winner.


PIDCI Diwa ng Kalayaan 2015

Diwa Ng Kalayaan 2015 Coronation Night


An eighteen year old stunner from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey was crowned Diwa Ng Kalayaan 2015 last April 11, 2015 at the Grand Ballroom of the Double Tree by Hilton, Newark, New Jersey. Katherine Campbell, 2013 National American Miss New Jersey Teen winner, added another crown to her collection.

The 5′4 beauty who definitely has a million dollar smile also won the Most Photogenic award. “I am ecstatic just to be here! I promise to make the most of this new experience. I am honored to be able to represent the Philippines and my fellow Fil-Americans. The title of Diwa ng Kalayaan is a great way for me to inspire other people who were born and raised in America but have ties to the Philippines. As I learn more about the Philippines throughout my year I will be able to share my experience and knowledge with other Filipino Americans. Hopefully my experience will inspire them to learn more about their heritage. As for the youth back in the Philippines, I hope to influence on them through volunteering in their hometowns and sharing stories of what my life is like in America.“. She enthused after being crowned by outgoing queen Mikaela Alexa Rada assisted by Consul General Mario Lopez De Leon Jr. and Mrs. Kalayaan 2014 Joji Rafael. Katherine will be joining the winner of Mrs. Kalayaan 2015 (to be crowned on April 25, 2015) at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in NYC on June 7, 2015.

Rianne Avendula-Philips of New York, New York was crowned Miss Filipino-American and romped off with the Miss Congeniality and Miss Charity special awards.

The rest of the titleholders are:

Hiyas ng Pilipinas- Jasmine Binag- Nutley, New Jersey

Bituin ng Luzon- Joanna Lizardo- Allendale, New Jersey

Bituin ng Visayas- Anne Marie lim- Jersey City, New Jersey

Bituin ng Mindanao- Andrea Hermoso- Bayonne, New Jersey

The pageant was hosted by Miguel Braganza and former Diwa ng Kalayaan Marvee San Agustin and served as the initial event for the 117th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence here in NYC.

The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) is the organizer of the biggest Philippine Independence Day Parade outside of the Philippines. The 25th Annual Parade will be on June 7, 2015 on Madison Avenue between 38th and 23rd street which will include a Street Fair and a Cultural Festival.

Many fans here are hoping there would be a repeat of 2013’s parade wherein three of the Philippines’ biggest networks were the event’s media partners. Kapatid, Kapuso and Kapamilya die hards are hoping to see their favorite stars.

As for beauty pageant aficionados, Megan Young’s participation last year was a big event and this year, everyone hopes to see Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental Christi Lynn Landrito McGarry during the parade which can be a homecoming of sorts for the east coast based beauty queen. Hopefully, her co-Bb winners can join her.


The 117th Philippine Independence Day Celebration in New York Kicks Off With “Diwa ng Kalayaan” 2015 Coronation

The Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI) will kick of the 117th Philippine Independence Day Celebration with the crowning of this year’s “Diwa ng Kalayaan” on April 11, 2015 at the Grand Ballroom of The Double Tree Hilton Hotel Newark Hotel.

Six lovely teens will compete for the prestigious crown and the winner, together with the winner of Mrs. Kalayaan 2015 ( to be crowned on April 26, 2015) will serve as ambassadors of PIDCI and will have the chance to join the Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors visit to the Philippines later this year.

The six ladies competing this year are Joanna Lizardo, Rianne Avendula Philips, Jazmine Emmanuelle Binag, Andrea Joyce Hermoso, Katherine Campbell and Anne Marie Lim.

Last year’s events were very well attended and this year, everyone expects to top the one hundred thousand record attendance of 2014.