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113th Commemoration of Philippine Independence in New York City
KOR New Jersey Chapter serves as Color Guards
Thousands of Pilipino Americans and guests witnessed one of the post participated ethnic parades in the East Coast for decades, June 5, 2011 from 12 noon along the length of Madison Avenue in New York City.

The Philippine Independence Day Parade is a celebration for the Filipino American community in the Northeast United States. New York, New Jersey and Connecticutt are home to more than half a million Filipinos.

One of its main purposes is to create awareness of Philippine culture in the U.SA.

The other events are FLAG CEREMONY at the Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Avenue; INDEPENDENCE MASS at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center; PARADE OPENING CEREMONIES on Madison Avenue and 37th Street.

STREET FAIR and the CULURAL FESTIVAL at Madison Avenue, 26th to 24th Street,

The Philippine Consulate General in New York, with the support of the Filipino American community, organized the Philippine Independence Day Committee (PIDC) to commemorate the birth of Philippine Independence every year.

Click the picture below to play the video of the parade courtesy of Manolo (Mannie) LagalagNY
Lagalagny Video Part One
Parade highlights in video. Thanks to Pochit1 for allowing us to promote his documentary.
For more information about the yearly independence day celebration in New York, visit the oficial website of the Philippine Independence Day Organizing Council at
In the bucolic surroundings of Dapitan, Jose Rizal led a quiet life serving the people on the city. Assuming the role of a doctor, teacher and engineer, he steered the inactive country into action.

From award-winning director Tikoy Aguiluz, together with Albert Martinez and Amanda Page, comes an honest and intelligent film interpretation of the National Hero's exile in Dapitan.The movie won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor in the 1998 Brussels International Film Festival. In the Philippines, Rizal sa Dapitan won the Best Picture and Best Director in the 1997 FAMAS Awards, Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award in the Metro Manila Film Festival, and Movie of the Year and Director of the Year in the Star Award.

Sir Gali Munar is providing the “Rizal in Dapitan” DVD for the screening.

In a related story, Five Corners Library in Jersey City will serve as part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Dr Jose Rizal. This joint project by Knights of Rizal and FANHS New Jersey Chapter will also be launched on June 13, 2011.

The day will start with a simple ceremony which will be followed by photo exhibits of  the life of the hero including his short journey to the United States in 1888 and last farewell in the US House of Congress in 1902.

Rare photos and documents will be shown for viewing. Works by the members of Knights of Rizal will be presented to generate students and strangers to the life and  pride of the Malay race. The exhibit on the second floor will run from June 13 to 30 during the library hours. Light lunch will be provided during the screening and exhibit lunching in the evening.

FREE "Rizal Sa Dapitan" Movie Showing
- Sir Nestor Palugod Enriquez
Consul General Mario De Leon, Guest of honor delivering an impromptu speech
Just a part of the sizable crowd.
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LATEST UPLOAD: 6-13-2011
Jersey City celebrates 150th birthday of
Dr. Jose Rizal
(42 Photos from The Jersey Journal)
NJ.Com, Jersey City - Jersey City celebrated the 150th birthday of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

The polymath and patriot who fought for Filipino rights during the Spanish colonial era was honored at Rizal Park where Jersey City Mayor Jerremiah Healy and Councilmen Steven Fulop and Peter Brennan were knighted into the Order of the Knights of Rizal.

At the event, a wreath was laid in honor of Rizal, whose actual birthday is today, June 19.

Also, members of the Filipino community hosted a special birthday party for Rizal at City Hall, complete with traditional Filipino cuisine. They also staged a mock trial where Rizal was convicted of inciting revolution and sentenced to be executed.

(Richard J. McCormack/The Jersey Journal)
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Philippine Consul General to New York Mario De Leon, Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy and City Councilman Peter Brennan.
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As part of an ongoing celebration of the 150th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Knight of Rizal NJ Chapter, Filipino American Historical Society, and the New York Philippine Consulate are inviting everyone to a special free screening of “Rizal Sa Dapitan”on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 6pm. The venue is at the Harold Washington Library Center Auditurium, Five Corners, Jersey City.