- Posted June 9, 2014 by
New York, New York
Senator Schumer Joins Philippine Independence Day Celebration
June 1, 2014
New York, NY, USA
Senator Charles "Chuck" E. Schumer (D-NY) joined thousands in a Filipino Parade in New York to mark 116 years of independence of the Philippine Islands.
Schumer, author of the most recent Immigration Reform Bill which passed in the Senate but now stalled in the Republican dominated House of Representatives, is Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and is also a member of the powerful Finance and Judiciary Committee which oversees immigration reform.
Using a megaphone, he greeted a cheering crowd with "Mabuhay!" (long live) as he walked with Filipino groups along Madison Avenue. " I laud Filipinos in America for their hardwork and dedication to their chosen profession, especially the nurses and those in the healthcare industry. They always serve with a smile", Schumer was quoted as saying.
The parade was attended by Filipino-Americans clad in colorful native costumes, from a Filipiniana of the Tagalog regions to the native costumes of the Lumads of Bukidnon and the Igorots of Ifugao, with bands from NY schools and the famous bagpipes band. The Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association of Greater New York (APOAA-GNY) has been seen carrying the largest Philippine flag in the parade three years in a row.
Filipino food like lechon, pancit, suman, puto, dinuguan and other delicacies were sold in booths and which attendees enjoyed at a nearby park.
This year's parade grand marshals are Drs. Emilio and Felicisima Quines. The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI), a non-profit organization takes charge of the planning and preparation for the annual Phil Independence day celebration in New York.
The public reading of Acta de la Proclamación de Independencia del Pueblo Filipino by revolutionary forces then under Gen. Emelio Aguinaldo, signaled the proclamation of the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain in Kawit, Cavite Philippines on June 12, 1898.