WHAT would it take for Mayor Bloomberg to briefly show up at the annual Philippine parade in New York City, perhaps wave at the crowd, and then beat a hasty retreat?

That would be nice for a change.

But apparently this is wishful thinking.

Ever since he was first elected in 2001, he has been unfailingly invited to attend but he has not obliged not even once up to this time.

And there has never been an explanation for the mayoral snub.

It seems clear that he, or his handlers, don’t give a damn about their Filipino constituents.

For unlike other ethnic groups, the Chinese or Hispanics, for example, Filipinos do not yet have the numbers to be a factor in city elections.

In fact, even the city comptroller, John C. Liu, the highest-ranking elected city official of Asian descent, has not seen fit to accept this year’s invitation to attend.

And yet, the sponsoring Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) glowingly announces every year that the chronically-absent mayor will attend the parade.

Not even his ghost shows up; he never even bothers to send a rep in his stead.

Hey, City Hall, wake up!

To his credit, then Mayor Rudy Giuliani showed up at the Philippine parade in 1997 and spoke briefly at the reviewing stand on Madison Avenue.

Another dignitary who shared the stage was then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who also not only spoke but mingled with the crowd.

Last Sunday, despite heavy rains, Mayor Bloomberg marched at the annual Dominican Republic parade on Avenue of the Americas.


Dominicans vote in large numbers in city elections.

Incidentally, the very first Philippine day parade was held at the same avenue (now relegated to a small section of Madison Avenue), under the auspices of the defunct Philippine Communities Executive Committee (PCEC) headed by the late veteran community leader Precioso M. Nicanor.

The leading community organization, with fewer members, nevertheless had a modest building of its own on 27th Street near the Fashion Institute of Technology.

After a few years, the meeting place had become too small for the burgeoning community and it soon fell into disuse and later was abandoned.

Today, there are presumably close to 400 organizations affiliated with the PIDCI, which replaced the PCEC.

But the modern-day PIDCI has no permanent headquarters to speak of.

Like a moving target, it meets from place to place.

And its recent elections had been marred by alleged cheating and vote-rigging that led to ridiculous, expensive and unnecessary lawsuits.

Another PIDCI election is coming up.

No more hanky-panky this time, we hope.

It should put its house in order before it can win the support and confidence of the community at large.