PIDCI Diwang Kalayaan coronation

MAY 3—The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) marks the 21st year of the Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) beauty, brains and talent contest among dalagang Filipina (single Filipino young ladies) 16 to 22 years of age with a grand Diwa ng Kalayaan Selection and Coronation Pageant and Gala at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport at 128 Frontage Road, Newark, NJ 07114, telephone (973) 690-5500 on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. the following day. Presently, six contestants are vying for the 2013 Diwa ng Kalayaan (Spirit of Independence) title. They are: Kristine Liwag, 17; Camille Jessica Cunanan, 17; Kirsten Claire Fernandez, 16, and Riana Aldana, 20; all of New Jersey; and two from New York: Allyson Prada, 21; and Judith Ashley Quilapio, 19 years old. For information and/or invitations for the Diwa ng Kalayaan Selection and Coronation Pageant and Gala, please call Chairs Joyce Castillo (848) 467-0269 or Maryann Sanagustin (908) 456-7063; or PIDCI President Fe Martinez (973) 222-0085, or any member of the PIDCI Board of Directors.

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Presentation ball to honor Santacruzan, Flores queens

MAY 11—The Catholic Action of Mary will introduce this year’s “reynas” at the 35th Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo with a presentation ball at DoubleTree by Hilton in Newark, N.J. For more information, call 201.434.8500; e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or visit www.CatholicActionofMary.com

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Asian-American Heritage Month celebration on Long Island, N.Y.

MAY 11—The 5th annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration in Suffolk County will be held at Stony Brook’s Charles B. Wang Center. Highlights are multi-cultural booth display, arts and crafts, costumes, featured presentations, photo exhibit, workshops, multi-cultural dance and musical performance, open theater, presentation of awards for Distinguished Asian-American individuals. Free admission from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the main lobby and open theater starts at 2:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., the AAAB Youth Orchestra will perform. The main feature presentation Asian artist is at 4:30 p.m. ($15). Multi-cultural performance tickets are sold online and at the entrance. Visit www.scaaab.org Contact persons are Ramon Villongco 631.742.3479, Jim Liu 631.675.6504 or Jim Young 631.913.8321.

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The Shrines of Canada

May 25-27—Day 1 - 7 a.m. bus pick up at Penn Station, 31st St. across St. John the Baptist Church, 7:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church 40 Spring St. Lodi, N.J. St. Joseph Oratory and Shrine of Our Lady of Cape in Canada. Day 2 - Old Quebec City - walk and enjoy one of the most historic cities in North America. Visit the Our lady of Victory Church, the Cathedral Basilica and the Shrine of St. Anne Debaupre. Day 3 - Shrine of the Sacred heart of Montreal.  Cost: $425/person for double occupancy room, $325/person for four occupancy room. Make check payable to “Adorno Fathers.” Send to Gloria Ramos at 100 E. Palisades Ave., Apt. A44, Englewood, NJ 07631. For the benefit of St. Michael Seminary, Adorno Fathers in Ramsey, N.J. Be sure to bring travel documents (passport/Green Card, etc.). For info, contact: Gloria & Ramon 201.776.8288, The Adorno Fathers 201.327.7375, Gerry & Naning 718.931.4254, Betty Tancio 201.592.0017, Sr. Judy 201.282.7292 or Nita Castro 201.568.9822.

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PAFCOM Friendship Night, coronation at Double Tree

JUNE 1—The Philippine American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM) will hold its annual Friendship Night and Coronation Ball at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 128 Frontage Road, Newark, NJ 07144. Event starts at 2:30 p.m. Donation is $95 per person. Check payable to PAFCOM. Attire: gown for ladies, business suit for men. RSVP by May 10 to May Durano 848.468.0977, Helen Castillo 201.920.9441, Marian Reyes 908.209.1023 or Gani Puertollano 908.230.6468.

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PIDCI independence Day street fair

JUNE 2—The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) Independence Day Street Fair takes place on Madison Avenue between 24th and 26th Streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s the all-day-long crowd-drawer being that it’s a miniature Filipino food festival and merchandise and exhibit expo. For the two blocks of Madison Avenue the east side is lined up with food booths selling the distinctive Filipino barbeque, the halo-halo, ukoy, fish balls, pancit (noodles) and a host of other Filipino delights. The west side is lined up with corporate booths, exhibits and booths selling merchandise galore. For general information or booth rentals, please call Street Fair Committee Chair Gheng Pingol at (917) 669-0505 or Co-Chair Jesse Arteche at (908) 482-1398 or PIDCI President Fe Martinez at (973) 222-0085 or any other member of the PIDCI Board of Directors.

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PIDCI ball

JUNE 8—The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) culminating event for the 2013 commemoration of the 115th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence is the Philippine Independence Ball to take place this year at the Grand Ballroom of the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe Hotel at 100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard in Teaneck, NJ 07666-6796 on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight. For information and invitations, please call any of the Independence Ball Committee Chairs: Margie Beof Wisotsky (347) 526-3271, Angie Molina (718) 875-2901 or Dora Koltsidis (617) 637-5947; or Co-Chairs Dr. Prospero Lim (347) 248-5106, Ollie David (732) 499-7995, Kimberly Mende Itskov (927) 670-6395, Joycelyn Aligarbes (646) 515-2611, Chelle Lhuillier (348) 334-0021, Ruth Medina (917) 573-1910, Agnes de Guzman (347) 840-4751, Vannie Joy Layson Sison (718) 216-4731, Marian Zourzoukis (908) 209-1023 or Eileen Reyes (646) 721-5384 or PIDCI President Fe Martinez at (973) 222-0085 or any member of the PIDCI Board of Directors.

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Sounds of Manila at Perlas Restaurant

JUNE 8—Sounds of Manila is five years old, and they invite you to come celebrate with them on June 8 at Perlas Restaurant in Woodside, N.Y. As a special treat, they will give you a preview of some songs on their upcoming CD album. • Sounds of Manila 5th Anniversary Concert • ‘Salamat Musika’ • 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. • Tickets $20 • 201.334.7228 • BrownPaperTickets.com

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Order of the Knights of Rizal to be inducted

JUNE 19—New members of the Order of the Knights of Rizal will be inducted at 6 p.m. at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Reception will follow the program.The public is invited. For details, call Joe Ramos at 646.421.0120 or Dean Suba at 212.947.0010.

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Mapa High School Alumni of USA & Canada’s 15th International Biennial Reunion

JUNE 21-23—Come join the Mapa High School Alumni of USA & Canada’s 15th International Biennial Reunion at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel (1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth, N.J.). For more info, call Lorna Herbolario-Acosta 973.998.1580, or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Clemenia Sotto-Wong 914.980.3943, or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Order of the Knights of Rizal dinner-dance

JULY 6—The Order of the Knights of Rizal of New York will celebrate the 152nd birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal with a dinner-dance from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Astoria World Manor at 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY 11102. For further details, call Dr. Ino Santos at 917.562.1812, Atty. Dean Suba 212.947.0010, Dr. Prospero Lim 347.248.5106 or Sir Joe Ramos 646.421.0120.

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Eucharistic Pilgrimage

July 14 -19—The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, Eternal Word TV Network (EWTN), sightseeing in Alabama, North Carolina, Ave Maria Grotto in Little Jerusalem, Cullman, Alabama, Lourdes Grotto of Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Poor Clare Monastery in Washington, D.C. Bus pick up at 7 a.m. in front of St. John the Baptist Church, 31st St., NYC, St. Joseph Church, 40 Spring St., Lodi, NJ 07644. Bus and accommodation is $600 each person for two occupancy. Make check payable to “The Adorno Fathers” and send to Mrs. Gloria Ramos at 100 E. Palisades Ave., A44, Englewood, NJ 07631. For the benefit of St. Michael Seminary, Adorno Fathers in Ramsey, N.J. For further information, contact Adorno Fathers 201.327.7375, Gloria Ramos 201.776.8288, Gerry & Naning 718.931.4354, Betty Tancio 201.592.0017, Judy Salcedo 201.282.7292 or Nita Castro 201.568.9822.

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Free rondalla lessons

On Sunday afternoons 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Regular lessons offered by the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla in Linden, N.J. (off Garden State Parkway Exit 136). Learn to play a traditional rondalla string instrument such as the bandurria, laud, octavina, guitar and double bass. Everyone from all age groups with all musical abilities (beginners to experienced players) are welcome. For more information, please contact Diane Valencia, UPAFR president at 732.317.3364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please visit the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla Facebook Page, or its website at http://home.comcast.net/~uprondalla/