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PIDCI 2015 Grand Marshal Reuben S. Seguritan (left) with PIDCI President Fe Martinez and Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr.


The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) and the Grand Marshal Committee headed by the PIDCI 2015 Vice-President, Dr. Prospero Lim (2012 Parade Grand Marshal), and co-chair Board Member Angie Molina have tirelessly been preparing for an elegant evening this Saturday, May 9 to honor noted area lawyer and community leader Reuben S. Seguritan as Grand Marshal for this year’s Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York commemorating the 117th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence.

Chosen venue is the famous Leonards Palazzo in Great Neck, N.Y., at 7:30 p.m.

Seguritan was the founding President of PIDCI when the ad-hoc Philippine Independence Day Committee was incorporated on Feb. 14, 2002.

He is a lawyer and an activist who, for many years, has worked tirelessly to promote the interest and welfare of Filipino-Americans.

He has distinguished himself in his profession and his volunteer service to the community especially his passion for advocacy issues that greatly impact the community.

He fought against issues affecting Filipino-Americans such as the deportation of our nurses and the repatriation move against our doctors in the 70s and 80s.

He also advocated for Filipino-American causes such as dual citizenship, overseas voting rights and the fight of our war veterans for citizenship and benefits.

After a White House meeting with Asian-Americans in 1977, Domestic Policy Adviser Stuart Eizenstat acknowledged the “benefit of Seguritan’s views on immigration policy” and promised to “give them careful consideration.”

He currently serves as general counsel of the Association of Philippine Physicians in America (APPA), the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and PNA New York, the Philippine Medical Association in America (PMAA) and other national and local organizations.

He was formerly general counsel of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).

He co-founded the Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI), an organization that provides social services to disadvantaged Filipinos, and he was the founding President of PIDCI.

He was a board member of the Asian American Federation.

Seguritan has received awards for his leadership and community service.

He was among the first batch of recipients of the highly coveted Philippine Presidential awards given by President Fidel V. Ramos in Malacañang in 1993.

Earlier, he also received another award from President Ramos in California.

In 1991, he was conferred an award by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) under President Corazon Aquino.

He has received several distinguished professional awards such as the Distinguished Professional Alumni Award in Law, the Exemplary Achievement Award in Immigration Law, the Outstanding Professional Award, and the Who’s Who in American Law.

He has also received dozens of community leadership awards in different states, including California and Hawaii from professional organizations, civic associations, media and governments such as New York City and Nassau County.

Seguritan has been a frequent speaker before immigrant groups in local, national and international seminars.

He is also a writer having published numerous articles in law journals and other publications touching on immigration and discrimination.

He currently writes an immigration column published in several newspapers in the U.S.

His interest in writing dates back to his student days at U.P. where he was editor of the Philippine Law Journal and six other student publications.

He was also a student leader.

He was an editor of the Common Law Lawyer, a California-based law journal, and is the author of We Didn’t Pass Through the Golden Door, a book of essays on the plight of Filipinos overseas.

Bienvenido Lumbera, a 1993 Ramon Magsaysay awardee, cited Seguritan for his “vision of Filipinos proud of their identity within the community of Asian-Americans and alert to their potential for making an impact.”

Before coming to the U.S., Seguritan taught law and politics in Manila and was chief counsel of Kasama Labor Federation.

He helped organize the now-defunct organization called “LUMABAN,” a group of young lawyers who defended anti-Marcos activists before and during the Martial Law years.

Seguritan is married to Corazon Magsuci Seguritan, a board certified pediatrician.

They have two sons, Frederick and Reuben Anthony.


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The Philippine Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) annually to an individual (or a couple).

The search recognizes an exceptionally outstanding person (or a couple) whose contributions have positively impacted the local community and the greater community as well.

This special honor is in recognition of excellent leadership qualities, outstanding personal achievements, contributions and service in a specific field of endeavor, as well as in the field of public service not only in the Filipino-American community but also in mainstream America.

Besides attending and promoting the parade, street fair, cultural festival on June 7, the grand marshal is also expected to take part in various pre-celebratory events that lead up to the Philippine Independence Day celebrations, namely: the Grand Marshal Gala and Investiture (May 9), the Mrs. Kalayaan and Diwa ng Kalayaan Pageants (held on April 26 and April 11, respectively) and culminating with the Grand Independence Ball (June 13).

Atty. Reuben Seguritan joins the ranks of 24 accomplished individuals/couples in the Filipino-American community who have served as PIDCI grand marshals: Dr. Emilio Quines and Dr. Felicisima David-Quines (2014), Dr. Rebecca “Dolly” Rivera (2013), Dr. Prospero Lim (2012), Dr. Edita and Nick Libramonte (2011), Dr. Zenaida and Bejamin Santos, Sr. (2010), Dr. Teofila Malanum Santos (2009), Monsignor Oscar A. Aquino, JCD (2008), Dr. Emmanuel M. Pangan (2007), Dan de Guzman (2006); Dr. Linda R. Pelayo (2005), Engr. Rudy Quiambao (2004), Fe Martinez (2003), Jean Lobell, Ph.D. (2002), Dr. Vivina Malantic (2001), Dr. Raul Sala (2000), Joanne D. Benitez (1999), Loida Nicolas-Lewis (1998 Philippine Centennial), Libertito Pelayo (+) (1997), Manuel Aldana (+) (1996), Deacon Gary Villanueva, MD (1995), Dr. Estela Gonzales (+) (1994), Dr. Alice Francisco (1993), Ric Crudo (+) (1992) and Lilia Clemente (1991).

This year will be another exciting milestone for PIDCI as it prepares for the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Independence celebrations in New York since its founding in 1990.

A-listers attending are Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr., with Mrs. Eleanor de Leon; with evening’s Guest Speaker Rep. Grace Meng, 6th District, New York; the past Parade Grand Marshals, PIDCI Past Presidents and PIDC Over-all Chairs and prominent community leaders of the tri-state area among others.

New teen singing sensation Ms. Gail Banawis, fresh from the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao showdown in Las Vegas on May 2, will be the co-emcee of PIDCI Secretary Antero Martinez.

Renditions for the evening will be shared by Tata Kay Habana and Jared Martin with classical guitar virtuoso Mr. Michael Dadap.

To attend, please contact the Chairpersons: Dr. Pros Lim (347) 248-5106; Angie Molina (718) 687-0976.

The Philippine Independence Celebration

Annual invitations were sent to high-ranking PH Government Officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senators from the Greater NY Tri-State and neighboring States Government Officials who will join the Grand Marshal, the Philippine Consulate and Philippine Mission officials, the PIDCI President and Board Members in leading the Parade.

Confirmed to attend so far is His Excellency ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., who was last here in 2012.

Philippine celebrities and California-based Philippine celebrities are expected to grace the Parade and perform at the Cultural Festival along with local cultural groups and performers.

Last year we were honored with the appearance of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer whose speech at the reviewing stand included his high praises for the hardworking and compassionate Filipino nurses and their contributions to the N.Y. diaspora; with U.S. District Court for N.Y. Southern District Judge Lorna G. Schofield happily leading the cheers from the PIDCI and parade guests.

Last year’s star-studded celebration included Ms. World 2013 Megan Young, Mr. World 2012/2013 Francisco Escobar; Black Eyed Peas apl.de.ap, TV 5’s Ogie Alcasid; and it was the first time that we had droves of California-based Filipino icons who came as a group that included Kuh Ledesma, Cecile Azarcon, Lirio Vital, Michael Vera; American-favorite David Pomeranz; with Broadway Star Anna Perez de Tagle; and our Filipino accomplished athletes — boxer Anna Julaton, Mazda racecar driver Michelle Bumgarner, Olympics ice skater Christian Michael Martinez.

At the annual parade are competing parade cultural/regional groups depicting their town’s fiestas, marching bands, colorful themed floats and various Fil-Am organizations.

Focus of this year’s parade is the 2015 theme, The Filipino: An Active Partner in Environmental and Climate Change Governance.

Newly crowned pageant winners Mrs. Kalayaan 2015 Rose Mejia Richman and Diwa ng Kalayaan 2015 Katherine Campbell; and all the Pageant winners will share the honor of being the central figures during the annual historic parade.

For 2015, a sneak preview on those who confirmed to parade from the world of fashion and pageantry include our Fil-Am pride, Christi Ashley McGarry, Bb Pilipinas 2015 Ms. Intercontinental who is expected to grace the celebration.

This will be PIDCI’s “Homecoming” celebration for her.

Joining her is Mrs. Asia International 2014, respected fashion designer Joyce Pilarsky.

Filipino celebrities from the Sunshine State of California will celebrate the Independence NY style.

List includes: Nonoy Zuniga - legendary balladeer;  Gabriel “Gab” Valenciano, son of famed Gary V — the YouTube sensation Filipino dancer, actor, musician, host, percussionist, drummer, choreographer and commercial model; Florante — the iconic folk singer (famous for “Ako’y Isang Pinoy”); Sylvia La Torre - Queen of Kundiman; Anna Perez de Tagle — Broadway and Disney Star, on her return engagement in Independence celebration; Rex Navarette - Top Fil-Am Comedian; Cheesa Laureta, known as “Cheesa” — the Filipina-American Pop/R&B singer and songwriter most noted for her run on NBC’s The Voice;  Ivan Dorschner — former housemate of the Philippine reality television show Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010; Mon David (vocals & guitar) is an award-winning California-based Filipino-American jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, musician, poet & visual artist; and Kevyn Lettau — Germany-born, U.S.-based Brazilian/jazz vocalist & songwriter.

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• OFFICIAL SPONSOR:
Philippine Airlines

• SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
PLDT/Smart/Smart World Mobile/Sun Cellular

• BASIC SPONSORS:
SMDC. Crossings TV (Ch1519). Western Union
Ramar Food International, Five Chris Catering

• BENEFACTORS:
Fritzie’s Bake Shop. Fiesta Grill, AARP, DirecTV/Santos Enterprises

• PATRONS:
Transfast. Doty’s Restaurant

• Media sponsors include Kapatid 5, the leading local Filipino newspapers and online social media.

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