Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. (5th from left) with Ocean City officials and members of the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia after the press conference for Ocean City’s Tribute to the Philippines.

OCEAN CITY, N.J. — The highly anticipated 6th Annual Tribute to the Philippines will be held in Ocean City, N.J. on July 18 at the City Boardwalk off Moorlyn Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets.

In a press conference promoting the event held on June 22, Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. said that the Consulate looks forward to the annual Tribute to the Philippines made possible by Ocean City led by Mayor Jay Gilian and wife Michelle, Mr. Mark Soifer, its PR Director, and the Filipino community in Southern New Jersey.

The Tribute helps elevate the presence and visibility of Filipinos in New Jersey and at the same time, helps promotes Ocean City as a tourist destination for the community, he added.

He stated that the Philippines has been the favorite lately of international tourists, having been named number 8 out 10 in Lonely Planets List of Best in Travel 2015 and Palawan as the Best Island in the World by Conde Nast.

Philippine cuisine has also attracted the attention of mainstream U.S. society with the successful launch of Filipino Restaurant Week in New York last month and the well-attended Inuman at Pulutan (Drinks and Appetizers), which both celebrate the richness and diversity of Philippine food flavors and liqueur, the consul general said.

Since 2010, the annual Tribute to the Philippines features the diversity of Philippine cultural folkdance, local cuisine, services, and native crafts.

For this year, the cultural presentation is scheduled in the morning and in the afternoon and will feature the Philippine Mutya Dance Company and volunteers from the Filipino community under the auspices of Ms. Imelda Alpas, President of Mutya, and Mr. Rey Borres as choreographer.

Rowan University Fil-Am students will also provide a special interpretation of Philippine folkdance.

A whole-day free medical mission featuring a blood pressure drive will be conducted by Filipino nurses from Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Last year more than 100 people availed of free medical service.

The cultural presentation in 2015 is organized by the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia led by its President, Ms. Ruth Luyun, and Ms. Hermie Aczon, overall coordinator for the presentations.

In addition, Rock n’ Roll performances will be provided by the Ready Rockers, featuring Hall-of-Famer Dick Richards, and Filipino entertainer Rene Sese.

The one-day celebration promises to be exciting with the New Jersey State Yo-yo Contest taking place in conjunction with the Tribute to the Philippines, and hosted by Air Circus, the purveyors of fun on the Ocean City Boardwalk since 1977.

The Yo-yo contest is sanctioned by the US National Yo-yo League and will be held at the Music Pier.

Registration to join the contest can be made at until July 15 by looking under Find Events.

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