Sofie Abad, a longtime volunteer community leader and organizer, has announced her candidacy, along with two others for the Board of Directors of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) in elections on Oct. 3, 2015 at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Abad is joined in the bid for the PIDCI Board by Nena Matela, another longtime volunteer community leader who is well-known in the religious and greater Filipino community for being the dance expert leader of the Parish Line Dance Ministry organization ministering dance events in numerous parishes and other social events in the tri-state area.

The other candidate bidding for a place in the PIDCI Board is Ronie Mataquel, who is currently the President of the Unified Federation of Fil-Am Educators (UNIFFIED).


Abad is highly credentialed in the area celebration of Philippine independence having been most recently an elected member of the same PIDCI Board of Directors twice in the last five year in the process also elected Vice President of PIDCI in 2009.

Abad was the Overall Chairwoman of the erstwhile Philippine Independence Day Committee (PIDC) in 1994, the ad-hoc community organization that brought the commemoration to its full-blown official being in 1990 under the auspices of the Philippine Consulate General.

The PIDCI elections this year will vote for a President and seven members of the Board of Directors.


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