NEW YORK — From the world-famous Dinagyang festival dancers of Ilo-Ilo, to the bright and festive Manggahan festival dancers, these Filipino high school students brought color and more fun to the biggest Philippine Independence Day parade outside the Philippines.
Filipinos in the East coast joined the world in celebrating the 120th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.
East coast Filipinos took over 15 blocks of Madison Avenue to show off Pinoy pride.
Organizers say the future of this parade depends on these young Filipinos.
“It’s important coz the next generation ultimately will gonna will step up into the next leadership roles, it’s always important for the youth to keep embracing their culture, the heritage, just as the same passion as their parents,” said Ryan Verano.
Meanwhile, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop held a Philippine flag – raising ceremony at the Jersey City hall to celebrate freedom and democracy on Philippine Independence Day.