Cagayan de Oro Barangay 17 Kapitan Jerico Goldmar Pimentel Ebabacol led Kagay-anons as they danced on Madison Avenue last June 2 during the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City, considered to be the biggest Philippine Independence Day celebrations outside the Philippines.
Garbed in metallic gold ensembles inspired by the traditional wear of various Northern Mindanao cultural communities and originally designed by the late Cagayan de Oro fashion designer Bien Amador, members of the Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Association in New York, Inc. performed their street-dancing moves at the heart of Manhattan in the rather unusual chilly weather as spring transitions to summer.
"We are proud to showcase the cultural heritage of Northern Mindanao," Eddy Aranez, an officer of the association who hails from Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, told Mindanao Daily News.
On its 28th edition, the annual parade drew in many contingents. There were Duterte supporters and non-supporters, the all-Ateneo conference, Philippine-based fraternities, Filipino nurses in New York, and several beauty title holders. The performers from Iloilo and Guimaras stood out with their street-dancing prowess. Tribu Gingoog won the judges over with their traditional-derived choreography and costumes.
The parade was organized by the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc.
"Our participation in the parade inspires us to go full-blast as we prepare for the Tapok next year," Rely Manacay, president of the Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Association in New York, Inc. said. He is referring to the biennial gathering of Kagay-anons all over the world, which the association is hosting in New York on July 2019. -MP
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