PEOPLE BEHIND PIDCI DESERVE WARM CONGRATULATIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL JUNE 4TH PH INDEPENDENCE PARADE IN NY AND FOR ALLOWING DISSENT; REVEALING LOIDA LEWIS CBS TV INTERVIEW IN NEW YORK; PRESERVE AMERICA'S UNIQUE BRAND OF JUSTICE
The successful and lively Philippine Independence Parade in New York City on June 4 was due to the community people behind the PH Independence Day Council, Inc. or PIDCI, and all the groups that participated.
KUDOS to all! Those organizers even brought to NY three Fil Am International beauties led by the reigning Miss Universe, R'Bonney Gabriel, and the former Miss World, Megan Young, and former Miss Universe runner-up Venus Raj. The other beauty who flew in was opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros, the only senator in the PH Senate who voted against the controversial Maharlika Investment Fund Bill of the Marcoses.
We would like to praise PIDCI for allowing dissent by permitting the progressive and patriotic Malaya Movement NJ to join the parade with over 300 participants shouting patriotic themes and anti-Marcos Jr. chants . The videos showed how they dislike the administration of Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte. And the apparent manipulation of votes during the 2022 election giving rise to questions of electoral legitimacy. The group also espoused for true democracy and sovereignty for the Philippines. See photos below taken by some of the marchers.
CBS TV In NY Interviews Loida Nicolas Lewis
I have known Loida Nicolas Lewis since our UP days in Diliman where she finished law. Then, since 1980, when I arrived in New York City for the first time, I have followed her activities and involvement in the Filipino American community.
But, her interview on CBS-TV in NY last month after her successful autobiographical book, "Why Should Guys Have All The Fun?" revealed so much information about how she became a big Filipina in America. (Entire interview is in Google). How she led the first black-owned billion dollar international food company ,which she managed and ran as CEO, after her husband, Reginald Lewis, died of brain cancer. How she led the life of a philanthropist. How she practiced immigration law in NY while rearing two young daughters as a single Mom.
Above all, the interview and her book revealed her deep love for her late husband until today, 30 years after his death. At one point during her husband's affliction, she said she paid a well-known faith healer from the PH $20,000, hoping he would be healed . The interview by Michelle Miller of CBS Mornings also revealed that Loida aimed to become a Filipina Senator or even a concert pianist . In fact, after watching the interview, I suggested to Loida to hold a piano concert at the PH Consulate in NY . She wittily replied with a concert title, "The Not So Perfect Concert. "
At 80, Loida wants to show that women can do as men do, maybe not the same way, but even better.
With due respects to those who insist in injecting politics to American justice system, I say: Justice in America is uniquely admired and respected by the rest of the world. In theory and practice, no one, not even an ex-president, should be above the law. Presumption of innocence until proven guilty is part of the rule. Preserve American brand of justice. Otherwise, there will be chaos.