Consul General Senen T. Mangalile delivers his remarks for all participants to the first Philippine Independence Day Celebrations at Staten Island. (Photo by Richmond County Media)
The Philippine Consulate General in New York attended the first annual Philippine Independence Day commemoration at Staten Island last 11 June 2023.
Filipino-American performers dancing the Tinikling during the First Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Staten Island. (Photo by Richmond County Media)
Consul General and Mrs. Senen Mangalile graced the inaugural event held at the Sacred Heart School with the presence of Staten Island Borough President Vito Fosella. The event was participated in by more than 1,000 people. The day-long festivities featured Filipino food, dance, and the celebration of Filipino heritage.
Filipino-American warming up before the opening ceremony and participating booths showcasing Filipino food and products in the First Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Staten Island. (Photo by Richmond County Media)
Staten Island Officials present a certificate to the organizers of the first Philippine Independence Day celebrations at Staten Island. (Photo by Richmond County Media)
The celebrations were kicked off by a mass attended by 350 people at Sacred Heart Church. Local officials that attended the event, aside from the Borough President, were Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon and former Deputy Borough President Ed Burke. Certificates of honor to the event were presented to the organizers, the Philippine Independence Celebration of Staten Island (PICOSI) composed of leaders from 14 different Filipino organizations in Staten Island.