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Monday, June 27, 2005

THRILLA IN MANILA

According to the 2000 Census, Filipinos are the second largest API [Asian Pacific Islander] population in the United States, with the majority residing in California, New York, and New Jersey. Here in the garden state, nearly a quarter million Filipinos have chosen to live in -- you guessed it -- chilltown JC!

In case you were wondering, that is the Phlippine flag that has been displayed
along with the American flag in front of City Hall

Each summer, JC comes alive and proudly boasts its multicultural makeup through numerous weekend parades and festivals. As mentioned in this week's calendar, Exchange Place was the site of this year's Philippine-American Friendship parade and festival. Sure, the theme was Philippine-American Friendship, but yesterday's parade and festival seemed more of a celebration of the Filipinos' multiethnic and multicultural heritage. The faces are as colorful as the traditional dress, and the food is the amalgam of Malay, Spanish, American and Chinese cuisines.

The highlights of yesterday's festivities were the parade, which included among others, Mayor Healy dressed in the native Barong Tagalog, and the Fashion de Manila, which featured modernized versions of the Barong and the Terno, the national costumes for men and women, respectively.

Here are the photos, in case you missed out on all the fun. By the way, all photos are
©2005 Dojo Mojo. Be nice. Don't steal.

PARADE PHOTOS:

Exchange Place: the scene of the crime


It sure didn't rain on their parade


Flower girls


Flower boys


It wouldn't be a parade without the pretty pageant girls


Not to be overlooked: Mrs. Philippines


Grand macdaddy float with the token Caucasian dude


Healy with his posse



FASHION DE MANILA PHOTOS:













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