Today was absolute chaos at the Philippine Independence Day Parade and Festival here in NYC! Chaotic in both good and bad ways… It’s always an amazing feeling to be surrounded by THOUSANDS of Filipinos who are out celebrating their Pinoy Pride. But it was SO packed that it was almost impossible to get food! The one booth we chose even ran out of rice! Needless to say, the crowd was appalled! “Can you ee-MAHHHhh-jeen!?!” Oh well… It was still well worth the 45-minute wait for our 2 skewers of BBQ pork and the high price of my hair stinking like sweat and smokey, barbecued meat.
While I may be proud to be Filipino, I had no intention of showing up at the festival until the very end… Only our homegirl, Liz Casasola, could drag us out of bed before noon on a weekend! She was scheduled to walk with fellow cast members for “Imelda – The Musical” which will open in NYC in September 2009. She’ll play the role of Cory Aquino!… She wisely gave us a 12:15pm time to show up at the parade. So, Brian and I ran up to Madison Park by 12:30pm which meant we were in time for the REAL appearance of Liz in the parade at 2:15pm. (I should’ve known she was gonna use the Filipino Time trick on us!) Of course, we love Liz and we’re so proud of her! You should all buy your Imelda tickets today!
All in all, it was a fun, sunny day in NYC hanging with the girls and bumping into old friends in the crowd. Before we left, someone stopped and pointed to the stage and asked me, “What’s going on here?” Being the big Filipino dork that I am, I shouted, “IT’S FILIPINO DAY!” One day, I hope no one will have to wonder. People will just KNOW that it’s Filipino Day. Watch out!