[box type=”default” size=”large”] Performers in entertainment program now in final phase of rehearsals [/box]
All is set for the celebration of Rizal Day by the Filipino community.
Preparations for the celebration, which will be held in the evening of December 19 at the MET Hotel on Crooks Road, Troy, are now winding down with the overall event committee chaired by Lavinia Mateo ironing out the few remaining kinks in the program.
The performers in the entertainment program, which is under the direction of former Bayanihan dancer Dan Carrasco and Annie Meitzler, are now in their last phase of rehearsals.
Rizal Day marks this year the 117th death anniversary of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Held annually, Rizal Day is a flagship project of the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO) headed by outgoing President Imelda Martin Hum.
The celebration will open with the traditional parade of organizations affiliated with FILAMCCO. This will be followed by wreath-laying rites in front of a portrait of Rizal, the invocation and the singing of the national anthems.
Afterwards, the new FILAMCCO officers led by incoming President Ryan Rosario will be sworn in. Dr. Orly Sison, former FILAMCCO president, will be the inducting officer. This will be followed by the valedictory speech by Hum and inaugural address by Rosario.
Later, Dr. Cesar Hidalgo will recite Rizal’s “Ultimo Adios” (Last Farewell).
The guest speaker will be Philippine Honorary Consul General Jose Evangelista who is expected to extol Rizal’s values.
This will be followed by the entertainment program that will feature folk dances and dance interpretations of the patriotic songs “Ako’y Pilipino” and “Bayan Ko.”
There will also be performances during the cocktail hour. The performers will include pianist Roy Coloma, trumpeter Tony Galinato and vocalist Albert Catalan.
Cost of tickets to the event is $50 each.
For ticket purchase and reservations, individuals and parties intending to attend the affair are asked to call anyone of the following: Lavinia Mateo, tel. 248-318-5892; Imelda Hum, 810-814-2118; and Willie Dechavez, 586-713-8261.