Noodle-Cooking ContestA noodle-cooking contest will be one of the highlights of this year’s celebration of the yearly Kalayaan Picnic, described as “the biggest Filipino event in Michigan.”

This year’s Kalayaan festival will be held on June 8, 2013 at its usual venue – Hamlich Park at 3001 E. 13 Mile Road, Warren. It will start at 10 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m.

The festival will mark the celebration by the Filipino community of Philippine Independence Day or Freedom Day. In the Philippines, Freedom Day is celebrated on June 12 every year.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Celebration to be held on June 8 at Hamlich Park [/box]In Michigan, the celebration is spearheaded by the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO).

Ryan Rosario, FILAMCCO president, is urging Filipino Americans in Michigan to join the celebration, which draws every year at least 4,000 people. He noted that the Kalayaan Picnic is the biggest gathering of Filipinos in the Great Lakes state.

The celebration will open with the traditional parade of colors, which will be participated in by the 40 Filipino-American organizations under the FILAMCCO umbrella. Grand Marshal Dr. Orly Sison and the FILAMCCO officers will lead the parade.

FILAMCCO Vice President Betsy Henry, chairperson of the overall event committee, said she expects many participants in the noodle-cooking contest. She said valuable prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Henry said the rules governing the contest will be released soon.

Henry also said that organizations joining the picnic will have their own table on which to place foods. She said the allocation of tables will be done on a first-come-first-served basis.

Several lechons (roasted pig) donated to FILAMCCO will be served to the picnic goers.

Other activities for the festivities will include line dancing, games and surprise numbers.

The event sponsors include DBC Company, State Farm, DTE Energy, Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Michigan, Fuji Buffet and Filipino Star News.

For further information, people or groups interested to join the celebration are asked to call FILAMCCO President Ryan Rosario at 586-808-4568 or FILAMCCO Vice President Betsy Henry at 248-770-3422.