Kalayaan Picnic by FILAMCCO[box type=”default” size=”large”] Annual celebration to be held on June 11 at Halmich Park [/box]

Top realtor Betsy Henry has been appointed chairperson of a committee tasked to make preparations for this year’s celebration of the yearly Kalayaan Picnic, which is described as “the biggest Filipino event in Michigan.”

This year’s Kalayaan festival will be held on June 11 at its usual venue – Halmich Park at 3001 E. 13 Mile Road, Warren. It will start at 10 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m.

The theme of the celebration is “Proud Pinoy: Highlighting the Filipino Camaraderie and Talents in Cultural Arts.”

The festival will mark the celebration by the Filipino community of Philippine Independence Day or Freedom Day. In the Philippines, Freedom Day is celebrated the next day, June 12.

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. Rosario noted that the Kalayaan Picnic is the biggest gathering of Filipinos in the Great Lakes state.

Rosario said that FILAMCCO is seeking company or personal sponsorships for the celebration. The sponsorship fees will be used to pay for the expenses, and if there is an income, it would be used to bankroll FILAMCCO projects, he said.

Dr. Ernestina Mac was the first to respond to the call for sponsorships. Other sponsors who have signed up so far are DTE Energy, LBC, Fuji Japanese Buffet, 168 Asian Mart, Skybird Travel, State Farm, NaFFAA-Michigan and Acclaimed Home Care.

Sponsorship fees are: $1000 and up, platinum sponsor; $500, gold sponsor; and $300, bronze. For more details about the sponsorship, prospective sponsors are asked to call Betsy Henry or Bert Reginaldo, co-chairman of the overall event committee.

The celebration will open with the traditional parade of colors, which will be participated in by the 47 Filipino-American organizations under the FILAMCCO umbrella. FILAMCCO officers will lead the parade.

Henry, who is the incumbent president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Michigan (PCCM), said that in this year’s festivities, there will be no food-cooking or barbecue-grilling contest.

Henry 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.

For table reservations, groups intending to join the Kalayaan Picnic are asked to Betsy Henry at telephone 248-770-3422.

Several lechons (roasted pig) donated to FILAMCCO will be served to the picnic goers.
Other activities will include arts and crafts for children, ball games, chess tournament and line dancing.

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