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Fe Martinez seeks unprecedented 3rd term as PIDCI President

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NEW YORK -- Fe Martinez, who has had a euphoric two-year role as President of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) over the last two years, has filed for the same much-sought-after position for a third year in a row, on the basis of a new provision in the just-ratified PIDCI bylaws.


As PIDCI President for the last two commemorations of Philippine Independence in New York, Fe has turned the months-long, multi-event commemoration into the outstanding success that it was, especially this past year, when the centerpiece of the entire commemoration, Philippine Independence Day (the first Sunday in June), featured the participation of all three major Philippine television networks:  first timer TV5, ABS-CBN-TFC, and GMA, overwhelming the satiety of Greater New York area Filipino audiences.

As icing on the cake of the thought-to-be last year of her Presidency (according to term limits under the then PIDCI bylaws), PIDCI collaborated with the Philippine Department of Tourism and its global promotion “It’s more fun in the Philippines” in bringing back to Independence Day the world-famed Dinagyang “Queen of Philippine Festivals” from Iloilo City that had largely been responsible for drawing 100,000 participants and celebrators that turned out for Independence Day in 2011.

Martinez has an envious track record in community service, having been a two-term President of the Federation of Philippine Societies of New Jersey (FOPSNJ), Inc., the premier umbrella organization of the state, it counts with well over 40 organizations as members.

She was also Grand Marshal of the PDOC (Philippine Day Organizing Council) Philippine day parade in Passaic, New Jersey in 1993, and the year after, she was elected Overall Chair of PDOC.

Later Martinez was chosen by PIDCI to be the Grand Marshal of the Philippine Independence Day Parade commemorating the 105th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence in 2003.

Martinez is today a highly successful business entrepreneur, however, she still adeptly manages to divide her time between her thriving business and her volunteer community endeavors – which is why many of those in the community describe her as a consummate community volunteer, a leader par excellence.

Her performance as President of the Philippine Independence Day Council leading the annual Philippine Independence day commemoration remains unchallenged – repeating last year’s feat of drawing no opposition to her quest for an unprecedented third consecutive year of PIDCI’s Presidency.

The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) elections for President and seven members of the Board of Directors are scheduled at the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue, between 45th and 46th Streets, in Manhattan, New York 10036-5002 on Saturday, October 5, 2013. 

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