Presented by the Council of Filipino Organizations
Cultural Day - June 10th, 2023
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
PIDC Gala Night - June 29th, 2023
5:30 PM to 12:00 AM
New Central Location
At the center of downtown Phoenix close to Valley Metro Rail stations.
Discounted parking fee ($11) available at the self-park garage for Chase tower. The entrance to this garage is located on the east side of N 1st St, on the northeast corner of N 1st St and E Monroe St. Look for a turquoise sign that reads "P" in white, and a white overhead sign that reads "Chase Tower Garage, Enter" in black. There is an additional entrance on N 2nd St between E Monroe St and E Van Buren St.
122 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Light Rail – Head two blocks south of the hotel to the Jefferson Street and Washington / 3rd Street Valley Metro Rail station for convenient transportation to and from a variety of East and West Valley locations.
A showcase of beauty, intelligence, and wisdom.
Mrs. Philippines Arizona is much more than a traditional beauty pageant. The competition emphasizes the connection to Filipino culture and heritage while providing an opportunity for contestants to showcase their unique attributes. Qualified candidates must be 24 years of age or older and actively represent an Arizona-based Filipino American community organization.
Parade, Food Vendors, Live Entertainment, Raffles & Prizes, Kids Crafts, Health Screening, Photo Booths, and Exhibits
In the Philippines, it is a regular holiday observed on June 12th of each year. Also known as 'Araw ng Kasarinlan' or 'Day of Freedom', this day commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12th, 1898. ( Historical Brief )
"For the Filipino American community, Philippine Independence Day is primarily a celebration of cultural heritage and identity. It is observed separately and in addition to the American July 4th Independence Day holiday. For those with relatives from the Philippines and/or close ties to the Filipino American community, it is a time to show appreciation for a multitude of time-honored traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation." (Source: Chikka Magazine)
For most, the Philippine Independence Day Celebration is an important symbol of bravery, resilience, and progress. Appropriately, the liberation from Spanish colonization stands as a critical milestone in the historical record of the Philippines and basis for the sense of cultural identity shared by members of the global Filipino community. Learn more: The Historical Origin of the Holiday in Brief
Furthermore, it is a way to help the next generation to learn more about their heritage. The annual event is also revered for its ability to promote, preserve, and share the richness of the Filipino American cultural with the greater community. As a source of a pride, it is an important reminder that cultures can co-exist and that each culture is deserving of appreciation & respect.
The Council of Filipino Organizations of Arizona (CFO) organizes and sponsors an annual event to commemorate this day. It typically includes a showcase of Philippine history in the form of reenactments and exhibits. The celebration also features culture and tradition through dance, music, fashion, and food. Another popular highlight of the festivities is the Mrs. Philippines Arizona Beauty Pageant.
The Philippine Independence Day Celebration of Arizona is a public event and open to all. Both Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike are invited to participate and/or watch. The schedule of events is ideally suited for a fun and entertaining day out with the entire family.
The PIDC Cultural Day event is FREE and open to the public. However, a paid ticket is required to attend the PIDC Gala Night and Mrs. Philippines Arizona finals.