The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) together with the Miss World Organization held a fund raising event at the Double Tree by Hilton in Newark, New Jersey last November 20, 2013. Despite the freezing weather hundreds of people flocked to the event for a worthy cause plus the chance to see the Philippines’ first ever Miss World winner Megan Lynne Young who was escorted by reigning Mr. World Francisco Javier Escobar Parra, a NY based Colombian model.
A special program unfolded during the night featuring the best Filipino talents in the east coast area. Steve Douglas, MWO Events Director, praised the resilience of the Filipino people amidst the great tragedies that happened in the Philippines. A moment of silence was held for the victims and to honor them, he requested NY based Pinay singer, Kay Habana to sing “Bayan Ko”. It was the most emotional moment of the evening. Several guests in the audience were in tears knowing how tragic the typhoon was and some of them had family members who are still missing nearly two weeks after Yolanda hit the Central Visayas region.
A check worth $20,000 was turned over to the MWO to help people back home. Megan was very grateful for the money that will surely benefit the needy people in the affected areas which she will personally visit on November 28 and 29.
It was also announced that Megan will be back in NYC next month and will attend the 116th Philippine Independence Day Parade in June next year. The parade is organized by the PIDCI and is considered the biggest Independence Day Parade outside of the Philippines.
Photos by Rex Romero, Boyet Loverita and Felix Manuel
(Source: OPMB Worldwide)