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Ocean City's 3rd Tribute to the Philippines Features Trade Festival and Entertainment

A trade festival featuring Filipino crafts, products and services plus a 5 p.m. show with the Sounds of Manila, a popular Filipino band, will highlight the City’s third annual Tribute to the Philippines, July 21-22. The major sponsor of the event is Western Union.

The show will also include and array of prominent Filipino entertainers. National Yo Yo Champions, affiliated with Air Circus of Ocean City, will open the show with unique routines to dance music. The Yo Yo was invented in the Philippines and means “Return! Return!” in the Filipino language.

The trade festival will be held in the Pavilion area of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Filipino Nurses Associations from Pennsylvania and New Jersey will provide a free Health and Wellness seminar at their booth locations and offer free blood pressure and blood sugar tests. Hundreds of Filipinos are employed in hospitals throughout the Delaware Valley. The Philippines has become noted for its outstanding health care facilities. Entry to the Trade Festival is free.

Two news media will cover the event including UNTV-USA that will interview visitors and stream the material back to the Philippines thus promoting Ocean City and the Mahuhay News, a Filipino wire service. There will be booths sponsored by the Philippine Department of Tourism, Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and the City, the Philippine National Bank and United Mindoro International, an organization that represents San Jose Mindoro, the community with which Ocean City has formed a sister city relationship..

Their will be many craft displays from prominent importers of Filipino goods including Casa Victoria, The Pinoy Mart, the United Philippine Community and Pacific Soul of Ocean City.

Visitors to the festival will receive free ride tickets for Wonderland Amusement Pier in Ocean City and discounts for restaurants and City shops.

Entertainers performing with the Sounds of Manila include Archie D,’ Gold Record Award winner in the Philippines; Kay Habana, a classical opera singer of traditional Filipino folk song; Nina Mojares, a multi-talented rising star who has performed at the U.S. Open, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall; Gabe Basalatan a noted ball room dancer who will dance with Nina; Gail Banawis, a 16 year old, New York singer and model who is regularly invited to perform in events for the Tri-State Filipino Community including the Pinoy Musik Festival at Great Adventure and many others. Gail holds the title of  PAFCOM Pinoy Grand Champion of 2011.

Also highlighted during the Festival will be the MB2NY Young Performers, a group of youngsters led by Broadway performer Miguel Braganza II who develops young Broadway stars and Aviela Reyes, a five year old singer and dancer who has been on stage since she was 2 ½ years old and is now with MB2NY.

Tickets to the show are $10 and can be ordered on line a www.ocnj.us or from the Ocean City, N.J. Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Music Pier is an enclosed, air conditioned auditorium on the Boardwalk facing the sea.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the weekend at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 with officials of the Philippine Consulate of New York and members of Ocean City government including Mayor Jay Gillian. For information, call the Public Relations Office, City of Ocean City, N.J., 609-525-9292 or 609-364-4010.