Ocean City’s Third Tribute to the Philippines Features Trade Fesitval and Entertainment


OCEAN CITY, N.J. — 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.

Here’s a quick recap of 4th of July events: The North End Garden Civic Assn. BIKE PARADE starts at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Registration is 9 a.m., parade at
10 a.m. The South Ocean City Assn. BIKE PARADE, registration 9 a.m. at 40th and Asbury Ave., Parade starts 10 a.m. at 40th and Central Ave. KITE Flying Contest by Air Circus, registration 6 p.m. starts at the 9th St. Beach. Prizes for Most Patriotic, Largest, Smallest, Youngest Flyer, Highest Flying, Best Homemade, Best Stunt Flyer, Oldest Flyer.  Yo Yo Demonstration and Contest 7 p.m. and Hula Hoop contest for all ages at 7:30 p.m., same location. Call Air Circus, 609-399-9343 or email aircircus@gmail.com. There will be a SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY, 9:30 P.M. fired from a barge off the 9th Street Beach near the Music Pier. Call 609-525-9300 for information or stop at the Music Pier Information Center.
NIGHT IN VENICE Reminder: Night In Venice is set for Sat., July 28 starting 7 p.m. The Parade begins at the Longport Bridge and concludes at Bay and Tennessee Aves. To enter the Boat or Home Competitions, register at www.ocnj.us/NIV or stop at the Public Relations Office, second floor of City Hall. Call 609-525-9300 or you can fax the office at 609-525-0301. You can email msoifer@hotmail.com or call after hours or on weekends 609-364-4010. Grand Marshal will be Ocean City’s Dick Richards, just inducted into the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame as one of the original members of Bill Haley’s Comets. All boaters who enter will receive a $50 gas or decorating card and a photo of their entry in the Parade. They will also receive a commemorative mug illustrating both the old bridge and new super span. This will be the City’s official keepsake of the historic construction and a collector’s item.
Homeowners who enter will also receive the mug. There will be prizes awarded in both the boat and home divisions.
Our Monday Night CONCERT SERIES starts July 9th with the BACON BROTHERS featuring film star and talented musician, Kevin Bacon and brother, Michael, composer, songwriter. The Brothers will perform their original work, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or from tickemaster.com.
On July 16 ARLO GUTHRIE and family will present a tribute to Woody Guthrie, the legendary folk singer and author of This Land Is Your Land. Arlo is a great entertainer and songwriter and hopefully he’ll perform “Alice’s Restaurant,” a classic example of the Talking Blues. Tickets available at the same locations mentioned above. The series continues on July 23 with Get the Led Out, a tribute to Led Zeppelin;  July 24 with Bruce Hornsby; July 30 Charlie Thomas and the Drifters; Aug. 6, The Machine, a tribute to Pink Floyd; Aug. 20, Little Feat and Aug. 27, Mitch Ryder.
(July 6) The SAM ROBB Memorial Beach 5K and Fun Run, 5 p.m. at the 40th St. Beach benefits a fund to Cure Childhood Cancer. The Sam Robb Fund supports a pediatric research fellow in oncology. Cure Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding target research and support of patients and families. For more information visit www.samrobb.com or call 1-800-443-CURE.
(July 6)  Ocean City’s red hot Nor’ Easter’s Soccer Team hosts the New Jersey Rangers, 7 p.m at Carey Stadium, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Half time events include a continuation of the July 4th Celebration, celebrate American Independence with the Nor’easters. Free entry to any youth soccer player on an Ocean City FC Summer team. Admission $8, children $4. Call 609-525-9999 for information or visit www.OceanCityFC.com.
(July 8) TEMPLE UNIVERSITY Football Meet and Greet, 11a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Join members of the Temple University Football Team for an autograph session. Meet members of the Spirit Squad and take photos with mascot, Hooter, the Owl. For information, call 215-204-6710 or visit www.owlsports.com.
(July 8) GLAD IN CONCERT, 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., free admission. For information, call 609-399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.
(July 8) The Ocean City Pops presents RODNEY MACK’S Big Brass Band along with Pops brass and percussion musicians. A fun program designed to delight. Sponsored by Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard at 8 p.m. Tickets $15/$10, available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or online at www.ocnj.us.
(July 9) ALEXANDER and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day-10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Everybody has bad days, but this one is something special. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters. Tickets $9, available at the Music Pier Box Office or online at www.ocnj.us. Call     609-525-9248.
(July. 11th) The First SAND SCULPTING Contest of the Season. The City celebrates    40 years of Sand Sculpting at the 6th Street Beach, starting 9 a.m. There are categories for all age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, Adults and Families. Admission in the contest is free. Participants should bring buckets, shovels and their imaginations. Non-participants welcome to take photographs and enjoy a variety of mermaids, castles, animals and etceteras emerge from the sand. Best time to take photos about 10:30 a.m.
(July 11) The Ocean City Pops presents AMERICAN TRIBUTE! Celebrate our great American patriotic tunes, Sousa marches and a tribute to our veterans. Also featuring baritone Neil Nelson capped by an audience favorite, the 1812 Overture. Sponsored by Manco and Manco in memory of John Elliott. 8 p.m., tickets $25/$10, available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us.
(July 12) The Chip Miller SURF AND TURF Contest, 7th St. Beach and mini tournament at Tee Time Golf, 7th and Boardwalk. Family surf and mini golf tournament raises money and awareness for the rare Amyloidosis disease. For more information, call 609-231-1562 or visit www.chipmiller.org/surffest.
(July 12) FRECKLE CONTEST: 6:30 p.m. at Music Pier. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. Prizes for freckle folks of all ages plus painted on fake freckles. Entry is free. Call 609-525-9300.
(July 13) Ocean City Exchange Club CRAFT SHOW, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Music Pier Loggia.
For vendor information, call 610-368-6656.
(July 14) FURRY FRIENDS Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot at 550 Asbury Ave. All proceeds benefit animals at the Ocean City Humane Society. Call
(July 14) MISS CAPE MAY County/ Miss Cape Resort Scholarship Pageant, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, $20 at the door. Winners go on to compete for the Miss New Jersey title in June 2013 at the Music Pier.
(Through July, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW presented by the Ocean City Theater Co., 813 Asbury Ave. at 10 p.m. and midnight. Written by Richard O’Brien, a cult classic musical, whose movie version has been a staple at midnight for over 30 years. Tickets are $10. Call 609-457-6686-or access www.ocrep.org.


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