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PRDC Pista Sa Nayon
Philippine Republic Day Celebration (PRDC)

PISTA SA NAYON (Filipino Festival)

Grand Prairie Traders Village
2602 Mayfield Road
Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
(972) 647-2331

This year, through the valued support of the management & staff of Traders Village in
Grand Prairie our guests did not suffer the heat of the summer. Our event was held  at
one of the three covered pavilion at one of the biggest flea market in the United States/
Traders Village also famous for its special events. The General Manager, untiring
Allan Hughes, his staff and Alice Buescher, Advertising and Promotions Executive of
Traders Village relentlessly did an excellent job supporting PRDC with all the tasks to
be done. Thanks to you Allan, Alice and to all of you who made this event a stunning
success. Long live the Filipino Americans!

(Photos courtesy of Marie Pascua)
Photos of 2006 and 2007 Pista Sa Nayon are featured at our
PRDC Web site:
The Parade of Banners started the event. From Left to right:  
Oscar Macaraeg, PRDC Auditor, Dr. Manny Rivero, PRDC
President, Lita T. Cruz, PRDC 1st Vice President, Shirley Griffin,
PRDC Board Member, Dr. Leo Tipay, PRDC Gintong Alay
Awardee 2008.
Chito dela Cruz and Julie Grant
Blessie Macaraeg, Olive Padilla, Lopar's Nephew,
Lopar Lopez, Linda Gabrillo and Lita de Jesus
FAS:  Bernadette Sloan and Aida Muhleisen
The Parade of Banners was followed by the Santacruzan.

Santacruzan is a festivity to commemorate Queen Helena’s search of the Holy Cross.The legend tells us
that Queen Helena at the old age of 75 and around 300 years after Christ had died on the cross had come
in search of the Holy Cross at Calvary. She was able to discover three crosses and so she instructed one of
her sick servants to lay on all three crosses and the one where the servant was miraculously healed was
believed to be the Holy Cross. The anniversary of Queen Helena’s discovery of the cross is on May 3.
Pista Chair person, Merna Parcon
holding the microphone, Anna Baladad,
Miss Philippines USA and Ron
Dr. Manny Rivero, the PRDC President
2007-2008 as he delivered his welcome and
appreciation speech.
Lita T. Cruz, PRDC 1st Vice President 2007-2008 as she
talked about the freedom that the Filipinos have been
enjoying for  the last 110 years
The statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary right after the crowning which is part of the Santacruzan

And the entertainment began...
audience were conveniently
seated enjoying the show.
If the Philippines has the
Angelos, in Dallas Fort Worth, we
have the Lost Angelos... Pabs
Gaurino, Edwin Jabillo, John
Panares and Lopar Lopez.
Anna Baladad
Lopar & Marnee Lopez
Nap & Nene Ramirez
Linda Gabrillo & Manny Gamboa
Shirley Griffin and Lopar Lopez
The PRDC Fund Raising Bingo
Sponsored by:
Horseshoe Casino
Supported by Friends as gift donors
Happy Independendence Day!