Every friday, the Musuem of Modern Art in New York (5th Avenue and 53rd street) is open for free from 4:30 to 9 p.M. Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night is in here!
What a better way to celebrate Independence Day this 4th of July weekend than becoming an American citizen. On Friday, July 1, 2005, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia (between 11th and 12th in Market Street), I took the oath of allegiance. I am officially a citizen of the United States of America.
The ceremony was short. It took half an hour to "seat" the applicants and their guests, and it took another half hour for the actual ceremony, which included the presentation of the colors by the Sons of the American Revolution in their colonial costumes, the National Anthem sung by Officer Cassandra Rodriguez, the Oath of Allegiance by District Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Donald J. Monica, guest speaker, Larry Kane (television journalist/author who traveled with the rock group the Beatles) and many more.
Soon-to-be Americans started lining up in front of the 2nd level Grand Hall entryway in the PA Convention Center at 1 p.m.. The actual "processing" began at 1:30 p.m. Each applicant had various colored paper (the colors sequestered corresponded to letters of the alphabet). My paper was blue and I had to line up in section 'E.'
1,250 applicants were present, and 108 countries were represented (Philippines for me). The induction ceremony I attended was the second one that happened this day. I received a "goody-bag" from the President of the United States (Bush) in an envelope that stated "A message from the President of the United States of America." In this envelope, I received a mini flag, a pamphlet which contained the constitution, the declaration of Independence and other important documents.
They showed us a video message from Bush, and a 'tribute to citizens of America.' All in all, the ceremony ended on an optimistic and patriotic note. Kane emphasizing the responsibility that was concomittant with freedom and liberty said, "Politics is everything you stand for...[and in this] political system [of the United States] you have the ultimate power to vote...so continue your sense of responsibility and don't forget about the people around you."
Philadelphia Art Museum (PAM)has this programs to attract art lovers who are night owls so my friends and I checked it out.
Every Friday, the PAM would have a theme in music and food. Yesterday, it was Celtic night so they had performers playing contemporary and classic celtic music.
However the food that was served to us (over priced too) didn't seem so celtic. The orange cheese cake was the saving grace for this lamentable night.
The host who showed us to our table wasn't so host-like, and he was very uninformative. Our waitress was rude and snotty (we tipped her just a dollar and a penny).
basically they acted all "high-faulitin" and supercillious, but their services weren't so high-class (they lived up to the stereotype of art for the elite only ( i also think that since my friends and I were younger, they made assumptions about our pecuniary status).