Before the clean-up.

Last weekend, instead of going to the beach or to picnics, the families of officers and members of JCI Philippine American New Jersey, labored in a park in Jersey City dedicated to Filipino veterans who fought and died with Americans in past wars.

Years back, the park was opened with a monument through the efforts of Philippine Plaza Incorporated.

Without the benefit of bugles and drums (except for a photo-op with the city’s youthful-looking Mayor Steve Fulop), for three days, the Jaycees of New Jersey labored, cleaned up, planted, scraped old paint and re-painted a monument inside Philippine Plaza in the downtown section of Jersey City.

This uncommon organization project did not skip our attention.

It is commendable.

It is unique.


After the clean-up.


Even the city mayor apparently admired the group’s endeavor on a Labor Day weekend, thus, prompting him to stop by and posed for a picture with the group.

We praise the officers and members of JCI Philippine American New Jersey, who took along with them their children, one as young as 5 years old, and showed them concrete example of good citizenship.

We can’t end this without mentioning the volunteers.

They are: Rose Clave, Project Chair; Joyce Andes-David, JCI New Jersey State President; Maricar Taino, JCI Phil-AM NJ Chapter President; Moppet-Maria Villasin Nucum, JCI Phil-AM NJ Chapter External Vice President; and Ria Serrano, JCI USA National Vice President.

We also acknowledge longtime community person Flor Alcantara Medel Reyes, Founder, Philippine Plaza, Inc.; and volunteers Velez and Lakandula families, Lee Clemente, Erin Badulis and Gabby Isip.


The Jaycees-NJ volunteers with Jersey City, N.J. Mayor Steve Fulop (center).


Note the late Filipino Reporter publisher’s name, Bert Pelayo (right), in the list of supporters.


Children of volunteers in action.