Fil-Am Ria Serrano (2nd from left) wins post as National Vice President of the US Junior Chamber during the organization’s National Convention in Detroit, Michigan. In photo with her are the other NVP-elect officers. At far left is Jay Raymundo, who is currently serving as JCI Vice President.

Ria Serrano, President of State of New Jersey Jaycees, former President of Jaycees North Jersey and well-known Filipino American community activist, has been elected National Vice President of United States Junior Chamber during the Jaycees National Convention in Detroit, MI from Sept. 22-24, 2016.

Serrano is the first Filipina in mainland USA to assume the position of National Vice President of the organization.

In a statement to the Filipino Reporter, Serrano thanked all kababayans and non-kababayans who helped and supported her.

“I thank my family, my friends, the Fil-Am media, and especially, my fellow Jaycees in New Jersey and New York and all Jaycees leaders who voted for me. I’m grateful to all.”

When Serrano announced her candidacy last July, she said, “Twenty years ago, I was given an amazing opportunity by my parents to live in the United States. Although it was tough to leave my birth country, the Philippines, and re-start life in America, it was the values instilled by my parents that had always helped me — that no matter where I go or what I do, I can always start anew.
“Year after year, America’s promise continues to become a reality. That for as long as you keep chasing and acting on your dreams, you could reach them.”

“Today, I am blessed with a good company to work for, a good family, and a good life to enjoy every day’s blessings.”

“As National Vice President, I want to continue helping young professionals recognize their skills, strengthen and make use of their latent talents to help build communities stronger by planning meaningful projects from conceptualization to implementation. And by addressing issues that are solved through the power of positive cooperation.”

“I will continue to work with the chapters within each state and welcome all young professionals who would like to join the bandwagon and MAKE AN IMPACT.”

Aside from being a computer techie, Serrano is co-owner of a restaurant in Jersey City, N.J. called Noodle Fan Journal Square.

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