The Philippine American NJ Jaycees joined by some of the 2nd Annual Adobo Cook-Off participants at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. on Sept. 16, 2017.

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What an Adobo-filled day!

On Sept. 16, 2017, the Philippine-American NJ chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI) celebrated their 2nd Annual Adobo Cook-Off Competition at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., and what an amazing day it was.

From the bountiful amount of food, to the fun and games that were played, the event was able to introduce and raise funds for three causes: The Philippine-American NJ Youth Program, the Clothing Drive for Harvey Victims, and for the displaced citizens of Marawi, Philippines.

The Philippine American NJ Youth led the United States National Anthem and followed by the Philippine National Anthem.

The event was opened up by Chapter President Maricar Taino and External VP Maria Nucum, followed by Co-Chairperson and Internal VP Sabrina Inigo and Founding Member Fahib Islam — all of whom extended their gratitude to all whose contributions made their event successful.

JCI distinguished guests in attendance were JCI National Vice President Ria Serrano, JCI Senators Jane Amend, Gary Abasolo and Vivian Velasco.

An encouraging congratulatory message to the Philippine American NJ Jaycees received from Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman who said that “May the Philippine American NJ Jaycees continue to inspire, lead and act as young active citizens.”

Just like all of their past events and movements, the 2nd Annual Adobo Contest could not have been made possible without the support of friends, families and, of course, the sponsors.

Phil-Am New Jersey Jaycees extend their deepest gratitude to our sponsors, Western Union SIRCH Productions, Phil-Am Trading, Popsie’s, JCI Phil-AM NJ Associate Mayette Ocampo, JCI NVP Ria Serrano and Destiny, NJ Ministries, for always supporting us and helping to continue to spread the JCI mission.

Phil-Am NJ Jaycees would also like to specially acknowledge and thank Destiny, NJ Ministries for partnering with the chapter for a collection drive for the Hurricane Harvey victims.

The 2nd Annual Adobo Cook-Off Contest couldn’t have a contest without, of course, the Adobo!


The 2nd Adobo Cook Off entries. La Parilla de Manila of Colonia, N.J. 1st Place for business (shown Adobo on a pineapple); Kathrina Cosmiano of NJ 1st Place for Individual (shown Adobo on white pot with yellow rice).

The rivaling contestants had come together to show off their best Adobo recipes and styles, competing to be number one, to be the best Adobo in town.

Thanks to their contestants, individuals and businesses, the day was filled with electrified tension, laughter, fun and good sportsmanship.

To have continued the Annual Adobo Contest we thank the contestants who brought their delicacies for all to enjoy — (Businesses) La Parilla De Manila, Grace Restaurant, Five Chris Catering, VC Eats, NY, (Individual) Alica Abasolo, Katherina Manansal-Casmiano, Stevie Nucum and Joey Mayo.

Philippine-American NJ Jaycees would like to thank these contestants for their presentations and their mouth-watering Adobo!

To judge this year’s Annual Adobo Contest, our panel of special judges of various professional and personal background, JCI NJ State President Joyce Andes-David, Popsie’s Marisse Panlilio, Destiny NJ’s Pastor Owell Pipit, Balitang America’s Don Tagala, Western Union’s Mylz Tolentino and Asian Journal’s Momar Visaya used their skills and knowledge to judge the adobo presented this year.


Special Judges Adobo Tasting and Scoring. From left, JCI NJ State President Joyce Andes-David; Western Union, Mylz Tolentino; Phil-Am Trading, Marisse Panlilio; Balitang America Don Tagala; Asian Journal, Momar Visaya; and Destiny NJ Pastor Owell Pipit.

Adobo was judged based on taste, texture, broth and, of course, presentation.

With the results in from both special judges and crowd, the winners were as follows: Business - Five Chris Catering of Nutley (3rd), Grace Restaurant of Jersey City (2nd), and La Parilla de Manila of Rahway (1st); Individual - Alice Abasolo (3rd), Joey Mayo (2nd), and Kathrina Cosmiano (1st).

A huge “Congratulations!” to all of you for a job well done.

The Philippine-American NJ Jaycees’ Adobo Cook-Off not only brought the Filipino culture to the ever-growing city of Jersey City but also brought inspiration, empowerment, hope and awareness towards creating positive change one step at a time.

They will continue to do so through upcoming events.

Check them out on Facebook at Philippine-American NJ Jaycees for more information.


The Philippine American NJ Jaycees with Chapter President Maricar Taino and JCI New Jersey State President Joyce Andes-David cutting the banner to start the Crowd Adobo Tasting.


Pasabit Pinoy Game.


Collection Drive for Texas partnered with Destiny, NJ Ministries.


Individual category 1st Place winner Kathrina Cosmiano with her children and officers of JCI Philippine American NJ.


JCI Philippine American NJ Youth leads the United States and Philippine National Anthem.

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