Philippine Community of Southern New Jersey
Elizabeth de Leon, M.D. | President
The PCSNJ will be hosting the Consular Outreach scheduled this March 21 at the Philippine Community Center, in Stratford, NJ. Please pass this information to friends and family.
Another one wil lbe held on April 28 in Philadelphia at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 17th and Morris Streets.
Kudos to Dr. Arelyne Pacho-Ramos and the organizers. There was a good crowd who attended the recently held Affordable Health Care Seminar held at the PCC. The topics were:1. Affordable health care, 2. Alzheimer’s Disease (lay perspective) and 3. Probate (Last Will and Testament, Living Will, etc.). More people should be encouraged to attend these Community Health (and health-related) lectures, especially those who will most benefit from them.
We once again we hosted the 2014 Consular Outreach offered by the Philippine Consulate General New York at the Philippine Community Center last March 22; in Stratford, NJ. Thanks to all who volunteered and served our people as they came and availed of the services offered during the day. To our consular officers: maraming salamat po!
By: Ruben Alvarez | When the founding members of PSCNJ, Inc. first arrived in the Philadelphia area in the early 60s, they started hearing about the long ambition of the Filipino community in the Delaware Valley region to have its own center. But years passed and the ambition just remained a dream. These foundling members who were in their late twenties and middle thirties, armed with the enthusiasm and ambition of youth, decided that if the ambition must become a reality they themselves must take the leadership. They had a meeting in 1986 and the Philippine Community of Southern New Jersey, Incorporated was born.
The organization has since then been commonly referred to as “PC”. Upon its formation, PC immediately embarked on a challenging agenda to make itself known, gain credibility and respectability and ultimately win the needed support of the Filipino Community. After writing its constitution and bylaws with clear provisions as to who can be voting members and leaders it was assured that whoever joins PC will be informed and committed to its goals of acquiring and maintaining a center with strict adherence to the set principles on how business must be conducted. Then the organization undertook challenging and exhausting cultural, educational and scholarship programs while simultaneously conducting various fundraising activities to raise their treasury for the acquisition of the center. There were debutante balls, legally sanctioned raffles, caroling engagements and presentations of various celebrities from the Philippine entertainment world.
On the strength of the scholarship, educational and the cultural programs a tax exemption status was granted by the State of New Jersey to the organization in 1992. However, gaining the full support of the Filipino community as a whole proved to be a great deal more challenging. Harsh criticisms were often raised by some highly visible Filipinos and at one time the community was so divided and so discouraging to PC members. But PC’s humility, honesty, dedication, perseverance, positive attitude and hard work eventually prevailed in uniting the Filipinos behind its missions. With the support of the various Filipino organizations and civic minded private individuals a dilapidated vacated Produce Junction store was purchased in 2001. The members themselves, under the supervision of another member who happens to be a highly respected architect, in the true spirit of “bayahihan” rehabilitated the building with their own hands into its present condition. The organization’s educational, cultural and scholarship programs have been sustained and even expanded. The organization has since included charitable and senior citizen programs.
A Filipiniana Library has been established. PC also continues to support various worthy causes not only for the benefit of the Filipinos in the USA but also of the Filipinos back in the Philippines. In 2010 the mortgage of the building was fully satisfied. It now gets the needed finances to maintain the center from the rental of the two sides of the property, from fees paid by those who rent the center for various affairs as well as from some periodic fundraising activities. It gives great satisfaction to PC in seeing how the center has been meeting many of the needs of the community. But it is ever mindful of the fact that the Center can only be sustained with the continued support of the Filipinos and their friends and the willingness of today’s youth to take over the leadership when the aging original members are all gone. Presently, it is so encouraging to see some members of the youth group now taking elected positions as adults. This is a trend that PC most certainly welcomes.
PC however is also very aware that although it is able to respond to many of the needs of the Filipino community it cannot respond to ALL the needs. More service oriented programs must be initiated, supported and maintained. The center can be a rallying point of the Filipino community. The members believe that working cooperatively and speaking in a strong united voice with all the Filipinos in the region the community is destined to accomplish even greater things.
President – Senen A. Fontanilla
President-Elect – Elizabeth De Leon
Recording Secretary – Maria Camaiore
Corresponding Secretary – Sylvia Tagle
Treasurer – Maria Ramos
Auditor – Domingo Camba
Historian – Josephus Jordan
Immediate Past President – Frances M. Estella
Jerry Ancheta 2012-2015
Purie Ancheta 2011-2014
Diane Bondad 2011-2014
Estelita Cabida 2010-2013
Willie Delfin 2011-2014
Wilfredo Halina 2012-2015
Edwina jardinico 2012-2014
Michael Palis 2010-2013
Eileen Pelaez 2010-2013
Ronald Ramos 2009-2012
Jennifer Rosero 2010-2013
Emma Sosa 2012-2015
PCSNJ YOUTH OFFICERS 2012-2013
President – Melissa De Leon
Vice President – Dean Sosa
Immediate Past President – Noreen Delfin
Recording Secretary- Zach Camaiore
Corresponding Secretary – Angela Jordan
Treasurer – Sabrina Laygo
Assistant Treasurer – Matthew Fontanilla
PRO – JC Nicdao
Patrick Banzali Joelle Jordan
Jeff Malaran Floriza Mangulabnan
Eunice Nepomuceno Eliza Octavo
Patrick Silla Jeff Tagle
Maria Torculas Andrew Urbiztondo
Joseph Valanzuela Adrienne Vivero