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PAFCOM family: “Enjoy making a difference in your community; join the PAFCOM family.”


By MARICAR TAINO


JERSEY CITY, N.J. — On Presidents’ Day (Feb. 18, 2019), Philippine American Friendship Community, Inc. (PAFCOM) on its 4th Taste of the Philippines, served breakfast and full lunch meals to over 200 guests.

What great honor to celebrate the spirit of Presidents’ Day, through community service in the heart of Jersey City’s revitalization zone by helping those in need at Let’s Celebrate Soup Kitchen.

“We are grateful about Philippine Day (referring to the Taste of the Philippines), the food is amazing!,” said one of the participants.

Some of the Filipino dishes served were Chicken Apritada, Pinakbet, Pansit, fish and more.

Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr. and his family volunteered up early during the breakfast feeding.

Some of the volunteers were President-elect Helen Castillo, Assistant Treasurer Lita Roxas, Public Relations this writer and more PAFCOM members and friends.

Young volunteers had a day off from school.

Miss Teen PAFCOM Krismarie was one of these young volunteers.


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PAFCOM family with young volunteers at The Let’s Celebrate Pantry with Director of Admission Regina Miller.


PAFCOM encourages intergeneration relationship as one of the focus goals this year.

PAFCOM, NJ partnered with Let’s Celebrate with the mission for community outreach to help people move from hunger to wholeness.

Since 1982, Let’s Celebrate opened for services that included soup kitchen and food pantries.

It was of huge support for the adoption and sponsoring of PAFCOM on Presidents’ Day at the soup kitchen.

PAFCOM will continue to keep this partnership with in accord mission to the community.

There were shelves and refrigerators that were stock up by the volunteers.

The pantry was well ready for the next days for the participants.

Volunteers did extra cleaning and arrangement of goods.

“You all made this pantry looks very beautiful. Something that we all together want to give to the participants — their wholeness,” said Regina Miller, Director of Admissions at Let’s Celebrate.

PAFCOM are encouraging students to earn community service hours credit by reaching out to PAFCOM at via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 201.479.8941.

To qualify as participant to Let’s Celebrate, please call 201.433.5438.

The combined Grand Marshal Night and Coronation Ball will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel Newark Airport.

The Philippine Flag Raising is on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Jersey City Hall.

PAFCOM will hold its 29th Grand Parade and Festival on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Lincoln Park in Jersey City.

For more updates and information about PAFCOM’s Community Programs and Events, log on to www.pafcomnj.org; Facebook (@pafcomnj); Twitter and Instagram (@pafcom_nj).

(Editor’s note: The author is Public Relations Officer of PAFCOM, NJ.)


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With Jersey City, N.J. Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr.

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