Gail Banawis (kneeling) and the Noli Me Tangere, The Musical Cast.  (Photo by Jayne A. Quan)

Junior Chamber International (JCI, also known as the Jaycees) Philippine-New York hosted “100 Years of JCI Impact: A Musical Celebration,” a fundraising concert and reception on July 18, 2015 at the historic Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in midtown Manhattan.

JCI, formed in 1915, is a membership-based non-profit organization of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating positive impact in their communities.

It has more than 11 million alumni, 200,000 members and 5,000 local organizations (including JCI Philippine-New York) in more than 100 countries.

The fundraiser was held in collaboration with Event4Good, a New York-based events production company servicing non-profits, founded by project chair and Jaycee member Romainne Luis.

Proceeds benefitted Street of Dreams project, which provides performing arts workshops and scholarships to children from low-income households in the Philippines.

This project was started by Miss Saigon alum and the concert’s musical director, Miguel Braganza II.


From left, Reggie Rosales-Torrejon, Bel Molina and Vivian Velasco receive JCI honors.  (Photo by Jayne A. Quan)

Major sponsors include The Lewis College via Loida Nicolas Lewis; Fiesta in America via Fernando Mendez; and Yoli Better Body System via Carlos Miguel Cabrera.

Secondary sponsors include SMDC Premier; Ivie Joy Floral Arts + Events; Seiler Certified Public Accounts, LLP; The Adorable Chef; and Red Paper Boat Photography.

Hosted by Jaycee past president Antero Martinez and Laura Garcia, the concert featured various artists, including Giuseppe Bausilio who performed “Billy” in “Billy Elliot the Musical” on Broadway; Miguel Vera who stars in “Noli Me Tangere: The Musical”; Gail Banawis who kicked off the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight; Jason Perez from Lifetime Network’s “Little Women: NY”; Chelsea Ritenour, a coloratura soprano from Carnegie-Mellon; Edmerald Gan, the Fil-Am Michael Jackson who recently starred in “Law and Order SVU”; Bing Braganza, a California-based jazz singer; Cutuy Herrero of Filharmonic Band, members of MB2 New York and Ballet Opera Earthique; and many more local artists.

The event ended with an awards ceremony bestowing the governor, ambassador and senator titles to Reggie Rosales-Torrejon, Bel Molina and Vivian Velasco, respectively.

These awards are the highest JCI honors at the state, national and international levels, respectively.


JCI Phil NY officers and members with the cast of the musical celebration.  (Photo by Jayne A. Quan)


American Swiss Ballet Company.  (Photo by CJ Zenarosa)

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