Pink Caravan for Leni gathers steam; Filipinos in Union, NJ prepare to roll out on Feb. 6

by Manuel Caballero

Leni Robredo for President supporters at Jersey City event | Contributed Photo

UNION, NJ – Still fresh from the successful Pink Caravan For Leni in Jersey City last month, another motorcade rolls out at the Robkin Park in the Township of Union, Union County, New Jersey, on Feb. 6, 2022, at 10 a.m.

Several community members from Union have organized the event led by Eduardo Dela Cruz, a retired nurse from the Belleview Hospital in New York, and his wife Jo, a former nurse. He earned the title Lugaw ni Leni King of New Jersey because of the delicious free lugaw (porridge rice), which he and his wife cooked and prepared for the participants at the previous pro-Leni events in Queens, New York, and Jersey City, NJ.

Eduardo Dela Cruz, Lugaw ni Leni King of New Jersey Eduardo and Feb. 6 organizer | Contributed Photo

Dela Cruz is a member of the Global Filipinos For Leni. 1SAMBAYAN-NJ chapter, United Filipinos in North America-New Jersey, Eastern Seaboard Bicolandia Association, and the newly-formed Filipino Americans For Leni have thrown their support in organizing the Pro-Leni Pink Caravan.

Union Township is about 25 minutes drive south of Jersey City. Of the township’s 56,000 population, some 3,000 are Filipinos, part of the 10 percent Asians that call Union Township their home. Filipinos own several businesses in the area. Some have been active in local government as staff members of the city councilmen, education, and library boards, such as Paul Versoza, a respected community, entrepreneur, and political leader.

The Bayanihan Club, its choral choir, and the Battlehill Association are two big Filipino organizations. Dela Cruz is an active member and former officer of the Bayanihan Club.

Pink Caravan for Leni in Queens, New York | Contributed Photo

According to Dela Cruz, the Feb. 6 Caravan promises to draw participants from the local Filipino community and Pinoys in neighboring counties of Middlesex and Essex. At this writing, a good number had expressed interest in joining.

Mrs. Loida Nicolas Lewis and Jillian Robredo, daughter of Vice President Leni Robredo, have been invited to speak and attend the caravan.

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