A group of Robredo supporters who helped organize the successful Pink Caravan For Leni in Jersey City on Dec. 12, 2021 is preparing to hold another pro-Leni motorcade at Rabkin Park in the Township of Union, Union County, New Jersey at 10:00 a.m. on February 6, 2022.
This was announced by Eduardo Dela Cruz, a retired nurse from Bellevue Hospital in New York, who is now active in the local community and spiritual affairs. Dela Cruz has earned the moniker “Lugaw ni Leni King of NJ “ because during the last three pro-Leni public activities in NY and NJ, he gave away delicious free lugaw which he and his wife Jo, also a retired nurse, cooked.
A member of Global Filipinos For Leni, Dela Cruz is being assisted in organizing the Union Township caravan by 1SAMBAYAN NJ Chapter, United Filipinos in North America-New Jersey, Eastern Seaboard Bicolandia Association, and the newly-formed Filipino Americans For Leni.
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% Asian people who call the Township their home. It may be recalled that Paul Verzosa, a long-time Union resident ran twice for a township council seat. Unfortunately, he lost by 400 votes in one of those elections.
A Filipino couple, Romeo and Teresa Palencia are among the Mayor’s Aides and Deputy Mayor’s Aides, respectively, in the Township.
Two big organizations of Filipinos have been in existence in Union, Bayanihan Club and Battlehill, of which Dela Cruz is an active member and former officer.
The Feb. 6 Caravan promises to draw participants from the local Filipino community as well as Pinoys in neighboring counties of Middlesex and Essex. At this writing, a good number had expressed interest in joining.
Invited to speak and attend the caravan are Mrs. Loida Nicolas Lewis and Vice Presidential daughter Jillian Robredo who is a college student in New York City.