By Manny Caballero
JERSEY CITY – Driven by a common desire to help make VP Leni Robredo the next president of their native country, FilAms from around the East Coast trooped to this city Sunday, Dec. 12, and joined the much-anticipated Pink Caravan For Leni.
Over 250 Pinoys rode in more than 100 cars decorated with pink Leni-Kiko posters, and drove along West Side Ave. where many Filipinos live. The cars were escorted by the Jersey City Police.
There was a group picture taking and a brief program before the Caravan and another program and group photo after the motorcade.
Dr. Tricia Robredo, daughter of VP Leni who is attending a medical training in New York, attended the morning program. In her talk, Doc Tricia emphasized the importance of next year’s elections. She also said her mother’s fight is the fight of every Filipino inside and outside of the Philippines.
During the program after the Caravan, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Jersey City FilAm Councilman Rolando Lavarro, Jr. and Hudson County Commissioner Bill O’Dea delivered speeches.
Many participants brought food for sharing. Some brought “lugaw ni Leni”.
Aside from New Jersey and New York, it was learned that some caravan participants came from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Beach.#
(Photos from Manny Caballero and Jennifer Castaneda; featured photo community leader Lumen Castaneda and friends)