JCI Hawaii Filipino Junior Chamber
The Filipino Junior Chamber is dedicated to the personal and professional development of its members, as well as creating impact and positive change within its communities, particularly the Filipino Community.
The Filipino Junior Chamber’s legacy can be traced as far back as 1970 when Geminiano “Toy” Arre, Jr. made history by becoming the first president of non-Japanese descent to lead the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. During Toy’s tenure, he led the effort with Ernest Mina to form the first Filipino-themed JCI chapter in Hawaii with Ed Hasegawa as its first president: the Bayanihan Jaycees. Unfortunately, the word ‘Bayanihan’ was forced to be removed due to the U.S. Junior Chamber’s policy banning ethnic connotations to chapter names. Although it got renamed to the Metropolitan Jaycees, the chapter’s bayanihan spirit remained.
The U.S. Junior Chamber’s policy eventually changed and a new chapter later emerged as the Oahu Filipino Jaycees. It became a solid source for young leadership in the local Filipino community, bringing forth today’s notable individuals such as Judge Rey Graulty, Roland Casamina, Larry Ordonez, Alex Sonson, and Willie Espero. Some of its members would ultimately be instrumental in helping establish Oahu’s Annual Filipino Fiesta and the Filipino Community Center.
After some time of hibernation, today’s organization began to form in the late 1990s by Harry Alonso. In 1998, the Filipino Junior Chamber officially reemerged as the Honolulu Filipino Junior Chamber of Commerce (HFJCC) with Michelle Acosta as its first president. Under Eric Barsatan’s leadership in 2008, HFJCC branded itself simply as the ‘Filipino Junior Chamber.’
Under Jay Raymundo’s leadership in 2011, HFJCC officially renamed itself ‘JCI Hawaii Filipino Junior Chamber of Commerce’ as JCI resources have become more readily available to its national and local organization members.
In 2012, Ryan Fernandez became the first ex officio board member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. This position would continue to be held by current Filipino Junior Chamber presidents and open leadership and networking opportunities to members.
Like the chapters that preceded it, the current chapter has a diverse and talented membership. Current and former members are sought for their leadership by businesses, government of all levels, and the community. Today, the Filipino Junior Chamber is the local community’s PREMIER organization for young adults in leadership development.
For more information or to join, please contact Niccolo Gruta at email@example.com.
The Filipino Junior Chamber is affiliated with the following organizations: Hawaii Junior Chamber; Junior Chamber International; United States Junior Chamber and Oahu Filipino Community Council
JCI Hawaii Filipino Junior Chamber Officers for 2013
Chairman- Ryan Fernandez
President- Randy Cortez
Executive VP- Galileo Tan
Treasurer- Mary Aguilar
Secretary- Heide Torno
Management VP- Rachel Cabanizas
Business Development VP- Zhoydell Magaoay
Individual Development VP- Vacant
Community Development VP- Kristane Gaspar
International Development VP- Niccolo Gruta
Membership Development VP- Gabriel Torno
Board Staff- Brandon Elefante, Christian Evangelista, Eligie Pinacate, Joshua Javier
Annual Flores de Mayo/Filipino Fiesta
Night of Honor/ The Outstanding Young Filipinos (TOYF)
Save a Bottle Save a Life (SBSL)
Night of Honor/TOYF
The Filipino Junior Chamber cordially invites you to the 3rd Night of Honor, scheduled for Sunday, December 9, 2012. This event will introduce the FJC’s incoming executive board and will continue on to bestow the highest honors by the United States Junior Chamber to two of the organization’s current and former members. This year’s recipients are Scott Arakaki, attorney at Badger Arakaki, LLC and Jay Raymundo, CEO of Aloha Rehabilitation Services. The event will culminate with the recognition of The Outstanding Young Filipinos in Hawaii, residents of Filipino Ancestry who have gone through great efforts to better themselves and the community.
The event will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom, doors open at 6pm, program to start at 6:30pm. Business Formal/Filipiniana attire. Tickets are $60. For RSVP, please contact Brandon Elefante at (808)-779-9126 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.