Ejercito, Philip P.
Philip Victor Pecson Ejercito, age 31, passed away on March 14, 2013. He was born on July 16, 1981 in Marshfield, Wisconsin to parents Drs. Victor and Nemesia Ejercito. He attended Columbus High School and graduated from Marshfield Senior High School in 1999 in the top 5% of his class. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was currently continuing his studies and pursuing his passion for photography at the Madison Area Technical College.
More recent honors and accomplishments include his induction to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society and the 2012 Wisconsin Newspapers Association Foundation's First Award for Photography.
Philip's work mirrored his convictions, and included his involvement with the Associated Students of Madison, the City of Madison Housing Committee, along with freelance web development. Most recently, he was a photographer for numerous local media outlets, including The Isthmus, Stevens Point Journal, and The Clarion. Philip's recent work with photojournalism allowed him to combine his passions for photography and social causes, and often involved covering political and musical events near to his heart.
Philip was also an accomplished musician. He shared his gift of musicality through the violin, piano, guitar, bass, and tuba.
Philip is survived by his parents, his two brothers Michael (Karen Reed) Ejercito and Steven (Shouafoua) Ejercito, his nieces and nephews Sierra, Felicity, Dante, Skyllure, Sebastian, and Sydney, as well as his girlfriend Dara Lenz and his beloved cat Tela.
A celebration of Philip's life will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church at 1414 W. Fifth St., Marshfield, Wisconsin on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Visitation will start at 10:00am at the church, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am, officiated by Fr. Eric Berns. The burial will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.
Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Social Justice Center in Madison, WI or the Red Cross.
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Mar. 19, 2013