2019 NEXTGEN Fellows enthusiastically shared their trip to the Philippines to their family, friends, classmates, and colleagues. Richelle Caday, Camillo Geaga, and Jacob Olaguir shared their wonderful experiences in the Philippines last summer. They are all excited about their recent trip and that they all plan to join the 2020 NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship and lead the next cohort of young Filipino American travelers. In addition, they plan not only to lead the way in learning more about the Philippines but also lead by example in building three libraries in the Philippines – in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan; in Pillila, Rizal; and in Biabas, Bohol. Lizabel Lozano also plays a critical role in helping put together the library in Pililla, Rizal.
On September 6, 2019, Jacob Olaguir put together an amazing cast of supporters and local sponsors for his presentation at the University of New Mexico. Jacob has successfully garnered the support of multiple organizations in Albuquerque to support him including the Asian American Association, Asian Family Center, Filipino American Foundation, and Working Classroom.
On October 19, 2019, Camillo Geaga also made a presentation of his 2019 NEXTGEN trip. This is his third consecutive trip to the Philippines and his presentation was part of the Friends of Echo Park Library Club where is a board member. Camillo shared his wonderful pics and experiences of his third trip. This trip was memorable as he had the chance to meet his distant relatives in Tarlac, Philippines.
Camillo also shared nutritious juices from native fruits and vegetables of the Philippines during his presentation. Camillo is interested in indigenous Philippine fruits and vegetables that could be used for medicine and holistic healing.
On October 27, 2019, Richelle Caday also shared her trip and pics as part of the University of Southern California (USC) Pilipino American Cultural Festival (PACF) celebration.
Special thanks to Bayanihan Foundation board member James Castillo for joining all three presentations. The Bayanihan Foundation also opened up the online application for the 2020 NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship during Richelle’s presentation. All are welcome to apply at this LINK Richelle also performed a traditional Filipino courtship dance as part of the presentation. This was a special treat during the presentation showcasing Richelle’s multiple talents https://youtu.be/UU1OUH2HPo8