Be Inspired: Learn Your Philippine Heritage in the Philippines

Apply online at: NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship Application for Summer 2020 NEXTGEN Fellowship open until Friday, February 14, 2020 – 12 midnight (Pacific Time).

This Summer 2020, the Bayanihan Foundation will sponsor partial travel scholarships for up to seven young adults (18 years old and up) to visit the Philippines for 14 days – June 20 to July 4, 2020: https://bit.ly/2VSp9hz  Learn your Philippine heritage in the Philippines. Take advantage of potential travel scholarship opportunities valued up to $3,000 each. They will be awarded based on merit and financial need. The travel scholarship will go towards domestic transportation in the Philippines, meals, lodging, and sightseeing. Anticipated costs that participants are expected to cover on their own are: round trip international airfare from US to the Philippines (around $1000); passport and/or visa costs; incidentals; souvenirs; travel vaccinations (please consult your doctor); and travel insurance. Participants are also encouraged to fund raise a minimum of $200 and contribute to the Community Power Giving Circle.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Visit family & friends and immerse in Filipino culture before or after the NEXTGEN trip (reconnect with your roots)
  • Contribute to the Community Power Giving Circle and  promote diaspora philanthropy (share resources with your homeland)
  • Learn about the foundation’s service and advocacy projects (contribute in sustaining community with action), but most of all
  • BE INSPIRED to take the next steps in your personal and professional life.

(left to right): 2019 NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, and Jacob Olaguir prepare the children’s books that were donated in Giporlos, Samar (July 2019)

What’s new for the 2020 NEXTGEN Program

Ate/ Kuya (Elder Sibling/ Elder Sister/ Elder Brother) Buddy System. All 2019 NEXTGEN Fellows (Richelle Caday, Camillo Geaga, and Jacob Olaguir) plan to join the trip in 2020 and will serve as guides and mentors for the newer participants. The ‘Ate/Kuya’ buddy system is integral part to the Filipino culture more than just birth order; it is a responsiblity to help and guide younger siblings. The 2019 NEXTGEN cohort have also guided the design of the 2020 itinerary and have redirected the philanthropic, giving projects to their parent’s hometowns in Tuguegarao, Cagayan and Biabas, Bohol respectively.

(from left to right): NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, & Jacob Olaguir holds plaques of appreciation from Leyte National High School after presenting computers & accessories for students with special learning needs.

The Bayanihan Foundation invites you to be part of the 2020 cohort of NEXTGEN travelers. The foundation cannot promise you the same exemplar experiences of Richelle Caday, Camillo Geaga, and Jacob Olaguir. However, the NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship could give the opportunity to be inspired like them, create a path of success for yourself, and discover the spaces in between and the connection to your heritage and beyond. Apply today!

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2019 NEXTGEN Fellows Share Their MemorableTrip To the Philippines

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.

2019 NEXTGEN Fellow shares his trip to the Philippines at the University of New Mexico (September 2019).
2019 NEXTGEN Fellow Jacob Olaguir shares his trip at a presentation at the University of New Mexico (September 2019)

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.

2019 NEXTGEN Fellow Jacob Olaguir (far right) joins lion dancers

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 Geaga (standing left) shared his pictures and memories of his third trip to the Philippines last July 2019

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.

(from left to right) Dale Asis, Camillo Geaga, and Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal enjoys nutritious juices from indigenous Philippine fruits and vegetables (October 2019)

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.

(from left to right): Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, and Dale Asis join Richelle’s 2019 NEXTGEN trip presentation at the University of Southern California (USC) (October 2019)

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

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You’re Invited – Dual NEXTGEN Presentations in Los Angeles, CA

In October 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation has dual NEXTGEN Presentations in Los Angeles, CA and you are invited!

First NEXTGEN Presentation by Camillo Geaga On Saturday, October 19, 2019, NEXTGEN Fellow Camillo Geaga will be presenting about his recent trip to the Philippines and his upcoming plans for 2020. Camillo will also be presenting about traditional Philippine fruits and vegetables that have medicinal properties that could aid healing. The presentation will be from 12 PM till 12:30 PM at the Los Angeles Library Echo Park Branch, 1410 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA. The event is free to the public and all are welcome.

(from left to right); Richelle Caday, principal of Giporlos Central School, Evelyn Castillo, Jacob Olaguir and Camillo Geaga joins elementary school students from Giporlos Central School. The Bayanihan Foundation donated over 1,000 books to the school.

Second NEXTGEN Prsentation by Richelle Caday. On Sunday October 26, 2019, NEXTGEN Fellow Richelle Caday will also be presenting about her NEXTGEN trip. Her presentation coincides with the Pilipino American History Month (PAHM) in October 2018 and will be part of the PAHM programs. Her presentation is cosponosred by the Filipino club at the University of Southern California (USC), Troy Philippines and will be part of the larger festivities of the Pilipino American Cultural Festival (PACF). The festival will be held on Sunday, October 27 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the USC Caruso Catholic Center, 844 W 32nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90007. The event is free to the public and will consist of various cultural performances as well as booths for people to learn about Filipinx culture (i.e. clothing, music, history, media, food, etc.). Richelle Caday will be performing a cultural dance and will also be handing out information at a booth talking about the Bayanihan Foundation, her recent trip this past summer, and the upcoming NEXTGEN trip for 2020.

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You’re Invited – Dual Celebrations in Albuquerque, NM and in Chicago, IL

In September 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation has dual celebrations in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in Chicago, IL and you are invited!

Bayanihan Foundation celebration in Albuquerque, NM with Jacob Olaguir at Sub Ballroom B, Student Union Building, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

First Celebration in Albuquerque, NM On Friday, September 6, 2019, NEXTGEN Fellow Jacob Olaguir will be presenting about his recent trip to the Philippines and his upcoming plans for 2020. 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. The event is sponsored by Quetzalkuetlachtli, El Centro, and the University of Mexico. Jacob’s presentation will be held from 5:30 PM till 7:30 PM at Sub Ballroom B, Student Union Building, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. This event is free and open to the public. Bayanihan Foundation board member, James Castillo is planning to attend the event. For more information about this free event, click on this LINK

(from left to right); Richelle Caday, principal of Giporlos Central School, Evelyn Castillo, Jacob Olaguir and Camillo Geaga joins elementary school students from Giporlos Central School. The Bayanihan Foundation donated over 1,000 books to the school.

Second Celebration in Chicago, IL On Saturday, September 14, 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation will hold its annual fundraising luncheon. Proceeds will benefit a multitude of projects including a new computer lab for the disabled in Tacloban, Leyte; three new libraries being planned in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Biabas, Bohol and in Pililla, Rizal; and NEXTGEN travel scholarships for Filipino Americans. 95% of your donations go directly to programs. The luncheon fundraiser will be held from 12 PM till 2 PM at Kusina de Manila Restaurant, 632 W Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Suggested donation is $55 and includes a 12-course Filipino buffet meal. You can purchase your tickets at this Eventbrite LINK

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Bayanihan Foundation Impact in Iligan – Celebrating Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra, Catalysts for Change

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

(from left) Rotary Club of Iligan South President Juel Songkit Honoring Fellow Rotarian Dr. Vicente Saavedra for his assistance in the water well and other projects. Dale Asis standing on the right.

In 2009, I started my giving with the Bayanihan Foundation in Iligan City, Philippines. Why in Iligan? I was fortunate to have my uncle Dr. Vicente, and my aunt, Mrs. Luz Saavedra inspire me in my philanthropic giving early on. In 2019, ten years later, the Bayanihan Foundation have leveraged individual donations and have touched thousands of lives in Iligan, in partnership with the Zakat Foundation and multiple Rotary clubs in Chicago and in Iligan. Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra certainly has been a catalyst in my life. They have demonstrated the power of giving selflessly.

The Bayanihan Foundation has touched over 19, 000 people in Iligan with the help of Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra. The foundation has a long laundry list of accomplishments in Iligan:

(standing far left) Iligan Central Elementary School librarian Idamarie Navarro eceives donated books for library from Bayanihan Foundation Evelyn Castillo (second to the right) and Dale Asis (standing far right) (August 2015)

built two libraries and two latrines;

Filipino Muslim families in Tambacan village, Iligan City receive food packages during Ramadan
Uncle Vic Saavedra (far left) of the Rotary Club of Iligan South distributing food packages to Muslim villages in Mindanao

delivered 5 tons of food to indigent Filipino Muslims;

Inaugurating new water well – Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines

built six wells;

Rotarians from Rotary Club Chicago Far North donated dictionaries to Iligan Central Elementary School in 2012

hosted 23 NEXTGEN youth and Rotarians;

Filipino Christians distribute food packages to needy Filipino Muslims courtesy of the Zakat Foundation (2012 photo)

provided emergency food rations to 800 people after Typhoon Sendong in 2012;

(left to right); Mrs. Luz Saavedra, Evelyn Castillo and Idamarie Navarro-Abejo

donated 3,000 books;

(left to right); Vicente Saavedra and Evelyn Castillo enjoying the spread of native foods and delicacies during the welcome dinner in Iligan City

helped 18,000 people with rice and food donations to indigent Filipino Muslim families after the annual Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha celebrations.

Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra have been catalysts for change in Iligan. Their accomplishments live on through the lives they’ve touched. Their inspiration of helping others will go on for many years to come as the next generation of diaspora philanthropy takes on the mantle of ‘Bayanihan’ community giving.

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Running for Social Justice & Healing

MAKE YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION GO A LONG WAY! Donate to Levi Aliposa marathon run supporting Circa-Pintig and the Bayanihan Foundation

On September 1, 2019, Levi Aliposa, long-time supporter of the Bayanihan Foundation is running the 2019 Kauai Marathon to support the foundation. His marathon run will benefit both the Bayanihan Foundation and Circa-Pintig. Founded in 2001, Circa-Pintig is a 28-year-old theatre and education organization that engages in active cultural work in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Both nonprofit organizations are honored and excited that Levi is running to support both organization’s mission. Run Levi run!

(Left to right): Cristy Aliposa and Levi Aliposa

“I support both organizations because they are engaged in social justice work that highlights the importance of building and bridging communities especially at a time when our communities are facing multiple forms of violence and trauma – from gun violence, separation and criminalization of immigrant families, displacement of communities, to extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

I am running in support of CIRCA-Pintig and Bayanihan Foundation because I believe that these two organizations not only serve as catalysts for action and social change, but more importantly, they are sanctuaries of healing. In fact, CIRCA-Pintig enters its 28th season with an upcoming Fall production, Silencing Stigma, Reclaiming Life 3.0, which will shed light on issues facing our communities that revolve around labor struggles, mental health, and human rights while anchored by stories of healing and social justice. 

I also support the Bayanihan Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for computers and learning equipment for people with disabilities. They are building a computer lab to help the visually and hearing impaired in my hometown Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.

I am very proud to run for these organizations and thankful for the opportunity to support their work. I hope that you too can join me in helping sustain their work so that we can continue to give voice to our communities and collectively imagine a more just world for the generations to come. 

Thanks in advance for your generous support. Donate by clicking on this LINK You will be redirected to the Circa-Pintig website and pay securely through Paypal. Thank you for your support. Maraming salamat!”

Levi Aliposa

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Bayanihan Foundation donates more books, builds library in Giporlos, Samar

Bayanihan Foundation donates more books, builds library at Giporlos Central Elementary School  while teachers, staff and 2019 Bayanihan Foundation NEXTGEN participants look on (July 2019)

(left to right): (standing left) fisherman receiving fishing net provided as a microloan from Dale Asis (center) and Evelyn Castillo (standing right) (June 2014)

 

On July 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation donated more books to Giporlos, Samar. The Bayanihan Foundation has been continuously supporting the town of Giporlos since the severe devastation of super typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

(left to right): 2019 NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, and Jacob Olaguir prepare the children’s books that were donated in Giporlos, Samar (July 2019)

 

 

 

2019 NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, and Jacob Olaguir helped prepare the books that were donated to the Giporlos Central Elementary School.

(standing left to right) Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo handing over six laptop computers to the Giporlos Central Elementary School (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

In 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation donated six laptop computers to Giporlos Central Elementary School as part of the foundation’s recovery efforts after the super typhoon devastation. In 2019, the foundation continues its long-term giving in its efforts for long-term sustainability.

(left to right) Camillo Geaga, Jacob Olaguir, Richelle Caday, Evelyn Castillo, Dale Asis, and Rudy Palana, school principal Giporlos Central Elementary School: 2019 NEXTGEN participants join the celebration as the Bayanihan Foundation continues its giving for long-term sustainability (July 2019)

Bayanihan Foundation donates 500 books to Giporlos Central Elementary School (July 2019)

In 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation donated 500 children’s books to Giporlos Central Elementary School and helped prosper education and long-term learning for the school children of Giporlos.

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Bayanihan Foundation donates children’s books to Day Care Center

On July 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation donated children’s books to a local day care center in Barangay Paya in Giporlos, Samar.

(left to right): 2019 NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, and Jacob Olaguir prepare the children’s books that were donated in Giporlos, Samar (July 2019)

2019 NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, and Jacob Olaguir helped distribute the books to the children. The books will be kept in a library at the day care center for all the nursery and kindergarten students to use.

Parents and the nursery school children of Barangay Paya, Giporlos, Samar were very appreciative of the donated children’s books (July 2019)

The parents and the nursery school children of Barangay Paya, Giporlos, Samar were very appreciative of the donated children’s books.

Donated children’s books from board member Maria Ferrera, Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), Kay Nixon, and many others

Many of the donated children’s books were collected by Bayanihan Foundation board member Maria Ferrera, Willard Dix, Karen Foley, Kay Nixon of Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), among others. A big thanks to the many books donors for their generous book donations. In 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation collected over 1,000 book titles. They will be distributed to elementary schools and day care centers in Giporlos, Samar.

Barangay Paya Captain Dave (standing from left) giving out chocolates to school children

 

Barangay Captain Dave also helped out distribute chocolates to the many school children that attended the event.

Teachers, parents, school children, 2019 NEXTGEN participants, and Barangay Paya staff join a group photo (July 2019)

 

 

 

 

Teachers, parents, school children, 2019 NEXTGEN participants, and Barangay Paya staff join in a group photo. Special thanks to Bayanihan Foundation Liaison, Evelyn Castillo and the Barangay Paya captain and local administration for facilitating this book donation.

A donation of any amount will help the foundation donate more books to day care centers such as these. Will you make this gift of education a reality? Because learning is much needed especially to these school children. Donate securely online at this Go Fund Me page  or by clicking on Paypal button on the top right hand corner of this page.

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Computer Lab for the Hearing & Visually Impaired, Students with Special Learning Needs

In November 2013, super typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban City, Leyte. It was one of the strongest super typhoons that ever hit landfall. Today, the city continues to reel from the  typhoon’s devastation due to climate change. The Bayanihan Foundation continues to invest in long-term sustainability projects beyond disaster relief.

Bayanihan Foundation donated two used Apple desktop computers, printer, sign language books, and accessories

(from left to right): NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, & Jacob Olaguir holds plaques of appreciation from Leyte National High School after presenting computers & accessories for students with special learning needs.

In July 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation donated two used Apple desktop computers, printer, sign language books, and accessories.  Leyte National High School teachers and staff are extremely appreciative of the donation. However, the small donation will be shared by 51 students with special learning needs and those who are hearing & visually impaired. It is not enough!

Student with special learning needs (center) displays his artwork to his teacher coordinator Estrelle Macul (far left), his grandmother (second left), and Camillo Geaga (far right) looking on.

You can help the children at Leyte National High School who are visually and hearing impaired to recover and thrive. We need your help to donate more of these resources and help students who have learning disabilities. Your donation will help build a computer lab will also help students who have learning disabilities. Such a computer lab in a public high school dedicated to learners with special needs will be the first one in the island of Leyte. Will you make this gift of education a reality? Because learning and education is much needed especially those who have special needs.

(from left to right): Ella, student wiho is visually impaired and Richelle Caday, 2019 NEXTGEN Fellow

  • Your donation of $5 can buy one book of sign language and materials for one child,
  • Your donation of $50 can buy 5 months of Internet access for 39 children,
  • Your donation of $100 can buy 3 speakers and headsets for the hearing impaired,
  • Your donation of $500 can buy one used computer with assistive technologies for the hearing and visually impaired,
  • Your donation of $1,000 can buy one big screen TV and one printer to help the teacher learning process, OR
  • Your donation of $3,000 can pay for the computer lab and name it in your honor.

The 2019 NEXTGEN participants, Richelle Caday, Camillo Geaga, and Jacob Olaguir joined Evelyn Castillo and I in presenting the small donation the Bayanihan Foundation has made. They welcomed us into their classroom. I was struck that 51 students will share the meager donations we’ve given them.  You can help change all that by donating to this Go Fund Me page

51 students with special learning needs and who are visually & hearing impaired at Leyte National High School, Tacloban, Leyte

A donation of any amount will help expand this computer lab in a public high school dedicated to learners with special needs. It’ll probably be the first one in the island of Leyte. Will you make this gift of education a reality? Because learning and education is much needed especially those who have special needs. Donate securely online at this Go Fund Me page  or by clicking on Paypal button on the top right hand corner of this page.

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2019 NEXTGEN Fellows

(from left to right: Richelle Caday, school principal, Evelyn Castillo, Jacob Olaguir, and Camillo Geaga meet the school children of Giporlos Central Elementary School, July 2019

In July 2019, for the fourth year in a row, the Bayanihan Foundation continues another successful NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship. Since 2015, the Bayanihan Foundation traveled with 12 young Filipino Americans and they visited historic sites in the Philippines; learned more about their Filipino heritage; connected with the foundation’s sustainable projects; and encouraged them to give back to the community, locally and globally.

In 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation brought three young Filipino Americans back to the Philippines – Richelle Caday, Camillo Geaga, and Jacob Olaguir. This immersion trip is coordinated to promote diaspora philanthropy; know more about Filipino culture; learn about the foundation’s sustainable projects; connect and develop the participant’s potential sustainable projects; and connect with relatives and the participant’s heritage.

(from left to right: Richelle Caday, Jacob Olaguir, Camillo Geaga, Dale Asis, and Venise Castillo) visits  US General MacArthur landing site in Palo, Leyte (July 2019)

Stay tuned for highlights of the 2019 NEXTGEN trip.

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2019 NEXTGEN Fellows

Richelle Caday, University of Southern California (USC)

Richelle Caday

Richelle Caday is a second-generation Pilipinx-American from Carson, CA. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California (USC) completing her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology as well as in Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Management. As a student leader in multiple organizations on campus, including USC Troy Philippines and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, Richelle has a strong passion for serving her community. Though she has traveled to the Philippines before, she is excited to further explore her Pilipinx identity through diaspora philanthropy with the NEXTGEN program and Bayanihan Foundation.

Camillo Geaga, California State University Northridge (CSUN)

Camillo Geaga

Camillo Geaga is deeply honored and once again excited to be a recipient  of the NEXTGEN Fellowship. The past few years, Camillo has developed connections in the Philippines and also has evolved personally and professionally. Born in Oakland, CA, Camillo grew up in the CA bay area where he graduated from high school. In 2019, he  recently received an Associate’s degree from the Los Angeles City College (LACC). He was recently accepted at California State University Northridge (CSUN) and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. Since 2016, Camillo has been involved with the NEXTGEN program and is excited to be going for the third time.

Jacob Olaguir, University of New Mexico (UNM)

Jacob Olaguir

Jacob Olaguir was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM). His father is from Biabas, Bohol and moved from Long Beach, CA to Albuquerque, NM.  Jacob was raised in a low-income community in Albuquerque called Barelas. He recently graduated from Albuquerque High School. This fall 2019, Jacob plans to study Marketing with a focus in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media at University of New Mexico. Through the values that his father taught him, he plans in using his Marketing, Film, and Digital media degree to help build a better perception of the Filipino American community in New Mexico.  Jacob is excited to go to the Philippines for the first time. He’s looking forward to know more about his Filipino heritage and learn about opportunities to help locally back home in Albuquerque, NM and globally back in the Philippines.

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