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Statement Presidential Address Meet the Board Cedar Point and Leadership Retreat Recap
Statement Presidential Address Meet the Board Cedar Point and Leadership Retreat Recap

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Happenings in the Philippines in the Philippines

Member Highlights Highlights

MAFA Families Families

Meet the MAFA Conference Co-Coordinators the MAFA Conference Co-Coordinators

Looking out for out for

Editor Letter Letter

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This year our mission is to create collective impact by building meaningful connections for Midwest

This year our mission is to create collective impact by building meaningful connections for Midwest empowerment.

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by building meaningful connections for Midwest empowerment. Pr ! idential Ad "! s CHECK OUT WHAT
by building meaningful connections for Midwest empowerment. Pr ! idential Ad "! s CHECK OUT WHAT
by building meaningful connections for Midwest empowerment. Pr ! idential Ad "! s CHECK OUT WHAT

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for Midwest empowerment. Pr ! idential Ad "! s CHECK OUT WHAT OUR PRESIDENT HAS TO
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CHECK OUT WHAT OUR
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John Ballesteros University of Minnesota || Senior || Management Information Sysytems IF EVERYONE WAS ON
John Ballesteros
University of Minnesota || Senior || Management Information
Sysytems
IF EVERYONE WAS ON TWITTER, WHO WOULD YOU
FOLLOW:
My 9 year old brother Matthew, because the things he says are hilarious
and I would want to make sure he's learning and growing up in the right
way.
WHY IS MAFA IMPORTANT?:
If I had to choose 3 ways to describe Filipinos, this would be it.
1) We are very good at adapting to the environment that we live in.
Who would've thought a Filipino could survive in the snow?
2) We love meeting other Filipinos. That's why our bond with our
Filipino organizations and between the different MAFA schools are so
strong
3) We love being Filipino. We love to spread our culture through dance,
language, and singing karaoke. We proudly display our Filipino culture,
and live the Filipino lifestyle.
MAFA is representative of these things for our college Filipino
organizations in the Midwest. When we bring all the great minds and
passion of MAFA together we can do great things for the Filipino culture.
https://www.facebook.com/jballesteros71
@jballerstatus71
@jballerstatus71
“ “ahoo-hoo”
“ “ahoo-hoo”
“ninjas relax”
“ninjas relax”
Christine TinTin Trovela St. Louis University || Senior || Exercise Science & Psychology RANDOM FACT:
Christine TinTin Trovela
St. Louis University || Senior || Exercise Science &
Psychology
RANDOM FACT:
I own every season of Friends. Favorite show hands
down. I quote it in everyday conversation.
FAVORITE MAFA MEMORY:
My favorite experience thus far has been our board
retreat. It was so much fun getting to know everyone on
a personal level and discussing the potential of MAFA
with innovative, creative, and strong people.
PERFECT DATE?:
Thats a tough one, i'd have to say april 25th because its
not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.
teehee but forreal i'd have to say good dates are the
ones that are spontaneous and there is a flow of
conversation. A lil guitar playing and making me laugh
wouldn't hurt either :)
https://www.facebook.com/christine.trovela
@_tinnytin
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“Nothing lasts forever”
“Nothing lasts forever”
Grace Geremias University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign || Junior || Interdisciplinary Health WHY IS MAFA IMPORTANT:
Grace Geremias
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign || Junior ||
Interdisciplinary Health
WHY IS MAFA IMPORTANT:
MAFA offers a totally different perspective. It allows us to
view things on a bigger scale, connect with amazing people
across state borders, and collectively develop our Filipino
culture. How many organizations can say that?
PERFECT DATE?:
“This is a tough one. I would have to say April 25th.
because its not too hot, not too cold. And all you need
is a light jacket. ” LOL But if you really want to know,
I’d say a date where we try something new. I love
learning things and I don’t mind making a fool of
myself :p
FAVORITE THING ABOUT FILIPINO
CULTURE:
I love the Filipino spirit. So many filipinos have this
enthusiasm, pride and fun-loving nature that I really
appreciate.
https://www.facebook.com/grace.geremias
@gracegeremias
http://grace-i-am.tumblr.com/
John Carlo Miranda University of Toledo|| Junior || Exercise Science WHY IS MAFA IMPORTANT?: I
John Carlo Miranda
University of Toledo|| Junior || Exercise Science
WHY IS MAFA IMPORTANT?:
I think A lot of Filipino Americans in the mid-west grow
up in places where Filipino culture is not readily
available. MAFA is important because It is a good way
to connect with other people who share the same
culture. It provides people with great opportunities to
network with,
and learn from one another.
PERFECT DATE?:
This is a tough one. I would have to say April 25th.
because its not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a
light jacket.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT FILIPINO
CULTURE:
I love the fact that Filipino culture is diverse within
itself
https://www.facebook.com/djdj.flipsounds
@pinoylabz
“back up,back up
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Joan Joy Sonza Michigan State University || Junior || Food Industry Management and Economics FAVORITE
Joan Joy Sonza
Michigan State University || Junior || Food Industry
Management and Economics
FAVORITE MAFA MEMORY:
My favorite MAFA experience was during Conference 2011
because I was just a freshman, it was my first time on a
MAFA event, I had the chance to meet a lot of people in
the Midwest, and it helped me become more open and
social.
RANDOM FACT:
I hate roller coasters because they scare me (I know, im
weak LOL). Last time I rode one was five years ago and
never rode it again.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT FILIPINO
CULTURE:
My favorite thing about Filipino/Filipino-American culture is
being polite because Filipinos in the USA still address their
elders politely by using kuya, ate, po, opo, and mano po.
https://www.facebook.com/JOY016
@JoySonzz
“I’m hungry” COORDINATOREVENTS
“I’m hungry”
COORDINATOREVENTS
J.R Ellasos UIC || Junior || Applied Psychology IF EVERYONE WAS ON TWITTER, WHO WOULD
J.R Ellasos
UIC || Junior || Applied Psychology
IF EVERYONE WAS ON TWITTER, WHO WOULD
YOU FOLLOW:
@WWJD
@TheKingofPop
@HeathOntheLedger
@EntertheDragonBL
@JFK
WHY IS MAFA IMPORTANT?:
MAFA serves as a tool to build bridges and break down barriers
in the Filipino-American community throughout the Midwest. As it
says in our mission statement for this year, "Our mission is to
create a collective impact by building meaningful connections for
Midwest Empowerment", and I truly believe MAFA effectively
achieves that.
www.facebook.com/JREllasos
@jrellasos
jrtistic.tumblr.com
@jrtistic
www.youtube.com/jayaretistic
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“oh,fersure” RELATIONSMEDIA
“oh,fersure”
RELATIONSMEDIA
“yeahyuh” OUTREACH
“yeahyuh”
OUTREACH
Cindy Kinnoin University of Minnesota || Senior || Nursing RANDOM FACT: I'm Mexican and I
Cindy Kinnoin
University of Minnesota || Senior || Nursing
RANDOM FACT:
I'm Mexican and I love it, but I love how Filipinos value
their culture a lot more than other cultures do. I love
the friendly people, great sense of humor, high spirits.I
also like finding similarities and differences between
the Mexican and Filipino cultures. I like learning about
different people and Filipinos have always opened
their doors to teach me something new about them.
FAVORITE MAFA MEMORY?:
TOO MANY! Meeting my BA Looters, going around
hotel rooms and talking to new people, the bachata
dance off w/Manny Delarosa & I vs. Paco Martinez &
Jessie Magsino! Last but not least, the traditional
chant off between my school PSA MN and Madison's
FASO. All of these will always be treasured memories
of my MAFA adventures with wonderful people.
http://www.facebook.com/cindy.kinnoin
@mexipinoy
Christine Joy Antonio University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign || Junior || Speech and Hearing Science IF
Christine Joy Antonio
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign || Junior || Speech and
Hearing Science
IF EVERYONE WAS ON TWITTER, WHO WOULD
YOU FOLLOW:
@God
@Friendsquotes
and that is all
:)
FAVORITE THING ABOUT FILIPINO CULTURE?:
It used to always be the value of family and my mom's food. I mean
seriously, who doesn't love sinigang?? But when I first joined PSA, it
didn't take long for me to find yet another passion: cultural dancing. I
was never too involved with cultural dances in my high school's
Filipino club; I was always too scared to dance tinikling. And now? I
absolutely love it. I love how beautifully diverse Filipino folk dances
are. They tell such intriguing stories. I think it's amazing how this
aspect of our culture has persevered throughout time, history, and
distance. Many of us are 2nd generation Filipino-Americans and
some of us have never even been to the Philippines. For some
reason, our language seems to have slipped through the cracks of
Western culture. However, in performing these dances, we are
actively involving ourselves in our culture, keeping it alive from
generation to generation.
https://www.facebook.com/christinejoyy
@choymein
@choyface
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CEDAR POINT TRIP UT FAA’s Cedar Point Trip was amazing. Rushing roller coasters, fun jam
CEDAR POINT TRIP
UT FAA’s Cedar
Point Trip was
amazing. Rushing roller
coasters, fun jam
sessions, and long
lines with awesome
people.
THANKS UT
FAA!!
MAFA Leadership
Retreat was a
success. We are
surrounded by so many
inspiring and
intelligent leaders.
THANKS
IUPUI!!
MAFA LEADERSHIP RETREAT
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AUGUST.NEWSLETTER

Happenings in the Philippines

19TH, 2012 AUGUST.NEWSLETTER Happenings in the Philippines For more information, follow the links provided below.

For more information, follow the links provided below.

Interior Secretary and 2 pilots found missing after plane crash for 3 days. Secretary Jesse
Interior Secretary and 2
pilots found missing after
plane crash for 3 days.
Secretary Jesse Robredo and 2 pilots were aboard a 4
person plane when they experienced engine problems.
At an attempt to emergency land, the plane crashes off
the shore of Masbate, leaving only one known survivor.
http://bit.ly/S9Rnio
The Reproductive Health Bill causes turmoil between Catholic Church and government leaders. Catholic Church figures
The Reproductive Health Bill causes turmoil
between Catholic Church and government
leaders.
Catholic Church figures to launch new educational campaign on “All-Natural Family
Planning”.
The RH Bill proposes the use of artificial contraception such as condoms, birth
control pills, and other forms on the market.
http://bit.ly/P3ISCc
Storm after storm after tropical storm continue to hit the Philippines . Monsoon weather has
Storm after storm after tropical
storm continue to hit the
Philippines .
Monsoon weather has been striking the Philippines for the past few weeks.
Cvilians have been left with damages to their buildings, homes and crops
and death toll continues to rise.
http://bit.ly/OzqKUF
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Christopher Martin || SLU
Christopher Martin || SLU

YOUR MAFA REPS:

Rowan Quinoin || Loyola

J.R Ellasos || UIC

Samantha Ylagan|| Purdue

Kevin Hsia || Michigan State

Rico Maranan || U of Toledo

Chris Sanders || OSU

Regina Rubio || Marquette

Gabrielle Dabu ||Minnesota

Kristelle Burgos || NIU

Matthew Victorio || Mizzou Alexander Panday || Mizzou

Czarnest Dela Cruz || IUPUI

Allen Belen ||UMich

Christopher Martin || SLU Sabina Lin || SLU

Haley Rios || IOWA

Ashley Reum || UW Madison

Charles Ferrer || Penn State

Jacqueline Picache|| ND

Grace Geremias || UIUC

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Michigan State University || Alumni || Advertising
specialty in Creative
WHY IS MAFA IMPORTANT?:
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Every one in MAFA is super welcoming, like if you
had an issue, people will take the time out to help
you. It’s good to know people throughout the Midwest
and is a good stress reliever because it’s fun to
hangout.
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WHAT ARE YOU UP TO NOW?:
Just started my job as a digital assistant coordinator
here in California. I work with art buyers in the
production team, I hire photographers to market the
products, and a lot of different things. Go to work,
come home from work. But aside from work I hangout
with the family, wake board, go tubing, kayaking.
SHOUTOUTS:
-MSU PASS: whassuupp?
-Blackline Family
-New president, JP Davenport
-NEW MAFA E-board and especially the new Media -
Relations chair, JR!
WHAT’S YOUR TYPE?
I need a guy who’s really open to things because I
have a mixed family and they have to relate to my
Filipino side. Open to different cultures and can get
along with everyone. Fun, crazy, but adaptable. Be
https://www.facebook.com/badachel
@chelseabada

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Fun, crazy, but adaptable. Be https://www.facebook.com/badachel @chelseabada chelsea bada 10 MAFA BACHEL ORETTE
communicate MAFA FAMILIES learn Tin Tin Trovela Trisha Satterfield Christine Joy Antonio Christine Joy Antonio
communicate
MAFA FAMILIES
learn
Tin Tin Trovela
Trisha Satterfield
Christine Joy Antonio
Christine Joy Antonio
Darius Copeland
Megan Hsu
Arwin Sayoto
Arwin Sayoto
connect
Ashley Reum
Carlos Lopez
Jane Baron
Jane Baron
Cindy Kinnoin
John Carlo Miranda
Karen Rondero
Katreena Casallo
Alzen Santos
Alzen Santos
inspire
Julias Santos
Corinne Casino
Megan Olegario
Bianca Catibog
Bianca Catibog
Gina Benedicto
Shannen Bueno
John Ballesteros
Jaime Espanola
Joan Bunyi
Alex Catiggay
Pauline Laorden
Chris Martin
Jeselle Jizz Obina

Tinhua Kevin Hsia

Andrew Tran

Monica Chov

J.R Ellasos

Danica Lapid

Isabel Cupino

Kirk Conrad Delacruz

Tim Escondo

JP Davenport

Arianna Ari Dabu

Kevin-Ryan I. Alvarez

Tracy Mapaye

Roe Aragon

Conchi Yang

Donovan Tolledo

Sabina Lin

Amanda Lin

Roe Aragon Conchi Yang Donovan Tolledo Sabina Lin Amanda Lin Neil Miran Lizah Doctor Lou Aganon

Neil Miran

Lizah Doctor

Lou Aganon

Elijah Ampo

Jodi Ramos

Gabrielle Dabu

Jaymarie Capalac

Thanh Nguyen

David Chanthabandith

Jessica Peng

Stephanie Cai

Rico Maranan

Lauren Solomon

Lianne Estrella

Roldan Alegre

Tia Faraon

Janine Burgos

Chris Paclibar

Nicolo Porto

Jose Torio

Maryanne Reyes

Joseph Aquino

Imee Ignacio

Mercedes Herrera

Fay Catacutan

Robert Delfin

Ilene Lungay

Sean Chanitthikul

Ashley Hernandez

Jonathan Caliso

Gina Rubio

Wesley Webster

Alexandria DeJarnett

Kelly Ilagan

Benson Chonga Chong

Kathy S. Chavez

Diana Carlos

Kevin Buno

Katie Domines

Jerome Hernandez

Matt Hilo

Sam Chan

Lisa Hembrador

Lee Gutierrez

Andrea Guytingco

Eddie Carlos

Joan Joy Sonza

Jean Cruz

Kristin San Ramon

Jennalyn Hernaez

Maralea Hill

Macy Gray

Angela Aquino

Samantha Ylagan

Jodi Ramos

Gabrielle Dabu

Dawn Tagare

Brittney Sahugan

Patrick Duque

Michael Miranda

Kristel Burgos

Bethany Lim

Rowan Quinain

Kimmi Nguyen

Grace Geremias

Tiger Litam

Angeline Juan

Clarisse Basco

Joi Abarintos

Christian Aldana

Kim Encarnacion

Pam Federico

Mike Villegas

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Tiger Litam Angeline Juan Clarisse Basco Joi Abarintos Christian Aldana Kim Encarnacion Pam Federico Mike Villegas

Webster

The university of Wisconsin- madison

welcomes the 2013 mafa conference

Webster The university of Wisconsin- madison welcomes the 2013 mafa conference Wesley MEET Donovan Toledo 12
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COMING SPRING 2013! Welcome UIUC’s new event FILIPINO CULTURE NIGHT! Spend a fun and eventful
COMING SPRING 2013!
Welcome UIUC’s new event FILIPINO
CULTURE NIGHT!
Spend a fun and eventful night being
entertained with amazing performances,
cultural awareness with family and friends.
Did we mention that this is all to give back
and help the Philippines. Come support and
“be a hero”.
Let’s make a collective impact for the
better.

WHAT MAFA HAS IN STORE FOR YOU

~Philanthropy Project

~MAFA’S GOT TALENT

~Conference Within A

Conference ( CWAC @ FACT)

~MAFA FAMILY Events

~Mr . & Miss MAFA

~VBlog Updates

~ Board Intern Program

~ MAFA rep meetings

~more NEWSLETTERS ;D

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~ Board Intern Program ~ MAFA rep meetings ~ more NEWSLETTERS ;D and much more !!!!!
~ Board Intern Program ~ MAFA rep meetings ~ more NEWSLETTERS ;D and much more !!!!!

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Hellooo MAFA members, Secretary here! Thanks for reading our first MAFA newsletter of the school year. We just wanted to spread some light on what we’ve been working on what we have in store. I hope that you’re as excited for this year as we all are. MAFA’s doing big things!

As this year being my first year involved in MAFA, I’d just like to give a shout out to this amazing organization. Not only has it connected schools together but it’s really allowed for some awesome relationships to develop. The people in this organization really make it unique. We have inspiring and strong individuals that aren’t afraid to cross borders and delve into something new. That’s already a big feat in itself, so kudos to you all :)

This summer alone has already made a strong impact. With the Cedar Point and Leadership Retreat being a success and the MAFA families in full launch, we’ve already help make this year a memorable one. Let’s keep the ball rolling and carry this enthusiasm throughout the school year.

With MAFAlove, Grace Geremias

rolling and carry this enthusiasm throughout the school year. With MAFAlove, Grace Geremias ggeremias07@gmail.com 15
rolling and carry this enthusiasm throughout the school year. With MAFAlove, Grace Geremias ggeremias07@gmail.com 15
rolling and carry this enthusiasm throughout the school year. With MAFAlove, Grace Geremias ggeremias07@gmail.com 15