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Malakas Ang Bulong Sa Sigaw

B A L I TA The Official RAPS Newsletter

Our Mission Statement To unite the Filipino students within the Rutgers community by establishing solidarity on the basis of a common heritage, to educate the Rutgers community on various aspects of the Philippine culture, to provide information of current socioeconomic and political conditions about the Philippines, and to provide services and programs that will be beneficial to Filipinos both within and outside the Rutgers community.

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In this issue: RAPS Mission Statement || pg. 2 Letter from the Presidents || pg. 3 Letter from the Editors|| pg. 4 Battle of the Barrios XIII + Tonight’s Line-Up || pg. 5 Tonight’s Performers || pg. 6 Meet the Judges || pg. 7 Advancement for Rural Kids || pg. 8 FIND Conference 2014 || pg. 9 Sponsorship Ads || pg. 10 Upcoming Events + Special Thanks|| pg. 16 Page 2

Issue IX, Mar 30, 2014

Letter from the Presidents Magandang Gabi mga Kaibigan at Kapamilya! I would like to welcome you to the thirteenth edition of Battle of the Barrios at Rutgers University! On behalf of the entire organization, we thank you for your support as some of the most talented minds and performers from District Three present some amazing performances. This event would not be as successful without the participation of everyone. I would also like to thank the Executive Board, shadowers, and volunteers who have put in countless hours in the weeks leading up to Battle and have been essential in getting to where we are today. Last but not least, I would like to thank all the sponsors whose support has made planning this event much easier. Once again, maraming maraming salamat to each and every one of you. Nolan Mathew Killip Co-President, Rutgers Association of Philippine Students

Dear friends, family, and FIND's D3, On behalf of Rutgers Association of Philippine Students, I am proud to welcome you to our organization's biggest event of the year, Battle of the Barrios XIII! When we ask our alumni what their favorite memory of RAPS was, the most common response is a beaming smile or a gaze into the distance and the single word, "Battle." (This is usually followed by over excited stories of past competition wins and... 'tweed.') As I've realized over the last few months (in meetings with administration and talking to members of non-D3 organizations), the culture of Battle of the Barrios is one that can't be explained. It's a culture of fierce competition and school pride, but also a celebration of what it means to be a Filipino-American today. Battle creates families out of organizations, fosters creativity in people who didn't know they had it, and brings together the district in the largest competitive event of the year. I would like to thank my hardworking executive board, all of the talented performers, our amazing sponsors, and you, for making this event possible. Good luck to all of the competing teams and enjoy the show! Sincerely, Alyssa Esteban Co-President, Rutgers Association of Philippine Students Issue IX, Mar 30, 2014

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Letter from the Editors Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, As one of your 2013-2014 Balita Newsletter co-editors and one of tonight's emcees, I would like to formally welcome you to the 13th Annual Battle of the Barrios! I hope the evening's festivities bring you memorable entertainment in the best way possible. These schools have definitely worked their hardest prepping for tonight and I hope you can see that throughout each and every skit. My first Battle was last year and the memories of all the fun I had (shout out to my fan girls!) convinced me to come back for another round of Battle season. Not to mention, RAPS won Best Overall that year. So, I didn't need much convincing anyway. In this Balita issue you will find an abundance of things: bios of tonight's competitors, bios of tonight's judges, and ads featuring this year's wonderful sponsors. RAPS has built great relationships with this year's vendors and we greatly encourage attendees to purchase items from them! You can find more information about said vendors in this issue or walk on to the back of the room and see what they have to offer. We also have information about upcoming events that we hope you join RAPS in attending. Tonight would not have been possible without the amazing help of everyone behind the scenes – from Eboard to freshmen reps to shadowers to liaisons and everyone in between. I personally want to say: THANK YOU to everyone that participated in planning in some way, shape, or form. Every e-mail, text, GroupMe message, Facebook IM, and actual in-person meetings have finally come to fruition in the form of tonight. And thanks to you, dear reader. Thanks for attending tonight's event and making all of our efforts worth it. Thanks for keeping this tradition alive for thirteen years! Now all I ask is that you sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.... oh and to please laugh at my jokes while I'm hosting. Even fake laughs. Anything. PLEASE. Peace, Love, and Battle Season, Darienne Arahan 2013-2014 Balita Co-Editor Battle of the Barrios XIII Emcee

Dear Friends, Family, and Guests, Welcome to Battle of the Barrios XIII! I would personally like to thank each and every one of you who is here today to show support for tonight’s performers. This event was made possible by the hard work that has been put in by everyone in the Rutgers RAPS Community, including, RAPS E-board, Freshman Representatives, volunteers, sponsors, and other partners. All of this would have not been possible without your undivided support and sincere efforts to make this year’s Battle of the Barrios the best so far. We encourage you to take some time to look through tonight’s issue of the Balita and get to know the competing schools, the judges, our sponsors, and our community partners Enjoy tonight’s show and good luck to all competing schools! And to my native Tagalog Speakers :D Maraming salamat sa pag dalo at sa suportang binibigay niyong lahat sa mga organisasyong magpapakitang gilas sa gabing ito. Sincerely, Franceazca Balagtas 2013-2014 Balita Co-Editor

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Battle of the Barrios XII One of District Three’s most anticipated events of the year is back for its 13th year!

Battle of the Barrios XIII

Battle of the Barrios is a competition where schools from all over FIND Inc. District Three come and show off their creativity in a skit that includes originality, humor, modern and cultural dancing. This event has been a long-standing annual tradition that have been a staple event for FIND’s D3 schools. Each competing school works their hardest to put on a great skit for their audience.


This year’s Battle of the Barrios involves a number of schools from all over District Three. These organizations share very common goals, to help promote and integrate the Filipino culture within their respective schools. In addition to being a much anticipated competition, Battle of the Barrios is also a charitable event. A portion of tonight’s proceeds will be going towards our philanthropic partner Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) and their Feeding Program.

A portion of Battle of the Barrios XIII proceeds will be used to help the Advancement of Rural Kids (ARK)’s Feeding Program. For more information on ARK, please visit

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Opening Remarks


Union County TROPA, Felician F3, & William Paterson FACE


NJIT FSA & Rutgers Newark FSA










Hunter POH


St John’s PARE


Rutgers RAPS


Score Tallying + Intermission


Announcement of Winners & Closing Remarks

* Line-up is subject to slight changes Page 5

Tonight’sPerformers NJIT FSA & Rutgers Newark FSA Rutgers Newark’s Filipino Student Association (FSA) The Filipino Student Association (FSA) of New Jersey Institute of Technology strives to promote diversity in the organization and within the NJIT community. They spread the Filipino culture to those who are interested in learning through discussions, music/dance, and events. BCC PASALUBONG Bergen Community College Philippine American Student Association Leading Under Bergen On Newer Grounds (PASALUBONG)

NYU IFA New York University International Filipino Association (IFA) aims to craft a sense of community among the Filipino students of New York University. It has served as a way for Filipino Americans to meet people with similar backgrounds and to discuss their experiences and culture among themselves and others.

Hunter POH Pilipinos of Hunter College (POH) has been creating a community for Filipino students since 2005. Through networking with other organizations, events, and dialogues, POH encourages the promotion of Filipino history and culture.

Union County TROPA, Felician College F3, & William Paterson FACE

William Paterson University Filipino American Cultural Entity (FACE) aims to bring about a cultural awareness within the William Paterson University community regarding Filipino people and issues surrounding our community, and to promote a sense of friendship and belonging within the University community by reaching out to students, both new and old. Union County College’s The Regiment Of Pilipino Americans (TROPA), Felician College Filipino Friends & Family (F³) Rutgers RAPS

Rutgers Association of Philippine Students (RAPS) establishes a community among the many Filipino students in Rutgers University. The organization shares the Filipino culture, provides information on current events, and makes students aware of important issues regarding the Philippines Baruch FUSION

St John’s PARE St. John’s University Philippine Americans Reaching Everyone (PARE) is a Filipino organization that encourages cultural exchanges and social activities among the community. They promote the Filipino culture and history through discussions, seminars, and social functions.

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Baruch College’s Filipinos Uniting Students In Other Nations (FUSION) is dedicated to promoting and educating students about the Filipino culture along with creating cultural bridges between Filipinos and nonFilipinos. Their goal is to share interests as well as learn more about the Filipino culture through interaction and socializing.

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Meet theJudges AYESHA VERA-YU is the CEO and Co-Founder of Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK). She has worked with a diverse set of companies ranging from small, middle market to Fortune 500 businesses in various industries including media, entertainment, communications, retail, and general services and manufacturing located in the US, Canada, Brazil, and other parts of Latin America. Her work helped her develop a keen understanding of the critical elements of a successful business; gave her experience to lead and manage teams effectively; and to launch new initiatives across borders, all which have been key foundations for her work in ARK. Ayesha received an MBA from Columbia University’s Executive Program and a BA in Biology and Chemistry from Mt. Holyoke College. Originally from the Philippines, Ayesha lives in New York City. GRACE HUFANO-LABAGUIS is the founder and top executive of Essential Consulting Services, LLC, a Marketing Firm based in New Jersey. Grace has over ten years of experience and expertise in Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. Sis also the Marketing Consultant for GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV, the two International Channels of GMA Network, Inc. in the Philippines. Ms. Labaguis has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts in Maryknoll College in Quezon City, Philippines in 1989. She garnered The Outstanding Filipino-American in New York Award in Business and Entrepreneurship by the TOFA New York, the Women’s Achiever Award in Media/Production by Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League, Inc. in 2011. She was also awarded The Publisher's Ruby Prize by the Filipino Reporter in 2012. ANTHONY SACHS has been a host of several Philippine-American events over the NY/NJ area and through that has learned a fair deal of the Filipino culture. A competitive dancer since age 13 he's been all over the country not only competing, but hosting events like Defining Rhythm, FLASH, and D3 event Miss PI pageant. Despite not being Filipino, his knowledge of language, food, and customs makes him a true example of how far our customs, traditions, and culture have spread across the world. Sachs feels honored and blessed to be here. He believes that the Filipino community here has definitely embraced him and he embrace it all back. He just still don't understand balut.

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KHRYSTINA CORPUZ currently serves as the Vice Consul at the Philippine Consulate General in New York Ms. Corpuz graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Tourism from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, which paved the way for her career in the travel sector. She took on roles ranging from Operations, Marketing and Quality Assurance Management during the seven year experience in the industry. She pursued her Master's degree in Business Administration in De La Salle University while also working as a consultant to various firms in marketing and promotions, operations management and strategic planning. In 2009, Ms Corpuz finished her MBA studies on the same day she found out she was accepted to the Foreign Service. ANNE CLAIRE MALDONADO SORIANO, from Cabuyao City Laguna, Philippines, is a former endorser model of Meisha SKIN Care and Poised Princess Boutique in the Philippines. She is also the former talent manager of her sister, “Milagring,” a dancer and artist on TV5.

Advancement for Rural


ARK empowers farmers in the developing world to feed and keep their kids in school. With its groundbreaking $15/kid/year Feeding Program, ARK and its partner communities are successfully eradicating hunger, getting kids back to school, and providing new income and industry to rural communities. This paves the way for and makes ARK's $5/kid/year Supplies, $50/kid/year Scholarship, Classrooms and For-Profit investments successful and sustainable. For more information, visit 

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FIND Conference 2014

Bukas, Ngayon: Tomorrow Starts Now University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue Inc. (FIND Inc.) will be hosting this spring’s FIND Conference at the University of Virginia from April 4th-6th. In this year's FIND Conference, aptly named Bukas, Ngayon: Tomorrow Starts Now, attendees will learn how to transform their dreams into reality. As the organization's official website states, the goal of the conference is to raise focus on, “a better tomorrow, opening new possibilities, and fighting for the future.” Attendees will be able to network with students from other schools within all seven districts and with differing generations of Filipino-Americans. RAPS will be in attendance and we want you to join us! If you are interested in attending the 2014 FIND Conference, please find our FIND Rep Chris Laurelli. Issue IX, Mar 30, 2014

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Don’t forget to drop by KBG on the day of Ba le XIII to get some great food! KBG has offered to donate 15% of profits from purchases made to RAPS. They have also offered to match those profits! Issue IX, Mar 30, 2014

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Upcoming Events April 2nd: RAPS General Body Meeting 9pm @ BCC—Rm 174 Join us for another fun-filled meeting. See you there! April 4-6th: FIND Conference @ University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA For those interested in going to FIND, this is a great opportunity to learn more about intercollegiate Filipino organizations throughout the East Coast. This is also a chance to network with featured speakers and meet new friends. April 19: Vanessa Palma for Ms. Cutie Pi 2014 Rutgers Student Center - MPR Our very own Vanessa Palma will be representing RAPS at Miss Cutie Pi 2014: The Red Carpet Affair! Make sure to like her page to show your support and stay updated!

Special thanks Rutgers University Student Allocations (RUSA) GMA Pinoy TV/ GMA Life TV Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) All Colors LLC Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) Leadership, Education, Guidance, and Critical thinking for the Youth (LEGACY) NY Philippine Consulate General - New York Kapit Bisig Korean BBQ Grill (KBG), New Brunswick Babo Tea House OPT Apparel Community Artistry Confectionately Yours Christine’s Bake Shop & Tonight's Performers and Judges Page 16

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