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Fall 2018 | Issue 02 | September 10, 2018

Come out to our Hibachi Dinner this Friday for an all-you-can-eat buffet with a side of all-you-can-meet friends! This is the perfect opportunity to network with current members and even alumni! Stay tuned for a ride doc on the event page on Facebook, and please be sure to bring money for food!

In this Issue

But wait, there’s more! For our over 21 members and alumni, we’ll be hosting a $2 shot fundraiser at Olive Branch Bar and Restaurant right after Hibachi Dinner. Come out and support! (Please be advised that Olive Branch only takes cash.)

Letter from the Editor – Page 2 Letter from the President – Page 3 Executive Board – Page 4 Subgroups – page 7 Bahay Program – Page 9 Underclassman Representative program – Page 11 Announcements – Page 12

Underclassman Representative Program

Mission Statement

To unite the Filipino students in the Rutgers community by establishing solidarity on the basis of a common heritage, to educate the Rutgers community on various aspects of the Filipino culture, to provide information on the 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.

Letter from the Editor

To RAPS members old and new,

Happy Mabuhay Month! On behalf of this year’s Executive Board, welcome to the Rutgers Association of Philippine Students (RAPS)! We’re so glad you’ve decided to come to tonight’s General Interest Meeting – our Fall Fiesta! No matter how long you’ve been around, tonight is a night for you to have fun, make friends, and learn more about this amazing organization. There’s literally something for everyone here (you can learn more about it in this issue and in tonight’s program!), and with that being said, I hope you will be able to find a family here the way many of us have. All the love, Aleisha Flores Balita Editor 2018-2019

Hey first and second years! Interested in learning about what goes on behind the scenes of RAPS? Wanna add a valuable and life-changing experience to your resume? Then RAPS’ Underclassman Representative (UR) Program could be for you! As a UR, you will be given all kinds of projects and tasks and be required to attend all general body meetings, executive board meetings, and have the opportunity to shadow executive board members! Those interested can apply and will be selected through an interview process. Keep your eyes peeled for more information from executive board members!


If you enjoyed tonight’s festivities, come out to our first general body meeting of the semester – a dance workshop led by members of our very own RAPS Dance Troupe! If you like dancing or want to learn, this is a great opportunity to get your creativity flowing and your body sweatin’! Maybe it’ll inspire you to audition J

Bahay Program Bibingka

Letter from the President Hi everyone! Welcome to the fall semester and welcome to RAPS! My name is Bianca Racela and I am this year’s president. I am super excited for the year to come with all of you. We have a lot of fun events planned and we hope to see you there!

Adiel Brito Bahay Head Class of 2019 Fun fact: I don’t get my eyebrows done.

Andrea Dumalagan Bahay Head Class of 2020 Fun fact: I love receiving cheese platters even though I’m lactose intolerant.

Lechon Kawali

To returning members, welcome back! I’m ready for another year of foolishness with you goons. To graduating seniors, I hope you take the time to truly enjoy your final year with us. And to all new members, I hope you are able to find a family within this organization just as I did four years ago and I can’t wait to get to know all of you personally. Love, bianca racela RAPS President 2018-2019

Alex Angeles Bahay Head Class of 2019 Fun fact: I can shotgun a water in 20 seconds.

Andrew Jofre Bahay Head Class of 2025 Fun fact: I played lacrosse and I’m pursuing 3 degrees.

twitter: @rawrcela snapchat/instagram: @biancabutt

Executive Board 2018-2019

Bahay Program The Bahay Program (Tagalog for ‘home’) is a way for RAPS members to get closer and make friends in smaller groups with both seasoned RAPS vets and new members. Throughout the year, there will be bonding opportunities for all the Bahays! There are four Bahays, all headed by two upperclassmen – HaloHalo, Turon, Bibingka, and Lechon Kawali. Below, we’ll introduce this year’s Bahay Heads!

Halo-Halo Bianca Racela President Class of 2020 Fun Fact: I don’t know how to hula hoop.

Ivan Opina Internal Vice President Class of 2019 Fun Fact: I own over 250 comic books.

Josh De Castro External Vice President Class of 2020 Fun Fact: I can eat a whole slice of pizza in one bite.

Justin Arcilla Bahay Head Class of 2019 Fun fact: I’m a music producer, hmu if you write originals.

Sorina Fernandez Bahay Head Class of 2019 Fun fact: I’m allergic to extremely cold weather.


Christian Remolado Treasurer Class of 2020 Fun Fact: I can play the flute.

Paulo Morante Secretary Class of 2020 Fun Fact: Uniqlo USA used to follow me on IG but didn’t accept my application.

Saphrinna Phin Bahay Head Class of 2020 Fun fact: My favorite ice cream flavor is green tea.

Jennifer Ignacio Bahay Head Class of 2020 Fun fact: I never finish TV shows.


Executive Board 2018-2019

RAPS Dance Troupe (RDT) is an awardwinning dance team of serious dancers that train constantly and perform at events all over NJ, NY, and more! If you love dance and would like to join, RDT will be holding auditions on Sept. 15 at the Lucy Stone Hall Auditorium from 12PM-3PM! RAPS Intramural Sports is our athletic subgroup. We participate in both Fall and Spring intramurals, in sports such as volleyball, basketball, soccer and more. We also compete at events such as District 3’s Sportsfest and other Rutgers Rec events! For more info, contact RAPS secretary Paulo Morante!

Alvin Viguilla External Public Relations Class of 2020 Fun Fact: I like to look in people’s fridges.

Lenard Torrijos Internal Public Relations Class of 2021 Fun Fact: I can burp really loud, so ask me and I’ll do it.

Nick Alviar Social Chair Class of 2021 Fun Fact: Ariana Grande follows me on Twitter.

Elyssa Arcibal Events Coordinator Class of 2020 Fun Fact: I can eat Kit Kats without breaking them.

Bryan Zoleta Events Coordinator Class of 2021 Fun Fact: I wanted to be an ice cream truck when I was little.

Ethan Angud Media Crew Coordinator Class of 2021 Fun Fact: I hate tequila.

RAPS Media Crew is a group of creatives with a passion for photography, videography, and editing. We cover large and small RAPS events and make promotional videos and recaps, but also offer you the chance to get better, no fancy equipment required. Contact Ethan Angud to get involved!

RAPS Balita is our official newsletter, and starting this year will be our official platform for members to express themselves through writing, art, photography, and more. We also cover RAPS events, report on current happenings, profile members. To contribute, email or contact Aleisha Flores!

Executive Board 2018-2019

John Chan Alumni Chair Class of 2021 Fun Fact: I can flip my eyelids inside out.

Grant Macalintal RAGS Coordinator Class of 2020 Fun Fact: I can turn anything into a dirty joke.

Alfred Viste RAGS Coordinator Class of 2021 Fun Fact: I can sing overtones.

Executive Board 2018-2019

Claudia Uy Graphics Coordinator Class of 2020 Fun Fact: I’m halfFilipino, half-Chinese.

Alec Aquino Webmaster Class of 2021 Fun Fact: I’m a 4x wrestling state champ.

Aleisha Flores Balita Editor Class of 2019 Fun Fact: I once wrote an article that went viral, but like, lowkey.

Subgroups RAPS Acoustic Group of Singers (RAGS) is the place for anyone with a passion for music to come together and jam out. They occasionally perform at RAPS and other campus events. Contact Grant Macalintal and Alfred Viste for more information!

Kimberly Celario RCDT Coordinator Class of 2020 Fun Fact: I love pugs.

Anielle Torres RCDT Coordinator Class of 2021 Fun Fact: I can’t whistle or roll my R’s.

RAPS Cultural Dance Troupe (RCDT) is more than just a group that performs traditional Filipino dances, they’re a family. If you’re interested in meeting some great people and learning more about Filipino heritage, contact Kim Celario and Anielle Torres, no experience necessary!

Fall Fiesta 2018 Balita  
Fall Fiesta 2018 Balita