A Letter from the Editor It’s amazing to consider that this volume of UniPro Now marks the fourth consecutive year of releasing a magazine in conjunction with the UniPro Summit: A Multicultural Forum for Pilipino Young Professionals, Students and Youth. In 2011, we celebrated the accomplishments of thirty Pilipinos and Pilipino–Americans under the age of thirty. In 2012, we orchestrated a Pilipino renaissance in a time and space of our own choosing. In 2013, we encouraged readers to rise above their present conditions toward a hard–earned and self– determined future. Where do we go from here?
Sabrina Echaluce Editor–in–Chief of UniPro Now: Vol. 4
The theme this year is about engagement. It promotes a thoughtful consideration of the needs of a community by its own members. It follows an active strategy based on those considerations. It demands constant effort from those who choose to get involved and keep things in motion. It expects tangible outcomes that benefit people as much as it merely affects them. It begs the question, “What is your move?” We hope that the latest volume of our magazine will help you find your answer. I cannot emphasize enough how this magazine would be impossible without our designer Alyssa Esteban. Thank you so much for managing to turn chaos into beauty (each year) without fail. Thanks to Summit co–chairs Noel Aglubat and Jennifer Delos Santos, for doing everything to ensure that the tradition of the magazine continued to its fourth year. Thanks to the UniPro Blog staff writers, as well as editor Ryann Tanap, for sharing their points of view in the editorial pieces found in this volume. Thanks to Kristina Rodulfo, for her wonderful feature on the Pilipino performing arts scene. And thanks to our readers. We hope you draw as much inspiration from the words of our Summit panelists, workshop facilitators and interviewees as we did in creating this magazine. Mabuhay!