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On this page, you’ll find a list of the numerous ways you can get involved in Barkada. We have various committees and groups that you can join that range from singing to dancing to E-Sports to photography. Read more about each group under each tab!

Pilipino Graduation General Committee

Gain leadership experience by shadowing P-Grad executive board and help volunteer and plan Pilipino graduation!

For more information, please contact Kyle Balmonte, P-Grad President, at president@pgradcpp.com

Sportsfest Club

Sportsfest club focuses on building leadership skills, promoting mental health, and practices healthy habits. The main event the club puts together is Pilipinofest. Pilipinofest will be a festival event in March featuring food, sports, games, and cultural dances. Volunteers can earn leadership experience and win prizes such as gift-cards, even a chance to win a Disneyland ticket.

For more information, please contact Barkada’s Athletics Chair, Glen Marc Hasta, at sports@cppbarkada.org

Historian Committee

Assist in preserving the history of Barkada–come out to events and take the photos and videos that will be uploaded all of Barkada’s social media. No photography experience or camera required. Committee members do not need to attend all events.

For more information, please contact Kyle Libramonte, Barkada’s Historian, at historian@cppbarkada.org

Join the Historian Committee Facebook group here!

Among Balita Committee
Come learn and tell stories of Barkada through journalism. For more information contact Patricia Anne Babia, Barkada’s Public Relation, at pr@cppbarkada.org

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Alumni Spotlight: Warjay Naigan

Hello Barkada! My name is Justin Angeles, CPP Barkada’s President, and I want to introduce y’all to one of my predecessors Warjay Bayocot Naigan. He is a rare three-time Barkada board member. Some of y’all know him as Fanc-E years’s (2014-2015) Historian, Legac-E year’s (2015-2016) President, and Bayan-E year’s (2017-2018) Barkada Entertainment Company Coordinator. He has certainly left his legacy on Barkada and I consider him a Barkada legend. I hope y’all can give this article a read.

Warjay majored in civil engineering with a minor in Asian American studies and received his degree in 2018. He currently works at a water district that places an emphasis on making sure the marginalized communities get a reliable source of water in the area from Covina to La Mirada. In addition, he is part of the Lakas Mentorship Program, a 7-month program that aims to bring “positive transformation and explore the experiences of the Philippine diaspora [...] through culturally relevant curriculum, critical engagement, and advocacy”. He was a mentor from the program now he is part of their staff as a Filipino American Studies Coordinator.

Warjay joined Barkada because he was always interested in learning more about his culture. Warjay grew up in a predominately affluent white community where his experience as a child of immigrants was vastly different from his peers. He wanted to find a space in college where he felt safe and accepted. During orientation, he met Bryan Naguiat who happened to be his orientation roommate. They soon became friends and stuck with each other. The day of the club fair on campus, Warjay and Bryan decided to attend. They split up midway at the club fair because Warjay was shy. Being a shut in high school, it was hard to adjust. He saw that Bryan was talking to Iggy and Juli, the current President and Culture Chair. It was difficult for Warjay to interact but with the help of Bryan he was introduced to Barkada. When Bryan brought him to the club fair table, the first person he met was Oli, future Fanc-E Culture Chair. After meeting more Barkada members and socializing at the Asian Pacific Islander Student Center (APISC), he slowly found his fiery passion in Barkada. Warjay exclaims that a big reason that he joined Barkada and changed as a person was because of Bryan. He is thankful for him, without him he wouldn’t be in Barkada. Fast forward the next year, him, Oli, and Bryan all made it on board the next year.

Warjay served as Fanc-E board’s Historian. He made a myriad of parody videos of varying levels of quality. One of his most ambitious and iconic videos was called Fanc-E Funk, where they did a music video to the song Uptown Funk. Warjay’s passion took him further and he became President the year after. His favorite moment on Legac-E board was when they finished Pilipino American Culture Night (PACN). They faced some push backs for PACN that year, but seeing how impactful it was for the members and the audience was everything to Warjay. The next year, Warjay took a break from E-board. However, in this year where he wasn’t on board, he took time to focus on himself and figure out what was important to him. He improved his academics and explored another aspect of his passion in the Pilipinx American Studies Kollective (PASK). Through PASK he experienced more direct work in politics and activism. This work, along with Megan’s support, inspired Warjay to pick up a minor in Asian American Studies. Additionally, he realized his love for cultural dances and decided to run for the position of BECC and create PACN XVIII known as “Rooted” alongside his partner Megan Dela Cruz.

During PACN XVIII, he was a dance coordinator for the suite Kordilyera alongside Pia. Warjay initially coordinated this suite once before during Fanc-E year because of the hype surrounding it. However, the more he researched about the indigenous people of the Philippines, the more he learned about the context of these dances. Warjay emphasizes the importance of how you represent pre-colonial Filipino culture outside of Spanish and US colonization. These people have continued to live, and they continue to resist colonization to this day. He wanted to represent each group as accurately as possible. These dances, to a certain degree, are a reflection of a people’s way of living. Warjay explained that when the Philippines was colonized, many people treated Filipinos as animals and specifically, the United States caged Filipinos to view for their own amusement. So Warjay felt that these performances were less about the audience’s enjoyment but more on providing a platform to highlight those being represented.

Warjay developed PACN XVIII with his girlfriend Megan Dela Cruz. They initially met in August 2015 at an internal social event over the summer with the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA). Megan was initially in VSA before joining Barkada. Warjay was playing pop punk music on the speakers and that’s how Megan and Warjay started talking. They bonded over music and kept hanging out with each other. They officially got together on March 22nd, 2016. The two became a power couple within the CPP Fil Am community and continue their activism today through campaigns like Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and California Coalition Advancing Pilipinx Studies (SIKAP).

Warjay believes it is so beneficial for members to attend Pilipino American History Month (PAHM) events. Some of the events throughout the years include: Heart to Heart, Lumpia Night, Jeepney Tours, and Farm Worker Movement Workshop. Many of the events during PAHM are in collaboration with other organizations like Chi Rho Omicron (XPO), PASK, Hermanos Unidos, and more. It’s a great way to meet other organizations. Warjay said that understanding the past can shape your future. He exclaims that there are many things that you have to actively search for to understand which can help you gain an outside perspective of things. Drawing wisdom and knowledge from many different places is better than from drawing it only from one place. This is a major reason why Warjay pursued a minor in Asian American Studies and continues to advocate for ethnic studies. Warjay learned about his culture through Barkada, but this experience he also learned about himself.

Warjay learned many lessons in Barkada. One lesson he learned was accepting what his capacities are. During his undergrad years, on top of his academics, he was involved with Barkada, PASK, Civil Engineering orgs, and internships. Warjay learned that boundaries are important and it’s okay to take a step back from things. Warjay believes that it is important to acknowledge your limitations and your passions. You can find ways to support Barkada outside of running for executive board.

Additionally, Warjay states that learning about your culture is an ongoing journey. Warjay talked about how through Barkada, you can join organizations like Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB/Pro-People Youth) and the Lakas Mentorship Program. There is more to learning about your culture than just in the collegiate sphere, and the skills developed through Barkada can continue to be utilized in future organizations.

Warjay would love to see an Alumni Network in the future. Alumni can be a huge asset for the growth of Barkada. There is a potential opportunity in connecting alumni with general members. They can help them in providing a pipeline into the work field and provide life experience. Many would still love to help out the organization in any way they can.

As a three time board member, Warjay has made significant advancements and improvements for Barkada. For example, he implemented structural changes to the BECC position. He created applications for PACN coordinators, which has made the selection process more official and gave members an opportunity to list their qualifications. Moreover, Warjay changed the requirement for BECC to include one year of coordinating experience in the BEC umbrella. This is to ensure that BECC nominees have familiarity with the BECC’s work structure. As Historian, Warjay put a great emphasis on keeping Barkada history accessible. He transferred numerous amounts of Barkada information to the website by looking through places where Barkada information was previously stored. He helped create the past executive board list on the website. Lastly, Warjay has helped members connect to things outside of Barkada to what they are passionate about. Warjay made an impact on Barkada while also focusing on his career too and put a great deal of importance on the post graduate life. Warjay may not be here anymore, but he misses Barkada dearly.

Warjay misses seeing people every day. One big thing he took for granted was going to the APISC. Seeing all the familiar faces and his core group of friends meant a lot to him. Things like Barkada events, spontaneous adventures, studying, and just getting food with friends is what Warjay misses. One food place that Warjay misses is Mr. BBQ, his favorite kbbq place. He once waited here for almost three hours after just finishing up at Friendship Games. He loves their brisket sauce and their beef belly. As much as Warjay misses Mr. BBQ, one person that Warjay misses is his kuya, Nathan Garcia.

Warjay’s favorite moment with his kuya was when he was going through a tough personal time during Spring Quarter his first year. Warjay had trouble opening up to the other people before meeting Nathan. After joining Barkada’s Kuya Ate Ading program, everything changed. At first when he was paired up, he didn’t see an emotional connection. However, at one PACN practice, his kuya noticed that something was wrong. His kuya helped him learn how to process his feelings with someone else and how to open up to people. As a result, he developed an emotional connection with his kuya that he is grateful for.

If Warjay could say one thing for the members right now it would be, “Use your time in Barkada to be the vehicle to pursue what you are passionate about. Everyone’s time in Barkada is limited. There are things that you can find that will help you discover your passion. Let those things drive you through the moment and to your next stages in life. Barkada isn’t the end all. It’s just one part of your journey. There are so many different aspects in Barkada that you can apply to the rest of your life.”

Warjay would like to give a shoutout to Megan, Kuya Nathan, Dream-E board, Dream-E babies, Fanc-E board, Fanc-E babies, Legac-E board, Legac-E babies, Bayan-E board, Bayan-E babies, BOFA (RIP), and Fam Bam. He also wants to give a shoutout to his friend group Original Design which is Miriya, Brandon, Tommy, Pia, and Megan. He wants to shout out all his adings and his No Time Line fam in Barkada.

Thank you so much for all your guidance Warjay. Freestyling with you during PACN practices meant everything to me. You and Megan are a big reason as to why I stayed in Barkada. I would have quit a long time ago if it wasn’t for y’all. You made PACN practices so fun to me. Your unique charm and witty but dumb remarks made me laugh whenever I was with you. You are like Hokage level inspiring to me. I have so much love for you and appreciate all your support that you have given to me. Going to your house to hang out and just having random food adventures was so fun with you! I will never forget you. Hope to see you soon one day. Thanks for believing in me. Thanks for being there in the bad times. Thanks for just being you. We love you just the way you are. Best wishes.
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Alumni Spotlight: Megan Dela Cruz

Hello Barkada! My name is Justin Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona Barkada’s President, and I want y’all to meet a special friend of mine, Megan Dela Cruz. She was Bayan-E year’s (2017-2018) Culture Chair when I was a freshman in college. In addition, she was Academics Chair Royalt-E year (2016-2017) and served on Barkada’s Advisory Board during Luck-E year (2018-2019) and Bougi-E year (2019-2020). She has helped me so much when I was a freshman and even this summer. I couldn’t be more happy to have you be a part of my life Megan. I hope you can give this article a read. You have made an impact in my life.

Megan Dela Cruz (she/her/hers), received her degree in Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies with an emphasis in Asian American Studies in 2018. She is now pursuing her Masters in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University where she is currently writing her thesis on the impact of deportation on Filipinx/a/o families. Furthermore, she is a community organizer for Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB/Pro-People Youth) based in Historic Filipinotown in LA where she’s involved with organizing the campaign for Filipino American Studies (SIKAP), Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), and community lead discussions. Megan will be a teacher with Pin@y Education Partnerships (PEP) and is looking forward to teaching Filipino American Studies to high school students. She was involved with the Lakas Mentorship Program as a Staff Counselor where she helped mentors and mentees by connecting their personal goals with the program. In her free time, Megan plays with her cats named Brownie and Vivi and spends time with her current roommates, Janet, Miguel, Warjay, and Steph.

Megan was originally involved with the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) her sophomore year of college. She tried joining at the end of Fanc-E year (2014-2015) but it never lined up because she worked for University Housing. She had two friends who were already in Barkada: Erickson and Jose. Both of them encouraged her to join Barkada. Megan felt like she should give Barkada a try because Barkada lined up with her interests in music, anime, and culture. Renz Soriano, Legac-E’s ASI/MCC Representative, was the one who was really pulling Megan to join Barkada. Megan’s first event was called Easy Summer, an internal event similar to Friendship Games. It was a fun day at the park where teams competed in games. Megan actually went for VSA but this was her first interaction with Barkada. She met Warjay Naigan, her current partner, and more friends like Anthony DeVera, Pia Radaza-Sumalinog, and others at this event. Her first interaction with Warjay happened because Warjay was playing throwback punk rock songs from bands like Fall Out Boy which was popular in Barkada. They just kept hanging out with each other and grew close. They both had a passion for dealing with social justice issues and punk rock music. One day over spring break in San Francisco, they became official.

In regards to the KAA program, her kuya is Chalcedon “Chad” Cruspero, who was involved with Chi Rho Omicron (XPO). She hung out with him only once a quarter but she still appreciates him and is her kuya regardless. He helped her vent a lot whenever Megan had problems she wanted to talk about. Megan created the family known as Ohana Line. Her favorite moments with Ohana Line is when she would have dinner with her adings. It was cool to her that her family was fond of social justice issues and showed compassion for each other. Getting Slurpin’ Ramen Bar was a tradition for her family. Even though her ading Giselle doesn’t come out a lot, Megan appreciates her presence whenever she sees her. Megan loves when she is able to spend time with her fam. She loves everyone in Ohana Line and thinks they are all sweet and loving people. For example, her grand Karyn gave her chocolates for Valentine's Day and she’s always so sweet and considerate. As much as she loves her family in Barkada, she loves all the executive boards she was on too.

In regards to Culture Chair, Megan was a GEMS major and she wanted to bring what she learned to Barkada. There weren’t many people in Ethnic Studies in Barkada and she wanted to show why it was important. In addition, she was a student organizer and the first Programming Director for PASK. Megan’s love for culture, social justice, and Barkada all pointed to her that she should run for Culture Chair. In fact, she did her undergraduate thesis on PACN. Megan wrote the script for the play that year for Bayan-E year’s PACN known as Rooted. It became a personal story of how her dad was deported. It was outside of typical stories, it dealt about immigration. The whole script was similar to the Japanese anime movie Your Name in which it dealt with body switching. The mythical creatures involved served as the magical realism of the play, a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative or technique combines with surreal elements of dream or fantasy. Combining the realistic view with magical elements, Megan was able to deliver the story of her father to the audience. She wanted to talk about the impacts of deportation and why it is important. Her thesis paper at SFSU is even about deportation. Megan wanted to humanize the survivors of those affected by deportation and show the effect of having your family being taken away. Megan is still navigating these feelings but PACN gave her the opportunity to showcase what she felt. Her favorite moment Bayan-E year was PACN. Seeing how the general members made the show their own and made it happen was amazing to her. It meant so much to her that people wanted to be involved in it and it’s so astonishing to her that those members that were in that show are leaders for PACN today. Seeing everybody create memories and their own narratives meant everything to her.

Megan ran for Academics Chair Royalt-E year because she wanted to put a focus on mental health for Barkada. She wanted to normalize the importance of mental health in the Filipinx community. She wanted to show that going to counseling doesn’t make you weak. In particular, Megan’s focus on mental health was close to her heart because Megan started to explore her depression in her time in college and continues even today. The idea of her starting medication was taboo in Filipino culture. She explains that some people assumed that she wasn’t that “sick” and that there is no need for medication. She wanted to challenge that Filipino narrative of people not talking about their emotions. She wanted people to be aware of resources like CAPS and show that there are always people who will listen and support you. You are never alone.

During that year, Megan worked closely with a counselor at the Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) who was also a Filipina. She wanted to connect different academic resources to Barkada to meet general members’ needs. She wanted to help people academically in their career and focus on the academic well being of the board. Megan’s favorite moment Royalt-E year was when her whole board was at Anthony’s house for the board’s winter retreat. Everyone worked hard and made sure everyone was engaged with the tasks they had to do. Most importantly, all of the board members were present at that retreat which didn't happen often. Seeing everybody at the same place put a smile on her face.

As much as she loves PACN, Megan loves P-Grad, Pilipino Graduation, just as much. Megan believes everyone should attend a P-Grad because it’s hard for a person of color to graduate. Megan exclaims that graduating means so much to our ancestors. Megan hopes that P-Grad can happen next year so she can walk with her Master’s degree with Barkada. She believes that all Filipinos at CPP are meant for success.

Some of Megan’s favorite food places were Love Letter Pizza & Chicken and Mister Bossam, which opened her senior year of college. In addition, Miriya and Brandon introduced a place called Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ. Megan was sad because her group of friends were supposed to go there before the pandemic hit.

Megan learned to believe in the current members of Barkada. She exclaims that you don’t need to do the traditions of the alumni because every board knows their general members best. Since every year is evolving and changing, reflect on the events that you want as a board member, as a general member, even as an alumni. But also, reach out to alumni! They are a great resource for help and she would love to see an alumni network. Megan explains that alumni like Mike and Erin Manalo-Pedro were a big influence for her in her studies. They helped guide and mentor her to become her major and she appreciates all their support and guidance. An idea would be to have all the colleges that these alumni graduated in, their contact information, what company they work for, and what they are doing now. For example, Pinays in STEM and the unique challenges they face in the classroom and in the field.

Megan said, “You are history, your family immigration story is history.” Megan learned that being in this organization makes you a part of Barkada history. Ten years down the line you will be part of that. Take advantage of these opportunities in college and figure out what you want your future to be. It doesn’t happen overnight. Creating these stories and building these relationships is history in the making and you should be amazed and proud of that. Even though you are students right now, you are cultivating and forming something big for the future.

If Megan could reach out and say one thing for the members right now it would be, “Y’all have more power than you think. You guys can hold the administration accountable. In the 1960’s there was something called the Third World Liberation Front which resulted in the founding of Ethnic Studies. One of the participating organizations was PACE, Pilippine American Collegiate Endeavor, and it still exists today. College students were the ones who advocated and fought for this field. You have so much power as students. Your place in the university makes a difference. Advocate for financial aid and better resources for yourself and your communities."

Megan would like to give a shoutout to her partner, Warjay. Shoutout to Miriya, Brandon, Tommy, Pia, Jeron, Miggy, and Ismail. Thanks for being her friend. Shoutout to Ohana Line, Fam Bam, Royalt-E Board, Bayan-E board, Class of 2018, PASK Board 2016-2017, Bayan-E Babies, Royalt-E Babies, Legac-E Board, and Legac-E Babies.

Thank you for their eye opening interview Megan. Your message to the current members was so empowering for the future of Barkada. I was so amazed when you said that everyone should go to P-Grad because it would make our ancestors proud. That answer was like a fusion between your Culture Chair and Academic Chair positions. Furthermore, I wish you the best. Know that I have your back all the time and I would love to see you walk at P-Grad when everything is safe. Your mental health is important to me. I just want to say thank you for all your help and advice you have given me especially this summer. You and Warjay were a big help for our board for the Black Lives Matters letter. I just want to give you and Warjay so much thanks for creating PACN that year. I would have left Barkada a long time ago if it wasn’t for y’all. Thanks for making the practices fun and always making me feel like I was a part of that show. I felt the distance between me and Barkada grow that year but y’all always made me feel like I belonged in the organization. Y’all were a big reason that I stayed in Barkada. I owe so much to y’all. Thanks for always being there when I need to vent. Thanks for caring about my well being. Thanks for believing in me.
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Alumni Spotlight: Justin Michael Medina Duclayan

Hello Barkada! My name is Justin Angeles, CPP Barkada’s President, I have another Justin here, his name is Justin Michael Medina Duclayan, Royalt-E year’s Barkada Entertainment Company Coordinator (BECC) 2016-2017. He transferred into Cal State Long Beach to study Marine Biology. Nonetheless, he holds Barkada in a special place in his heart. I loved this interview with Justin because some of his answers caught me off guard in a good way. I hope you can give this article a read and support a fellow Justin.

Justin is currently still in school studying marine Biology with only a semester left but I still consider him Barkada alumni because he transferred out. Even though he may not be here with us at Cal Poly Pomona, he has given so much to the organization and has helped me along the way too and given me some great advice. He is currently pursuing his passion as a marine biologist and is taking care of his pet fish and tortoise. Justin plays video games in his free time like Teamfight Tactics and Minecraft. You can catch him streaming on Twitch occasionally.

Justin first joined Barkada in 2014 Fanc-E year. He originally did not want to join Barkada. He remembers Barkada at welcome week because he saw them at their booth. They were trying to give Justin a lei but he was doing his best to avoid them. Justin was part of his Filipino organization in highschool and didn’t feel like it was for him. He felt like culture could have been a more cultural focus in his highschool organization. His girlfriend at the time who is still his current girlfriend today went to a different college, Cal State University San Bernardino, and she was involved in Lubos Pasos, the Filipino organization on that campus. In addition, he had a mutual friend in Lubos Pasos at that time who would soon become a future President for Lubos Pasos. So he decided to give Barkada a try so he could see her during external events like Friendship Games. Sadly, he couldn’t go to Friendship Games that year because he had a dentist appointment. Nonetheless, Justin still kept going to Barkada events. Justin felt like he didn’t know anyone in CPP until he decided to join Barkada’s Kuya Ate Ading (KAA) program, our mentorship program. One person who helped keep Justin in Barkada was Ethan because his dorm room was across from his. Ethan remembers seeing Justin at Barkada general meetings. As a result, they both decided to go to these meetings together and became good friends. The other person that helped Justin stay in Barkada was Michael Belicano.

Michael is Justin’s kuya in the organization. During KAA reveal, Michael was late to the event. However, Justin was able to bond with Rochelle who he considered to be his ate alongside Michael. Michael and Rochelle both started introducing Justin to everyone in Barkada. Some of Justin’s favorite moments with Michael was just when they hung out at the village. Hanging out with all his friends at the village was the reason he stayed in Barkada. Justin has many favorite memories with Michael but what Justin appreciated the most about Michael was how he portrayed Barkada to him. It was more so the influence that Michael had on Justin is what Justin cherished about their relationship as kuya and ading. Fun fact, they actually got paired because they looked alike and they were both BECC. Justin is actually Michael’s successor

Justin ran for BECC because he wanted to give back to Barkada. He didn’t know what position he was going to run for at first because he didn't know what position would fit him. He wanted to emphasize the role of culture is the only thing he knew he wanted to do. At first he wanted to do a culture chair as he had a script in mind already, but he felt like he fit more on the entertainment side of things. In addition, he was a part of PNotes, Barkada’s choir. He just felt overall comfortable with the PACN scene. His roommate was Bryan Naguit (Fanc-E BECC) and his kuya was Michael Belicano (Legac-E BECC). He had some connection with Cody Guerrero (Dream-E BECC) and Iggy Gutierrez (Class-E BECC). With these spheres of influence, Justin decided that the position he felt most comfortable to run was BECC.

Justin’s favorite memory on the Royalt-E Board was becoming the position. Because to him, it was a second chance to prove himself in Barkada. Justin lost to Adrian that year but Adrian had to step down for personal reasons. As a result, the position became vacant and Justin ended up being BECC that year. When he was asked, he felt honored and thought that there must have been a reason why they chose him. He is forever grateful about what Barkada board gave to him. Some of his other favorite memories in Barkada include all the new relationships with the newer members that he gained and the formation of his family Duck Line.

Justin wants to give a big thanks to those who make up Duck Line what it is today. Duck Line was formed because Dwight had a big admiration for Rodney the duck, the duck in the duck pond by the dorms on campus. In addition to Justin’s last name sounding similar to the word Duck, Duck Line was created as a play on words of his last name and the original group’s fascination with ducks. The original Duck Line group started as: Justin, Dwight, Kalvin, and Kayla. As much as Justin enjoyed spending time with his family, he enjoyed the memories he created in PACN. Some people even know Justin as the tree for Legac-E year’s PACN.

Justin was the tree that year for the acting portion of PACN. During Legac-E year, Justin told Miriya, “If you become culture chair, I better be in your play.” Miriya won that year and became Culture Chair and did just that. Miriya made Justin be a tree for her play. At first when Justin auditioned, he was hesitant at first. He wasn’t into acting as much that year and he felt like his audition wasn’t the best. Fast forward to orientation, he was revealed to be a tree as pictured in this article. He only had one line. He had to come up with a tree joke each practice. Near the end of one PACN practice Justin said, “Hey, I couldn’t help but notice but do you know what two beautiful ladies and one tree make, a treesome.” This joke put Justin in Barkada history and he forever became a legend. In addition to becoming a tree, his ading Dwight was a bush that can also be seen in the picture. The role of tree became passed down each year after. In fact, Justin used his role as a tree in his speech during Barkada elections. In his speech he said, “Seeds were planted in my mind, years later those seeds became a big beautiful tree that set itself upon Barkada.” This role of tree stuck with Justin so much that his nickname was the “B-E-TREE.” Justin is forever grateful to Miriya for giving him that legendary role as a tree.

Being a tree was a unique experience for Justin but other things that were unique to him was the whole Barkada experience. Justin only involved himself in community service organizations at first but he slowly started to indulge in the entertainment side of things in Barkada. He started becoming active during his first year which he never thought he would do at first because he didn’t want to join Barkada in the beginning. When you hear about clubs, you usually think they just do one task like community service. However, Barkada gave Justin so much more and opened up his eyes to what being a Filipino American organization means. The idea of culture being a main component in a club intrigued Justin.

Justin felt that all events in Barkada were equally important. If burnout wasn’t a thing he believes that everyone should participate in every event. There isn’t just one event that makes Barkada. Every event is different and offers something new that you can draw upon. In terms of finding out who you are, Justin suggests trying all of them. These events will ultimately help you become the person you want to be.

Justin tried many food spots in Barkada. Contrary to popular belief, Los Olivos Dining Commons (LO) was Justin’s favorite food spot. Jinza Teriyaki and Cha For Tea were great, but LO was the spot for Justin. It wasn't the food that made LO Justin’s favorite food spot, but it was actually the many late night memories that Justin had with his friends there. Justin actually used to work at LO too. As much as Justin had fun at LO and Barkada, Justin learned a lot from Barkada.

Justin learned that you must cherish the bonds you have in Barkada. There is that saying for Barkada board, the board has to stay 13 strong. Even when Justin transferred to Long Beach, he felt like there weren’t anything similar to the bonds he made at CPP. The bonds he made at Barkada were something else to him. The friends he talks to today are either his hometown friends or Barkada. People who Justin talks to on a daily basis are Ethan, Patrick, Kevin, and Duck Line. It was like that lesson of you don't know what you have until it’s gone. After Justin left CPP, he knew the friendships he made in Barkada were something that he wanted to keep in his heart forever. Justin learned about the culture as well and what it means to the people in Barkada. Justin wants to give a big thanks to Miriya, Megan, and all the other past Culture Chairs. When Justin first joined Barkada it was a learning experience. Towards the end of his years he took joy in seeing how Barkada changed other people.

The only thing that Justin wants for Barkada in the future is that Barkada is still there kicking it strong. He just wishes Barkada to still be there, for Barkada to remain Barkada. Justin understands that Barkada isn’t perfect, but to him imperfection is what makes something perfect. There were clubs that stopped being clubs because people no longer kept participating in the club which is sad to see. Justin only wishes for Barkada to still be alive.

Justin misses Barkada, like the actual “Barkada.” After all Barkada means a group of friends. After transferring to Long Beach, Justin could not find anything that had the same vibe of Barkada. He hasn’t found a group of friends like Barkada.

If Justin could say one thing to the current and past members right now it would be, “Thank you. Without you, Barkada wouldn’t be there. Hope you can make all those memories in Barkada.” Regardless of what you have done, Barkada will hold a special place in your heart, you just have to give it a chance. The people are what made Barkada for Justin, and those people will always be there to support you every step of the way.

Justin wants to give a big shoutout to all the people who have had an influence on him. If you are reading this article and you think you made an impact on Justin, he said that you probably did make an impact on him. He hopes that your relationship with him was a good one and continues to be a great one in the future. He wants to thank everyone. Thank you for the times at the village, the times at LO, and thank you for all the times at the CLA.

Thank you Justin for this interview. You had some of the most unique answers and I felt like I learned a lot from. The way you speak is so fascinating to me because you carry so much wisdom. You made me laugh when you said LO was your favorite food spot, but you answered that question in the biggest picture sense. I can tell you were a kind and caring person when you said that LO was your favorite spot not because of the food but because of all the memories you made with your friends. Goes to show how much you loved Barkada and how amazing you are as a person who cares about his friendships. Thank you for the kind words you said to me during the interview. I will never forget them. You made my day when you told me what you told me. From Justin to Justin, thank you for all your support and believing in me. Love you man, take care.
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Alumni Spotlight: Anthony DeVera

All the way from Texas, I got your Barkada Royatl-E president here, Anthony DeVera. Creator of the family known as AdrenaLine, Fanc-E treasurer, and your dark transfer boy. The people's kuya (brother), Anthony has helped cultivate Barkada into what it is today. I hope you can give this article a read.

Anthony was originally a Computer Information Sciences (CIS) major but switch into Management and Human Resources (MHR). He graduated with a MHR degree in 2016 and is currently working in Texas as a Talent Acquisition Specialist as a corporate recruiter.

Anthony first encountered Barkada during transfer orientation. He was told that Cal Poly Pomona was a transfer school and that in order to get your money’s worth you need to join an organization. When he was put in a room to sign up for classes, his future friend Irwin was sitting right next to him and turned around and said that they should join Barkada. They decided to check out Barkada’s first general meeting and Anthony thought that the board on stage, Dream-E board, was so remarkable. Anthony thought to himself, “They are so cool, that’s gonna be me one day.” Fast forward later, Anthony becomes treasurer the next year in 2014 and president in 2016. Fun fact, when Anthony first joined everyone thought he was 18 when he was actually older than that because he was a transfer student.

Anthony ran for treasurer because it gave him the opportunity to be on board. Anthony played to his strength as an MHR major and worked the logistics of Barkada. In fact, Anthony did such a good job as treasurer that we still use the financial report that he created during executive board meetings. Anthony played to his strengths. Some of his iconic work was seen when he pulled an April Fools joke on Barkada Fanc-E year when he said that if you wear your Barkada shirt to Jinza Teriyaki you would obtain a chicken bowl and drink for $3. In reality, there was no such deal and it did make some Barkada members angry but Anthony always did his best to make fundraisers fun because that’s the type of person he is. Jokes aside, Anthony was still great at his work that he became President two years later and was driven to show Barkada what he was made of.

Some of Anthony’s favorite moments of Royalt-E year was when they had special events where they would take random Royalt-E members and just treat them out. Anthony was always for his general members. Royalt-E had one of the largest turnouts for Barkada. Board retreats were fun but Anthony loved his ski trip. He takes pride in what he and his board pulled off that year for a ski trip. Making videos for Barkada was some of the funnest moments for him. The lumpia video made by Alyssa Castro that year is the most viewed video on Barkada. Filming their first gen video was a cherry on top too. I loved the videos Royalt-E year for Barkada. The first video I ever watched before I joined Barkada was Royalt-E year’s auction video. After that video, I knew this was the organization that I wanted to be in. Anthony had many fun moments with his board but he also had one of the most iconic families in Barkada history that actually had their own jackets to go with their family, AdrenaLine.

Initially AdrenaLine was five and it started out as a few of his adings just hiking. They would go on these hikes a myriad amount of times. Anthony was always the lazy one on these hikes. On the other hand, his adings were all fit and active. As a result, he named it AdrenaLine for all the hikes and active adings in his family. It’s always a great time seeing everyone in the line to him. Whenever they got dinner, his family would always make fun of him but it was that friendly banter that made Anthony appreciate his family even more.

Anthony thinks that everyone should experience a Sportsfest, but a different kind of Sportsfest. One that appeals to the general members interests as Barkada is evolving every year. He simply said, “Channel 5.” A lot of crazy things happen in your board but it’s those struggles that make you appreciate it more.

Anthony had a lot of favorite food spots back then like Jinza Teriyaki. The chicken bowl combo with the white sauce was a staple. Every chance Anthony got he would always do it at Jinza Teriyaki. Anthony enjoyed going to Banana Bay too of course but back in Fanc-E year the restaurant Coconut Bay was around so he would do fundraisers there instead. For the newer generation of Barkada members, Coconut Bay was like the Banana Bay for Barkada before it closed down. Anthony thought it was the better version because they had unlimited Thai Tea, there were Barkada connections, and they had better drinks to him. As much as Anthony did go out and have fun with Barkada he learned quite a few lessons from the organization.

Anthony exclaims that you find out who your genuine friends are. Enjoy your college experience and relish in just living in the moment. Once it’s over, there’s little possibility of it happening again. Barkada is a second house where you see all your friends on a daily basis. Anthony exclaims that you should do whatever you want to do because there are some things you just can’t do in your adulthood. Use your resources because Barkada has connections everywhere. You can get hookups everywhere with Barkada.

In the future, Anthony would just love to be able to see the organization grow. Every year is a learning experience, as long as the new boards learn from the past boards Barkada will grow. Anthony just wants the newer members to be able to experience all the fun things he experienced when he was in Barkada. Furthermore, Anthony would love to see a strong alumni network and anything that alumni can just help out with. Anthony is willing to lend a hand in Barkada members that need jobs. Anthony has done so much for Barkada.

Some of the things that Anthony has contributed to is creating the Barkada venmo account, Barkada financial report, and other donations like a deep fryer, water heater, producing Barkada decal stickers, and finding out the Pizza Beer and Wings auction venue in Pomona. With all these contributions, it makes sense that Anthony misses Barkada.

Anthony misses Barkada because to him it felt like a second home. It was almost like an orphanage but with all your friends. One of the happiest feelings that Anthony experienced was when he walked in the APISC after his term had ended and everyone gave him a standing ovation when he walked in. Anthony was startled but he appreciates what Barkada has done for him and has so much love for the organization for making him feel welcomed.

If Anthony could say one thing it would be that you should never be afraid to voice your opinion and stand up for what you believe in. It might be hard to take advantage of this time with the current climate but you should always educate yourself as much as possible. Anthony exclaims, “It’s okay to be wrong, just educate yourself to be better.”

Anthony wants to give a shoutout to Fanc-E board, Royalt-E Board, AdrenaLine, Dark Transfer Boys (DTB), Royalt-E babies, Fanc-E babies, Banana Bay, and KBBQ.

Thanks Anthony for always giving me that straight forward advice and teaching me how to be a president. I appreciate everything you have done for Barkada and I just want to say thank you for always being a welcoming presence. I can see why everyone in Barkada calls you kuya. You are a nice, kind, and caring individual that I know wanted the best for Barkada. You did just that, you gave it your all. We love you just the way you are. Much love predecessor, hope to see you again in the future.
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Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Chen

Hello Barkada! I’m BACK AGAIN with Andrew Chen, public relations Bayan-E year 2017-2018. He created some of the coolest designs for Barkada that are still being used today. His calligraphy is an eye catcher. His dance moves, impeccable. His scream, iconic. His hard work and career oriented mindset is something that I admire. Thank you for all your hard work in Barkada. I hope you can give this article a read.

Andrew majored in graphic design and graduated in 2019. He’s currently working at a marketing agency doing photoshop and website mockups. He loves working with social media in his work. He’s doing his best to put himself out there and see what the graphic design industry can offer. He is exploring more areas in the graphic design industry and wants to grow in different areas. Andrew isn't one to be tied down to one specific thing, he likes to have various options in work. Andrew is quite a talented individual. He brings a lot to the table and has various skill sets. One of his skill sets is cheerleading.

Andrew has been cheerleading since the 3rd grade. He was inspired by the move Bring It On and started cheerleading without his parents knowing at first. He would come with his own money and did it all throughout 4th - 6th grade. It grew to become a passion and did it all the way up until highschool. Things fell apart when his cheerleading coach quit. Andrew took things on his own accord and became coach after highschool for seven and half years. He led his cheer team to nationals at Chicago in 2018 and at Florida in 2019. He is a national championship cheerleading coach. Afterwards Andrew retired to focus on his career and make the best out of his bachelors. He might put himself back into coaching but for the time being he wants to grow as a graphic designer. As a graphic designer, he showcased his work in Barkada as public relations in 2017-2018.

Andrew ran for public relations not only because he wanted to grow his portfolio but to gain more relationships in Barkada. For Andrew, public relations is not just social media and graphic design, there’s a social aspect to the position. The position creates relationships and helps get the new members to feel welcomed in Barkada. As public relations you can make someone feel like they belong in Barkada not through just social media but as a person. Andrew focused on the relationships aspect of the position. Andrew’s calligraphy and personality together was a force to be reckoned with. His high energy and cheerleading background uplifted Barkada’s spirits and helped members feel like they were at home.

Home to Andrew was Bayan-E board. His favorite moment on Bayan-E Board was watching his relationships grow with all the freshmen that year and seeing how close he got to some people. For example, the people he met at welcome week have become some of his closest friends. Furthermore, being able to watch his graphic designs come to life and getting that appreciation from the general members for all the hard work was a great feeling. Andrew’s board experience was a lot of fun to him. His board and the general members he met that year had such a great vibe and he wanted that experience to be shared with everyone in Barkada.

Andrew first found out about Barkada from his cousin. He didn’t know what it was until he came out to welcome week where he met Adrian. Dwight, public relations Royalt-E year, sent out a mass email to go to Barkada’s beach day and first general meeting. Andrew ended up going to the general meeting where he was hooked in by Barkada’s enthusiasm and energy. Barkada had a lot to offer and a lot of social interaction, but it was the culture that made him stay in Barkada.

Andrew believes that all Barkada members should go to Friendship Games once because there’s something amazing about having all the Filipino American Organizations come together in one spot to show their culture and fight for the Spirit, Pride, Unity, and Friendship trophy. Even though it’s a battle for a championship, there’s a significant bond to be with people at the end of the day no matter how tiring it can be. Andrew describes that the camaraderie that you feel at the event makes you feel like you represented Barkada to the fullest. Seeing everyone come together is empowering and it’s the reason why Andrew went all three of his years. You only see all these orgs together once a year so you should make the best of it. Andrew never not once wanted to not attend a Friendship Games. However, Friendship Games wasn’t the only place Andrew bonded with Barkada. He got to meet Barkada members through restaurants like Banana Bay and Love Letter.

Andrew was introduced to Love Letter through Barkada and fell in love with the food and enjoyed going to whenever he bonded with his Barkada family. He met many of his grands here and ate some delicious Korean fried chicken and pizza. Andrew loves Banana Bay too because you are able to have a party no matter how big the size. Andrew celebrated two of his birthdays here 2 years in a row. Who could forget the happy hour at Banana Bay?

As much as Andrew enjoyed his time in Barkada, it was here where he learned a lot about himself as well. Andrew learned how to manage his time during his time on board. He still procrastinates but it has gotten quite better from the experiences he obtained here. Pia inspired him to color code all his work and his planner to help keep himself organized. If there’s one last thing that Andrew learned it was that you should always be aware of who you talk to and what you tell people.

Andrew would like to see more alumni socials in the future. Even though all alumni are all busy, they still want to support and contribute to the organization as best they can. It’s nostalgic coming back to these events and Andrew wants to pass down his experience being on board and in general make those connections. Alumni are super useful for networking and Andrew is willing to help his future public relation successors and everyone else find a job for their career.

Andrew passed down his knowledge and showcased his skills through PACN. Andrew was a modern coordinator for 3 years, even as an alumni. Moreover, he was on A-Board for 2 years in a row where he was able to assist his successors. His design skills, flyers, event pages, aesthetic, time, and love for Barkada was everything this organization needed.

Barkada has given Andrew so much. As a result, he misses it dearly. Andrew misses being in the same room as his friends at the APISC. Being able to just catch a breather in between classes, catching up with people, going on food runs, and meeting new members is something Andrew will always remember. As you Tsismis King, he misses all the gossip and spilling tea with his friends in the APISC. Most importantly, Andrew misses being on board, if he had the opportunity to run for board again, he would do it in a heartbeat.

If Andrew could say one thing for the members right now it would be, “No matter how tough times are right now, you have a good support system. You have a purpose. Don’t give up. Continue to spread positivity through these tough times because we all need it.”

Andrew would like to give a big shoutout to Wanderlust line, Triple AAA Cos, Bayan-E Board, Bayan-E babies, 2018-2020 Advisory Board, and all his little baddies out there. You know who you are.

Thank you for all the advice you have given me Andrew. Your leadership skills and ability to bring out the best out of people through your work ethic is something I admire. I wish you the best for your future. I know you will go far knowing your abilities as a Barkada board member, a mentor, and as a friend. Thank you for always supporting me. Much love brother!
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