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!
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Gain leadership experience by shadowing P-Grad executive board and help volunteer and plan Pilipino graduation!
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.
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.
Hello Barkada! My name is Justin Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona Barkada’s President, and today I share my interview with Edna Nabong Allenegui (Emeline’s mom!). She was a past Secretary (1985-1986) and Vice President (1986-1988) whose work pioneered Barkada’s overall development for PACN. Thank you for the interview! I hope you enjoy this article.
Edna was a foreign international student who majored in Accounting and Computer Information Science. Before joining CPP, Edna went to Citrus college and was part of the International Students Union. When she transferred to CPP, she actively looked for a Filipino organization. Filipino students back then were quiet; you have to actively look for them on campus.
Edna joined Barkada because she wanted to learn how Filipino culture is represented in American schools and universities. She wanted to find friends who shared the same cultural background which she found through Barkada. She wanted to put Barkada on the map, and she did that by bringing Filipino folk dances to Barkada. Edna played a crucial role in the development of PACN by teaching and performing these dances with Barkada.
Most Barkada members were either raised in America or did not participate much in cultural arts, making it rather difficult to teach folk dances. However, Edna took up the challenge and convinced her friends to dance Pandanggo sa Ilaw and Wasiwas, the candle dances. She made the costumes for the girls and they used actual glass cups and candles. First practices were difficult, girls dropped the glasses, and the boys were not comfortable twirling the glasses inside the scarves. The fact that the dance used actual lit candles added to the danger of the performance. They had eight girls at the beginning and ended with only five on the day of the performance. Although the performers were scared of possible glasses being dropped or fires getting started, they still performed it during the Asian Pacific Islander Month in 1986. They carried out one of the first ever performances for Barkada with Pandanggo sa Ilaw and did another performance with the song “Isang Mundo Isang Awit” by Leah Navarro. The song title translates to “One world, One song.” The song helped convey the message of unification, love, and peace with different cultures. It was the perfect song to perform alongside their cultural dance for all of Cal Poly Pomona to see. During the dance, they asked to turn off all the lights because the dance was not going to happen if it wasn’t dark. The candles lit up the room to the amazement of the audience. The whole crowd loved it. Barkada now begins its cultural introduction of Filipino culture through performances to the Cal Poly students.
Edna wanted to get Barkada even more visible. She helped fundraise for Barkada by planning Halloween dress up parties, themed parties like Valentine's Day parties. As much as she did have fun at parties, as a foreign student paying non-resident fees, she had to focus on school and grades. She would hang around the student union, where she spent her breaks in between classes. She made many friends with many groups from different backgrounds like the Guamanian boys. She would often get lunch out of campus at the Thai BBQ in West Covina and Tokyo Lobby in the City of Industry. They would also hang out at the “Barkada party house” in Diamond Bar.
Back then, Barkada was literally just a group of friends who had fun. Sportsfest started as a fun competition between friends/boyfriends from other Cal State schools - Fullerton and LA. Some girls of the club had boyfriends at CalState LA, and it was a fun challenge of which boys were better at basketball, Poly or LA. During Poly Vue, Barkada sold lumpia and the guys dressed up as the Barrel Man, a popular souvenir from the Philippines.
Edna is amazed by how big Barkada has come. When she went to CPP, Barkada was hard to find. Now Barkada is visible everywhere on campus. She was impressed by her daughter’s work in handling PACN. She is happy to see how far it has grown as an organization.
The biggest lesson that Edna learned is that “It is okay to have fun but your priorities are to study and finish your education first.”
She misses going to get lunch with her friends. She hopes to see a formal Barkada reunion in the future again.
Edna would love to give a shoutout to Bernie Sabillo, one of the people who helped choreograph the folk dances for Barkada. She wants to give a shoutout to Abner, Marilou, Ralph, and Jojo. ...
Hello Barkada! My name is Justin Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona Barkada’s President and today I have Emeline Allenegui, Steez-E’s Public Relations (2011-2012) and Class-E’s Culture Chair (2012-2013) . Thank you for your continuous support great grand! I had a lot of fun with our interview. I couldn’t stop laughing at your stories. You made such a big impact in Barkada. I hope you enjoy this article!
Emeline graduated in 2013 with a major in Communications (PR emphasis) and minor in English. She is currently a tax student at UCI law. In her free time, she streams Among Us, Overcooked, Ace Attorney, and visual novels on her twitch channel BukoJD.
Emeline knew about Barkada because her mom, Edna Allenegui, was a part of Barkada in 1984. At first, she felt out of touch with her culture, and she questioned why she should join Barkada since she already grew up doing Filipino cultural dances. After Geraldine “Gia” Pangilinan Samoza, Mabut-E year’sVice President (2009-2010) , picked up Emeline during Kuya Ate Ading Season, she went to more Barkada events. She considers Gia her big sister and is grateful for her. Emeline also started hanging out at the Asian Pacific Islander Student Center (APISC) because that’s where her “twin,” Lyndy, hung out and slowly found her home in Barkada.
Emeline decided to run for board when NJ Calinawan Santos encouraged her to consider it while they were painting PACN props. She wanted future members to experience the same friendliness and ran for PR. Emeline designed the Barkada baybayin letters still used to this day, and she helped revive Anong Balita. One of her favorite memories during Steez-E year was during a board meeting when she took minutes. They ordered over 50 McDonald’s chicken nuggets and she took notes on everything like, “Dillon is on his 20th chicken nugget.” Board got “mad” at her, which she found hilarious. She loved all the “trolling” of Steez-E year.
As Class-E year’s Culture Chair, Emeline hoped to enrich Barkada with Filipino American History. She created Culture Corner because she wanted culture incorporated in every meeting. She also wanted to talk about social justice topics in the community and did this through PACN XXIII “Lost Seconds.” Mental health was a taboo topic in the Filipino Community. Many of Emeline’s loved ones were struggling but were too disconnected from their families to address it. She felt her generation needed to talk about these issues with older generations to help heal with each other. The story juxtaposed two different time periods to represent the impact of the generation gap. Iggy Gutierrez, Class-E year’s Barkada Entertainment Company Coordinator, helped name the PACN “Lost Seconds” which refers to the multiple perspectives of the second generation Filipinos in the play, the concept of time, and second chances.
One of Emeline’s favorite memories during PACN was when she and Iggy were closing out the last scene as extras, and they were congratulating each other. It was a serious moment, but he randomly started doing the otso-otso in front of her and she ran off the stage to laugh. She also fondly remembers when Cody Guerrero had the tinikling team make the bahay kubo with the sticks for the first time in PACN. It was so heartwarming for Barkada Alum in the audience and members on the stage to witness it together. Ever since, Barkada has incorporated the bahay kubo in the choreography. Two favorite moments during Class-E year were when she met her Ading Carissa at Friendship Games due to a pun and also when the Classy Babies remade Class-E-Board’s Beauty and a Beat Lipsync video. Classy year was also when Emeline started calling the freshmen her “babies.” Barkada still refers to all the freshmen as babies because of her. Her other favorite memories were when she had her snapback on backwards at gatherings 🙂
Emeline recommends members participate in PACN because it’s where Barkada changes from friends to family. FilAms in SoCal are lucky to have PACN because other out-of-state university organizations don’t have anything comparable. They don’t have scripts, they lack the variety of dances, and it doesn’t really have the same community. Emeline misses Barkada. If she could go back in time, she would do it again to enjoy the little moments more. Barkada taught her everyone has their own strengths and anyone can lead in their own way as long as they are diligent about it. She would not be where she is if she didn’t put herself out there in Barkada.
In the future, Emeline would love to see more Anong Balita issues and see more connections with Barkada alumni. She loves being able to see what Barkada is up to, and she’s glad to see Barkada addressing more social justice issues like BLM. She hopes to see it continue evolving.
Emeline wants to give a shoutout to everyone: her parents, Ate Gia, Mabut-E-Board, Naste-E-Board, Steez-E Board, Class-E-Board, her adings (Jessica, Ariane, Erin, Rickey, Brandon, Carissa), her grands (Hannah and Miriya - if she forgot you it’s because you won’t respond to family dinner invites; if you’re in her line, DM her so you can also ignore her family dinner invites), Mabute freshmen, Steezy freshmen, Classy babies, her TroyPhi bestie RayRay and his friend Adrian, her faves: Lyndy, Zugey, Marc, Dane, and Daniel and of course, best cast ever - the Lost Seconds cast. The leads would want a direct shoutout: Carissa, Lindsey, Josh, Jean-Luc, Karynna, Justin, Julia, and Rodrigo. She will also shout out Maurice Rhee despite his trolling and will continue to fight him for no reason because HIS TONE IS WEIRD #spulture
To current members, Emeline says: “Enjoy your time! Appreciate the opportunities you have right now in your education, community, and being with friends because it’s different once you leave. Make sure you are a law-abiding citizen, unless you’re getting into “good trouble.” Also don’t go to law school, it’s a scam. But if you must, do your research on it and be very very sure. Because it’s a scam. Stay informed, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay kind. Support local Filipino businesses! Don’t forget to join the Filipino American National Historical Society OC/IE chapter! Happy Filipino American History Month!”
Thank you for the interview great grand! It’s always nice being able to see you. I appreciate all the knowledge and support you have given Barkada. I know you’re always busy studying in law school but I hope I can see you one day. You’re so cool! You made the letters for Barkada and are even the reason why we call freshman babies. You even did the first bahay kubo with the tinikling sticks to close out PACN. Your legacy in Barkada is huge! Thanks for everything great grand. Much love and best wishes. Follow her at BukoJD for quality gaming content. ...
Hello Barkada. My name is Justin Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona Barkada’s President, and today I have Aaron Gallardo. He played a key role in the development of Rondalla, an ensemble of stringed instruments, in Pilipino American Culture Night (PACN) for Barkada. I hope you enjoy this article!
Aaron majored in music industry studies with an emphasis in productions. He now works in the music business for Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI), a royalties collection agency that represents over a million song writers in the USA. In addition, he is a part of the Lakas Mentorship Program, a program that empowers high school students and college students to connect and develop essential life skills. He has worked there since 2015 as an executive director. In his free time, he plays golf, cooks, plays with his dog, and is an aspiring freelance food writer.
Aaron transferred into Cal Poly Pomona during Steez-E year (2011-2012) when his brother Carl was Social Chair. However, Aaron initially joined Barkada Modern (BMOD), before Barkada. He danced with BMOD for a quarter and performed at dance competitions like the Bridge. He met many great people and grew as a dancer. He even performed during halftime at Friendship Games with the dance community alumni team called “Hall of Fame.”
Aaron joined the Kuya Ate Ading mentorship program that year and was picked up by his kuya Kevin Hsu. He enjoyed messing around with Kevin and talking about their favorite show Community. After being picked up, Aaron attended the Kuya Ate Ading mixer in October where he met the majority of Barkada. Little did he know he would meet his current girlfriend Katie Balquiedra, Mabut-E year’s (2009-2010) Culture Chair, at the social. It wasn’t until PACN season where Aaron got active in Barkada.
PACN is quite special for Aaron. It was the event where he became great friends with Katie and the event where he did his senior project on which was an ethnic musicology study on the uses of Rondalla, the main music component in PACN. He knew the band called Rocksteady Rondalla and decided to work heavily with them for his senior project. He saw this as a perfect opportunity to connect his major with Barkada. He borrowed music from FilAm ARTS and transcribed sheet music for Barkada. During his last PACN, he was running the pit orchestra for Barkada and even had a minor acting role as a father on stage. Aaron laid down the foundation of Rondalla for Barkada that year and years to come. His work with Rondalla changed Barkada’s PACN forever.
Aaron has a myriad amount of talents that he utilized to impact Barkada. He directed Pilipino Notes, Barkada’s choir group, for two year. He claimed that he wasn’t the best singer, but he knew how to direct. He placed an emphasis on written sheet music. Some of his favorite songs when he directed were a Boyz II Men cover of “In the Still of the Night” and “It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” He even directed a couple from musicals. He directed Rent’s “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” with Barkada Band. Not only did Aaron impact Barkada’s music scene, he impacted his adings.
Aaron has four adings which are Carol, Katrin, Jocelyn, and Kathleen. His favorite moment with Carol was when they went to a music conference together and listened to music and panels. His favorite moments with Katrin was whenever he had music classes with her and whenever he got to spend time with her at Los Olivos Dining Commons. They both worked there together all the time. His favorite moments with Jocelyn were whenever they hung out outside of Barkada doing regular friendship things like making fried rice together. He identifies a lot with Jocelyn. His favorite moment with Kathleen was when they went to a concert together. Even though she passed away, Aaron appreciated how down she was for anything. He didn’t get as much time as he wanted to with her but he is grateful for the memories that he had with her.
Aaron interned for FilAm ARTS. It was his bridge to the larger Filipino American community after college. He started volunteering for the Lakas Mentorship Program. Combined with a couple of EWS classes that he took at CPP, he started to act on social justice issues surrounding the community. He started providing high school students with ethnic studies for Lakas because those resources aren’t usually provided to students. He would love to see Barkada members participate in activism and social justice issues. He exclaimed that Filipino Americans have a long tradition of activism even in the collegiate space. He explained the Third World Liberation Front, a coalition of ethnic student groups from SFSU, protested to establish Ethnic Studies as majors in their respective schools and universities across the United States. He believes that Barkada as an organization has the ability to leverage its members to point them towards systemic and meaningful change for the greater good of the community.
Aaron is grateful for all the lasting friendships he made in Barkada. The biggest lesson Aaron learned in Barkada was to value the people who were always in his corner and who invested in him. He feels fortunate to still be close with the friends he made in college. He is thankful for all the friends who stuck around. All his roommates from the PHP house and his adings made Barkada such a unique experience for him. They taught him so much.
Aaron misses spending time at the Asian Pacific Islander Student Center and at the PHP house. He loved that he was able to live in a house with people he had to go to school with. He misses going to Moon BBQ in Rowland Heights and Yard House in Chino Hills. He would go there all the time with his roommates. Being able to hang out with Barkada 24/7 is something he will forever cherish.
If Aaron could say one thing for the members right now, he’d say, “Oftentimes, it's easy to live your whole college life within the confines of campus. While that is different now physically with learning being remote, the fact still remains that there is an entire world outside of your Cal Poly Pomona community. I'd encourage folks to find your voice and look beyond your campus community and get involved in making meaningful change.”
Aaron would like to give a shoutout to Katie, Mozart (the dog and the dead composer), Carl, Yeo, Mark, Shea, Jocelyn, Katrin, Carol, Kelsey, Ashley, Sam, Iggy, Juli, Rhee, Nick, Aldrin and everyone else he met during college. ...
Hello Barkada! My name is Justin Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona’s Barkada President, and today I have Carl Gallardo. He was Steez-E year’s (2011-2012) Social Chair and Class-E year’s (2012-2013) President. It was a fun interview and I am sure you will enjoy his article. I hope you can read it.
Carl Gallardo was a mechanical engineering major who graduated in 2015. He is currently living in San Diego where he works as an aerospace engineer for NAVAIR. He supports the F/A-18s for the navy, fixing planes. He grew up in San Diego watching air shows often with his family, so this job has kind of come full circle for him. He loves his job and loves his Barkada friends. In fact, his roommates today were his friends in Barkada.
Carl joined Barkada because he grew up in a heavily Filipino American community. He was always around Filipinos, it was something comfortable to him. But during Carl’s freshman year at CPP, he initially decided he would try out for Barkada Modern, only being involved with it for one quarter. He was still figuring his way through college. It wasn’t until his second year where he decided he would join Barkada. Friendship Games was the event that got him connected with everyone. Practicing at Hype Nights and bonding with everyone helped Carl figure out what he wanted to do in college. Every event after Friendship Games like Ski Trip, Lumpia Night, and Pilipino American Culture Night (PACN) helped Carl find his home away from home in college, Barkada. Nast-E board brought Carl into the Barkada and inspired him to run for board.
Carl ran for the position of Barkada Entertainment Company Coordinator, but he lost. However, losing gave Carl more opportunities. Socializing was one of Carl’s strongest traits, he was always getting to know people in Barkada. After banquet, the position of social chair was still vacant and Carl took that chance and ran for the position. Carl wasn’t sure if he was on board yet. One night, the Steez-e-board president, Shea Salinas, invited him to come over to hang out at his place in the Village. Once they got to his place, the living room was all dark except for a couple candles lit. At first Carl thought it was like some kind of cult Shea’s roommates were a part of. Instead it was the candlelight ceremony, a ceremony that transitions general members to board members held at the End of the Year Banquet. Carl is forever thankful for what Steez-E board did that night.
Some of Carl’s favorite moments with Steez-E board was when their bowling team got 6th place at Sportsfest which was quite amazing knowing that their underdog Barkada team joined just for fun. One of Carl’s favorite videos from Steez-E year was the “ICEDDD” video where they would place ice on people randomly. Another video they filmed that year was a krumping parody from the TV show Community. He enjoyed those times in Barkada where he would just mess around and do dumb things with his friends like Shea. The group of friends that Carl still hangs out with today are his friends from Barkada. In fact, Carl is Shea’s best man for Shea’s wedding.
As much as Carl did mess around in Barkada, he was a leader. He ended up running for President after Steez-E year. He ran for President because he wanted to help out anywhere possible in Barkada. He had that drive and passion for Barkada. As a former Social Chair, Carl was great at lifting everyone’s spirits in Barkada. Even though it was Carl’s most difficult year academically, he is thankful for Barkada. Carl can look back at the hard times in the past and make light of tough situations with his friends today. One of Carl’s favorite videos for Barkada was “Class-E And A Beat,” a Justin Bieber parody of “Beauty And A Beat”. The video took a long time to record but the production quality was amazing. It was one of the best videos in Barkada. One of his favorite moments in PACN that year was when they performed the macarena at the end of a scene in the play. It was a harmless prank on Class-E’s Culture Chair, Emeline Allenegui. Carl was known for “trolling” many people in Barkada. He misses all the shenanigans he did back in college.
Barkada was quite different back then. People were just starting to get smartphones and many people didn't have unlimited data. Back then YouTube videos were quite unique back then. YouTube was starting to get big and it brought a different character out of people in Barkada. Now there are many videos on YouTube but back then parodies were quite popular. One of Steez-E year’s most famous videos was their SPUF Battle Parody of Supa Hot Fire. The video was so popular that people quoted the same video at Friendship Games. Carl was so amazed how their videos could have so much influence on other external organizations.
Carl believes all members should go to Friendship Games because it is one of the first events where members spend consecutives days in pouring their hearts out and goofing off. Everyone is still new in Barkada during Friendship Games season and hype nights are just a great way to meet Barkada members. Carl believes that everyone should participate in Pilipino American History Month in October because it celebrates culture. Another event that Carl believes all members should attend is Justice for Filipino American Veterans, a rally for the World War II Filipino veterans who didn’t receive their benefits. PACN and ski trip are other great events too.
Carl always remembered Barkada events at Banana Bay, and even at the old Coconut Bay. He was always down to eat at cheap Korean Barbeque places and In-N-Out. Back when Carl lived in the PHP house, they would always go to Yard House in Chino Hills to take advantage of the happy hour. Carl even had his 21st birthday at Yard House. Barkada is a club that eats so much. Free food or cheap food, Barkada eats anything
Carl learned many things in Barkada. He learned friendship from the camaraderie of Barkada. He learned the importance of having a community and a support system. He is grateful for the friends who kept him sane in Barkada. When he didn’t join Barkada his first year, it was tough on him. He realized that CPP could be a place to hangout, that it was more than just a commuter school. When he was President he learned to understand people’s struggles and work styles on board. These skills helped him prepare for his job today. He learned the importance of new members. Carl exclaimed that without the members there wouldn’t be Barkada.
Carl would love to see Barkada more involved in the community. It would be cool to see Barkada members be leaders for the Filipino community outside of college. Visiting things like Historic Filipinotown and keeping the culture there alive would be nice to see. Having outreach programs for highschool and the community would be nice to see in general.
Carl misses the parties, the Asian Pacific Islander Student Center (APISC), and seeing everyone in Barkada in general. He misses the social interaction and just walking into the APISC and seeing everyone he knew. Barkada was hard work at times, but it was always a good time for him.
If Carl could say one thing for the members right now, he said, “Cherish the moments. It might be super cliché but don’t take days for granted. After you graduate, you will miss the simple times like going to the API, hanging out at school. Study hard and balance your time. Being a student should always come first. Barkada is your backbone to get you through the tough times. Make sure you keep up with your grades. Academics first.”
Carl would like to give a shoutout to Steez-E board and Class-E board. A shoutout to his adings Nick, Erica, Carissa, and Chris. Shoutout to his real kuya, Aaron, pretty cool guy. Shoutout to the PHP house, the Rainbow 6 Crew, all his friends, not Iggy. Shoutout to all the alumni, everyone in Barkada, and everyone who he is still close to today. Stay safe. Golf is life. Wear a mask. ...
Hello Barkada! My name is Justin Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona Barkada’s President, and today I have Maurice Rhee, Class-E year’s (2012-2013) Sports Chair and Dream-E year’s (2013-2014) Vice President. He’s the man who is big on Sportsfest. I hope y’all can give this article a read and learn about Barkada history!
Maurice Rhee was a double major in International Business and Marketing (IBM) and Technology and Operations Management (TOM) who graduated in 2014. He currently works as a visual merchandiser for JC Penny where he changes visual properties at the store like mannequins. He helps wherever else he is needed. In his freetime, Maurice plays video games like Call of Duty and NBA 2K with his friends.
Maurice joined Barkada during Mabut-E year (2009-2010). When he saw Barkada at freshman orientation, they approached him and talked to him. Barkada approached him again when he was moving into the dorms during Bronco Fusion. Maurice decided to check out the organization and thought it was fun. One of the first people Maurice met was RJ Tongol, Mabut-E year’s Sports Chair, because he was interested in Barkada’s intramural football team. Maurice needed to be a member in order to play. Football was the reason Maurice joined. However, the people in Barkada made Maurice stay because he enjoyed how welcoming they were.
At first, Maurice ran for board at the end of Nast-E year (2010-2011). Ever since Maurice was a freshman, he was heavily involved in the athletics aspect of Barkada. For example, he was a flag football coordinator for sportsfest. People saw him as a future Sports Chair. At first he wasn’t sure if he could or even wanted to do it, but after talking to people in Barkada, he wanted to do it more than anything. He wanted to run to give back to Barkada and give members the experience he had. During Barkada nominations, Bryan Agahan and him were both nominated for Sports Chair. He didn’t want to run against one of his best friends in Barkada who also wanted to be Sports Chair just as much as him. He decided to run for Treasurer instead because he thought being on board and working with Bryan was more important to him than being Sports Chair. He learned that the Treasurer is just as much in charge of Sportsfest as the Sports Chair after talking to Nast-E-year’s Sports Chair and Treasurer, Patrick Ocampo and Shea Salinas, and even saw them as co-Sports Chairs because of their dynamic. However, he lost the position that year to Andrew Yeo. This didn’t stop Maurice from running because the next year, Maurice became Class-E year’s Sports Chair.
One of Maurice’s favorite moments Class-E year was their bowling social. He had fun at a bowling social from his freshman year and decided to plan one and the turnout far exceeded his expectations. Another favorite moment was Friendship Games, when they had a wedding theme and a cake as their big prop. For the President interaction, the other school’s President would cut the cake and Class-E year’s Secretary, Sean Fabros, would come out from the cake wearing a bahag and dance on the President, while all the members would chant “STRIPPER!” He also enjoyed filming Barkada videos. One that stands out to him was a parody of the Korean Jesus segment from the movie 21 Jump Street. Fun fact, Maurice isn’t Filipino. He’s full Korean. Others that stand out are their bowling social video and parodies of a Michael Jordan and Larry Bird McDonalds commercial, Uncle Drew, and Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” music video. All of these videos can be found on the Barkada YouTube channel! Despite some of the hardships that Class-E-Board went through, he was still very proud of what they were able to accomplish.
Maurice’s favorite event is Sportsfest. It was the reason why he ran for Sports Chair. He was excited to get the chance to run his own, Sportsfest XXIV: Redemption, but it wasn’t easy. Sportsfest was initially cancelled because Barkada thought they wouldn’t have enough funds to run the event. The board had a meeting with past Sports Chairs and Presidents, as well as their sports coordinators, to discuss their current financial standing and how they could still go on with the event. After much discussion and thought, they decided to go on with the event.
Some of his favorite moments in Sportsfest were being able to witness a perfect bowling game Steez-E year from a Barkada alumni team, doing a March Madness style bracket for basketball playoffs with some other members, and even getting to meet and talk with the other teams. It wasn’t all great, however. For Sportsfest XXIII it rained, it rained one of the days and he had to be outside the whole day without an umbrella. Another moment that stood out was the end of his Sportsfest. The year before he and a few other members dumped coolers of water on Bryan Agahan and Andrew Yeo at the end of theirs and thought the same would happen to him. As he was doing a final walkthrough of the gym, he looked out through the glass doors to see if there were any hidden coolers, but didn’t see any and thought they weren’t going to do it. After giving his final words, he turned it over to Andrew, who was still Treasurer. He walked over to hug Maurice, but instead held him and pushed him back as the members ran over to pour bottles of water on him.
Maurice didn’t stop at Sports Chair. He became Vice President the next year. He wanted to give back again. He was involved in Barkada for quite a long time and he wanted to bridge that gap between the two different eras of Barkada. He felt like he could do that best with the position of Vice President. As Vice President he worked with his A-Board, Sarangh-A-Board. Even though they had their own fundraisers, went food runs during PACN practices, and planned their own event, Family Feud, Maurice’s goal was to make A-Board a learning opportunity for the members who haven’t been on E-Board. He noticed that the applications asked which positions interested the members the most, but nothing was done to learn more about them. He decided to do a program where the A-Board members would shadow and learn from the E-Board. It didn’t go the way he had hoped and wished he could have done more with A-board that year but is thankful for the opportunity that it did give him. A-Board would later become what is known today as Internship board (I-board).
One of his favorite moments during Dream-E year was when their board performed at Barkada’s Got Talent (BGT). Their board had two performances for BGT. Their first performance was a video to the song “Happy” by Pharrel Williams. For their second performance, all the guys performed a dance half naked to the song “Ma Boy” by SISTAR. They did body rolls on stage. What happened was that Aldrin Dorado, Dream-E year’s Sports Chair, showed him the music video to the song when he went over to his suite. Aldrin kept playing the video throughout the day and suggested the idea. After sharing it with the rest of the guys, they agreed to do it. They didn’t practice all together until the night before and they pulled off an amazing performance. Some of his other favorite moments were playing True American, having an E-Board day at Six Flags, when he and Dream-E President, Iggy Gutierrez, matched for their E-Board photoshoot, and like Class-E year he enjoyed filming videos for Barkada. Dream-E board did a parody to Key & Peele’s famous video “Substitute Teacher” for their board introduction video. He’s very thankful for Dream-E-Board for making his final year of college as fun and enjoyable as it was.
Maurice ended up joining Barkada’a Kuya Ate Ading mentorship program where he got picked up by his kuya Daniel Tsen. His grand is Vinz Lim and his adings are Jerald, Marielle, and April. He enjoyed spending time with Vinz and Daniel at Ski Trips and is thankful for all the talks when he was a freshman. One of his favorite moments with Jerald was when they played basketball for Barkada at the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. He blocked someone in the tournament because Jerald pushed him midair. For Marielle, one of his favorite moments was when he visited her when she graduated from nursing school in Vegas before the pandemic. For April, one of his favorite moments was at John’s Incredible Pizza for Kuya Ate Ading Night. He went to visit her when she graduated as well.
If there was one thing Maurice learned while in Barkada, it’s to not be afraid to ask for help. When Sportsfest was almost cancelled, he was grateful that Barkada alumni came to help out with the event. He learned that it’s important to learn things by himself but at the same time reach out for help when he needs it. He learned to reach out to his predecessors, his board, and alumni. Maurice succeeded in college because he didn’t do it just by himself, he had the help from all his friends.
Maurice says that all members should do PACN. This is the event where the bonds between his Barkada friends were solidified forever. The whole process defines PACN. From acting auditions, PACN orientation, and run throughs at night, PACN was the event where Barkada turned from a group of friends to family for Maurice. He saw this first hand when he and the rest of the Mabut-E freshmen became close after their first PACN. They would hang out at practices and walk back to the dorms together. They would still hangout after PACN and get dinner and study at the library. The withdrawals the members feel after finishing PACN is real. Maurice said that when people walk past the CLA building they get the PACN nostalgia because that’s where all the practices are held. One of his proudest PACN moments was during Class-E year for the PACN “Lost Seconds,” when he was in charge of stage crew. After the show, Emeline Allenegui, Class-E year’s Culture Chair, told him that the lady in charge at the theater at Citrus College said that of all the years she has worked with Barkada, he had the best stage crew.
Maurice’s favorite food spots back then were Taco Bell, Carl’s Jr., and Panda Express by the marketplace next to the Asian Pacific Islander Student Center. In addition, he enjoyed eating a Los Olivos Common and L&L Hawaiian Barbeque for the musubi deals. He enjoyed going to Korean Barbeque during PACN season because there was a ten dollar all you can eat that he went to several times. One time he remembers when he, Iggy Gutierrez, Maurice Fabros, Jherray Babida did a challenge to see who would tap out first at Korean Barbeque. Whoever lost would have to get ice cream for everyone. The last people were him and Jherray. Aina Abad, the ASI/MCC representative at that time was there as well and said there challenge was stupid and even offered to buy the ice cream if we stop. Suddenly, Jherray screams, “IT’S NOT ABOUT THE F****** ICE CREAM.” This line became an ongoing joke within their friend group afterwards. Other places he would go to were Yard House and Buffalo Wild Wings. He also enjoyed the PACN tradition of going to Chicken and Ribs before and The Hat after.
In the future, Maurice wants to see more alumni outreach and possibly an alumni picnic and banquet. He just wants to see more people reach out because alumni want to help Barkada.
Maurice misses seeing his friends everyday in Barkada. After he graduated, all his friends were dispersed instead of local. He has friends living in Norcal and San Diego now. It’s quite difficult to see everyone. Even though he still sees them, it’s different for him now as opposed to when he was in college.
If Maurice could say one thing for the members now, Maurice said, “Your Barkada experience is ultimately what you make of it. So be friendly and welcoming for everyone so that everyone’s time in Barkada can be the best it can be. Also don’t be afraid to venture outside of Barkada, whether that be through joining other clubs or doing internships to get ahead in your major. Because of the bonds and friendships you make, Barkada will always be there to welcome you back.”
Maurice would like to give a shoutout to the Class-E board, Dream-E board, Sarangha-A board, his Sportsfest coordinators, the old school Barkada, Barkada Football team, BOBs (aka stage crew) his adings, kuya, and his grand, the Comic-Con/movie group, but not Emeline (until she stops trying to fight him) ...
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