Team Sinigang versus Team Adobo: A celebration of Filipino food and culture

Leading Filipino social media channels and podcasts, Subtle Filipino Traits, SoCal Filipinos, and Filipino Fridays, present a friendly debate between two teams – each to present facts and examples why their position reigns supreme. Ultimately, the audience will be able to vote who wins it for that day, but get ready for competition, surprises, and who knows, a Team Kare Kare might just be the twist we need.


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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 3:  Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 7,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)



Michelle Macrohon, Founder of Subtle Filipino Traits, a community bringing together Pinoys from across the world. It’s a place where our kababayan can celebrate their Filipino identity, whether they’re in the homeland or abroad.

Jason Lustina, Founder of SoCal Filipinos, connecting Filipinos/Filipino Americans in or have connections to Southern California through our shared experience.

Archierose Natividad and Jasmine Monton, Founder of Filipino Fridays Podcast, Podcast for the Filipinx Millennial.

Mellanie Tanada and Melenie Yap Chesneau of Filipino Story Time, sharing Filipino stories, language & culture w/the greater Seattle community+beyond thru monthly (virtual) events

Frances Maher,  a biotechnology professional working as a Research Associate in cancer drug development in the DC/Maryland area. She graduated from Brandeis University with a B.S. in Biology and is passionate about cancer research and business

Celebrated not misrepresented: Developing a Filipino American History Curriculum for Schools in Hawaii

This group of students from Hawaii is on a mission to include Filipino history and culture in every school’s curriculum. Questions were raised why Filipinos were not included in the books even though it’s the largest Asian population in the entire State. Listen in on their presentation and progress so far.


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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 3:  Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 7,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)

• Lead – Marissa Halagao, a Punahou student who is collaborating with HIDOE students and schools by creating a Filipino curriculum that centers on the history and culture of the Philippines. The curriculum focuses on overarching themes that all students can connect to. Including curriculum about the Philippines is important to me because as a Filipina American, she sees a lack of Filipino representation in Hawaiʻi’s education, despite Filipinos being the largest Asian ethnic group in the state.
Source: Teach For America Hawai’i

Caitlin Jayne Agnes, Temple University, College Freshman (Kapolei c/o 2021)
Blaine Bacerra, Kapolei High School, Junior
Raymart Billote, UH West O’ahu, College Freshman (Waipahu c/o 2021)
Jalen Espejo, Farrington High School, Senior
Mariah Ramo, Waipahu High School, Junior
Halle Myan Umayam, Kapolei High School, Senior
Lauren Watarida, Kapolei High School, Junior

This Way, That Way or the Highway: Asserting One’s Filipinoness in a Foreign Workplace

Overcoming impostor syndrome, and navigating nuances and cultural conventions – our panel will deliberate on ‘how things are done’ from their experiences as a Filipino in the US, Spain, HongKong and Dubai. If you can share some insights from your country, kwentuhan tayo!

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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 2:  Nov. 5,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)


John Paul Obillos Dela Rosa teaches both Tagalog and ESL (English as a Second Language) in his home county, the Philippines. He participated in the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program in the United States back in 2019 to 2020 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Kuya Paul (Big Brother Paul), as what his Tagalog students fondly call him, is currently teaching at Tarlac National High School-Annex, a public secondary school in the Philippines. Kuya Paul also does virtual Tagalog classes for second- and third-generation Filipino-Americans who would like to learn the Filipino language and reconnect to their Filipino heritage. At present, he is a PhD in Applied Linguistics candidate at Philippine Normal University – Manila. He is proud of his Kapampangan and Ilonggo roots.


Rex Yadao is a dreamer. A passionate self-starter that has never been afraid to fail. A risk taker that is focused on his goals, but is always ready to take it you to the best parties. A proud UP alumnus his first overseas stint was in Dubai in 2014 as a Marketing Specialist. He is currently working as Sales and Business Development Lead for ABS-CBN Spain, handling South Eu.


Rawnna Low



ConGen Paul Raymond Cortes, who headed the Philippine mission in Dubai and the neighboring northern emirates for the past six years, has been promoted as assistant secretary for migrant workers for the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.
He served as Consulate General of Dubai where he was able to address a gamut of concerns for the 400,000 Filipinos under the purview of the Philippine Consulate in Dubai. He advocated for innovations and streamlined the consulate’s procedures to provide efficient, effectie and client-centered consular services.
Cortes served as Deputy Consul General at the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu from 2010 to 2012, and was Third Secretary and Vice Consul of the Philippine Embassy in Budapest from 1998 to 2004.