Raising An Influential Filipino Generation Meant to Disrupt

If you’re called cheugy then maybe it’s time to let the young ones lead? But what support can we give the new crop of leaders, and how can we best raise them while keeping our Filipino values intact? When do we become toxic and what examples of generational trauma should stop with us?


Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cElVPr0ENLk


This panel is scheduled for:

Day 3:  Nov. 6,  10:30-12:00 a.m. ET  (Nov. 7,  10:30-12:00 p.m. Philippines)

With Great Kapwa Comes Great Responsibility: Embodying Our Values in Grassroots “Move-Meant”

Join us for a session of knowledge-sharing through storytelling, videos, and discussion.

As an organization founded by Filipino immigrants, we carry with us the legacy of People Power. We believe that the people most affected by structural injustice should be at the forefront of our movements. We seek to amplify the voices of those most silenced in our community: undocumented families, new immigrants, domestic workers, low-wage workers, seniors, and youth.

Learn how AFIRE Chicago has been rooting their approach in care, in order to inspire and build a more sustainable and liberating future for our Filipinx/a/o community.


Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZprEd5O2ww


This panel is scheduled for:

Day 2:  Nov. 5,  10:00-11:30 p.m. ET  (Nov. 6,  10:00-11:30 a.m. Philippines)


Danielle “L” De Vera
Energy bender of mandirigma (“warrior”), and healer. I exist within the in-between, and believe that my calling in this life is to bridge people through storytelling and creation.

In community work, I often find my answers to difficult questions by exploring the dynamic of “how to honor the individual within the collective.” There is no one way to live this life, but I am so grateful to be in community, and to be able to cultivate spaces where we can “come as we are” and manifest a more beautiful, abundant, and liberated world by learning and practicing what it means to “show up for ourselves” and one another.

I love working with energy, and creating flow. I love to sing, work with my hands, and try new DIY projects. I am a community and wedding DJ, as I love to play music, celebrate life, and vibe with a broader crowd. My DJ name is “KnoWHiya” which is a pun for “Walang Hiya” (“No Shame”) and “Know Shame.”


André Adricula
Linguist and language teacher ng diyaspora. Within my teaching practice, I acknowledge and emphasize the unique individual history of each of my students, and I move with the intention of unpacking educational, linguistic, and intergenerational trauma. Where students seek reconnection to culture, I provide guidance towards reconnection to self. Because the Philippines is composed of many different ethnic groups speaking many different languages, I encourage reflection upon linguistic heritage and cultural history, empowering students to create meaning and connection for themselves within the diasporic Filipinxao community. I also interrogate access to and the study of Tagalog as an indicator of “Filipinx-ness.”

Outside of teaching, I love singing OPM classics, dancing to KPOP, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Council of Young Filipino Americans in Medicine Year in Review

This panel will highlight community issues the past year and share initiatives on building the pipeline for FilAm physicians, while advancing health equity.


Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PAveGw39fs


This panel is scheduled for:

Day 2:  Nov. 5,  10:00-11:30 p.m. ET  (Nov. 6,  10:00-11:30 a.m. Philippines)


Antonio Moya, M.D., M.P.H. is a neurologist and UCLA National Clinician Scholar. A physician of the Los Angeles Department of Health Services at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, he cares for underserved patients. Through his community partner, the Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI) in LA’s Historic Filipinotown, Antonio leads a community-based participatory research project to promote healthy behaviors through media among Filipino Americans with a focus on emergency stroke care. He also is in collaboration to develop a national network of young Filipino American physicians in the U.S. with an emphasis on educational pipeline programs.
Dr. Moya completed his neurology residency at New York – Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience at UCLA, he traveled to the Philippines on a Fulbright Fellowship with a focus on telemedicine and acute stroke units. He completed his medical school training at UCSF as a PRIME-US Scholar, master’s of public health training from the Harvard School of Public Health, and has pursued his research interests in stroke and public health throughout both residency and fellowship.

Dr. Moya is particularly interested in improving health systems in resource-poor areas of the United States, the Philippines, and other Asian countries. He continues to advocate for improved physical and mental health for Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants and their communities in the U.S. and the Philippines. Antonio is also passionate about music, learning languages, and storytelling as powerful tools for healing.


Rommell Victor B. Noche is a second-year medical student at Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in Connecticut, with a concentration in Health Communications. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Chemistry in the Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences. Prior to medical school, Rommell worked for two years in clinical research at Yale’s Department of Neurology.
Since 2020, he has served as the Co-Head of the Fundraising Committee in the Council of Young Filipinx Americans in Medicine. In medical school, Rommell is a student representative in curriculum oversight committee and a board member in the student-run clinic. His current interests include vascular disease, precision medicine, and health equity.


Carlos Oronce



Speak Up Anak: Dear Dr. Abby

“My mom wants me to be a nurse, but I really want to tell her I love to dance.”

“Every time my tita visits our house, she always asks me if I’m getting married. It’s getting really annoying.”

“It’s so hard for me to say NO to my family because I feel like I owe them. But I really want to say No.”

Polite, Obedient, Respectful – This is what our parents taught us to be, and now we need to make in a forceful, direct, push-the-envelope society. How do we transition? Do we need to change? Dr. Abby will share her research on Filipino American psychology and provide insight that will help you realize your super power and get ready to break the bamboo ceiling.


Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/gcv_Pixlx0A


This panel is scheduled for:

Day 1:  Nov. 4,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 5,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)


Dr. Abby Hamilton

Who Am I?

I grew up in Tampa Florida, learning about life from my traditional Filipino parents and from the Filipino community and figuring out life in my American surroundings. I went to Stetson University and earned my degree in  communication studies, which led me into a variety of career settings including retail, non-profit, healthcare, and education. 

It was my 11 years teaching middle school students that gave me the handy tools for my parenting toolbox as I raised my three wonderful children. Watching them grow and analyzing their every move was my favorite hobby.

This might be why I decided to get my masters in management and eventually my PhD in industrial/organizational psychology (psychology of how people work). I love to ask, “Why do people feel the way they do and how do they communicate?” So many times, we don’t even realize why we do what we do.

In my role as the Director of Student Services at Everglades University, I get to help them find their best self to prepare for their future careers. Nothing can compare with the feeling of experiencing the joys and struggles of life with our students as well as the great solutions and opportunities that are available for them! 

I am excited about this new chapter of my life, where I get to tell everyone about what I discovered during my dissertation. It has totally changed my life, and I know it will change others! It turns out that so many people do not know how to be assertive, and this may be the reason they are not being promoted in the workplace. My study showed that Filipino Americans have low assertiveness when their Filipino cultural values are high. Many people have low assertiveness because of the values they were raised with. I want to open their eyes to see that they can be assertive without letting go of their values. I want them to realize that assertiveness allows them to be true to themselves, and without it, they cannot be their best self. I want to tell everyone to SHINE ALREADY.  This is my message, and I’m going to let it shine!


Jean Gavina is a Clinical Strategy Manager with a background in Health Administration and Nursing. Experience in strategy and operations, quality improvement and relationship development. Expertise with implementation of technology platforms and tools to support operations. Project management experience, program development and launch of new clinical programs.

Professional Business Resource Groups include BCBS’s Asian American Business Resource Group, In-Abled Resource Group, Women Improving the Strength of the Enterprise, and Engaging Millennial Energy to Recognize Growth Enterprise wide . Community work involves Gawad Kalinga, LES-Live Every Second and Midwest Pilipino American Coalition.


Everett Icao is a 2016 graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Psychology. An active volunteer in the Filipino-American community, Everett strongly believes and advocates for change in issues of social and economic injustice, community collaboration, and youth leadership engagement. He has served in several leadership capacities through organizations such as The Philippine-American Cultural Foundation, Filipino-American National Historical Society Chicago and Knights of Rizal just to name a few.

In his professional life, he is employed at Cooney & Conway, a plaintiff’s personal injury firm based in Chicago that proudly serves clients who seek assistance when finding themselves at the most vulnerable time of their lives. He continues to grow by aspiring to complete his legal education and one day represent those who need an advocate. Everett continually strives to build strong and positive relationships through his work in his professional and community organizing by involving people from different groups, ages, and backgrounds by emphasizing the importance of educating, engaging, and empowering so change can be met with action. In his free time, Everett enjoys spending his time outdoors and participating in various physically healthy activities.


The State of the Filipino Community’s Mental Health

A panel of Filipino students from Columbia University will share presentations on their research, share personal experiences and challenge participants to find parallels and perspectives on the state of our mental health, especially during this pandemic.

Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avYbfvc0Uc4

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)

Joanne Michelle Ocampo


Raisa Alexis Santos
Raisa is pursuing a Masters in Public Health at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She currently interns as a reporter for Health Policy Watch, an online non-profit independent global health platform. She has worked in the past with Global Brigades in underserved communities of Panama and Nicaragua. As a daughter of Filipino immigrants, she has a special interest in immigrant mental health and immigration policy. And in her spare time, she enjoys writing fiction and taking her friends out to eat Filipino food.


Christian T. Gloria, PhD, MA, CHES
Christian T. Gloria, PhD, MA, CHES, studies the protective and resilience factors that enable people to adapt, grow, and thrive against chronic stress and adversity. He has worked with and served various vulnerable communities including immigrant, marginalized, military, minority, and low-SES populations in Texas, Hawaii, and the Republic of the Philippines. His present research is focused on the health and well-being of Filipino communities locally in New York and nationally across the United States. Other professional and scholarly interests include physical activity, nutrition, weight management, employee-work engagement, and public health workforce development.

Dr. Gloria is a Visiting Scientist of Mental Health for the Philippine Council for Health Research & Development and a Visiting Professor of Public Health for several higher education institutions in the Republic of the Philippines (specifically, Angeles University Foundation, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Silliman University, University of San Agustin, University of the Assumption, and University of the Philippines Manila).

Previously, Dr. Gloria was the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Public Health at Hawaii Pacific University (2012-21) as well as the Vice President (2016-17) and President (2017-18) of the Hawaii Public Health Association. With over 20 years of experience, he has planned, implemented, and evaluated public health programs and research projects with various organizations including community health centers, hospitals, NGOs, government agencies, private/corporate institutions, and school systems.

How Filipinos are breaking the mental health stigma in their communities

A panel of mental health professionals and a Filipino undergraduate student from the Harvard Philippine Forum will address how they are breaking the mental health stigma in the Filipino community and the wider community by sharing stories from their mental health careers and mental health advocacy work. Our goal is to inspire other Filipinos to help break the mental health stigma in their communities.

Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE47pWUlrzY

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)


Michelle Lopez Clark is a psychotherapist based in California and fluent in the Filipino language. She is passionate about helping people through life transitions, relationship difficulties, and multicultural issues. Michelle is also the author of “With You,” a children’s book that promotes diversity and the value of emotional connection.


Roanne de Guia-Samuels


Anjeli Macaranas is a second-year premedical student at Harvard College studying Neuroscience and Global Health. She currently serves as the Education Director of the Harvard Philippine Forum and works to stimulate conversation surrounding mental health advocacy among Filipino youth. In 2018, she founded the Little Virtuosos Project, an international student initiative dedicated to spreading awareness about the impact of music therapy on mental health and wellbeing.

As a reporter for The Harvard Crimson, Anjeli has collaborated with several experts at the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health and has written multiple articles regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on population mental health, particularly among minority groups. Additionally, she works as an undergraduate research assistant at the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she studies the association between Covid-19 related racial discrimination and mental health outcomes among Asian-American college students.

Anjeli is thrilled to be a part of FYLPROCon’s Mental Health Panel, as she has a strong passion for reducing cultural stigma around mental health within the Filipino  population and the AAPI community as a whole.


Andrea Cabrera Jakucs, LCSW 97252 is a Filipino-American licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about wellness and deeply cares about providing the highest quality of mental health services for her clients. She received her Master in Social Work from the University of Southern California and currently serves as the co-chair of the health and human services committee of Historic Filipinotown Coalition. Today she provides individual psychotherapy to adults in English/Tagalog, presents at conferences to discuss her work in the mental health field, conducts wellness workshops for organizations, and provides business consultations at Wellness with Andrea Jakucs & Associates located in Altadena, California. Her work has been featured in news outlets such as Fox 11 Los Angeles, NBC News, Canada’s Omni News, and Balitang America. In her spare time, she enjoys biking along the beach, snowboarding, and watching musicals. For more information, you can go to her website at www.wellnesswithandreajakucs.com or follow her on Instagram at wellnesswithandreaj.


Panel Lead and Moderator:

Frances Maher is 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.