IRVINE, California - More than 400 Filipino-American students from various schools attended the 12th Southern California Pilipino American Student Alliance (SCPASA) Summit in Irvine, California to learn more about the Filipino culture.
"One of the most exciting things about being here today is like seeing my founders of kababayan up on the stage and hearing their stories, recognizing that it’s important to be here, to be politically involved, to be networking with all the people here in this room, and just being proud of being Filipino-American," said Marielle Macrig, one of the participants.
One of the keynote speakers was Rose Ibanez, who who helped start Filipino-American student organizations throughout the country.
"We worked on campaigns against injustices, built relationships among other activists in and outside the Filipino community," she said.
The talk helped fuel this year’s theme "Kapwa."
The SCPASA is also helping their sister branch in Northern California plan for their own summit.
"We hope that you’re all able to leave today with a new sense of purpose and understanding to why we persist as Filipino-Americans. We do it not just for ourselves, but we do it for our families, our communities, and for each other," said Andrea Wasawas, SCPASA's co-programming chair.
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