Please welcome your 2014-2015 Katipunan Club Officers! Mabuhay sa inyong lahat!
Name: Juvie Varela
About Me: I am half Filipino and half Mexican, however I act more Filipino than anything. I am a military brat; I grew up in Okinawa, Japan during my childhood years and Hawai’i during my teenager years. I am an aspiring, soon to be, Army Officer, with the hopes of helping the world and providing freedom for our country. I love traveling, kids, Hello Kitty, WORKING OUT, shopping, reading, music, and so much more! Don’t be afraid to approach me with any concerns, opinions, or if you would love to just talk story.
Favorite Filipino Food: Kare Kare and Sinigang for days!
Favorite Filipino Song: Ikaw Na Na Na Na – Got To Believe Boys
Favorite Quote: “The blossom that blooms in adversity if the most rare and beautiful of all.” -Mulan Movie
Kawaksing Supremo (Vice President)
Name: Tyler McGee
Major: Travel Industry Management
About Me: I grew up in Washington State all of my life. Seeing rain and dark skies for 17 years gets pretty depressing. The only way to get away was to travel. I love traveling! One day, I’ll visit every country there is to see. Studying about the travel industry, businesses recommended learning Japanese or Chinese, but I chose Tagalog; one of the best decisions I’ve made. Joining Katipunan Club has definitely created everlasting memories and new friends. I enjoy going on adventures to new places so if you’re down, I’m down. Life’s about creating new experiences and memories, let me know how I can help.
Favorite Filipino Food: Fried Bangus
Favorite Filipino Singer: Rachel Alejandro
Favorite Quote: “Why sleep when you can have fun.” – Damian Guilao
Name: Cesar “CJ” Macadangdang, Jr.
About Me: I live in Pearl City but spent most of my life in ‘Aiea. Na Ali’i for life! When I’m not watching my Colts, Dodgers, and Pacers win, I like to sleep. Being part of Katipunan for the last two years has given me valuable experiences in which I hope will build upon the achievements of past years. I hope my organizational skills will be of good service to our club as your kalihim (secretary).
Favorite Filipino Food: Mommy’s Pinakbet with Chicharon
Favorite Quote: “I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” -Michael Jordan
Tagapag-Ugnay Madla (Public Relations Officer)
Name: Jason Dela Cruz
Major: Biology (Pre-Med)
About Me: Born and raised in LA. Love those Lakers. I love eating, gaming, and making an adventure out of everything. I joined Katipunan Club to make new friends, adventures, and get my fix of amazing Filipino food. Now, I’d like to give back to the community that’s given me so much. As an officer, I want to make Katipunan something that everyone can enjoy. If you have any ideas for the club or just want to kick back and hang, hit me up.
Favorite Filipino Food: Sinigang
Favorite Quote: “Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be… ” – Kung Fu Panda
Tagpag-Ugnay Madla (Public Relations Officer)
Name: Justin Padron
Major: Biology (Pre-Med)
About Me: Cali born and raised, residing in Huntington Beach when not in Hawai’i for school. I played football in high school, competed in Tae Kwon Do, and am a Certified Scuba diver. Big Laker fan. Going to the gym and eating super super clean is my thing. As a Katipunan officer, my goal is creating new relationships and making this club the best experience as possible for all of you. Feel free to say “hi”, and keep it 3hunna.
Favorite Filipino Food: Dinuguan
Favorite Quote: “Everything I’m not made me everything I am.” – Yeezus (Kanye West)
Name: Matthew Amore
Majors: Accounting and Finance
Standing: Super Senior
About Me: I am currently in Filipino 201 with Tita Irma Peña. My previous leadership positions includes Director of Corporate Relations for the Society for Human Resource Management-Aloha Chapter (Fall 2011), Director of Public Relations for the Inter-Business Council (Spring 2012), and President of the Inter-Business Council (Fall 2012-Spring 2013). As a three-time finance intern for the Boeing Company, I refined my skills in financial forecasting, financial modeling, and budgeting. My goal is to leverage what I have learned through my experiences in finance to help give back to the Filipino student community and to help increase finances so Katipunan can host more events. In my free time, I play violin, bass, guitar, and ukulele. Right now, most of my gigs come from playing bass in bands that play jazz, contemporary, and Hawaiian music.
Favorite Filipino food: Turon
Favorite Quote: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” -Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Name: Iris Membrere
About Me: I am just your typical brown girl, born and raised on the island of ‘Oahu. I love to travel, try new things, eat practically everything, and enjoy every minute with my family and friends. I am an aspiring Army Officer hoping to one day make a difference in people’s lives and continue to learn more and more about what this world has to offer and what I can do for the people in it. My goal for the Katipunan Club is to help implement a family environment by working hard to help increase finances so we can create events to bring everyone together. I would love to meet all of you, so don’t be afraid to say “hi”! By the way, I’m a sucker for smiles and happy people!
Favorite Filipino Food: My Grandma’s Sinigang
Favorite Quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Name: Teresa Gabaylo
About Me: I am a hiker, aspiring artist and avid pc gamer, residing in Ewa Beach. This is my third year in UH Manoa and chose to major in Architecture as a Landscape Designer. It is my second year being in the Katipunan club, my favorite Katipunan events are Dramafest and Piknik. Being a mixed plate, half Filipino and 6 other ethnicities, I have never been as familiar to the Filipino culture or language until joining the Katipunan Club. I hope to improve my photography skills with Darren and compile a digital photo album of special memories of this year’s Katipunan Club activities. I am excited in meeting all of you, so please don’t be afraid to say “hi”!
Favorite Filipino Food: Dinuguan
Favorite Filipino Song: Otso Otso – Bayani Agbayani
Favorite Quote: “Don’t show off. Don’t get puffed up and big-headed. Be humble, which does not mean timid, submissive, and spineless. An inner self-confidence which gives rise to quiet strength is far more admirable than self-importance, arrogance, and egotism.” – Hawaiian Proverb
Name: Darren Sana
Majors: Art and Filipino Studies
Class: Been in school for so long that I could be classified as “ancient” (Senior).
About Me: I was born and raised on Maui. This is my 4th year at Manoa and I’ve been with the Filipino program since. After college, I want to teach and establish myself as a working artist. I enjoy sports, reading, music, exploring nature, video games, and talking to people. As your club historian, I wish to capture the essence of the Filipino Program and Katipunan Club. I hope to meet you all, so don’t be afraid to say “hi” to the guy with the camera.
Favorite Filipino Food: Anything Adobo
Favorite Filipino Song: Harana – Apo Hiking Society
Favorite Quote: “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley (Redemption Song)
Tagapangsiwa ng Web (Web Admin)
Name: Jason Delos Reyes
Major: Computer Science
About Me: I currently reside in ‘Aiea (Na Ali’i Represent!), but was originally from Kalihi. Growing up with Tagalog-speaking parents in a Filipino-dominant community, I came to know the Filipino culture like I know my own brother. I hope to strengthen my relationship with the Kabayanihan Spirit as a Katipunan Club Webmaster by bringing the Filipino sense of community into the technology age through social media. Feel free to come up to me if you need to practice your Filipino (Tagalog) speaking skills or have any Filipino-related questions! Looking forward to meeting all of you!
Favorite Filipino Food: Chicken Adobo or Lumpia
Favorite Filipino Song: Pinoy Ako – Orange & Lemons
Favorite Quote: “Life is a beach. (Pessimists say it with a Filipino accent.)” -Travel Channel
Isang bagsak to last year’s Katipunan Club Officers! Paalam, at maraming salamat sa inyong serbisyo!
2013-2014 Katipunan Club Officers
Supremo (President) – Precious Mae Arao
Kawaksing Supremo (Vice President) – Matthew Perez
Kalihim (Secretary) - Angelica Marie Fernandez
Tagapag-Ugnay Madla (Public Relations Officer) - Cassandra Joy Ecraela
Ingat-Yaman (Treasurer) - Cesar “CJ” Macadangdang, Jr. (current Kalihim/Secretary)
Ingat-Yaman (Treasurer) - Stephany Makizuru
Mananalaysay (Historian) – April Dela Cueva
Ingat-Yaman (Treasurer) – Kristine Marie Taylan (2014)
Ingat-Yaman (Treasurer) - Kenny Quibilan (2014)