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Celebrating D.C Metro Area Filipino Americans Graduates




The Philippine American Foundation for Charities - with support from the Philippine Embassy and George Washington University’s Philippine Cultural Society - hosted its first Philippine Graduation Showcase to recognize graduating Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the D.C. metropolitan area at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. The event was held on Saturday, May 12th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET at the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University.


The purpose of Philippine Graduation Showcase is to celebrate this important educational milestone – oftentimes achieved for the first time within their families - and to connect graduates with the greater Filipino and Filipino American community and additional opportunities that await them after graduation. Remarks were given by the U.S Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Jose Romualdez and Gem Daus, Professor of Filipino American History & Biography at the University of Maryland, College Park. Additional community leaders included Jason Tengco, Executive Director of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Christal Ann Simanski, President of the Filipino Young Professionals DC, and Mencie Hairston, Founder of Mabuhay, Inc and the Highbridge Foundation.


Thirty graduates - twelve high school, seventeen undergraduate, and one graduate student - from the Greater Washington D.C metropolitan area were recognized at the event. Each graduate received a commemorative Philippine flag graduation stole and certificate.

A total of 167 people were in attendance.


We wish our inaugural class of graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors. The graduates are as follows:


High School Graduates

Eliza Buan, Bowie High School (Bowie, MD)

Hope Cajayon, Forest Park Senior High School (Woodbridge, VA)

Ronald John Devanadera, Rockville High School (Rockville, MD)

Jonathan Francis Epp, George C. Marshall High School (Falls Church, VA)

Nica Florentino, Bishop McNamara High School (Forestville, MD)

Edrian Mendoza, Rockville High School (Rockville, MD)

Andre Giolo Roales, Walter Johnson High School (Bethesda, MD)

Jan Mikell Saligumba, Albert Einstein High School (Kensington, MD)

Mya Nicole Spivey, St. Vincent Pallotti High School (Laurel, MD)

Isaiah Strawberry ,Thomas Stone High School (Waldorf, MD)

Simon Talusan , Benjamin Banneker Academic High School (Washington, DC)

Teresa Marie Torres, Northwood High School (Silver Spring, MD)


College Graduates

Jonathan Alcazar

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science


Andrea Dauz

University of Maryland School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Angelalucy Devanadera

The Catholic University of America

Bachelor of Science in Social Work


Gabrielle Dy-Cok

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology


Gabrielle Enguillado

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Sustainability Minor

Global Poverty Minor


Ara Venice Flores

University of Maryland Baltimore

Master of Science in Nursing Informatics


Audrey Viel Flores

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences


Danica Garcia

Towson University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Paola Kessel

Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health


Ingrid Lim

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Asian American Studies Minor


Theresa Pasag, University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Asian American Studies Minor

Technology Entrepreneurship Minor


Michael Ramirez

George Washington University

Bachelor of Accountancy

Applied Ethics Minor


Khalil Rasul

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology


Junelle Rivera

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Andrae Guila Roales

University of Maryland University College

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies


Gabriel Vallangca

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Asian American Studies Minor




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