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Community Celebrates 2019 Pinoy Graduates



On Saturday, May 18, 2019, PAFC, in collaboration with cohosts, the Philippine Embassy and FIlipino Cultural Association at the University of Maryland, College Park, held its 2nd Annual Pinoy Graduation Showcase DC (P-Grad).


In its second year, P-Grad DC aims to recognize graduating Filipino Americans in Washington D.C, Maryland, and Virginia and connect them to the greater Filipino American community, its organizations, and resources. This year, the graduation opened its applicant pool to include middle schoolers and anyone graduating from a program, such as a certificate program or armed services training.


We would like to congratulate the 32 Pinoy graduates for the class of 2019:


Middle School:

Joseph Conaty, St. Joseph's Regional Catholic School

Nathaniel Dalisay, Parkville Middle School

Allaine Estabillo, Frost Middle School

Lean Andre Madarang, St. Mary's Catholic School

Arabella Palor, St. Columba School

Alyssa Soriano, St. Columba School

Jasmine Young, Theodore Davis Middle School


High School:


Katherine Argente, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Gerardo Ballesteros, Wheaton High School

Erma Blanco, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Justin Francis Tablang Bustamante, Georgetown Preparatory High School

John Carlo Caculitan, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Wildredo Augusto Cadacio III, Walter Johnson High School

Gema Esguerra, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Melissa dela Cuesta, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Andreana Faye Fillar, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Joseph Arcelius Gabriel Leyes

Nicholas Manzo, DeMatha Catholic High School

Christus Quidlat, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Frances Nicole Quijano, Laurel High School

Joselle Quijano, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Marcelo Soriano, North Point High School

Joanna Tanap, Ocean Lakes High School


Undergraduate Degrees:


Lianna Cerenio

Bachelor's of Science in Family Science & Minor in Asian American Studies

University of Maryland, College Park


Gary Crisostomo

Bachelor's of Arts in Studio Art, Graphic Design

University of Maryland, College Park


Alexandra Gavino

Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology


Katherine Kate Medina

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting & Minor in Asian American Studies

University of Maryland, College Park


Jasmine Nicole Namata

Bachelor's of Science in Behavioral and Community Health

University of Maryland, College Park


Caryn Pasking

Bachelor's of Science in Information Sciences

University of Maryland, College Park


Pamela Tarectecan

Bachelor's of Science in Biology & Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education for Science

University of Maryland, College Park


Graduate Degrees:

Zowee Aquino

Master's in Social Work

Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Marlon Tingzon

Master's in Business Administration

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


P-Grad celebrates not only the importance of education, but a the importance of the community in supporting the development and empowerment of rising Filipino American youth leaders. This year, P-Grad garnered the support of over 20 community organizations and 50 committed volunteers, including Keynote Speaker and renowned public speaker, Sonia Aranza. The event concluded with a community fair highlighting the various community partners in the area. For more information about the event and those involved, you may review the event program here.


PAFC would like to thank co-hosts, the Sentro Rizal Center at the Philippine Embassy, the Filipino Cultural Association at the University of Maryland, College Park and the following sponsors and community partners for their contribution to the event:


Kaibigan Sponsors

Fil-Am Community Church


Kapitabahay Sponsors

High Bridge Foundation, Inc

Mabuhay, Inc

Ladies Auxillary Fleet Reserve Association, Unit 4/Branch 4

National Federation of Filipino American Associations

Rita M. Cacas Foundation

Yo-Yo, Inc


Community Partners

Asian American Lead

Bistro 1521

Filipino American Basketball Association

Filipino American Youth Basketball Association

Filipino Ministry of Northern Virginia

Filipino Young Professionals DC

Filipino Veterans Recognition & Education Project (pending)

Katipunan of MD

Manila Mail

Manila Mart

Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce DC

P.U.S.O Foundation

Refinery Hair Salon

Tanghalang Pilipino

The Worxx by Maia

Dr. Jose Rizal Youth Recipients - Patrick Aguda, Sarah Menchavez, and Ashley Cabanayan Shrestha

Masters of Ceremonies - Eliza Romero & Brian Marana






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