Philanthropy ’18 – ’19, Caitlyn Añonuevo

Sophomore in MCB (Molecular and Cellular Biology)


Do you identify as Filipino or Filipino-American? What does that identity mean to you?

I identify as Filipino-American, and I think this combination of cultures contributes to the person I am today. While immersing myself in the American lifestyle growing up, I am always willing to learn more about my Filipino side, and at times, my passion for the Filipino culture can overtake the other half. I am grateful for the work ethic, resilience, and pride that originates from my Filipino roots.

With these pure Filipino values, I hope that the American part of my life can serve as a bridge to future opportunities. With my education from an American university, I hope to graduate and contribute to the overall Asian representation in the workforce. Being Filipino-American, I hope to encourage current and future members of PSA to find their own connections back home. Whether it be your Lola’s classic adobo or actively participating in PSA, I hope that members can find the beauty within the Filipino culture and incorporate it into their American ways.

Being Filipino-American, I hope to encourage current and future members of PSA to find their own connections back home.

Describe your Filipino family/community outside of PSA. How does PSA mimic/create similar experiences in college?

My Filipino family outside of PSA is quite traditional. With my family, aside from the stereotypical cultural events such as Simbang Gabi, Noche Buena, and New Year superstitions, I have learned the Filipino values my parents were nurtured with. In every lecture, my parents have emphasized the importance of integrity and character. They ingrained the idea of how no one person, majority or entity can hurt you, so long as your morals remain pure. In the end, I am thankful for the countless lessons because, in an overwhelming majority, they have molded me into a woman who is proud of her Filipino heritage.

PSA mimics similar experiences in college because the organization allows us to share the wonder of our culture with other people through Barkada, general meetings, and internal events. These experiences in this cultural organization creates a safe space for both Filipinx and nonFilipinx people, and they normalize the Asian-American lifestyle.

In every lecture, my parents have emphasized the importance of integrity and character. They ingrained the idea of how no one person, majority or entity can hurt you, so long as your morals remain pure.

Caitlyn with her Ate Alex.