Awareness ’18-19′, Jasmine Cuasay

Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering


Do you have Ates/Kuyas or Adings, and how have those relationships changed your PSA experience? What do your AKAs mean to you?

I have the most wonderfulest akas!! They really helped the transition to college better..I used to cry in my dorm because I missed home so much but I found a new home with them! I see myself in each of my Ates, Kuyas, and Adings and whoever did the matches s/o to you guys :^).

I think that there’s always been a part of myself that I keep inside just because I don’t think people could relate to it? Like I never really talked about how I watched anime or that kind of stuff to my friends growing up because they wouldn’t be interested in talking about it with me. PSA brought me to people that I can feel whole in! I think they’ve helped me grow into someone who accepts all of my attributes! whoop I love psa!

PSA brought me to people that I can feel whole in! I think they’ve helped me grow into someone who accepts all of my attributes!

Describe your experience with Battle or Barkada in general. What is the cultural significance of Barkada?

Doing battle my freshman year was the highlight of my first year in college. Before that, I wasn’t really that close with anyone from PSA. I was reluctant to hang out with my class because it looked like they were all good friends already and I wouldn’t have a place in that circle; I was wrong! Going to practice and seeing PSA everyday for a month forced me to see that it’s filled with some really cool (and very welcoming) people!! I got close with my section, which had people from all the classes and I really miss doing that first bit of choreo…@villragerforlife..We also won first place that year and while a trophy isn’t everything, it felt good to have our efforts validated from the judges last year.

I wish we spent more time learning about the Aeta tribe which we drew inspiration on for our dances and costumes. Every year, we dedicate our performance to an indigenous group in the Philippines but it’s hard to gauge how many people are aware of who exactly we’re representing. As awareness this year, we tried to implement more information about the Igorot whenever it applied but there’s a lot more we could have done to integrate aspects of the culture into the process — I don’t know if there’s a specific point to feel that we’ve done a culture justice but I know that it does take a lot of effort. Anyways, I loved doing battle, so much so that I did it again my sophomore year! No ragrets!

Every year, we dedicate our performance to an indigenous group in the Philippines but it’s hard to gauge how many people are aware of who exactly we’re representing.

Jasmine and her Awareness co-chair, Carmel