Reed Cabral is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Mechanical Science and Engineering. He served as Co-Cultural Chair with Hai Pham (#HaiReed) his sophomore year and as President his junior year within the Philippine Student Association. He can play the piano, guitar, and violin, and loves playing in an orchestra. He has seven younger siblings ranging between 20 years old and 8 months old.
Reed's top goal in his life is to help people. His freshman year, he was involved with Engineers Without Borders at the University of Illinois and was fortunate enough to travel to Cameroon in Africa where he got to know the local community. In the future, he hopes to use his engineering in a way that will ultimately help
people. His ideal job involves working with renewable energy sources that would make electricity accessible in areas around the world that lack the infrastructure to support other sources of power.
Reed wants to bring that "people" aspect to FACT 2016. He wants for everyone who attends to gain a newfound connection to the people around them, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability status, gender, etc. He wants those relationships to solidify to the point where we can all support and help one another.
Crystal Ponce is a Senior in Industrial Design at the UIUC. Other than being a coordinator of FACT 2016, she has been an Awareness Co-Chair, and Vice President Internal for the Philippine Student Association, and a coordinator for the Asian Pacific Americans Transforming Illinois Through Education (APATITE) Conference 2015.
Crystal enjoys learning about the myriad of identities within her community and the beyond, as well as their issues. She believes that identity is fluid & ever-changing as one grows. In her life, she strives to promote social & self-awareness, open-mindedness, inclusivity, and equality, all through the power of creation. Her hopes for FACT 2016 are that it will promote these qualities and concepts, and inspire delegates to find themselves, connect with others, and strengthen their communities.
Ladies and gentlemen, she’s back and she’s better than ever. Alongside her co-chairs, Jess Bautista is coming at you live in hopes of giving you guys another amazing FACT Conference. When she’s not planning, Jess Bautista is your typical Senior at the University of Illinois. She’s currently a Graphic Design major who dreams of working on UI/UX projects with the Steve Jobs of tomorrow. In the past, she has served as 2015-2016 Publicity Chair for PSA UIUC as well as Team FACT Manager for FACT 2015. Her admiration and dedication for this conference throughout the years has taught her that anything is possible with a little hard work and perseverance. She’s always keeping her chin held high and looking “This Way Up” for opportunities to make herself a better individual
right “Hear & Now.” She’s not afraid to “Dare to Be” herself and ignite the “FUSE” that makes her the person she is meant to be. Jess challenges you to do the same at this year’s FACT!
Shena Baccay is a senior majoring in Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. Previously, she has held an officer position as social for the Philippine Student Association and has been a part of FACT Pact for the last two years. She has also danced for Filipino Culture Night and Barkada, despite having no previous dance experience. She prides herself in pushing her comfort zones and striving for excellence. As the next step, she chose to take a leadership position on the FACT committee to further develop her professionalism and networking abilities. As a Hospitality Co-chair, she hopes to provide a welcoming FACT to both facilitators and delegates. In her free time, Shena likes to cook, eat, and dote on her cat Penelope.
After immersing herself in the Italian Health Care System for a study abroad program, Maria Climaco immediately knew she made the right decision to major in Community Health with a concentration in Health Education and Promotion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Coming from a hometown of 3000 people where she was the only Filipino in her high school, she was eager to join the Philippine Student Association when going to college. She loved serving as the Co-Cultural Chair her sophomore year with her partner in crime, Chelsea Tuvilla. #TUVILACO! Barkada will always have a special place in her heart.
If Maria isn't in school, she is most likely traveling around the world, riding her bike in the cornfields, delivering medication to the Amish, dominating at Mahjong, or spoiling her nephew and nieces. One of Maria's passions is to connect and form meaningful relationships with people from all over, which is why she wanted to be part of FACT Pack her junior year as Hospitality Co-Chair and PSA's Vice President External 2016-2017. Her goal as Cultural was to form unforgettable bonds and instill the meaning of family within PSA and Barkada. This year, she plans to take those bonds and expand them as much as possible beyond MAFA and the UIUC community. She hopes that this year's delegates will take advantage of the amazing resources FACT offers such as the the hand-picked facilitators and guest speakers, and the wonderful MAFA community we are truly lucky to have.
Information and Technology
Jackie is the Information and Technology Chair for FACT 2016. She is currently a senior studying Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout the past three years she has been involved in and has held positions in the Taiwanese American Students Club and Dance2XS UIUC. Jackie has volunteered for FACT the past couple years and loves seeing friends from different communities come together. Many people don't know her ethnicity, but she is of Chinese decent and her mother is from Indonesia. In her free time she's probably traveling to an island or beach, binge watching Netflix, eating tacos, or all three. Jackie loves her ading Andrew tons. #teammystic
Cat Taylo is a senior majoring in Speech + Hearing Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She has always had a passion for Filipino/-American and Asian-American awareness and as such has held 3 positions on UIUC's Philippine Student Association officer board and is currently the President of the Midwest Association of Filipino
Americans (MAFA). Despite moving on to MAFA, Cat still wished to continue supporting and giving back to the community that helped her establish her First Generation Filipino American identity. Her goals for FACT are to 1) foster a sense of community that is inclusive to the diversity of FACT attendees while still forwarding Filipino/-American empowerment as well as to 2) put together a variety show that is memorable and representative of said diversity with her two co-coordinators.
Just what kind of person is "Hai Pham"?
Oh, some may see him as the finest senior chemist around the block.
However, others may see him as Reed Cabral.
Not only is he a Chemist, but also of Vietnamese Descent.
Currently enrolled as a UIUC student, he plans to graduate in May of 2017.
Excelling in generating new ideas, he plans to change V-Show forever.
Now introducing, one of FACT's V-Show Coordinator!
And his name is...
Andrew Liang (also sometimes referred to as Andy) is a junior studying Engineering Physics who dreams of working on groundbreaking technologies; he also happens to have a love for urban dance and will be serving as one of two of Dance2XS UIUC's Artistic Directors this upcoming year. Andy has both choreographed for and performed in PSA's FCN since his
enrollment in college as well as competed with Barkada this past year in Battle of the Bamboo. In addition, the strapping young lad served as a volunteer for last year's "Dare To Be" FACT Conference and had an exceptional experience. While Mr. Liang is a loud and proud Cantonese American, his involvement in both the MAFA sphere and the urban dance community has led him to become one of this year's Variety Show Coordinators in hopes of not only giving MAFA a timeless memory but also reminding them of the boundless potential each and every of them possesses. Also Andrew loves his Ate (Kuya?) Jackie tons.
Audrey Gomez is this year’s FACT Campus Ambassador. She is a senior in Bioengineering and specializes in Cell Tissue Engineering. Although she is unsure of where her studies will lead her in the future, she hopes to be involved in the medical field as either a scientist or as a doctor, advancing medical diagnosis and treatment. She currently works as a PA in Beckwith Hall and volunteers at Carle Hospital to help accomplish these endeavors. Beyond bioengineering, Audrey has been PSA’s Filipino Culture Night (FCN) Coordinator (2014-2016) and MAFA's Events Coordinator (2015-2016). This year, as campus ambassador, she hopes to continue giving back to the organization and members she so dearly loves while also being a good advisor for the new FCN Coordinators.
Chelsea Tuvilla is a junior in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign and aspires to become a Physician Assistant one day. PSA has always been one of the things that felt right in the midst of her college career. Last year, she was Co-Cultural with her best friend Maria Climaco, thus creating the infamous Tuvilaco Duo. She has performed with Barkada multiple times and served as a main character in our show - Filipino Culture Night back in 2015. Chelsea continues to be active in PSA through dancing, being a loving ate/ading, competing in events such as Capture the Flag and MOOF, and currently serving as Vice President Internal
‘16-’17 for the upcoming year. When she is not stressing about school or extracurriculars, you can most likely find her watching Filipino teleseryes (OTWOL, ftw), looking up wedding dresses on Pinterest, or complaining about how she’s “allergic” to exercise. Also, voted “Most Likely to Scream while Killing Someone and/or Being Killed” during Spoon Wars and “Best Smile”, you can tell that this girl has a never-ending storage of energy and positivity that will bring some Sunlight* into your dull, dreary days. (Shoutout to my ΚΦΛ Sisters!) Chelsea hopes that as Team FACT Manager, she can bring that same energy to this conference and encourage everyone to be vulnerable, step out of their comfort zones, and last but not least enjoy the company of being with others from all across the Midwest.
Earl is a jolly fellow. He likes rope hammocks and walks in the park. He loves to sing and play the guitar, performing at every opportunity PSA allows him (seriously, though...) While he is a chemical engineering major, he is pursuing a minor in business and hopes to one day have an executive position at an environmental research company. Throughout his life he has been involved in a large variety of activities, from basketball and volleyball, to tutoring and research. His wide range of hobbies include writing, lettering, juggling, and Pokemon Go. His favorite TV shows are Bojack Horseman, Peaky Blinders, and Friends. He's excited to lead Team FACT this year with his sib Chelsea Tuvilla. If you see him around, definitely go give him a high five!