Meet the Team


Name: Clarissa Hernandez
Year: Senior
Major: Community Health with a concentration at Rehabilitation Studies
Position: FACT Co-Coordinator
External Links: Facebook, Instagram

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†I’m allergic to fish but I can eat shellfish, so I really love shrimp tempura sushi with anything on it that I can eat. SO, I guess I really wish I was a shrimp tempura roll with maybe some avocado, more tempura crunch, spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce, maybe very little cream cheese, and some fresh scallops on the top. ūüėÄ
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
–¬†Sakanaya bet
What does FACT mean to you?
– One of the most rewarding components while in the process of co-coordinating FACT is seeing the conference slowly fall together. I love learning about all passions of each and every one of our facilitators and being able to see the diversity that they bring to FACT. Being apart of the Philippine Student Association has brought me many people that I can call my family. Not only that, being apart of the officer board has allowed me to learn more about the professional side of organizing everything, which has opened my mind to see things in a different perspective. FACT is an amazing opportunity to allow students from all over the country to come together and learn about topics they are similarly passionate about. Not only that, it is an opportunity for individuals to learn a diverse set of people and network with one another. In the end, my goal is to not only give back to a wonderful organization, such as PSA, but to also share what we are blessed with here on this campus and allow people to come together.


Name: Angela S. Serrano
Year: Senior
Major: Mathematics
Position: FACT Co-Coordinator
External Links: Facebook, Instagram

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†Spam Musubi bc I can’t eat seafood
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
– Cravings
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†FACT is a beginning. You can make friends, connect with facilitators, set goals for yourself, and experience new things.


Name: Marianne Reyes
Year: Senior
Major: Nursing
Position: Campus Ambassador
External Links: Facebook, Instagram

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
– Spicy salmon roll because I like salmon and spicy food.
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
– Cravings! It’s cheap, and they have a variety of options (they’re closed on Sunday’s though).
What does FACT mean to you?
– FACT Weekend is where people can reunite with friends, build their network, and have an enjoyable educational experience. It’s essential for people to have a space where they can express their thoughts & ideas and develop themselves both personally and professionally; FACT is one event that allows delegates to accomplish these things. Additionally, I love seeing the sense of community that FACT cultivates.


Name: Jayana Tabbilos
Year: Junior
Major: Bioengineering
Position: Hospitality
External Links: Facebook, Instagram

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†Dragon roll because I looooove shrimp tempura and it looks really pretty. Dragons are cool too.¬†
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
– Pho Cafe Thai Kitchen because their fried rice is super goood and there’s a lot of it… uhh yeaaa..
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†FACT is a unique opportunity that allows people of all identities and cultures all over the Midwest to bond over Philippine/Asian American culture. I’ve never had the chance to meet so many people that I can relate to before from so far away, and I think it’s amazing that FACT provides this safe, open space that allows us all to relate and cultivate our qualities and I’m excited to be able to help make this experience for others.


Name: Denzel Ryan Cruz
Year: Junior
Major: Bioengineering
Position: Hospitality
External Links: Facebook, Instagram , LinkedIn

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
– Playboy from Sakanaya, cuz it’s got a lil bit of spice, lil bit of sweet, and lil bit of pizzazz. A rather simple formula on the outside, it portrays a complex, yet strong texture in the inside. It’s also on the pricier side, but you’re getting exactly what you are paying for.
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
–¬†Black Dog, Sakanaya, Cravings
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†FACT is everything and more. It’s a priceless experience that creates friendships, networks, and opportunities that will go beyond the weekend of FACT. I’ve participated in workshops, volunteered to help the facilitators, and performed at the Variety Show, enjoying every moment from it. From my own experiences in FACT, I’ve learned a lot about my identity as a Filipino-American and how to handle the many challenges we face today.


Name: Aldrin Matthew Alvarez
Year: Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering  
Position: Information Technology (IT)
External Links: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†Deep Fried Spicy Tuna Roll, Im allergic to shell fish so TUNA ALL THE WAY!!!
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
– Zorbas. I. LOVE. GYROS. SO. MUCH.
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†FACT is a place for everyone to meet new people, try nee things, and learn about Filipino and Asian cultures.


Name: Holly Situ
Year:  Junior
Major: Advertising
Position: Marketing
External Links: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†Dragon roll ūüźČūüć£
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
– Sakanaya
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†Awesome weekend of community – learning, meeting and having fun with everyone!


Name: Cathlyn Rose Ferolin
Year: Junior
Major: Community Health
Position: Team FACT Co-Manager
External Links: Facebook, Instagram

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†Mango roll because I love mangoes
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
– Maize
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†FACT is a great opportunity to network with delegates of varying nationalities across the Midwest and beyond. The workshops and activities allow me to gain a closer sense of my identity and Filipinx roots. In a nutshell, FACT is a great conference that I look forward to every year because I love meeting new people of such diverse backgrounds and individualities.


Name: Alexandrea Guiritan
Year: Junior
Major:  Psychology
Position: Team FACT Co-Manager
External Links: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†Dragon Roll because I guac ūüėČ
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
–¬†Bangkok Thai!
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†Having been a delegate, facilitator’s assistant, and now on committee I think it’s confident to say I’ve grown through FACT the last three years. FACT has opened my eyes to the supportive, diverse, and inspiring Filipinx community that we are fortunate to have in the Midwest. I’ve met some of the most incredible people that have affected my college experience in the best way possible. FACT is a safe place, a place of expression, and a place to explore opportunities to push you to your best self!


Name: Tommy Mai
Year: Junior
Major: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Position: Variety Show Co-Director
External Links: Facebook, Instagram

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
– Salmon nigiri cause its good and simple, just like me (^:
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
–¬†Spoon House!
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†FACT means “Filipino Americans Coming Together” duh


Name: Alyssa Rose Masangkay
Year: Junior
Major: Kinesiology
Position: Variety Show Co-Director
External Links: Instagram

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
– a rainbow roll because i have a bright personality heheheh :^)
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
– CHIPOTLE! although it would’ve been Woorijib if it was still open ūüôĀ
What does FACT mean to you?
–¬†FACT creates a powerful sense of unity by bringing people to express our individuality, similarities, and differences together. It inspires me to be proud and to embrace my culture and identity, while also being able to explore and learn from people of different backgrounds. FACT is like a home away from home <3


Name: Emily Duong
Year: Senior
Major: Early Childhood Education
Position: Variety Show Co-Director
External Links: Facebook, Instagram

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†Salmon nigiri and spider roll! I can’t choose and say why because they’re just really good and flavorful :3
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
–¬†Empire! It’s right across Bangkok Thai — my go to is the house lo mein noodles and salty, cripsy chicken.¬†
What does FACT mean to you?
– I attended my first FACT before transferring to UIUC. It was honestly such a dope experience to see so many students from different schools, so many different facilitators bring a various of experiences to share. It’s a long and tiring day for both FACT Pack and our delegates, but at the end of it, it’s the connections and knowledge you walk away with and continue to build upon.
FACT really represented the power of community. It goes beyond attending workshop but meeting and learning the experiences and identities of others in the AAPI community. There is such power in learning and here at FACT, there’s always a possibility to connect with individuals and groups who are doing a variety of amazing things to celebrate and bring awareness to culture and experience. It’s both empowering and inspiring. I hope everyone can see it at their own experience at FACT — even if it’s just a little nudge.


Name: Csammer Love Jularbal
Year: Senior
Major: Mathematics & Philosophy
Position: Media
External Links: Instagram, LinkedIn

If you were a sushi roll, what type would you be and why?
–¬†Baked Alaskan Roll — it’s great and so am I
Where’s your favorite place to get food on campus?
– N/A
What does FACT mean to you?
– For me, FACT is an opportunity to learn and expand on new ideas, and to reflect on the achievements we as a community have made.