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February 9th, 2014

A Message from the Executive Board

Due to scheduling conflict, OYFA Board Elections will be tentatively be on March 2nd, time and location to be determined. We'll let you know as soon as we have more information!

To be eligible to run and/or to vote, please make sure that you have paid your membership dues ($10) to our treasurer, Justin Trinidad, at least 3 days before elections begin. 

Elections will be conducted in this order: President, Vice President, and then the most contested position to the least contested position. Each candidate will have exactly 3 minutes to give a speech and 8 minutes for Q&A with a possible 5 minute extension. After all the candidates have spoken, there will be 15 minutes of deliberation with 2 possible 15 minute extensions. The outgoing Executive Board Member will be moderating their respective position's election of his/her successor. 

Check out the OYFA Constitution at if you have any other questions! Also please don't hesitate to email any of us board members at

Justin Trinidad
Allan Bagsic

Vice President:
Nicole Winfree 
Richard Lay 

Kim Hall
Marc Nepomuceno

Corresponding Secretary:
Leangelo Acuna

Recording Secretary:
Elexa Rallos
Aaku Tamrakar
Yiming Lin 
Kevin Zeng
Manny Domingo
Caitlyn Syptak
Zach Abalos 
Alex Zarzuela 
Melissa Chang 

Nominations and other changes to the roster will be accepted until 11:59 PM on February 22nd and may be dropped until the start of elections. If you would like to drop a nomination or switch positions, please email 
Camille at

If you are nominated or are considering running, run! Serving on OYFA Executive Board is an honor and your chance to give back to an organization and a family that has been there for you. Good luck!
A Message from the Treasurer
Hey Everyone!
OYFA needs you and your artistic talents to design the Barrio 2014 shirts. This year, a portion of the proceeds will be donated towards Typhoon Haiyan Relief in our continued efforts in helping typhoon recovery in the Philippines. You can send your designs to me ( by February 28th 11:59PM. I will then open a poll to vote on the designs until March 5th. Please follow the guidelines below:
  • Include Typhoon Haiyan Relief
  • OYFA
  • 3 color maximum

  • Optional: The Barrio Theme 2014 - Panibagong Simula (“A New Beginning”)



Hello OYFA!

We are hosting a Historic Session February 20th at 7 PM. The location is to be announced for now. In our session, we will be discussing various foreign influences on Filipino history and culture. Foreign influences include countries such as China, Spain, and the United States and how they shape the way the Philippines is today.
Join us for our Historic Session followed by an Intercourse Session hosted by the Student Advisers, Michael Lapuz and Doan Phan.
See your lovely faces then!
Elexa Rallos and Marc Nepomuceno


We have concessions NEXT WEEK (2/16)! Sign up to play with us behind the counter here!
Barrio Countdown: 47 DAYS
Not sure what dance you are in for Barrio? Check This Out
Please let US or the CHOREOGRAPHER know if you CAN'T participate ASAP.
There are also other ways to participate in Barrio!
 Sign up for a committee here!
Check your e-mails for practice dates, times, and locations!
...and remember the 2-strike rule!

Don't forget...the best part of Barrio is the Potluck!
Please consider donating a dish for our annual cultural feast!
Please don't hesitate to contact the Food Committee for any questions: Denise Catbay ( and Christopher Lumain (
Obarriama & Barriden
Culture (Leangelo and Kristine)


Hello OYFA!

We are in the midst of creating the 2014 Barrio Program, and we need your help to continue to make it as awesome as it is year after year!

If you are interested in getting an ad space in the newsletter, please check out [this form] and help us share it with your parents! It’s a great way to help personalize the Barrio Program, and to make the Barrio experience an entire family affair. If you would like to see an example of previous ad spaces, you can ask either Eclair Junchaya or Katherine Jiang!

Fourth years, we know it seems soon to think about goodbyes & thank you's, but as Barrio is a little earlier this year, we would really appreciate your help to make this as smooth as possible! Please fill out your [blurbs] by Sunday February 23 :) Check your emails & FB group for more details on this process.





He Cares Shirt Sale

To celebrate the wonderful month of February, Community is having a special on our Filipino Shirts!  The regular price is $12 but for this whole month, it is buy one, get one 50% + a free OYFA sticker, totalling to $18.  Perfect for you and that special Valentine! :)  Buy them here.


<3 <3 Valentine’s Day Goodie Bag Making <3 <3

Join OYFA community, PAFN, KSA, LFE, and ASU for Valentine’s Day Goodie Bag making for the UVA Children’s hospital!  We will be making them in Monroe 122 on Tuesday February 11th from 6 - 10pm (note the time and location change).  We would love to have you all join us!


Happy February!


Hey there everybody! 

We are closing on the Winter Classic! If you still want to join, sign up below. Don't forget to come to our weekly practices on Fridays from 3:30-5:00. The Winter Classic will be on Saturday February 22.  Get excited!
Don't forget we have our IM games every Sunday!  Basketball will be at 5:30, and volleyball will be at 9:30. Look out for more info :)


Hey OYFAm!
As we've been saying in the past couple of WIOs, FIND's major events for February are William and Mary FASA's Culture Show on Sunday, February 19 and the D7 Football Invitational, which will be held on February 22.
If you're interested in heading over to W&M with us, please sign up on the google doc here! The show starts at 3pm, so if you do want to come, please be aware of the fact that we'll be away from about 11am-9pm.
Second, with regard to the Invitational, please keep going to the football practices. The coaches are beginning to finalize rosters, so it's important that they see your shining faces at all the practices.
That's all for now, OYFA. A driver's packet for Tech is in the works, so be on the lookout for that.
-FIND (Jasmine & Jor)


Kamusta OYFAm!
Just a reminder that we'll be having our weekly Membership Dinner this Tuesday night at 6PM! We'll be holding it at Runk Dining Hall, so feel free to come and join us!
As always, if you have someone who's interested in joining OYFA, just let one of us know! Our emails our mar8af and aev9dp :)
Thanks guys!


Dear OYFAmily,

Did you know the Philippines has its first ever figure skater in this year's Winter Olympics? 17 year old Michael Christian Martinez is the only representative from the Philippines at Sochi and is the first participant in 22 years. He is also the first to represent a Southeast Asian country in figure skating. How amazing is that?!? Keep an eye out for him when he takes part of the Male figure skating competition soon!
Much mahal,

General Announcements

Buy an ISA Samosa Gram for Valentine's Day!
The Indian Student Association will be selling Samosa Grams for you to send to anyone at UVa on Valentine's Day! Sales are both online and in person. We will also have a Square, so we can take credit cards at the time of purchase if you don't have cash on you.

ISA will be taking orders in person on Wednesday, February 12th from 11 AM to 2 PM at OHill, Clark Library, and Newcomb. 

People who get a Samosa Gram will receive an email notifying them to pick it up on Friday, February 14th. The messages you send can be either anonymous or you can make your identity known. Buy Samosas for that special someone today!

The online link for purchases can be found here

For more information, the Facebook event can be found here 
APAHM is quickly approaching and we would love to have another annual Opening Ceremony 4th-Year Panel! Speakers should reflect on their time at UVa and offer their wisdom to underclassmen by speaking on the theme of "Breakthrough," which includes issues such as breaking through Asian stereotypes. 
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to speak at the APAHM Opening Ceremony 4th-Year Panel, please email name(s) to!
Interested in creating a resume? Trying to find an internship? Hoping to study abroad? Come one and all to our Career Building Month!We're working in conjunction with UCS, ISO, and a variety of other organizations to provide you with a few workshops to help you get started with developing your professional skills and finding opportunities outside of UVA. Pizza & drinks will be provided! Here is the Facebook event:
Resume Writing Workshop: Monday, 2/10 @ 7:00 pm in Clark 108
Internship Search Strategies: Wednesday, 2/19 @ 6:00 pm in Monroe 124
Study Abroad Presentation: Friday, 2/28 @ 3:00 pm in Clark 107 
Love talking about UVa? Want to meet and help A/APA prospective students? Become a First Year Host, lunch buddies or webinar contacts! Attend an info session on Tuesday, February 18th from 7:30-8:00 PM in Chem 303. Email for more information!

Advocate for diversity. Represent the minority. Apply for MRC. Committee Applications due in a week, on the 14th! 


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Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. presents: Mr. Asian American! 
Mr. Asian American is an upcoming pageant for men that will consist of a formal wear competition, costume competition, and talent competition, as well as question and answer rounds. The event will take place on March 22nd, 2014, from 2-5pm at Newcomb Theater
The top 3 contestants will receive cash prizes (TBD), and the winner will also receive an additional $50 dinner date stipend!  
Please note that this is not a beauty pageant! Mr. Asian American encourages contestants to be confident, well-spoken, and well-presented. Contestants of all races are encouraged to participate! 
Please fill out the following form in order nominate someone for the competition! :)
Hope to see you all there! 
With Love,
the Ladies of Sigma Psi Zeta

Trivia Challenge 
Be the first to answer back with at least one correct answer to be the next featured OYFAN! But wait! If you answer back with both answers by the end of this week (midnight on Sunday), you will be entered into the Week In OYFA Raffle for a chance to win a prize at the next general meeting if you attend! Remember, the raffle is renewed every month so keep participating!

1. What OYFA events are going on this Thursday and where?

2. What award is Community giving to one Big/Little pair?
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