CARSON, CA — The TFCU Talks Series took over Cal State Dominguez Hills in California, hoping to inspire Filipino American students. It was a challenge to the youth to rise up.
TFCU Talks celebrated Filipino American History Month, by taking music, inspiration, and culture to Cal State Dominguez Hills, with the theme Rise Up.
“A lot of Filipino Americans have this thing, where they don’t know who they are or they don’t know or feel discouraged because they don’t know the language or they don’t know too much about themselves,” says Kamille Legante, from the Pilipino American Student Community. “And having these events actually kind of open up who they think they are and it builds their identity as Filipino Americans.”
For this round in an ongoing series of nationwide talks, High School Musical star turned United Nations youth ambassador Monique Coleman was joined by FilAm Los Angeles Commissioner Joel Jacinto, web artist and para-athlete and Filipino American motivational speaker, Rob Beluca.
“To rise up is to show up authentic as yourself,” said Coleman.
“Rise up is taking the challenges in your life and finding them as opportunities,” says Beluca.
Fil-Am Musician Low Leaf and her harp also performed.
All of them encouraged youth to embrace their identity and to serve their communities as proud Pinoys.
“It’s important we do this to make sure we clear the air we’re in a healthy place, and we do this through our rhythms,” says Jacinto.
“It was definitely something that hit Home, hit hard and it really hit the heart,” said Joshua Deguzman. “I really enjoy what Monique was saying what Joel was saying about leadership, about taking control of your life and identity and individuality. It’s really inspiring to see people that care about the younger generation.”
“It was really amazing just hearing about their experiences and how that can relate to our lives especially as college students we have to get prepared to enter into the real world,” says SCPASA student Natalie Lasca.
TFCU Talks now heads to Silicon Valley on November 4, at San Jose State University, with featured speakers Photobucket CEO John Corpus, and legendary turntable artist DJ QBert.