Tell us a bit about yourself
I was born on Saturday in July of 1994. I am a first-generation Filipino-American born to two hard working individuals from Kawit and General Trias, Philippines, a former Philippine Civil Engineer and current dedicated U.S. Postal Service employee of 25 years and a former Philippine accountant and current Pharmacy Technician, caretaker, and grandma of the century – in other words, Dad and Mom! I’m the youngest of three children.
I am a graduate of Landstown Elementary, Middle, and High School (Class of 2012 – holla). In 2014, I graduated from College with my Associate of Science degree. In 2016, I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. That same year, I also graduated from the Department of Emergency Medical Services Basic Life Support Academy #14 as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I began working full-time as a rehab assistant in the Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy department. In my spare time, you will find me volunteering as an EMT first responder for the beautiful community I grew up in. When I’m not volunteering on an ambulance, I’m volunteering my time as an active member of my second family, the Volunteer Rescue Squad. I currently serve as a Lieutenant of Administration, Lieutenant of Special Events, and as the primary social media liaison for Squad.
What are some of your hobbies?
I am the friend who always has a camera on her that isn’t her cell phone, whether it’s my GoPro, point and shoot camera, or my mirrorless camera – you will without a doubt find one of them in my hand, bag, or clipped on to a carabiner attached to whatever I’m wearing for easy photo access. I eat, breathe, sleep, and live for making and capturing memories – so I guess you could say I enjoy photography and videography! In Summer of 2018, my bestie taught me how to longboard. I try to sneak in some longboard time when I can!
What are some current interests you have?
My latest interest is most definitely vlogging with my GoPro! I love recording what may seem like the tiniest, most insignificant parts of my day-to-day experiences and stitching them all together in a video with background music and everything. Everyone has heard the phrase, “My life is like a movie.” My goal is to create that movie (or in my case, several movies) that I can look back on someday and think, “Wow, what a life I was able to live!!! What awesome people I got to spend it with!”
What are three fun facts about you?
- I am the proud auntie of two nephews and two nieces. My eldest nephew, Julian a.k.a. Juju Boonie is 11 years old. I first began babysitting him when he was 8 months old and I was 13. All of my friends know him because him and I often came as a side by side package during my later teen years! My eldest niece, Juneau a.k.a. Junie Boonie is 9 years old. She is the most chill and sweetest of sweety pies, always greeting me with a hug and an excited look on her face when she sees me! My youngest niece, Camilla a.k.a. Mimi Boonie is a force to be reckoned with and the absolute PERFECT definition of a sour patch kid! She takes absolutely nothing from anybody; she calls the shots and she runs the show when she’s in the room, but she is also super sweet and loves to snuggle and play tag and be thrown “as high as the sky” when I play with her. My youngest nephew, Drexen a.k.a. Drexy Boonie is turning two this year. He loves to ride on my shoulders, play with anything that has wheels on it, and dress in the snazziest outfits you’ve seen on any 1 year old! Every so often, I have the chance to take the 4 of them out together and we call those days “Boonie Days.” “Boonie” is a term of endearment shared exclusively between the 5 of us [me (a.k.a. Auntie Rah Rah Boonie) my nephews, and nieces]. The bond I share with them, and the ability to watch them grow up and experience life is a part of life I value wholeheartedly and will never take for granted!
- The most memorable year of my life was my first year in my rescue squad; in addition to challenging myself by incorporating skills I never thought I’d be able to perform on life-threatening calls for people in their time of need, I grew out of my reserved shell and rescue shift by rescue shift, business meeting by business meeting, squad event and tradition after another, got to know over 100 members of my rescue squad and developed relationships with many I consider my second family. I absolutely love serving as one of our Lieutenants of Administration, welcoming people into the family for folks just beginning their journey in rescue. I want every member who joins us to have just as, if not more of, a fulfilling and memorable first year in rescue than I did!
- Party trick: I’m not sure what led me to find this out, but I actually have the ability to clap using only one hand. Yes, it’s entirely possible and I will gladly show you if we meet and you ask me to.
What do you love most about yourself?
Even though I have experienced numerous situations and relationships that would make me see the world in a negative light, I still naturally find myself giving the benefit of the doubt to people who probably don’t deserve it. In a way, I’m the kid who never grew up in that I still believe in happy fairytale endings and that there’s good in everybody. I grew up around a lot of negativity, and I take pride in my ability to remain positive in even the darkest of times.
How would you define your lifestyle right now as a young adult?
Metaphorically, I consider myself to be a trapeze artist balancing hustle on one side & bustle on the other. A few years ago, my only professional role was as a student in college but now I balance a full time job, a few volunteer positions, my family, friends, passions, personal fitness, and planning for my future. If I’m not working or volunteering, most of my time is spent engaging in ways to self-improve (lifting weights at the local rec center or researching & mapping out how I’d like to spend my future) or partaking in spontaneous plans with my closest friends and family for the sake of quality time. I realize I am involved in a lot, but I don’t want to look back at my life wishing I tried harder or that I participated in more experiences than I had. I have never been so busy, but I have never been so truly happy. I’m passionate about the work I do, I have the utmost supportive friends, and I’m in good health. What more could I really ask for?
What’s your favorite dessert from Filipino Fusion Desserts?
The ube crinkle cookies are to die for! I may very well ask for a plate of them as a 104 year old woman on my death bed someday!