Fil Am Role Models Featured in UP Alumni's 2015 Filipino Cultural Immersion Summer Camp

June 30, 2015, San Francisco, CA ── Alumni of the University of the Philippines in the San Francisco Bay Area (UPAA-SF), with the support of the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco and RAMAR Foods Scholarship Foundation, are calling on parents who want their kids to learn more about their Filipino cultural heritage, and to be inspired by Fil Am role models, to register in the third annual Filipino Cultural Immersion Summer Camp. The camp is open to Filipino youth from 10-15 years old.

UPAA-SF is holding the two-week camp on weekdays from July 20 to 31, 2015 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Community Room of the Holy Child St Martin Church on 777 Southgate St. in Daly City. There will be a Parents Orientation Meeting on July 20 and Camp Graduation is on July 31. Experts on various aspects of Filipino culture such as history, Kulintang music, native folk dances, literature, history, arts, Tagalog, local cuisine, wellness, and martial arts will teach the children.

A new feature of the camp this year is having Filipino community leaders and achievers speak to the campers. Role models invited include Milpitas Mayor Joe Esteves, SF Mayor's Office Adviser on Education and Family Services Hydra Mendoza, Balitang America's Henni Espinosa, Daly City officials like Mayor Ray Buenaventura, council member and former mayor David Canepa, and council member David Canepa, as well as Bank of America VP Sonia Delen, among others.

"My child always came home speaking new Tagalog phrases every day when he did not even speak a word of Tagalog before the camp," said one Filipino parent whose child attended last year's camp.

UPAA-SF Board Chair and the Camp's Program Chair Letty Quizon said: "We hope to top the last two successful Filipino cultural immersion camps which drew a lot of positive feedback from parents and participants and the community."

To register, contact Letty Quizon at or Sonia Delen Delen at or visit to download registration forms.

The Filipino Cultural Immersion Camp is a banner project of the UPAASF and is made possible through a grant of the Ramar Foods Scholarship Foundation headed by Ramar Foods President Susie Quesada, and with the support of community partners that include the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, the Office of the San Francisco Mayor's Adviser on Education and Family Services, and the Holy Child St. Martin Church.