Our Mission Statement
To unite the Filipino students within the Rutgers community by
establishing solidarity on the basis of a common heritage, to educate
the Rutgers community on various aspects of the Philippine culture, to
provide information of current socioeconomic and political conditions
about the Philippines, and to provide services and programs that will be
beneficial to Filipinos both within and outside the Rutgers community.
Mission Statement 2
Letter from the Editor 3
Line Up 4
Performer Blurbs 5
Underclassmen Representatives Introductions 10
Join RAPS Studio 12
Join the Balita 13
RAPS Press Release 14
RAPS Updates 15
Inside this issue:
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Dear friends, family, and guests,
Welcome you to RAPS annual Halo-Haloween! Tonights event will
be full of music, dancing, and laughter! I would like to applaud the many
performers who will showcase their amazing talents! RAPS is excited and
honored to have Jeremy Passion as our headliner for Halo-Haloween!
I would also like to congratulate and welcome this years Under-
classmen Representatives! On behalf of RAPS E-board and myself, we wish them best of luck with their first event as Underclassmen Repre-
On a final note, the Balita is always accepting admissions! Hopefully,
the Balita will be able to spark your interests! If you would like to con-
tribute to an issue of an upcoming Balita, please do not hesitate to con-
Sincerely, Katrina Iledan
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
WHAT IS HALO-HALOWEEN?
Halo-Haloween is Rutgers Association
of Philippine Students (RAPS) showcas-
es talents from RAPS itself and its ex-
tended community. At this event, we
come together to support the amazing
performers all while enjoying the night
with friends. Make sure to indulge in
the Filipino food we will be serving as
well! We would also like to welcome
our headliner, Jeremy Passion, to our
biggest event of the Fall semester!
WHAT IS HALO-HALO?
Halo-Halo is a popular Filipino dessert
with mixtures of fruits, jelly, legumes,
crushed ice, and evaporated milk. The
Tagalog name translates to mix-mix which is an apt description for the col-
orful ingredients that is typically
served in a tall, clear glass.
Jeremy Passion Manongdo is a singer/songwriter known for his soulful, melodic voice, and
delivers his music with messages on love, life and faith. Born and raised in San Francisco, he
grew up with an immense appreciation and love for music. At the age of 4, he taught himself to
play piano and, at 15, started songwriting. By the following year he was self-taught on the gui-
tar and developed his talents into his signature style today.
Considered a YouTube Sensation to his fans and musical peers, he is acknowledged as a pi-
oneer of the acoustic R&B /soul movement on the internet. Passion was one of the first Asian-
Americans to go viral online with his famous original songs Lemonade and Well Done, and
his acoustic covers of So Sick and Cater 2 U featuring Melvin. His subscriber base has ex-
ceeded 243,000 followers and has over 37 million channel views.
Passion is well versed in travel as he has toured across North America and internationally in
more than a dozen countries. He has performed with artists including Colbie Caillat, Kirk
Franklin, Bobby Valentino, Jo Koy, Ernie Halter, Alain Clark and Goapele, among others. In ad-
dition to his writing and vocal talents, he is also an up-and-coming producer, creating tracks
for Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slim (112), Megan Rochelle and more.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: JEREMYPASSION .COM
ABOUT JEREMY PASSION
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ANN CLAIRE MACALINTAL is from North Jersey, and music has always been a part of her
life ever since she could talk. Throughout high school, Ann Claires teachers introduced her to
new perspectives on music and helped her grow as an overall person. And because of them, she
created her first Youtube channel and started from there. Although music is such a big part of
her life, she still plans to hopefully work with special needs children down the line.
CHRISTINA ROGADO is a sophomore at Rutgers.
She was involved in RAPS last year as a freshmen repre-
sentative and is glad to have made such a loving family at
RAPS. Her accompanist for the night is Jasmine Cheung
who is also a sophomore at Rutgers. Jasmine and Christi-
na have been friends since middle school and they hope
you enjoy their rendition of Jessie Ware's "Say You Love
TEAM TECHNIQUE, established in 1998, originally consisted of a group of bboys who
switched to choreography in hopes to attract girls. Now, they have expanded their team to in-
clude a variety of people, such as; Lemur Experts, Ninjas, and Leprechauns. They strive to edu-
cate the dance community of the ever dwindling lemur population through the art of dance, and
they hope that you enjoy their show!
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY OF FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS (RUFMA) is a sports club
dedicated to exposing the Rutgers Community to the ancient and traditional art of Eskrima. Eskrima is a
martial art that is part of a larger group generally referred to as Filipino Martial arts or FMA, which in-
clude but are not limited to Arnis, Filipino Kali, Eskrima, and Eskrido. We offer students a stepping-stone
into the FMA world and encourage members to seek out and experience various styles. Eskrima, unlike
other martial arts, starts by teaching students to defend themselves using either one or a pair of sticks.
The stick fighting techniques taught are instrumental in developing quick reflexes and becoming ambi-
dextrous. Students go on to learn empty hand fighting, where many of the techniques they have learned
using sticks is applicable to empty hand. We welcome all Rutgers students who are interested in experi-
encing Filipino Martial Arts. Our meetings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 pm at the Werblin Rec-
reation Center in the Multi-purpose room across the weight room.
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CARL DEL ROSARIO is a sophomore and an Electrical/Computer En-
gineering major here at Rutgers. He occasionally enjoys writing poetry
when I need to get away from all the math and physics. Hes only become
active in RAPS this semester, but hes felt nothing but love from them ever
LESTER PERNALA is an audio engineering student at
SAE in NYC. He has been an avid performer for a few
years now and loves to entertain. Hes always happy to
play music for RAPS.
CHEESE BANDITS was established in 2010 by a couple of friends who shared a love of dance.
Since then, many members have come and gone, but we try to uphold the ambition and style
that the team originates from. Cheese Bandits draw inspiration from not only the dancers we
look up to, but our fellow teammates. Above image and competition, we value just spreading
our love of dance and catering to the growth of everyone who comes our way.
PI DELTA PSI was founded on February
20, 1994. Members of Pi Delta Psi seek to
bring about Asian-American unity by break-
ing down cultural barriers amongst Asian
communities by upholding and/or instilling
the fraternitys pillars of: academic achieve-
ment, cultural awareness, righteousness, and
RAPS CULTURAL DANCE TROUPE (RCDT) is a performing subcommittee of RAPS that uses
dance as a medium to showcase Filipino pride. Being
a member of RCDT means to explore and appreciate
one's heritage, to honor a rich history influenced by
both Spanish colonization and native Filipino cus-
toms. RCDT holds meetings every Tuesday and
Thursday at 9 pm at the Richardson Community Cen-
ter, and is always ready to welcome new members.
DOMINADOR JOSEPH UY is a freshman at Rutgers University
class of 2018, He enjoys swimming, wrestling and mixed martial arts.
Dom plays the ukulele in his free time. He is studying exercise science/
pre med courses. Proud to be Pinoy!
MARC INTAL is a RAPS Senior, making this his last time performing at HaloHaloween. He's a
self-taught musician who loves sharing what he
enjoys doing. He is accompanied by a talented
musician and good friend, Lester Pernala, the
current RAGS Co-Coordinator, Gabe Tecson,
and his little, Bernadette Corpuz.
MOSHI MOSHI is a band of college music majors who are addicted to anime and video games. Based in Fort Lee, Tim, Victory, Caleb, Raychel, Karen, and Nelson perform music that
has been featured in video games, anime, and Japanese pop culture. Along with performing
these songs in the original style you are familiar with and nostalgiasize over, Mshi's repertoire also includes many freshly rearranged versions in styles ranging from lounge jazz to hard rock
that are certain to take you by surprise! Be sure to check out their Facebook page
(Facebook.com/MoshiMoshiBand) for music,