Cristal AMI & JOSHUA BARREra
What’s good seafood, my name is Cristal Ami (she/her/hers), and I’m a second-year biology major from San Diego, CA! (Shout out to the Eastlake/Chula Vista area).
A couple of things about me is that I love to spend time with my family. I enjoy dying my hair, doing makeup, and singing. FUN FACT! In my senior year of high school, I had the great opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall along with other very talented young musicians from across the globe. When I’m not singing karaoke at home, you can usually find me studying in the library or hanging out with friends in the student lounge.
I joined AB Samahan because I was inspired by Filipino Culture Night (FCN). I love to perform, and when I saw the production of Lola, I was motivated to develop a deeper connection with my Filipino roots. By joining this organization, I had the great opportunity to learn more about my culture and the people that have paved the way for our generation today.
I am one of the Cooperative Cultural Affairs Coordinators for Andres Bonifacio Samahan 2019-2020 (Coco for short). As one of your Cocos, my job, in addition to implementing different cultural aspects into the organization, is to facilitate events for Filipino American History Month (FAHM), Andres Bonifacio’s birthday, and Filipino Culture Night (FCN). Growing up, I didn’t always have that sense of Bayanihan, but after coming to AB Samahan, I felt that community and sense of belonging.
I can’t wait to exchange knowledge about Filipino culture with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to hit me up if you have any questions about anything or simply just want to be friends and say hello! I am looking forward to seeing all of you at GBMs and other events! See you soon banana cue!! :)
What it do AB!
Its ya boi Josh Barrera (he/him/his) coming atcha with another live YouTube video. You know sometimes I make myself laugh TOO much. ANYWAYS. I’m one of your 2019-2020 Cooperative Cultural Affairs Coordinators for the year. I’m a second-year Psychology major (where my psych buddies at?) and I’m also half Hawaiian and half Filipinx.
I was born on the Big Island in the city of Hilo, but moved to San Diego when i was about 4 years old. Some activities I like to do on my free time include, but not limited to: singing to Alicia Keys “If I Ain't Got You” a thousand times on repeat, simp to "First Time Acoustic" by Dylan Matthews (and more), Japanese domestic cars, using all my paycheck money on my Subie (her name’s Serena Jade btw), cooking literally anything and everything, and staying out past 4 am. You know adapting to a new environment can be difficult, but it’s not hard to overcome. Yeah, it may be a little scary at first and you might not know what will happen. However, with enough patience, you’ll be comfortable in no time! Honestly, that’s what I want for all of y'all. I want anyone and everyone to feel comfortable in new environments and situations. This is actually one of the main reasons why I joined AB Samahan. I wanted to adapt to new environments because I believe that it’s a great way to grow.
As one of your Cooperative Cultural Affairs Coordinators, or CoCo for short, I want everyone to feel encompassed by the true cultural influence that the Fil-Am community has to offer. Whether it be through the food, history, or even having Filipinx friends, feeling a sense of togetherness is what it’s all about. If you need absolutely anything, know that I’ll always have your back 110% of the time. I can’t wait to see you all grow and expand your horizons throughout this entire year! And until next time… Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe. And I’ll catch y’all in the next video! *cue fade to black to outro*