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Filipino Association unites students

The Filipino Association is a group on campus that allows students from the Philippines, returned missionaries who served in the Philippines or anyone else interested in Filipino culture to learn more about the people and their traditions.

“The greatest thing I enjoy about the Filipino Association is the feeling of family,” said Joseph Constantino, a member of the Filipino Association of two and a half years and a senior studying sociology.

Constantino said he is a native to the Philippines, born and raised in Manila, but his family moved to the San Francisco Bay area when he was 12 years old.

“When I have Filipino Association, whether it’s natives from the Philippines, or return missionaries from the Philippines, I still feel at home because they’ve been there much more recent than I have,” Constantino said.

He said he is an active member of the association and he tries to attend all of the events throughout the semester.

“We tend to do things like culture night and perform with them,” Constantino said. “We did a culture dance called tinikling. It’s pretty fun, we tend to do stuff like that.”

According to, a Filipino Folk Ensemble website, Tinikling means ‘bamboo dance’ in English, and is the most popular Filipino dance, according to, a Filipino Folk Ensemble website.

Constantino said there is a large mix between native Filipinos and non-Filipinos in the association.

“I know a lot of people that have served their missions in the Philippines, a lot of people that came from the Philippines,” Constantino said.

Dylan Kingsbury, the president of the Filipino Association and a sophomore studying business management, said he is from Boise, Idaho, but he joined the association because of his love for the Filipino culture, after serving in the Philippines Tacloban Mission.

Kingsbury said he joined the Filipino Association in Fall Semester 2014, and saw ways he could make it more fun and engaging. He said his main goals as president are to improve the association by consistently meeting each week, getting more people involved and planning cultural activities.

“We’re awesome because our members decide what they want to do,” Kingsbury said. “It’s their association, not mine. I’m just the one in charge of it right now.”

Kingsbury said the Filipino Association meets in the John Taylor Building 130 every Thursday at 7 p.m., and everyone is welcome to attend.

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