It starts with you. It ends as us.

Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a unified and engaged Pilipino America. Founded in 2009, UniPro’s mission is to engage Pilipino Americans through collaboration, advocacy and education. It seeks to transform Pilipino students & young professionals into community leaders through its various programs, which incorporate professional development, history, and policy through the lens of the Pilipino experience. The organization allows Pilipino Americans the opportunity to explore their place in the community in the hope of owning their niche.

Ultimately, UniPro asks Pilipino Americans to critically answer, “How do you define Progress?”


Our Vision

We envision a unified and engaged Pilipino America.

Our Mission

We engage Pilipino Americans through collaboration, advocacy, and education.

Our Values

Collaboration | Integrity | Ingenuity | Identity

 

Collaboration

Collaboration is the foundation of UniPro. We believe in working with and for the Pilipino American community, seeking to be partners and facilitators. Many Pilipino American organizations work towards the same goals without even knowing it; UniPro seeks to bridge gaps and act as a connector so as to harness the community’s shared energy and resources. We provide the tools for organizations to build their capacity and connect with each other in order to create greater collective impact within the community and society.

Integrity

We hold ourselves and the Pilipino American community to a high standard. We believe in transparency, honesty, and respect in our relations with people and organizations. We seek to foster a cooperative and candid community culture.

Identity

UniPro grounds its work within the culture and history of the Pilipino people, by examining issues through the lens of the Pilipino American experience. In order for Pilipino Americans to fully actualize our potential as changemakers, we believe that we should start with a deep appreciation and awareness of our community’s identity, by providing a platform for Pilipino American youth to discuss and reflect on the ways our colonial history continue to shape our individual and communal experiences.

Ingenuity

UniPro seeks to discover and develop creative methods of community organizing, research, and movement building. We seek to change paradigms through our pioneering and scalable programming models. We believe that information, once discovered, should be shared across the community to influence change from the grassroots level.

Board of Directors

Noel Aglubat, M.S.Eng
Chairperson

Theodric Figurasin
Board Member

Dennis Perez
Board Treasurer

Kathryn Rabuy, MSW
Board Member

Iris Zalun
Board Member

Steven Raga, MPP, MPA
Founder & Board Member


Executive Boards

New York

Christine Sicwaten
President
christine.sicwaten@unipronow.org

Anthony Castro
Vice President
anthony.castro@unipronow.org

Kristina London
Secretary General
kristina.london@unipronow.org

 

Chicago-Midwest

Justin Winfield
President
justin.winfield@unipronow.org

Christian Aldana
Vice President
chris.aldana@unipronow.org

Georgette Estilo
Secretary General
gigi.estilo@unipronow.org

SAN DIEGO

Alicia Ricafrente
President
alicia.ricafrente@unipronow.org

Anthony DeGuzman
Vice President
anthony.deguzman@unipronow.org

 
 
 

 

Seattle

Leezel Ramos, M.Ed
President
leezel.ramos@unipronow.org

Houston

Mark Sampelo
Co-President
mark.sampelo@unipronow.org

CJ Velasquez
Vice President
cj.velasquez@unipronow.org

Rea Sampilo
Co-President
rea.sampilo@unipronow.org

Jenah Maravilla
Secretary
jenah.maravilla@unipronow.org

UniPro Chapters

The New York chapter was founded on June 12, 2009. The Community launch was held at the Philippine Consulate New York on August 14, 2009. New York is currently the base of operations for UniPro. 

New York


San Diego

The San Diego chapter was founded on September 14, 2014. The Community launch was held at the United Domestic Workers hall on February 6, 2015. 


Seattle

The Seattle chapter was founded on November 1, 2015. The Community launch was held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Summit at the Filipino Community Center of Seattle on October 29, 2016.


The Chicago-Midwest chapter was founded on July 1, 2015. The Community launch was held at Vora on April 23, 2016. 

Chicago-Midwest


The Houston chapter was founded on August 31, 2016. The Community launch will be held in September 2017. 

Houston