UniPro Ugnayan Summit 2018:
Isang Bagsak, La Lucha Sigue

Saturday, November 3, 2018; University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

What is Summit?

UniPro’s Multinational Forum for Pilipino Young Professionals, Students, and Youth, also known as Summit, is an annual conference to congregate Pilipino community leaders. The purpose of Summit is to provide a safe space for honest dialogue among young Pilipinos from throughout the world.

This year UniPro San Diego is collaborating with the Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO) of the University of San Diego to host Summit. Summit  2018 will be recognized as "UniPro Ugnayan Summit" to acknowledge the value of unity and collaboration emphasized in this year's theme.


This Year's Theme:

Isang Bagsak - La Lucha Sigue - in two different languages - Tagalog and Spanish - it means “one down, the struggle continues…”. With the upheaval and division in our country, Americans are becoming louder than ever by demonstrating more transparency on their values, and leading national discussions and movements.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together like-minded and passionate students, individuals, and community groups, who seek the building blocks needed to lead initiatives and movements in their own communities. Our focus is to challenge those participants to create a template of action, find new ways of communicating their thoughts and stories, and mobilize their communities to persevere. In creating this conference, our goal is to help community members become united, engaged, and innovative leaders who are able to build events, spaces, or dialogues for change.  



Purchase your tickets for UniPro Ugnayan Summit 2018 now! Space is limited, we recommend purchasing your tickets early! To place in your cart, please enter your desired quantity for a ticket type, and add to your cart.  Proceed to checkout on the upper right corner of this page.  Please be advised that Early Bird Registration expires on August 31st. Tickets go up by $5 on September 1st and again by $5 on October 1st for Late Registration. 

Note for University of San Diego Students and Staff: All USD Students & Staff MUST pickup their tickets at the UC Ticket office located at Hahn University Center Rm 205. No online registration. 

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Download the Waiver Form for Minors
You can e-mail completed waiver forms to FUSO or provide a physical copy at the event. Electronic signatures are acceptable.

Note for Minors in Attendance: In accordance to USD policies, a parent and/or guardian must fill out, read, and sign a waiver form for each minor (under 18 years of age) that will attend the event .


This year our Summit is in San Diego, California. The conference will take place at the Hahn University Center of the University of San Diego.

Hahn University Center
5998 Acala Park Way, San Diego, California 92110

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This conference we decided to create three workshop sessions that Empower, Build Coalitions, and Mobilize.

Session 1: Empowerment (9:30 AM)


Topic 1: The Island: Decision-Making to Survive
Presenter: Julius Alejandro (Julius Alejandro Consulting)

Imagine you're ship wreck on an island. You're stranded with a group of people. There is a way out of the island. It's a perilous journey where each step forces you to make tough decisions for your team if you escape or not. You have limited resources; time is against you; and each member must make decisions on behalf of the team. How strong is your trust?


Topic 2: Keeping Self and Others Accountable: Using Organizational Structure and Culture
Presenter: Ian Zamora (UC Davis)
Participants will be provided with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to create a culture of accountability in spaces they take part in through intentional dialogue, reflection, and lecture.


Topic 3: The Empowered Pilipinx: Raising Our Collective Voices
Presenter: Kristine Custodio/Jermaine Rocacorba (Silayan Filipina)
A workshop designed to empower Pilipinx leaders to unite, ignite and raise our collective voices in uplifting community


Topic 4: Take Back Our Education: People First, Not Profit
Presenter: Ryth Mendez & Abad Sulit (Anakbayan San Diego)

The quality of our public schools is suffering and higher education expenses are creating generations inundated with debt. Our education is neglected, yet our tax dollars are being used to fund human rights violations abroad, including in the Philippines. Join us to discuss what we can do to take back our education!

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Topic 5: Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Communities
Presenter: Sarah Day Dayon (Organization Teacher)
RuPaul argues that you can't love somebody else until you can first love yourself, but self love and community love are often connected. Through this workshop, participants will discuss examples of care work and build out their own toolkits for self and community care.


Session 2: Building Coalitions (10:55 AM)


Topic 1: Collaborating & Solidarity Building
Presenter: Yasmeen Obeid (CAIR)

Collaborating and solidarity building occurs within one’s own community, surrounding community and outside world. In order to get past our differences, one must learn how to respect other's space while simultaneously collaborating on common grounds. We will learn the basics behind this process that one can apply to different situations. 


Topic 2: Socialism and young people of Color
Presenter: Abel Macias & Chris (Party for Socialism and Liberation)
This workshop is designed to address the issue of socialism for young people of color. The goal will be to dispel the myths around socialism and how young people can learn more about this growing movement to overthrow capitalism. We will discuss questions around anarchism, socialism, communism and liberalism. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion at the end. We will also begin with an icebreaker about these issues as well as one other activity to engage the audience.


Topic 3: Young Minorities in the Law
Presenter: Christine Lopez & Diana Laranang (Asian Pacific American Law Student Organization- Thomas Jefferson School of Law & UniPro San Diego)

A discussion will be held on the importance of branching out and networking as a young minority in a large city and immersing yourself in the industry you see yourself in.


Topic 4: Speaking Truth to Power: Helping Individuals Find Their Voice to Connect with Others and Organize for a Cause
Presenter: Anne Bautista (Access, Inc.)

Aimed to engage others to challenge our biases and connect with each other by speaking your truth. 
1:  Use a scenario to discuss whether it depicts a victim of domestic violence or human trafficking.
2:  In groups, write a grant proposal to identify a problem, how to address it, and why.


Topic 5: Building a Movement - Beyond Education to Mass Movement:
Presenter: Kenneth Crebillo & Jewelle De La Cruz (Kabataan Alliance)

From Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, to Lean Alejandro, to Sarah Elago - Filipino youth have played key roles pushing for progressive change in society. In these troubled times in the U.S. and the Philippines, Filipino youth still have a role to play, listen, share, and learn to build movements for change!


Topic 6: Building Coalition with other communities that share our values
Presenter:  Matthew Villaluz


Session 3: Mobilization (2:45 pm)


Topic 1: Boycott!!! From the Delano Grape Strike to the NutriAsia Strike, Mobilizing Youth for Workers Rights
Presenter: Ivan Penetrente & Adrian Bonifacio (Migrante San Diego)
More than 50 years ago, the Filipino community rallied around the Delano manongs to boycott grapes grown under exploitative conditions. Now, Filipinos around the world are boycotting Mang Tomas and Datu Puti for the same reasons. Learn how we built a transnational movement to fight for workers rights!

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Topic 2: Finding Value in an Alternative Approach to Leadership based on Art
Presenter: Monique Garcia (Monique Arao Garcia Graphic Design)

We usually think of leadership as only someone with a title, but everyone has an artistic strength or talent that usually is discounted as just talent. This workshop will provide some guidelines and a simple framework on how to formulate someone's artistic strength into a form of leadership through dialogue.


Topic 3: Step Into The Cypherst8
Presenter: Dyno Rock & Piggy Rock (Cypherst8)

Step Into The Cypher" Workshop will focus on perspectives of Hip Hop Culture as a post civil-rights renaissance & movement tool to build a collective conscious, development of a culturally relevant foundation for our youth, and a gateway toward mental, physical and spiritual liberation. We will also further delve into the concepts of the science of a cypher through actual practice and theory, creating dialogue on Hip Hop on varying current event topics through small groups, participants will engage in several activities that allow us to experience various topics.


Topic 4: Mobilizing your Community
Presenter: Jenah Maravilla & Jevh Maravilla


Get Involved

Bringing together like-minded and passionate students, individuals, and community groups with the intention of creating a foundation to lead initiatives and generate movements within communities isn’t easy but that won’t stop us and it shouldn’t stop you either. How do we get to our end goals? It’ll look different for each person. At times we’ll use our strengths and sometimes we’ll challenge ourselves to do something we’ve never envisioned doing. At UniPro Ugnayan Summit 2018 you can get involved through volunteering, participating in the open mic, becoming a sponsor, and/or assist with our fundraising efforts.


Summit is an annual conference held to create a safe space for the community to congregate and have honest conversations around the issues we’re facing. None of this would be possible without the dedication of volunteers that help to make this event possible. Volunteers will help with checking in guests, setting up, interacting with speakers, and other roles. Please fill out the volunteer interest form and someone will be in contact with you.


Open Mic

An open mic event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. We want to give attendees the opportunity to share their art. As a multinational forum, we want to help bridge your spoken word, vocal skills, and dance moves to other communities. Whatever form of self-expression your voice takes on-we encourage you to showcase it at this event. Click on the flier on the button to sign up! The Open Mic will be held at the Hahn University Center. Performance sign ups end on November 1st.



UniPro Ugnayan Summit 2018 is going to be a jam packed day full of various sessions, talks, and events that will bring people from all over the nation together to create a forum where we can learn, share, and exchange ideas with. You can contribute to our fundraising efforts by attending fundraising events held locally in San Diego, supporting community artists, or head over to our Indiegogo page to help out.




Sponsor & Vendors

UniPro & FUSO would be honored to partner with organizations that share our vision of a united community, as well as, foster leadership development. There are various benefits to becoming a sponsor or hosting a vendor table at Summit other than fostering the growth of our communities and shared visions. Click on the link to learn more about sponsorship and vendor opportunities. Heard enough and ready to be a part of it? Check out the other link that will take you to the application.




Alicia Ricafrente
Co-Director (UniPro SD)


Adrianne Nguyen
Co-Director (FUSO)

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