MEMBER PROFILES

Our members are what make CORE fun. Below are profiles of just some of the people who are involved in CORE.

Nailah Sta. Ana, Freehold, NJ

Why did you join CORE? For networking and to help empower the Filipino professionals and community.
What are your fondest childhood memories? When my mom used to read me bedtime stories, bring me to Broadway shows and museums. When my dad used to take me to eat breakfast out in the Philippines—I can still smell the Filipino ketchup on over-easy eggs. When my “Mee" used to dress me and my “sister" up as twins.
What is your favorite Filipino dish and why? Kare-kare. (I even used to eat just the sauce on rice when I was little.)
Where in the Philippines is your family from? Mom is from Manila, Dad is from Tondo. But, I grew up mostly in Bulacan (Valenzuela).
What is your favorite CORE event? The Christmas party!!


Henry Alvarez, Queens Village, NY

Why did you join CORE? To be involved in such a giving organization.
What is your favorite Filipino dish and why? They are all good!
If you were to get stuck in an elevator with any CORE member, who would it be and why? Probably Mark, as he’s a well-rounded person.
If you could make one change in the world, what would it be and why? To change the multicultural attitude amongst all ethnicities.
What famous Filipino inspires you? Manny Pacquiao, for exposing the love all Filipino people have for all races.


Venessa Manzano, Jersey City, NJ

Why did you join CORE? I wanted to be a part of a group where I could help others using my skills and resources. What is your favorite Filipino dish and why Palabok. It just tastes good.
Where in the Philippines is your family from? Silang, Cavite (next to Tagaytay)
What is your favorite CORE event? W2oC and Member-Led Workshops
What famous Filipino inspires you? Jose Rizal


Christina Newhard, Brooklyn , NY

Why did you join CORE? For the Tagalog class discount. Seriously!
What is your favorite Filipino dish and why? Adobo. It’s classic and comforting.
What is your favorite place in the Philippines? The Batanes Islands are magical.
Where in the Philippin es is your family from? Manila. But my lola was from Tarlac and my lolo was from Cabanatuan.
What famous Filipino inspires you? Sheila Coronel, founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Her courage and intelligence are an inspiration.


Dennis Mangrobang, Jersey City, NJ

Why did you join CORE? I joined CORE to reach out with the Filipino community & learn more of it’s culture.
What is your favorite place in NYC? My favorite place in NYC is Union Sq uare. There are tons of places to eat and hangout. More importantly, I like the events and diversity that occur on a daily basis around Union Square.
What is your favorite Filipino dish and why? My favorite Filipino dish is tocino because that’s the only dish I can actually cook.
Where in the Philippines is your family from? My family is from Tarlac in the Philippines.


Virginia Castro, New York and Washington DC

Why did you join CORE? To connect with other Filipino professionals in NYC and become engaged within my community.
What is your favorite place in NYC? Central Park. It’s peace of mind within the concrete jungle.
What is your favorite Filipino dish and why? I have two: lumpia shanghai (I would request this as part of my last meal, hands down!) and pancit palabok (to me that orange sauce is pure joy and happiness!)
What is your favorite place in the Philippines? Boracay—it’s the only place I can zip up and down the coast on a grasshopper boat with my family.
Where in the Philippines is your family from? San Pablo, Laguna
What famous Filipino ins pires you? My mother


Anthony Yabut, Teaneck, NJ

Why did you join CORE? For networking and helping empower the Filipino professionals and community.
What is your favorite place in NYC? Rockefeller Center
What is your favorite Filipino dish and why? Adobo because it tastes good.
Where in the Philippines is your family from? Dad is from Pampanga. Mom is from Iloilo. What is your favorite CORE event? Speaker Series


Feliza Mirasol, Jersey City, NJ

Why did you join CORE? Have worked with CORE in the past and wanted to be more involved as a member.
What is your fondest child hood memory? Using rocks to hit those snaps ammo for those toy guns we used to get.
What is your favorite Filipino dish and why? Chicken adobo because I can cook an AWESOME tasting version of it. AND fried bangus and rice because last time I was in the Philippines, I could NOT STOP ordering it! So delicious!!!
Where in the Philippines is your family from? Mom is from Manila (Quezon City). Dad is from Bicol.
What is your favorite CORE event? Write to Our Culture
What famous Filipino inspires you? Gabriela Silang!!! She is what many a young and old Filipina woman (and women in general) SHOULD aspire to be: a woman who can lead her people to freedom and a sense of liberty


Joyce Yabut, Teaneck, NJ

Why did you join CORE? Through my husband, Anthony.
What is your favorite place in NYC? Rockefeller Center
What is your fondest child hood memory? Playing with my
neighborhood friends
What is your favorite place in the Philippines? Cagayan de Oro City
Where in the Philippines is your family from? Cagayan de Oro City
What is your favorite CORE event? Write to Our Culture


Archie Alvarez

Why did you join CORE? For networking and helping empower the Filipino professionals and community.
What is your favorite place in NYC? Central Park
What is your fondest child hood memory? Going to the beach with my family.
What is your favorite Filipino dish and why? Pork Sinigang because it’s maasim (sour) and it’s complete. It’s soup-based, it has meat, and it has vegetables.
What is your favorite place in the Philippines? Davao
Where in the Philippines is your fam ily from? Davao

In rows from top to bottom, left to right: Loren San Diego, Roderick Rodriguez, Archie Alvarez, Venessa Manzano, Anne Matematico, Mel Rodriguez, Ariel Malabanan, Virginia Castro, Christina Newhard, Adam Chan, John Entrada, Mark Habana, Michael Chin, Andy Gruezo, Rio Guerrero, Carlo Leabres, Dennis Mangrobang