The 2014 all-volunteer planning team
The annual Pistahan Parade and Festival is a community-driven, all-volunteer project led by the Filipino American Arts Exposition.
Because team members are all volunteers, the makeup of the planning team changes every year. Members self-select and organize themselves organically, taking on responsibilities based on their interests and time in any given year. Many members of the planning team have been volunteers with Pistahan, in one capacity or another, for many years.
The number in parenthesis next to their names reflects the number of years each member has given of their time, energy, expertise and resources to the success of the Pistahan Parade and Festival and to the celebration of Filipino culture and heritage.
From top row, left to right:
Al Perez (Y12), FAAE President; Gerard Talampas (Y11), FAAE Vice President and Pistahan Parade Director; Genevieve Jopanda (Y9), Festival Director; Azja Ragasa (Y2), Special Events Team; Benilda Rosales (Y4), VIP Coordinator; Cyril Sola (Y18), Festival Logistics Director
Divina Videna (Y1), Parade & Community Outreach; Elaine Sung (Y3), Martial Arts Pavilion Project Manager; Em Angeles (Y6), Stage Entertainment Project Manager; Florence Mendoza (Y21) Dance Pavilion Project Manager; F. M. Ricarte (Y6), Digital Marketing; Francis Zamora (Y1), PR & Marketing
Genevieve Dwyer (Y4), Pistahan Wine Pavilion; Ian Panaszewicz (Y5), Special Events Team; Jeanette Adi (Y1), Health Pavilion Project Manager; Jennifer Villamin (Y2), Culinary Pavilion Project Manager; Jinni Mabalot Bartolome (Y3), Community Outreach Team; Joe de Guzman (Y3), Festival Decorations Team
Joel Giron (Y5), Special Events Team; John Espiritu (Y4), Parade Team; Johnny Veloso (Y12), Parade Marshal; Jong Arcega (Y5), Photography Team; Jun Galicha (Y10), Parade Team; Kamal Ouchani (Y1), Exhibitor Booth Coordinator
Kat Mulingtapang (Y1), Heritage Pavilion Project Manager; Kharissa Fernando (Y2), EXPO Magazine Editor; Kristian Kabuay (Y7), Art Pavilion Manager; Malvin Agno (Y3), Public Safety Coordinator; Mariluz Ragasa (Y8), Special Events Project Manager; Michael Rosales (Y4), Entertainment Team
Moca Olaes (Y3), Volunteer Coordinator; Paule Tenchavez (Y12), Festival Decorations Project Manager; Pearl Parmelee (Y21), Hospitality Project Manager; Roe Martinez (Y6), Parade Team; Sherwin Arana (Y3), Martial Arts Pavilion Team; Tyrone Poblete, Martial Arts Pavilion–Boxing Tournament Project Manager
Eugene Labadia (Y22), Stage Manager; Michelle Marcaida, Social Media HQ Manager; Charlene Manuel, Parade Team; Joe Manarang, Hospitality Team; Julian Chung (Y1), Parade & Community Outreach Team; Mark Aglugub (Y3), Parade Team; MJ Cordova (Y3), Entertainment Team