Executive board


Michelle Dixon


Hey y’all! I’m a junior majoring in Biological and Food Process Engineering with a minor in Religious Studies. I like Ghibli movies, leg day, The xx, and anything green tea flavored. PFA has helped me gain a deeper understanding of my identity as a Filipina and allowed me to share the Filipino culture with people who feel just as passionately about celebrating it. Being involved with PFA has given me countless experiences that have shaped who I am. This organization has brought me some of my best friends and memories, and I hope to help everyone in PFA find the same sense of belonging and love for our culture.



Jackie Mercader

Vice President Internal

Hi, everyone! I’m Jacqueline, but please call me Jackie. I am a junior this year, majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences and I have been with PFAm my all 3 years. I really enjoy reading, hiking, camping and just about anything on the water. Being a part of PFA has not just given me friends, but has given me a family like no other. It has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things that I have never pictured doing. It has allowed me to stay true and close to my Filipino roots and it has showed me to keep being proud to be a part of this beautiful culture. I can’t put into words how life-changing PFA has been to me, so I guess you’ll just have to join us and see for yourself!


Marlo Delatorre

Vice President external

Hey there! I’m Marlo and I’m currently a senior. I’ve been a member of PFA since the very start of my college career, and its impact on me has been life changing. In addition to being this year’s Vice President External, I’m also the Mediamaster of the Midwestern Association of Filipino Americans. Besides being involved with the Filipino and Filipino American community, my passions include my major (computer science), playing the guitar, and eating/cooking. Here are some fun facts about myself! Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones, Favorite Anime: Dragon Ball Z/Super, Favorite Book: The Alchemist, Favorite Food: Chicken Adobo. I may seem reserved, but am always down to talk about anything!

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Cyrus Santiago


Hello! I am Cyrus and I’ll be a sophomore this year studying computer science. I mess around on the piano and ukulele a bit and I also dance a little on Purdue’s urban dance team. Jumping right into PFA during my first year of college was the most pivotal decision of my year, as it shaped all of my experiences and brought me closer to some people that I can now call my best friends. I have learned a lot about myself and my Filipino heritage through this organization and have had the opportunity to live some unforgettable moments.



AJ Zepeda


Mabuhay! I am currently a sophomore majoring in pre-pharmacy. My hobbies include painting, dancing, traveling, and falling. I like green tea, pizza rolls, anime, and free things. Fun Fact: I cannot hear out of my right ear. My time in PFA has allowed me to grow and step out of my comfort zone. In only a year, I've made some of my closest friends and created many memories with this organization. I love being able to share my love for my culture with everyone in PFA as well the Purdue community. I hope that all new members share and experience the same love for PFA and the Filipino culture because I love my PFAm!



Junior board

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Arlyne Vargas

Cultural Chair

Good morning! Magandang araw! Maayong aga! Maayong buntag! My name is Arlyne (“Ar-leen”). I am your PFA’s Cultural Chair for Fall of 2017. I am a sophomore majoring in Brain and Behavioral Sciences, minoring in French, Linguistics, and Human Development & Family Studies. I’m from Mishawaka, Indiana but I spent most of my life in the Philippines. I can speak Tagalog, Ilonggo, and Bisaya. I love to read, do puzzles, be extra most of the time and just love to keep myself busy. If you’re up to meet new people and make great memories, PFA is the place for you.


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Rylan Santos

Event Coordinator

Hello all you beautiful people! My name is Rylan and this year I am a sophomore majoring in Visual Communication Design. I love dogs and miss my little buddy at home very very much. I enjoy watching movies at the theater, doing cover videos and then posting them on youtube, trying to take artsy photos, and learning about other people’s interesting stories. Also, milk tea is the bomb and I have a newfound obsession with well placed windows. Although I have only been a member of PFA for one semester so far, I have been welcomed with open arms and am truly glad that I am able to call this organization my PFam. PFA has provided me with a very positive experience in an environment where I am able to learn about my rich culture alongside some of the most amazing people Purdue has to offer. So, if you’re a living/ breathing human being that is looking for a home away from home I highly suggest that you join us.

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Keith Tan


Hello! My name is Keith and I’m a Junior in CIT and Communications. I’m from the city of Chicago and have lived there my whole life. I like to live on the edge: when I have a cell phone, I don’t like to use a case. Besides that, I enjoy photography, watching movies/tv, traveling, eating new food, music and dank memes. I’m also an avid sleeper: I do it almost every day, sometimes even more! Also, I’m actually a transfer student from UIUC. I joined PFA originally last year to make new friends and meet some interesting people and wasn’t disappointed. I think one of the draws of PFA is how nice, welcoming as well as diverse everyone is, and I hope that’s something everyone can agree with; new and old members alike!


Brandon Sung


Hi Everyone. Im Brandon and I’m a sophomore in Computer Science. I’m from Houston Texas, but I grew up in Atlanta Georgia. I have a myriad of hobbies which include, but aren’t limited to video games, painting, cooking, collecting vinyl records, and obviously photography. Even though I am Chinese, I was still able to find a family here in PFA. PFA is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. I’m looking forward to this semester and hanging out with all our new and old members!! :)



Chelse Basuel

Ate-Kuya-Ading Chair

Hey everyone! My name is Chelse and I'm a current sophomore majoring in Pre-Pharmacy. I'm from sunny, sunny, San Diego and am a loyal Comic-Con attendee. I enjoy anime, koalas, coffee, and anything mango flavored. Despite my short stature, I have a big love for puppies and you'll often catch me yelling “FLOOFY!!” whilst scrolling Instagram. PFA has given me a family away from home and allowed me to connect to my culture with my friends. I happen to be an only child but PFAm has given me all the best Ate’s and Kuya’s I could ever ask for!



Kevin Tee

Media Relations Chair

Hello Everyone! I’m Kevin Tee and i’m currently a Junior in Computer Science. I’m also from Los Angeles, California.  When i’m not coding my night away on CS projects, I enjoy watching TV, playing video games (especially Overwatch) and eating lots of food. Ironically, despite looking filipino, i’m actually Chinese but I might as well be filipino as my parents raised me with all the major tenets of Filipino culture since they grew up in the Philippines. Being in PFA, allowed me to discover a different family outside of my own and helped me appreciate the culture I was raised in. Some of my favorite memories so far have been a result of PFA and I hope whoever is reading this can makes some great memories too!


Jessica Eloso

Alumni relations manager

Hey there! I’m Jessica Eloso, but feel free to shorten it to “Jeloso” (as most members of the club do). I am a professional student of the College of Pharmacy and happy to say that this is my 5th year being involved in PFA. As an oldie of the organization, I’m amazed at how much the PFAmily has grown. With more members and bigger ambitions each year, the experiences are always lively. You make a lot of friends and even better memories. For me, PFA has helped me grow my confidence and leadership, and by being part of PFA board, I hope to help new members discover everything this association has to offer.


PCN COOrdinators


Mark Menciano

Hey! My name is Mark, I’m a junior majoring in Industrial Engineering with minors in Management and Statistics. This will be my 3rd year being a part of PFA and my 2nd year as a board member. This year, I am especially excited to serve as one of the PCN Coordinators! I look forward to getting to know new members and helping everyone get acclimated to the campus and the PFAm that has helped me grow as a student and person. Aside from being involved with PFA, I also work and help with various groups at the Office of Admissions. Welcome to PFA!

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Katelynn Eloso

Hello everyone! My name is Katelynn, and I’m a sophomore majoring in Computer Graphics Technology. Some things to know about me are I really REALLY want to adopt my own dog, and I run on Dunkin Donuts iced coffee! I am also very passionate about art, music, and spending time with friends, which is why I chose to run as a PCN Coordinator. Being a part of PFA and PCN last year brought me closer to many amazing people, pushed me out of my comfort zone, and taught me more about my culture, and I hope that this is something others can experience as well. I am super excited to work with everyone to put on an amazing show this year, so I hope you all will join!



Senior Advisors

Kevin Buno

Greetings!  I am a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering and graduated with a BS from the Ohio State University. During my free time, ball is life. Mainly the ball I am referring to is basketball, but I also enjoy other ball-varieties (i.e., volleyball, tennis). For creative leisure, I enjoy creating presentations, playing the ukulele, and singing. Over the last 9 years I’ve been involved in a diverse set of experiences within Filipino-focused cultural organizations. Within OSU’s Pilipino Student Association (PSA), I held positions as President and webmaster. Here at Purdue’s PFA, I’ve served as cultural chair. Over my many, many years of involvement with Filipino organizations, my old-self has endured a variety of situations. Therefore,during my role as senior advisor, I plan to use my previous experiences to provide guidance. Overall, PFA has served as a home-away-from-home, and I hope to share that with you all. So, come out and have a good time!



Aaron Manio

Kamusta po! My name is Aaron Manio. I've been part of PFA for four years now. I was born in the Philippines and lived there for 11 years. During Fall 2016, I served as PFA's Cultural Chair. Being Cultural Chair and part of the PFAm, I was able to share my experiences as a Filipino to everyone. By being part of the PFAmily, I was able to experience some of the best memories of my life and gain lifelong friends.