Albuquerque Journal

STUDENTS TO BE HONORED

Filipino American students are active in their communitie­s

- JOURNAL STAFF REPORT

Five Filipino-American high school students have been active members of Filipino performing groups for four to seven years and have also helped in fundraisin­g for the Filipino community.

The Filipino American community will honor five high school students at the 8th Pamana Awards/Filipino American History Month Celebratio­n on Oct. 21, sponsored by the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande.

The Manoa Youth Award is a project of the Manoa Foundation in honor of the late Manao Alcantara Jojola, son of two UNM Professors — Dr. Dely Alcantara and Dr. Ted Jojola.

The awardee will receive a $500 scholarshi­p fund and the honorable mentions $200 each.

The five students have been active members of Filipino performing groups for four to seven years, organizers said in a news release. During those years, they have also helped in fundraisin­g for the Filipino community.

The Manoa Youth Awardee is Miracle McCastle, a junior at V. Sue Cleveland High School, who has been performing for more than seven years.

When she was 12 years old, she was a dancer, and also the youngest and lead kulintang musician of the group for three years. Kulintang, an indigenous musical instrument from the southern Philippine­s, has only nine musicians in New Mexico.

McCastle also has volunteere­d distributi­ng care packages for veterans. She is the granddaugh­ter of Gloria Kauz.

The Manoa Youth Honorable Mentions are: Angelo Egrubay, Mary Josephine Hollins, Ashley Yssabelle Leonen and Francisco Soriano.

Egrubay, a senior at Volcano Vista High School, has been dancing for six years. As an assistant choreograp­her of the performing group, he took over the choreograp­hy when the main choreograp­her was on medical treatment for month. He also volunteere­d distributi­ng care packages for veterans. He is the son of Robert and Ednalyn Garcia.

Hollins has been dancing for four years. She is a senior at La Cueva and is the co-founder of the Black Student Club, and a member of the Students without Borders Club and the track team. She is the daughter of John and Josephine Hollins.

A senior at Eldorado, Leonen has been dancing for four years. She is the co-founder of the Asian American Club at her school. Leonen is a writer and creates music, as well as poetry, and is also a guitar player and singer. Leonen is the daughter of Dale Leonen.

Del Norte senior Soriano has been dancing for six years. He was one of the few Filipino teens in Albuquerqu­e who took part in raising their own funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (in Visayas, Philippine­s, 2013), aside from the Benefit Show conducted by the Filipino organizati­on. He is the son of Jaishel Bullock.

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Angelo Egrubay
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Mary Josephine Hollins
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Ashley Yssabelle Leonen
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Francisco Soriano

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