Thank you guys! My summer was great! – Ana Katrina
Admin’s Note: September 2012 | Ana Katrina made use of her summertime by participating in many community events in her area. She did the Color Run 5k 2012 on Sept. 1 at Englishtown, New Jersey to support people who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis. I hope this post will give inspiration and will encourage our Filipino- American youth to participate in activities that are fun, healthy and at the same time helpful to the community. Way to go Katrina!
Recently Ana was featured in the Burlington County Times as a Delran’s budding tennis star. With Roger Federer as her inspiration she can be a tough cookie in the court. The Times asked her:
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ten years from now I actually see myself in the USAF as a critical care nurse. As much as I love tennis, I would rather play for fun than competitively; it would be very challenging and a lot to handle.
Beautiful Katrina is enjoying a year long reign as our Council’s “Bb. Pilipinas 2012”. She was crowned last June 2012 at the Independence Ball Gala Event held at the Radisson, Trevose, PA. She wrote in our FECGP 2012 Independence Commemorate Book:
Para sa mahal kong kapamilya, kamag- anak at mga kababayan:
Mabuhay po kayong lahat!
I am truly blessed to be born on April 5, 1995 to my lovely parents Eufemio and Analiza wih my two wonderful younger siblings Elysa and Marco in our humble place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am currently on my Junior year at Delran, New Jersey where we have moved more than 10 years ago. My father is originally from Casiguran, Quezon and my mom is from Pagbilao Quezon. Not to confuse you all but one province is South and the other is North and both have two different dialects, a Casiguranin and a Tagalog both of which until now I hardly speak and understand but I am trying my best because I love my Filipino language.
Since childhood, I have been fortunately surrounded by my Filipino roots and heritage. We have a large family consisting of 13 siblings in my father side and 4 siblings in my mother side with an unimaginable size of hundreds in all but I really enjoy it. One of my favorite traditions is taking the hand of the elders and saying “mano po” and always not to forget the words “opo” and “salamat po”. We always joined the Santacruzan/ Flores de Mayo every year commemorating the importance of our faith. I also love watching boxing with my favorite best fighter of all time Manny Pacquiao. I enjoyed listening to Filipino music and watching movies. Last but not the least, every Filipino’s favorites are the famous delicacies of lechon and halo-halo.
I have been in the Philippines two times, although it’s few but it’s very memorable as well as an emotional experience for me. I still have vivid memories not only of the great things I have seen but also of the worst things I have observed. I remember children without shoes wearing filthy clothings and selling flowers in the streets and others were begging for money, I also saw pieces of woods and metals all put in together to make a house to live in for a family of two, and a lot more sad things that I will never forget.
Seeing all of this makes me realize how lucky I am to have an opportunity to be well provided for by my hardworking parents. Being brought up in a way that we learn how to appreciate the simplest things in life is precious. I was hoping that someday I will be able to go back in the Philippines and share everything that I have. I am planning to join the Air Force in the future and be a doctor at the same time. Now, given the chance to be the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 I wanted to fulfill the mission of the organization with the vision of ” giving back”. I know that the organizations will fully support me and they will stay united for one purpose and that is to help our Filipino community.
My heartfelt gratitude to my parents and family for the unconditional love, trust, guidance and support as I prepare myself to meet life’s challenges. Special thanks to FECGP especially the dedicated President Hermie Aczon, the officers and committee members for this great experience as being selected to be Bb. Pilipinas and to all the Filipino organizations for making this event a success. I hope that I will be able to give inspiration to the youth as the mission continues….
I would like to end my message with a quote from my favorite Philippine National Hero- Dr. Jose Rizal; “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan”.
Maraming Salamat Po!
Lubos na gumagalang,
Ana Katrina Pena Guerrero
Bb. Pilipinas 2012 of FECGP