Meet the Team

6th Annual Ugnayan Conference Team

Kristine Joy Leynes
Title: Ugnayan Conference 2016 Chair/Community Outreach Coordinator/Logistics Coordinator
Year: 4th Year (Senior)
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Saipan, MP
Hobbies/Interests: Including, but not limited to:
– Sleeping.
– Eating.
– Binge-watching/reading anime/manga and anything supernatural-, fantasy-, or scifi-related.
– Fangirling over Korean music (as in K-Pop, K-R&B, K-Hip Hop, K-Indie, K-EDM, etc.).
– Running (sometimes from responsibilities).
– Playing volleyball.
Ideal Boba Order: Peach milk tea, with regular boba and grass jelly.
Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” — Marianne Williamson
Thoughts on Ugnayan Conference: I’m SUPER excited to explore a bunch of different ideas with everyone this year! It’s my 2nd round as Ugnayan Conference Chair and 3rd year being part of the planning process; so, theoretically, I SHOULD have a better idea of what I’m doing! (But do I, really? Haha!) Life is a continuous learning experience. With a goal to constantly evolve Ugnayan Conference and the role of FUSO’s Community Liaison, I hope to introduce some cool new things (woo! surprises!) to this year’s Conference and see how much more I can grow, as well as inspire growth, being part of such a grand community.


Elley Berg
Title:  Volunteer (Kuya/Ate) Coordinator
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Hobbies/Interests: i like crafting and creating! i like animals! I like reading! i like being outside!
Ideal Boba Order: Honeydew melon ANYTHING
Favorite Quote: “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” – Esther 4:14
Thoughts on this year’s Ugnayan Conference: Anotha quote: “Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.” – Alice Walker. I look closely at this year’s Ugnayan Conference and it celebrates a shared vision and a future that I am looking forward to.


Annjanette Belarmino
Title: Hospitality Coordinator
Year: Senior
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Hobbies: exploring (w/ Elley Berg IG: @et_berg)
Ideal Boba Order: Rose Milk Tea
Favorite Quote: “God comes to break down all our fences. He comes to open the doors of our lives, our dreams, our way of seeing things. God comes to break open everything that keeps you closed in. He is encouraging you to dream. He wants to make you see that, with you, the world can be different. For the fact is, unless you offer the best of yourselves, the world will never be different.” -Pope Francis, WYD 2016
Thoughts on this year’s Ugnayan Conference: SUPER EXCITED. EVERYONE GET PUMPED! Get ready for an all inclusive environment and a day of exploration.



MJ Layco
Title: Catering Coordinator
Year: Sophomore
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Brea, CA
Hobbies/Interests: Dance, Music, Netflix, Food
Ideal Boba Order: Jasmine Milk Tea w/ Honey Boba
Favorite Quote: “Getting lost will help you find yourself.”
Thoughts on this year’s Ugnayan Conference: It’s gonna be fun!


Rodrigo Torres
Title: Registration Coordinator
Year: Class of 2019
Major: Psychology
Hometown: La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Hobbies/Interests: Golf, working out, hiking, going to boba with friends
Ideal Boba Order: A large taro snow bubble with mini boba from tapex
Favorite Quote: “It takes true maturity to be immature”
Thoughts on this year’s Ugnayan Conference: It’s gonna be so fuSO lit.


Isabella J.
Title: Program Coordinator
Year:  Sophomore
Major: Ethnic Studies
Hobbies/Interests: Music, Dancing, Social Justice, and Avatar: The Last Airbender
Ideal Boba Order: Thai Tea
Favorite Quote: “You must never give into dispair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.” – Uncle Iroh
Thoughts on this year’s Ugnayan Conference: Super excited to provoke conversations and energize a movement among students.



Rebecca Kruger
Position: Academic Outreach Coordinator
Year: Class of 2019
Major: Industrial & Systems Engineering
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Hobbies: Traveling and going to Disneyland
Ideal Boba Order: Taro slush
Favorite Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” -Walt Disney
Thoughts on this year’s Ugnayan Conference: I am excited to learn more about my culture and to connect with the San Diego Filipino community at this year’s Ugnayan Conference.