25th Anniversary Poster

Alexandra Nicole Braga Calingo

Miss Photogenic & Miss Talent

Filipina American   |   Age 22   |   Greenbrae, CA

I’d like to thank my parents, Ashley, Arienne, beloved extended family, and dear friends for the temendous support.  You all are amazing for shaping me into the young woman that I am today.

Academic and Work History: UC Berkeley (BA, Anthropology ‘09)/Dominican University (Biology ‘10)

Platform: Ending the Cycle of Bullying. My platform is important to the Asian American community because it is a pressing issue that we all can benefit from learning about since it is something that everyone has experienced–as a bully, victim, or witness.

Role Model: Eleanor Mariano, the first Filipino American graduate of the Uniformed Services University of Medicine, reached the rank of Rear Admiral and was the first woman to be the director of the White House Medical Unit, serving as White House Physician for President Clinton and President Bush. Her dedication inspires me in my career path in medicine.

Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Luis Calingo, 6 business cards; Braga, Marcias, Millares, Visque, Surface Families; Josie Calica; Lourdes Rebodal; Mr & Mrs Honisimo Braga

Angela Chan

Chinese American   |   Age 18   |   Pleasanton, CA

I will like to especially thank the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts and, of course, my family for all the love and support they have given me for my achievements.

Academic and Work History: Foothill High School (‘10)

Platform: Inspiring active participation and political awareness in youth. My platform is important to the Asian American community because promoting corrective responsibility in future generation will in turn promote a better future.

Role Model: Yuanyuan Tam: My favorite rolemodel is Yuanyuan Tam, the feature dancer at the San Francisco Ballet. Not only does she need strength and diligence to dance, but she also has the courage to pursue a career where not many Asian American have succeeded before.

Liza Chu

Miss Congeniality

Vietnamese American   |   Age 19   |   Stockton, CA

I sincerely thank my sponsors for the continual support in all my goals: Full House Beauty Supply; Miss Vietnam of Northern California Intercollegiate; Diva Nails; and Nguyen Dental Practice. To mommy, daddy, and big brother: I love you, and thanks for your patience and faith in me.

Academic and Work History: Bear Creek High School (‘09)/Tutor

Platform: Promoting higher education. My platform is important to the Asian American community because through mentor programs, struggling Asian American students — with personal obstacles or language barriers — can seek the critical guidance in order to pursue college.

Role Model: Anh Cao is the first Vietnamese American Congressman, representing Louisiana’s 2nd District. Cao has worked to rebuild the Vietnamese community post-Katrina and continues to voice the plea of gulf fishermen (30% are of Vietnamese heritage), demonstrating a leadership quality that is simply inspirational.

Sponsors: Full House Beauty Supply and
Miss Vietnam of Northern California Intercollegiate Pageant hosted by UVSA Norcal

Rachanee Jaurequi

Thai American   |   Age 25   |   Chandler, AZ

I am very appreciative of all the support, love, and encouragement from my family, friends, and the Miss Asia Arizona family.

Academic and Work History: Phoenix College (AA, Accounting ‘08)/Surface Mount Technician

Platform: Promoting the Awareness of Domestic Violence. My platform is important to the Asian American community because domestic violence does not discriminate against any culture.

Role Model: Hiram Leong Fong: Born into poverty, Hiram Fong shined shoes and caddied golf holes before attending Harvard Law School and becoming a lawyer, entrepreneur, and tycoon. He was the first Asian American elected to the United States Senate —serving under five American presidents from Eisenhower to Ford — and was the first Asian American to actively seek the Presidential nomination of the Republican Party.