We want to elevate Filipino culture in the greater Boston area by creating and collaborating around Filipino and Asian American content / events / educational programming.

Current Team


Trish Fontanilla

Co-FOUNDER / CEO (Chief everything + energy officer)

Where you’re from: A lil town in New Jersey
Favorite Filipino Dish:  Because dessert, always, I'd say turon (saba bananas, jackfruit, rolled in brown sugar then wrapped in a spring roll wrapper and fried).
Favorite Boston spot:  Myers+Chang! It’s one of my restaurants in Boston, and I just really love the team and vibe. I’ve spent the last 9 birthdays there!

Find Trish on:

Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn


Reina Adriano

Regular blog contributor

Where you’re from: Quezon City but I have Bicolano roots in Legazpi, Albay.
Favorite Filipino Dish:  Pork Sisig!
Favorite Boston spot: Boston Public Library

Find Reina on:

Instagram | Blog


Melissa Obleada

marketing contributor / liaison

Where you’re from: New Jersey
Favorite Filipino Dish:  100% my mom's lengua in a mushroom sauce, then my mom's arroz caldo with generous fried garlic, lemon, and fish sauce, then pandesal on Christmas Day with leftover ham & cheese from the night before.
Favorite Boston spot: The Esplanade and Harvard Square.

Find melissa on:

Twitter | Instagram


Mihaela Hinayon

design contributor

Where you’re from: Batangas, Philippines
Favorite Filipino Dish:  My all-time faves are kaldereta and buko salad but right now I'm definitely craving pancit canton and lumpia.
Favorite Boston spot: New England Aquarium

Find mihaela on:

Facebook | Instagram


Hyacinth Empinado

multimedia content contributor / editor

Where you’re from: I am a proud Cebuana. I was raised in a town called Minglanilla.
Favorite Filipino Dish:  My mom’s dinuguan. Hands down. A very close second is sisig.
Favorite Boston spot:  I love getting ramen at Santouka. You can also never go wrong with dumplings at the Gourmet Dumpling House.

Find hyacinth on:

Twitter | Instagram



It takes a village to raise a community, and these amazing people have helped BOSFilipinos grow. We’re especially grateful for Leila and Bianca who helped start BOSFilipinos and were very instrumental in the first year, Matt who designed our logo and first website, and Roland who was the chef at our first pop up!


Leila Amerling

Co-FOUNDER / events / blog contributor

Where you’re from: Born in Florida. Grew up in Manila, Philippines.  Mom is Ilocana, Dad is a Jewish New Yorker. You can call me a Jewlipino.
Favorite Filipino Dish: Tortang talong with banana ketchup, and pinakbet
Favorite Filipino Recipe: Pretty much anything from Panlasang Pinoy.

Find Leila On:

Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

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Bianca Garcia

co-founder / marketing / blog contributor

Where you’re from: Manila, Philippines
Favorite Filipino Dish: My family’s pork and beef adobo
Favorite Filipino Recipe: I'm trying to cook more Filipino food myself, and I'm really proud of my Avocado Ice Cream. And I'm obsessed with my family's adobo.

Find Bianca on:

Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn


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Matt Nagy

Founding BRAND DESIGNER / blog contributor 

Where you’re from: upstate New York
Favorite Filipino Dish: sinangag with itlog / picadillo / lumpia
Favorite Boston spot: Hojoko
Favorite Blog / Podcast / Etc: I might be biased but I have to pick my wife's blog, Confessions of a Chocoholic.


Instagram | LinkedIn


Roland Calupe

pop up chef / blog contributor

Where you’re from: Chicago
Favorite Filipino Dish: So many! If savory, chicken or pork adobo with garlic fried rice and spicy suka or a fresh cooked Illocos empanada. If something sweet, suman latik or leche flan really hit the spot... I want this now!
Favorite Boston spots: This really depends what I'm in the mood for, but I'd say these restaurants cover it Sarma / Les Sablons / Row 34 / Alden and Harlow / Life Alive / Giulia / Dumpling House / Peach Farm / Toro / Ittoku

FinD Roland On:

Instagram | LinkedIn


Christine Del Castillo

blog contributor 

Where you’re from: Manila
Favorite Filipino Dish: Taho, bibingka, ice cream from your neighborhood sorbetero.
Favorite Boston spot: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Kendall Square Cinema

FinD Christine On:



Philjay S. Solar

Events contributor

Where you’re from: Dedham, MA
Favorite Filipino Dish: Any type of Lechon.
Favorite Boston spot: Parks: Fan Pier Park, North Point Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Castle Island. Other: Top of the Hub, Del Frisco's: Seaport, & Chinatown.


Instagram | Facebook


Sophie De Castro

blog contributor

FIND sophie ON:

Instagram | Facebook


Helena Berbano

blog contributor

Where you’re from: ’m from Boston, by way of Bronx, NY and Winter Park, FL.
Favorite Filipino Dish: Kare Kare hands down. It’s savory, funky, and decadent.
Favorite Boston spot: Food: The Beehive (South End), Avana Sushi (Chinatown), Eldo Cake House (Chinatown), Le's (Allston), Thinking Cup (Downtown), L’Espalier (Back Bay), and many more.


We’re always looking for more team members / contributors, and you can check out our anniversary post here to see what roles we’re looking for.