Mission

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

Founding Team

Leila serving a homemade rainbow "papel picado" cake at a Cinco de Mayo themed dinner in January. She'll find any excuse to host a themed dinner. 

Leila serving a homemade rainbow "papel picado" cake at a Cinco de Mayo themed dinner in January. She'll find any excuse to host a themed dinner. 

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Leila Amerling

Co-FOUNDER / CFO (Chief fancy officer)
 

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.
Community Superpower: Lucky to be paid for hosting events. And will likely be best buds with the security guards, the receptionists, the cleaning people, the back of the house people, etc. They’re the ones that really have access to everything.
Favorite Filipino Dish: Tortang talong with banana ketchup, and pinakbet
I’d bring ___ to a dinner party: My parents or my brother - they really know how to hang
Favorite Boston spot: Les Zygomates to eat and drink and listen to jazz, the Commonwealth mall (it’s not a shopping mall, but a park) to walk, and the Opera House and Boston Symphony for entertainment.
Best Event in Boston: Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacle
Favorite Blog / Podcast / Etc: FancyForks, Confessions of a Chocoholic (of course), Two Dope Queens, Love and Radio, and This American Life. Anything on Instagram.
Favorite Filipino Recipe: Pretty much anything from Panlasang Pinoy.
Why are you so excited about BF? It’s one giant leap closer to my lifelong dream of introducing the Filipino culture to Boston.

 
Trish having a pint in Taberna La Fontanilla (Madrid, Spain). Despite the name, she and the owners of the bar are not related. 

Trish having a pint in Taberna La Fontanilla (Madrid, Spain). Despite the name, she and the owners of the bar are not related. 

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Trish Fontanilla

Co-FOUNDER / CEO (Chief energy officer)


Where you’re from: A lil town in New Jersey
Community Superpower: Seemingly bottomless energy
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).
I’d bring ___ to a dinner party: Pies from Petsi Pies, more specifically a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan pie and then one of their seasonal fruite pies.
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 8 birthdays there!
Best Event in Boston: Toss up - Scooper Bowl, the Bacon Beer Festival, and the Boston Marathon
Favorite Blog / Podcast / Etc: Besides Bianca / Leila's blogs... I'm more into newsletters and physical books (you can find me at the library a lot). Kinda random, but I love FORTUNE's CEO Daily & raceAhead.
Favorite Filipino Recipe: My mom's Palabok! I wish I could tell you the recipe but she doesn't follow any real instructions and her hands are tinier than mine.
Why are you so excited about BF? BOSFilipinos is a long time coming. I've organized underground Filipino dinners for years now, and I can’t wait to bring more Filipino issues (and food) to light in the Greater Boston area for years to come.

 

 
Bianca eating karaage (Japanese fried chicken) at the Kuromon Market (Osaka, Japan). She plans her travels around food.

Bianca eating karaage (Japanese fried chicken) at the Kuromon Market (Osaka, Japan). She plans her travels around food.

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Bianca Garcia

co-founder / CMO (Chief magic Officer)
 

Where you’re from: Manila, Philippines
Community Superpower: The ability to eat dessert no matter how full I am / food photography
Favorite Filipino Dish: My family’s pork and beef adobo
I’d bring ___ to a dinner party: Homemade truffles / brownies / cookies
Favorite Boston spot: Waypoint in Harvard Square
Best Event in Boston: The Boston Marathon!
Favorite Blog / Podcast / Etc: Confessions of a Chocoholic (shameless plug). I’m also an old-school magazine reader and religiously read Saveur, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and Runner’s World (that’s right, I run, too! Gotta be able to burn all those calories somehow).
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.
Why are you so excited about BF? I want to connect with the Filipino community, share my love for all things ube, and celebrate our Filipino heritage.

 

 

Collaborators

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Roland Calupe

CHEF / CONTENT CREATOR

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!
I’d bring ___ to a dinner party: PBR and Jameson or a bottle of Italian wine
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:

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Matt eating black sesame ice cream at one of the food trucks outside the Osaka Castle  (Osaka, Japan.)

Matt eating black sesame ice cream at one of the food trucks outside the Osaka Castle  (Osaka, Japan.)

Matt Nagy

BRAND DESIGNER 

Where you’re from: upstate New York
Community Superpower: sarcasm
Favorite Filipino Dish: sinangag with itlog / picadillo / lumpia
I’d bring ___ to a dinner party: IPA
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.

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