Chelsea: Her Past, Present and Planned Future

Chelsea posing in front of the infamous wall at Taylor’s Mill (Nikki Evangelista).

Chelsea posing in front of the infamous wall at Taylor’s Mill (Nikki Evangelista).


“One of my most favorite, if not my favorite, characteristics of Filipinos is how resilient and optimistic we are…” says the one and only Chelsea Evangelista, about her fellow countrymen with much sentiment and pride.

Evangelista does not only admire and share culture with Filipinos, she was born in the Philippines, specifically in Manila.

“It is always very hot, for sure. I was eleven years old when I moved to America, but I can say that parents there are more laid back, and allow their children to have more independence,” says Evangelista.

Chelsea Evangelista does believe that the relaxed environment that Filipino parents create is a good structure of trust that they build with their kids.

“You know when you do something bad, you get grounded? Well, we don’t… Filipino children are more independent than you might think. [For example,] when my sister was in sixth grade, she commuted by herself. I don’t know if it’s a Filipino thing, but kids definitely have more freedom,” explains Evangelista.

Of course, as an eleven year old, there are differences that can be distinguished between two countries. For example, Christmas is celebrated for a long period of time in the Philippines because Halloween and Thanksgiving are not established holidays.

“By September, we are already prepping for Christmas, like lights are being put up and everything,” informs Evangelista.

Christmas dinner in the Philippines is basically like a Thanksgiving size dinner in which there is always ham and roasted pig. Dishes like adobo, which is marinated pork/beef, and spring roll look alike, lumpia, are served. The culture in the Philippines is very humble and similar to our southern culture.

“I think that we, Filipinos, are best known for our hospitality: almost everyone that I know who’s visited the Philippines always comments on the fact that people are so kind, welcoming, and are always willing to help out,” says Evangelista.

One can say that Chelsea is influenced greatly by the beliefs and traditions from the Philippines. She is a Catholic Filipino, and speaks Tagalog with her family and youth group. Her family keeps up with the latest news in the Philippines and keeps cooking the delicious, richly-flavored Filipino food at their house. When asked about her family, Evangelista describes a vivid and nostalgic memory.

“My favorite childhood memory would definitely be visiting my grandmother’s hometown every summer with my cousins and spending time at the closest beach… while we collected sea shells, built sandcastles, and promised to only dip our feet into the water… but we ended up getting our whole bodies wet, falling into the temptation of it,” says Evangelista.

Even when most of the memories are bright, Evangelista admires the ones that are also heartbreaking.

“Oftentimes, [Filipinos] would suffer harsh calamities, and despite the damage to their houses or the amount of belongings they’ve lost, they still have the strength to offer a smile to a camera broadcasting their conditions on the television. If I had to define hope, that would be it,” says Evangelista.

Not only is Evangelista grateful of how inspiring Filipinos are, but she wants to help others to reach their fullest potential.

“I’m most passionate about other people’s well being, whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. I know that I can only contribute so much to those areas, but knowing that I’ve given at least a small amount of change in someone’s life that’ll hopefully lead them into a better output is something that I aspire to live by. Perhaps that’s why I want to pursue what I want to pursue,” says Evangelista.

For this reason, Evangelista sees herself traveling to help people in need, especially in other countries.

“I see myself [in 20 years] contributing to health efforts in developing countries around the world in any possible way that I can. I also hope to have a family and 3 huskies,” says Evangelista.

Prioritizing the value of family, Evangelista was asked to pick someone to write a biography about.

“I’d probably go with my dad; he always shares crazy stories over dinner with us and from what he’s told, he’s gone on some wild adventures during his youth, and I think it would make such an interesting biography to write about,” says Evangelista.

Presently, Evangelista, a junior at BMC, is part of the Newspaper Staff and shares how ecstatic she is to start writing.

“I want to write newsworthy and thought-provoking articles that hopefully will put many notions into perspective, especially on significant topics that most people, or teenagers, to be specific,  just brush off to the side,” says Evangelista.

Given the chance, Evangelista chose to join Newspaper and leave Yearbook for a few reasons.


“Even though I’ve greatly enjoyed being a part of the Yearbook Staff, I decided to broaden my capabilities and get out of my comfort zone [by] sharing my ideas and oftentimes unpopular opinions to a large audience, and I knew that I was able to get that opportunity through writing for Newspaper,” says Evangelista.

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