Spread the glow

OYFA raises money for charities, promotes Filipino culture to University community

Free glow sticks, a DJ, free food, industrial-strength blacklights, exercise and charity — what could be better on a Friday night?

The Organization of Young Filipino Americans hosted its Lakas Mad Glow 5K Friday, Oct. 10, at Nameless Field, raising funds for both the OYFA Relay for Life team and the He Cares Foundation, which benefits poor children in the Philippines by providing education, food, water and clothing.

Though this was not the first OYFA 5K, it was completely different from the previous ones, said Richard Lay, a second-year College student and co-chair of the 5K planning committee.

“We were originally going to do a Color Run, but we decided to be more innovative and do a Glow Run,” said Kimberly Hall, a second-year College Student and co-chair of the 5K.

The pre-race festivities included a DJ, blacklights, free food such as bagels and donuts, and of course, glow sticks.

“Everyone ended up getting something glowy at the race,” said Camille Lorenzana, fourth-year Engineering student and OYFA president. “People had lit-up mouth guards and glow shoelaces — one guy was wearing blue Christmas lights and he stood out the most to me.”

OYFA worked with Student Council to spread the word about the race, which helped raise attendance from a previous high of 50 to 200, a huge jump according to Lorenzana.

“I got an email [the morning after the race] from one of the runners, a 63-year-old woman,” Lorenzana said. “She told me she basically walked the whole thing, but still had a really good time and that we were very energetic and enthusiastic.”

OYFA also held another event, Filipino Food Night on Oct 10, in which members prepared food themselves to serve to guests, including rice, lumpia — a Filipino eggroll — and pancit — a rice noodles dish with vegetables. A “house special” including chicken adobo for $1 more was also available.

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