Psst. Psst. Hoy! Mga Kababayan! Hello and welcome everyone to The Nerds of Color‘s newest audio/video podcast, ShoPowSho! My name is Kuya P AKA Patrick Michael Strange and I am honored to have The Nerds of Color be the home of my new show, ShoPowSho, wherein, we will be exploring my people / my kabayan from the Philippines!
Filipino-Americans, or FilAms, make up the second largest Asian ethnic group AND second largest immigrant group in the U.S. And in some regions, one of every four Filipinos work in the healthcare field, many of which were on the frontlines against COVID-19. At some point, it is likely that someone of Filipino descent has impacted a part of your life.
ShoPowSho will explore Filipino and Filipino American history and culture; along with spotlighting and featuring Filipinos throughout various fields of industry to help showcase the amazing contributions they have provided to our world. Please join me and my wonderful co-hosts, or as I like to affectionately call them, “The Amazing Ates”, Kataphorric and Viva Valentina!
In our third episode, we want to stress the importance of Election 2020 and help drive people to the polls! To that end, we have a former political staffer and activist, whom has been a leader in the Filipino American community since 1993 when he came to Washington to attend The George Washington University. Nowadays, he uses his role as a business leader in the hospitality industry to promote Filipino American culture across all communities. Please welcome…
Mr. Rodney Jay C. Salinas!
RODNEY SALINAS – BIO:
Born in the Philippines and brought to the US at the age of one, Rodney Salinas comes from a stereotypical Filipino American family. The son of a Navy officer and a registered nurse, his family first settled in Jersey City, a haven for many Pinoy families seeking to settle in the Northeast region of America.
A transplant from the Garden State, Rodney has called the Washington region his home since 1993 when he started attending college at The George Washington University. It was during those college days that he began to hone his marketing and management skills when he became involved with the student-run Program Board and the Philippine Cultural Society. Upon graduation, Rodney was awarded the Presidential Fellowship at GW which included a full scholarship for a graduate degree, monthly stipend, housing and professional work experience.
Immediately after graduate school, Rodney went straight to work as a political staffer working as a fundraiser on behalf of Congressional candidates and national nonprofits such as the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). It was during this time that he became involved with other key groups like the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Filipino Young Professionals (FYP) and many others. He has also advocated on behalf of important causes like the plight of the Filipino American Veterans of World War II and several post-disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.
In 2003, Rodney transitioned into more entrepreneurial pursuits and started a retail/wholesale business from scratch which he later sold in 2006. Shortly after the sale of the business, he began his career in the hospitality industry by managing several different restaurants and large-scale food service operations including the Smithsonian Institution and the World Bank.
Today, Rodney continues to serve as business leader in his current role as a National Sales Director with HUNGRY, a Washington-based national platform for top chef-made food production & delivery services that also includes business & event catering, contracted meal delivery services, chef-centric pop-ups and virtual chef experiences. Backed by more than $30 million in investments by celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Jay-Z, and Usher, HUNGRY now operates in six cities and delivers nearly 100,000 meals per month.
Using his vast network and unique ability to bring people together through large-scale gatherings, Rodney continues to promote the Filipino American culture and spirit through professional networking, comedy shows and food-centric events.
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Host/Producer: Viva Valentina
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