FACC’s NextGen Leaders Outreach Initiative
Excelsa De Jesus
FACC Young Ambassador (New York) - Excelsa is a young philanthropist, virtuoso performer, model, and beauty queen. She graduated from the American Musical And Dramatic Academy in Manhattan, NY majoring in Musical Theater. She was awarded by NY PIDC’s “Artist of Exceptional Ability,” as well as PACCAL’s “Entertainer of the Year.” Having done multiple solo concerts in NY, Florida, and the Philippines, Excelsa has shared the stage with famous celebrities such as Kristin Chenoweth in Broadway, Martin Nievera, Lani Misalucha, Pilita Corales, Regine and Ogie Alcacid, Gary Valenciano, Sarah Geronimo, Eric Santos, Morisette Amon, and Jose Marie Chan to name a few. Besides being the Miss Republic of the Philippines International 2018-2020, she has a very compassionate heart and makes annual trips to the Philippines for charity and missionary work. She uses her voice to uplift and inspires those around her to be the driving power of change.
Zoe Pualine Ticzon
FACC Young Ambassador For Community Affairs and Programming Events (New York City, NY) – Zoe is a digital advertising professional in New York City. Born and raised in the Philippines, she has always had a heart for big adventures. She studied Communication Arts in UST and moved to New York a year after college in hopes of making it in the Big Apple. Growing up she had a fascination with singing. Singing makes her feel better and helped her cope up with the stress of studies or work. So from time to time she records song covers and posts them on her SoundCloud account so people can listen and feel better with music too. Zoe also has cooking talents.
FACC Young Ambassador For Health Affairs and Programming Events (Ellicott City, Maryland) - Katrina is currently a sophomore Nursing Major at Stevenson University in Owings Mills and a consistent honor student. She began singing at the age of 4 and taking piano lessons at the age of 7 and has loved performing ever since. At Archbishop Spalding High School, she was a part of many vocal groups, she accompanied other choruses on the piano, and performed in Spalding Musical Theatre productions every year. She won the Accompanist Award at the Festival Music Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2016; the Maestro Award at the WorldStrides Music Competition in Nashville, Tennessee in 2017; and received the Outstanding Vocalist and Outstanding Musician Awards throughout all four years of high school. At the end of her senior year in 2019, she won the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Award from the Cappies of Baltimore for her performance as the Drowsy Chaperone in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” At Stevenson University, she won first place at “Stevenson’s Got Talent” and top four competitors in the grand finals of the Baltimore Loves Talent on ABC WMAR 2. Throughout the first few months of quarantine, she was chosen to sing in a handful of virtual singing events and competitions. For the past few years, she has also been performing at many charitable organizations including FACC events. She also loved powerlifting as part of her health and wellness interests.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Manassas, VA) - Charmaine has been singing since she was little but started to perform in front of people participating in the 2018 ISA -Miss Teen Philippines America-Pageant. Since then she has had wonderful opportunities to have opened Concerts for Maja Salvador, Jaya, Aegis, David Pomeranz, Piolo & Inigo Pascual, Ariel Rivera, Bamboo, Tekla & Donita Nose & to Name a few. For those performances, Charmaine played the piano and guitar which she learned while growing up & she also plays Ukelele. She is one of the vocalists of Friction Live Band & her main choice of music genre is R&B and soul. Charmaine and her mom, Magge, have been fundraising by hosting virtual singing performances at many charitable organizations including FACC.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Leesburg, VA)- Lorenzo is from Ashburn, Virginia. He has a passion for theatre and has starred in several theatrical productions in Northern VA for the past 5 years. He is a Junior at Briarwood High School and is currently an active member and participant of the School's Chorus and Theatre program. He is proud of his Filipino heritage and is very excited to be part of FACC’s mission to help people with cancer.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Longview, Tx)- Matthew is a junior at Longview High School. He has deep interests in music, tech, and Graphic Design. Matthew has been studying violin since age 13 and has been a member of the LeTourneau University Youth Orchestra and East Texas Youth Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of the 2020 Honor Performance Series Symphony. Matthew’s talents as a violinist have also given him the opportunity to play for the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as at one of the top venues in the nation, Carnegie Hall. Matthew is also the founder of The Cupid Project, a community outreach initiative that makes and delivers thousands of Valentine's cards to elderly, homeless, and hospitalized members of the community each year. The project is active in 5 states and 12 countries and growing. In 2020, Matthew helped found Love For Kids Philippines, an education-based giving program that supplies both schools and students with the tools and supplies they need to finish out the school year. In late 2019, Matthew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and has since picked up cycling and running to help manage it. He loves to educate others on his disease, its related misconceptions and hopes to serve as an advocate for cancer victims and survivors as well.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Lorton, VA) - Edward is currently serving as the website manager for FACC. He has also assisted with making face masks in 2020 during the start of the pandemic and FACC's first Virtual Bingo. Edward is a student at South County High School taking advanced courses and is an active member of the National Honor Society and the Asian Student Association. He also participated in and competed with the high school Track Team prior to the pandemic. His academic and career interests lie in IT, cybersecurity, and business management. Hobbies that he enjoys include video editing/visual effects, fishing, running, and snowboarding.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Lorton, VA) - Elyse is currently a volunteer with FACC and has assisted FACC with making face masks and distributing food/snacks to health care workers in 2020 during the start of the pandemic. She has also assisted with FACC's Virtual Bingo event. Elyse is a student at South County Middle School in the Advanced Academic Program. She is a talented artist, having her art displayed in the South County Pyramid Show and Art Exhibition for multiple years. Elyse also participated in the South County Area Honor Band for two years playing the clarinet. Her hobbies include playing piano, painting/art, watching anime, and playing with her two dogs Cookie and Cosmo.