Hey, howzit, everyone? My name is Raphael, but everyone typically knows me as “Raph” for short (not “Ralph” or “Ralphie”, haha). I am a Journalism/Media Studies major at UNLV with an emphasis on photography/audio/video production! I’ve come to realize that I have a strong passion for content creation, especially when it comes to things that interest me most! Which is one of the many reasons why I am now a part of the LGS ohana (of course one of the other reasons is being a contributor in helping bring the community together!).
A bit about myself? Ahh, jeez. That's kinda tough. I was born in the Philippines and brought stateside when I was 4. 2nd generation, never lost the language or customs. Hard not to when my mom would yell at me in Tagalog, for good reasons and lessons of course! Haha, in any case, like Emory I was raised all over the place. California and Missouri when I was a kid, Oahu (Honolulu in 2002, but you found me mostly causing trouble with friends in Kalihi, haha) and here in Vegas during my teenage years. The latter two cities would prove to be such an influential part of my development into the man that I am today, and when we transitioned back to the mainland from Oahu in 2006 I kept that spirit of Aloha within myself, now and always!
No, my mom was not in the military. But funny enough, I myself ended up joining the service because I never really knew a life other than simply one word, which is “go”. So I left Vegas in 2009, saw the world, earned life experiences during my adventures under my belt, and came back to a thriving and growing city in 2017. Places I’ve been in my early adulthood include Oklahoma City, Okinawa, Alaska, Guam, Singapore, and Texas just to name a few. I’m very grateful for the journeys I’ve taken and the amazing experiences I’ve made, people met and many different cultures that I have adopted within myself.
I take these aspects, along with the ever expanding skills I’m acquiring, to hopefully “go” and make the next dream into a reality, which is to bring our 9th Island ohana that much closer together and to show the whole world what the spirit of Aloha is all about!