So JD beat me to it. Thank you so much for your heartfelt letter (:
I actually have a letter of my own, to thank everyone who has joined the movement.
“There are no words to describe what we’ve been through these past three weeks. We have led one of the most engaging and compelling political campaigns at UCI; we have traveled to all corners of campus, spoke to hundres of students, and rallied countless more to our platform.
And now, it is hard to believe that our campaign trail has finally come to and end.
Today, I simply want to thank all of the people that made the Movement possible. All the volunteers, the campaign managers and the friends who have deeply and profoundly inspired me. It was your courage and commitment that has pushed us through, your passion and energy that fueled our work, your love that has made it all possible.
And whatever the outcome of this election, know that I have been humbled and honored to have worked with all of you.
I want to thank my partner in this long journey, a women as beautiful as she is passionate about our school, who has inspired countless students throughout her years at UCI, my running-mate Charlyn Arellano. Thank you for sticking it out for three long weeks, for touring countless classrooms and lecture halls with me, and for letting me eat all of your food.
The unyielding rock of my life, the one who inspires me every single darn day, and whom I’ve love so deeply, my best friend and Volunteer Coordinator Traci Ishigo.
I want to thank the heart and brain of this campaign, the one who made it all possible, my Lead Graphic Designer and Chief Strategist Jonathan Dhauw. You have sacrificed much on this campaign, and I will never be able to repay you for the extraordinary commitment and dedication you have shown.
To the one I’ve kept up late at night to make posters, and who has woken me up in return (or tried) to post them up at dawn, my Campus Marketing Manager Noelle Evangelista. Thank you for motivating me, for yelling at me, and for inspiring me, especially during the difficult moments.
I want to thank my Financial Analyst and Ressource Manager, Andrew Micaraset, who went beyond his way to get us materials last minute. I have tried your patience and energy over and over again, but you have remained an unwavering force in this campaign trail.
Many thanks to my Campaign Manager Anthony Ng, whose constant insults and burns kept me on my toes. Thank you for rallying entire communities to our platform, for pushing our ideas forward, and for advising me in the most difficult of times.
To Jesse Cheng, for picking up the phone in time of crises.
Eternal gratitude to the Graphics Team, the ones who have made the Movement a visually beautiful one. Diane Jong and Elaine Won, thank you so much for your blessed talents, time, and extraordinary skills.
Thank you Sydney Torres and Jaqcueline Seto. For your support, your never-ending encouragement, and for being good booth neighbors. You ran an incredible campaign, and have shown that coral is a f***ing amazing color.
An enormous thanks to the people at the Cross-Cultural Center, who have shown me generosity and kindness throughout this campaign. Oscar Montiel, Anthony “X-Ray” Pham and Christine Hsieh in particular, for going out of your way to help me with the booth, for forgiving me to be exhausted during my work hours.
To the Edge Community, one that I am proud to come back to after an extended absence. You have provided me with emotional and spiritual support. You have brought me closer to my faith in difficult times. And I am forever in debt. Thank you Rebekah Lee, Josh Yu, Thomas Wong The Second.
To my High-School Outreach Volunteer Coordinator, Annie Chen. I still owe you food. It’s coming, I promise.
I want to thank my home, Otero, and all of those who have supported me and helped volunteer during this long race. Pamela Tsai, Monica Kem, Dianne Balesteros, Irene Wu, Chantelle Truong, it is truly an honor to live with you all.
And my second homes, Isla and Nubes. Athena Nguyen, Dana Hill, Jordanna Monteiro, Julie Vue, Charles Carpio and Horacio Cortes; you all have made this journey an exciting one.
I also want to express my gratitude to the Asian Pacific Student Association, for endorsing us and helping us in this long race.
I could never forget Kababayan at UCI. My home away from home, my second family. Thank you for all of your love, for your endorsement, for giving me the most amazing PACN experience.
To all of the volunteers and anyone else I didn’t mention but helped in someway or another. Thank you. You have created a purple power force on Ring Road. You have stuck with me, you have believed in me. And I am eternally grateful for it. This could never have happened without your help. Thank you Giovanna Miranda, Elizabeth Jimenez, Mansi Varna, Richard Kyo, Alden Ambrocio, Shadi Jafari, Angela Paredes, Annie Kim, Scott Cashin, Michael Finney, Teresa Lou and the others. You have been the pillars of this campaign.
And finally, a big thanks to my family. To my parents, for supporting me every step of the way financially and emotionally; to my older sisters Anne and Caroline, whom I haven’t seen in years but never ceased to love unconditionally.
Thank you all so much (: