Name: amenaje (as in, AY-men-nahey)
Residence: suburban New York
Occupation(s): Storyteller, Raised Pinay, Artista/Activista, Balikbayan Writer, College Graduate, Stone Collector, (former but always) AAWW Intern, Amateur Sociologist, Film Enthusiast, Dutiful Daughter, Padawan-Sister.
Bio: amenaje grew up with stories. From a young age, she was exposed to tales of Philippine mythology and various urban legends that still scare her to this day. She also watched a lot of movies involving epic heroes, supernatural forces, historical battles, and intergalactic worlds. Thanks to the influence of her older brother (who introduced her to these things), amenaje became fascinated and inspired to create her own stories.
At the age of 12, amenaje began writing original poems, short stories, and song lyrics. What started as an outlet for her quiet disposition became a lifelong passion and pursuit in storytelling. Throughout her adolescence, amenaje wrote scripts for online videos and live performance skits that focused on interpersonal relationships and human introspection, with a touch of humor and personality.
In her college undergraduate studies, amenaje majored in Sociology and Creative Writing and minored in Asian American Studies. Even as she focused on maintaining grades and participating in club activities, she continued her writing work on the side. Now that she has graduated and plans to pursue a master’s degree in the future, amenaje is working full-time on her creative projects, involving Filipino American teenage suburbanites, Catholic themes, and ethereal beings from other dimensions.
amenaje aspires to be a filmmaker (director/screenwriter/cinematographer), a published writer, an educator in Asian American Studies, and a community leader. She wants to combine everything she learned and experienced and turn it into something cool and intellectual. She also hopes to empower young people who have similar ambitions in the arts, despite the harsh realities that they face in their communities.