Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21 (Los Angeles, MA), the lead star of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ romantic-drama, “Diliryo” (1997), finished her graduate studies at the Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her focus for graduate studies was professional development and academic classes pertaining to the nonprofit sector. She thought of nonprofit management because it is similar to attaining an MBA (Master’s in Business), but adding the NGO [non-government organization] social good structure. She hopes to one day create sustainability for future generations. She has recently been offered the executive director position for the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC). The charitable organization’s mission is to advocate for platforms and opportunities for the Fil-Am artist community. For her regular day job, Töngi-Walters runs a consultancy company called 7107 Media, where she has various clients who need production, marketing, and cultural branding expertise. Töngi-Walters moved to the US in 2000 to attend theater school at Lee Strasberg in New York City. Uprooting to the US allowed her to go back to school. Once in a while, Töngi-Walters welcomes offers to join the cast and act in Filipino films, especially those shot in the US or Canada. In 2018, she played a minor role in a film shot in Vancouver that marked the first team-up of Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo. Töngi-Walters wants to do something different that might not even be showbiz-related. She is ready to recharge and travel again.
Gwynne Garfinkle’s ‘06 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) piece, “Sinking, Singing,” was reprinted by Mermaids Monthly.