Kidrobot, Billionaire Boys Club, Married to the MOB & GIANT Magazine are just a few places Kristina began working at a young age. This was when she thought she wanted to go into business and settle into the niche market of downtown fashion/street culture.
She's moved on to more meaningful projects. A very significant project was to help a fellow Queens native DJ Roli Rho of the 5th Platoon DJ's Crew. She organized executing Roli's Road to Recovery Campaign, which raised over $8K to support him while he was out of work after his surgery. That's really how she got involved in djing and becoming a tablist.
She also worked together for My Baryo, My Borough (a Filipino archiving initiative created and lead by Claro Si Que) where I interviewed Roli on camera to openly discuss his experiences growing up as a legendary Filipino DJ.
Where are you originally from?
Born and raised in Queens!
How did your parents choose to live in queens?
When my parents first immigrated to America they came in through LA. They decided to head east, spending some time in the DMV area. Finally, they decided to settle in NY. All three areas had a base of close family and friends that took them in. I could have damn well been an LA chick or someone from the DMV... thank god they settled in Queens ;P
What do you speak? What is your nationality?
English... and at one point in time I spoke very broken Tagalog. I'm an American-born New Yorker. If you're wondering about my ethnicity, my parents are both Tagalog from Quezon.
whats your favorite place to eat?
That would depend on my mood or the time of day. Late night eats? Afternoon snack? Brunch? I have my staple meals and restos though. Shout out to Station House and their Decadent Burger. (I'm convinced Forest Hills is becoming the mecca for burger lovers in the city... )
favorite meal, favorite dessert?
I'm definitely a carblover. Pastas, sandwiches, empanadas... nomz. I'm not a huge fan of sugar... I don't have a sweet tooth at all. When I do want something sweet Magnolia's banana pudding is my jam. If I can't grab Magnolia's I'll settle for Martha's.
favorite place to hang out?
My favorite stomping grounds has always been downtown Manhattan, just feel the vibe here more than Midtown or the Upper West. If I wanna kick it, you'll likely find me moving from spot to spot in the East Village/Lower East Side. I have places in Queens that I frequent with friends, like my sandwich spots and chicken joints (are we still talking about food?), but that's like going home. It's not like I'm trying to hang out, I'm just there because I loyal to them and I'll always be one of their patrons.
growing up what spots did you go with your friends?
Lolz, that would depend on which stage of my life you're inquiring about. I've had homebases in a Fresh Meadows basement, an apartment on Lafayette, and the dorms at Stony Brook. I guess I don't particularly mind where the team is at, just as long as I'm with good company that enjoys music and no drama. When I was younger and we had to squad up, it was usually at a Mets game, crashing some party, or hitting up a pool hall (I'm terrible by the way, so no one ask if I wanna shoot with them).
What should people know about queens?
It's perfect just the way it is!! Appreciate the culture it brings to New York, but don't try to commandeer it. I have this huge anxiety over the whole "Queens is the new Brooklyn" movement and what that means to the local community and businesses. As much as I appreciate community development and economic growth, I question how it will affect low income and middle-class housing, family designated areas, mom and pop shops, and the cultural development of the borough.
Queens is dope. It's diverse, it's low key, it's real.
...and it's produced some of the best tablists in the city. =D
what do you want the world to know about you?
Me? I work hard for everything I have. I didn't grow up with much, but what I did have I made it work. I'm family and community oriented, I appreciate intellectual discourse, and I judge you base on your music selection.
what is your passion?
I'm going to nerd out on this one. My passion has always been learning and staying knowledgeable on anything that peaks my curiosity.
When I was growing up, I was constantly asking my father questions - Why this? How come that? His answer was always - look it up. This is so engrained in my daily habits that I feel like I'm driven by it. It has catalyst a "do better, work harder, analyze deeper" attitude that has taken me where I am today.
Would you consider your self, a go-getter or entreprenuer?
I'm just passionate about what I produce, whether it's learning how to spin, hosting a good event, or finishing up my education. I feel like I'm still a work in progress so I can't decide what the proper label would be.
Anything else you need to know?
OpenFaders.com, #WikiWeds, and all that inbetween - be on the look out.<3