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Dorothy and Fred Cordova

Fred and Dorothy Cordova have been involved in Filipino American activism since the 1950s. They began promoting Filipino American identity at a young age through Seattle University's student organizations and publications including "Bamboo: The Filipino People in American Life" (1953). They later formed and directed the Filipino Youth Association (FYA) with activities ranging from soccer to dancing and marching. The FYA became an important force for organizing demonstrations in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dorothy Cordova served as Director for the Demonstration Project for Asian Americans (DPAA), which conducted a wide variety of studies on the problems Asian Americans faced in the 1970s. Through the DPAA, she collected research and oral histories. After the DPAA closed in the early 1980s, the Cordovas moved their work to a new organization they had created called the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), which they still run today.

Related Sites

http://depts.washington.edu/labpics/repository/v/Filipino/fahns_collection__fred_and_dorothy_cordova/

http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/cordovas.htm



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Stephanie Reese

Stephanie Reese is originally from Seattle, Washington and is an accomplished singer and actress. She starred as Miss Saigon in Germany, played Esmeralda in Disney's World premiere of "The hunchback of Notre dame" in Berlin, Germany and she also played the Princess Tuptim in "The King and I" in London at the west end's palladium theater. Recently, she wrote, directed and starred in her autobiographical one woman show "The Journey" and a Christmas musical, "The Gifts". Most recent, she was on the cover of Filipinas Magazine and is rated in the Top Ten of Most Popular Performing Artists in the Philippines.


Related Sites

http://stephaniereese.com




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Jeffrey and Celeste Acosta

Jeffrey and Celeste Acosta are long-time residents of Virginia Beach. From 1987 to 1998, Jeffrey was the museum curator of the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, where he built numerous exhibits and maintained a collection of 5,000 artifacts that interpret the life and times of U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Jeff went to high school at Frederick Military Academy in Portsmouth. He holds an associate of arts degree in liberal arts from Tidewater Community College, and a bachelor of arts and master's of arts degrees history from Old Dominion University.


Celeste was born in Nabua Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of the Philippines, where her father, Francisco Manugo, and her mother, Lourdes, were born and raised. Celeste and her six brothers and sisters attended Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business (cum laude) from Old Dominion University and is currently a branch manager with Navy Federal Credit Union.





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Catalina Salvador

Catalina is a licensed esthetician and freelance artist. She has donated works for the Filipino youth activities, Seattle art projects and breast cancer research auctions. She has been awarded "Diversity Makes a Difference" by The Seattle Asian Weekly. Catalina was a part of "Teen Teach", a mentoring program in the Central area of Seattle to help at- risk youth, she participatied in youth forums at the University of Washington called "Teens Against Racism and Violence." She was a member of "Tahiti Nui" Polynesian dance troup, and still actively helps train young students when needed. Catalina had a minor role in the touring production of Timoteo Cordova's musical "Heart of The Son." Catalina has trained in the martial arts since 1997, and has been to L.A. Calif. to participate in a martial arts seminar with Guru Pedro Israel.




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Annaliz Salvador

Annaliz has been a part of The Coyote Junior Youth program in Seattle creating cultural art displays around the community. As a three-year varsity volleyball starter, she maintains high grades as a senior at Franklin High School. Her ability to be a great athlete and academic intellectual has attained her place as a member in the National Society of High School Scholars. She has participated in numerous seminars with IMB founder Grand Master Sifu Richard Bustillo. Annaliz plans on earning her degree in anthropology while continuing her passion for eskrima - in the hopes of opening her own training academy.






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Ray Obispo

Ray is a FANHS National Trustee, teaches Sociology and History at Salem High School in Virginia Beach. He is the adviser of Salem High School's nationally recognized Filipino American Cultural Society (FACS). Ray received the 1998 Philippine American Literary Sports and Arts Foundation Award, and the Human Rights Award in Virginia Beach, 2003. He co-authored In Our Auntie's Words: The Filipino Spirit of Hampton Roads (2004) and worked on In Our Uncles' Words: We Fought For Freedom (2007). Ray directed the first Asian Pacific American Heritage Showcase in October 2007.






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Veronica Baybay Salcedo

Veronica Baybay Salcedo is the founding sponsor of the Filipino American Cultural Association (FACA) and the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) of Bayside High School in Virginia Beach. In 2005, she received the "Outstanding History Teacher" award from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). As FANHS HR Vice President, Veronica wrote the Introduction to In Our Aunties' Words: The Filipino Spirit of Hampton Roads (2004) and worked on In Our Uncles' Words: We Fought For Freedom (2007). She plans to blaze new trails for Filipino American history by documenting LGBTQ issues in graduate studies.






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Dr. Joan May T. Cordova

Dr. Joan May T. Cordova, Associate Teaching Professor of Education and Director of Drexel University's Multicultural Collaborative, is also National President of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). Awarded a merit-based fellowship from Harvard University where she completed her doctorate, her research focused on educational experiences of second generation Filipinos. Previously a Title VII fellow, she earned a Filipino bilingual credential and M.A. from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She was the senior editor for the oral histories: "In Our Uncles' Words: We Fought for Freedom" (2007)," "In Our Aunties' Words" (2004), and writer of "Voices" (2000, 1984), "Unfamiliar Partners: Asian Parents in U.S. Schools" (1997), and "Pinoy Know Yourself" (1975).




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Hannah Serrano

Hannah Serrano is one of the editors and publishers of 24SevenCities.com, an alternative online source for news and culture in Hampton Roads. She and creative partner, Allison Hurwitz, are in the process of creating an art and community space to foster arts in Hampton Roads. With an arts history education, Hannah is a former arts writer and editor for Port Folio Weekly.









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Oscar Penaranda

Oscar Penaranda is an educator, poet and storyteller. He helped found the San Francisco Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society. He is an advocate for the teaching and the creation of Tagalog Language Classes and Filipino Heritage Studies.












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Eduardo Datangel

Eduardo Datangel is the founder of T'Boli Publishing & Distribution Books. The book publisher is based out of San Francisco, Calif. and a member of the Filipino American National Historical Society.










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Jon Pineda

Jon teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte and is an adjust professor in the English department of Old Dominion University. His latest poetry collection, "The Translator's Diary" was released in 2008. Jon grew up in Chesapeake and is a husband, father and musician.




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Marie Coronel

Marie Coronel is a general assignment reporter for WTKR, Newschannel 3. She was a reporter and fill-in-anchor at the NBC affiliate in Hagerstown, Md., where she also covered the state's General Assembly. The San Diego native has also worked on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show and has been a reporter in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.










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Tracie Liguid

Tracie Liguid is a freelance media specialist on a search for story and is currently volunteering Tuesdays in the archives at MacArthur Memorial. The former online producer for HamptonRoads.com and Pilot Online maintains the community blog "Tsismis" and co-produces "Project Citizen Jane," a traveling community dialogue about local news and news behavior. She has facilitated "Filipino American Memoir" for The Muse, a non-profit writing studio in Norfolk. She was introduced to the FANHS' philosophies when she worked as a chapter coordinator for the oral history project, "In Our Aunties' Words: The Spirit of Hampton Roads." (2004)




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Nestor Lunasin

Nestor Lunasin grew up in Norfolk and is a graduate of Norfolk Catholic High School and of Old Dominion University (ODU) in which he earned his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Computer Graphics and Animation. In the guise of "Sterno Supernova", Nestor is a member of "The Sini-Gang," a weekly talk show which is recognized as one of the earliest Filipino American podcasts. Check him out at http://www.sini-gang.com




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Tim D. Saguinsin

Tim D. Saguinsin attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art where he received his BFA in General Fine Arts in 1995. In 2006, Tim founded Rice Cooker Studios. Initially started to promote his freelance graphics and animation capabilities, Rice Cooker Studios has turned into an artistic endeavor. In the past two years, Rice Cooker Studios has created animations for Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas and Pnoy Apparel and is looking into development of cartoons for our young Filipino Americans. Also in 2006, Rice Cooker Studios published BARRIORS, the first online comic about growing up Filipino American. The website has had much success with hundreds of thousands of hits and plenty of positive feedback from the Filipino American community.







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Diego Rubio

Diego is the current board chairman of Board of Directors San Lorenzo Center. He is listed in "Who's Who in American Men of Science" with a B.S. in chemical engineering, an M.S. in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in polymer science from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He is married to Norma, a chemist, and has two children: - pharmacy doctor and a music composer.





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Eleonor G. Castillo

As president of the Filipino American Educators Association of California, Eleonor led statewide advocacy efforts on behalf of the Filipino Language Movement in the historic passage of California Assembly Bill 420: Filipino Language Subject Matter Exam - preserving the teaching of Filipino Language and Culture Classes in California's K-12 public schools. Currently, she is pursing a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Eleonor is an eight-year elementary school teacher from San Diego.




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Estrella "Babes" Claudio

Babes was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and migrated to the U.S. in 1979. After raising two children, she now devotes her free time to Pampango Youth Club which she organized in 2003. She is also involved in many projects that benefit the Filipino American community in Hampton Roads and charitable organizations in the Philippines such as the Arnel Pineda Foundation.




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Nony Abrajano

Nony is the regional chairman of National Federation of Filipino Associations of America - Region 2 and the founding chairman of Fil-Am Community Action Group of Hampton Roads. Since 1975, he and his wife, Linda, have been residents of Va. Beach.. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.





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Nahleen Salvador

Nahleen was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She joined the International Martial Arts and Boxing Academy (IMB) at the age of 17 to study Escrima and Jeet Kun Do and has performed several martial arts demonstrations at various festivals in Seattle. Nahleen began her dance and theater studies at SCCC before relocating to NYC. There she attended Hunter College where she received a BA in dance and a minor in theater. She has danced in some of New York's top venues such as New York City Center and the Joyce Theater and performed the works of Twyla Tharp and Charles Moulton. Nahleen is a personal trainer and currently resides in Manhattan






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Ben Menor

Ben is known for his coalition building along with inclusive social service, cultural and community development programs. He has provided leadership and service to the Filipino American community under many guises - from being a former Bureau Manager for Philippine News to having been an educator and multicultural specialist in the Los altos/Mountain View Union School District and East Side Union High School District. He is what many would call a "Renaissance Man". His leadership training and speaking engagements have been utilized in New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Tennessee, Northern California, Las Vegas, Oregon and Seattle.

Nationally, he is the Director of Programs & Development for NaFFAA. Ben has been instrumental in the passage of federal legislation allowing Filipino World War II veterans to receive retirement funds in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) both from the US and California. In Virginia Beach, he promoted the commemoration of the A-Day, Leyte Landing.




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Jian Iza Custodio Zapata

Jian Iza Custodio Zapata is a member of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress (formerly known as Filipinos for Obama), a progressive grassroots organization whose mission is to mobilize Filipino Americans to increase our electoral power, advocate on policies that affect our community, and develop leaders to represent us at every level of government. When Jian isn't working with KAYA, she serves as a staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs, working on issues such as veterans health care, education, and benefits, as well as equity for Filipino World War II veteranos. Jian is a 2006 graduate of George Mason University, where she helped found the university's Asian Pacific American Coalition. Raised and rooted in Virginia Beach, Jian first became involved in Filipino American community work and eventually AAPI political organizing through the 1999 FAHNS Youth Summit.



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Erman Baradi

Erman Baradi has proudly supported the Hampton Roads Fil-Am community since he was eight years old. He first developed a passion for the culture and the arts when he began entertaining the community under the United Ilocano Association of Tidewater, learning the fundamentals of Filipino tradition and dance. Over the years he would soon join the Pampango Youth Club, which specializes in traditional Filipino music playing known as the rondalla. Currently, he serves as the president of Hampton Roads' own Young Filipino American Modern Dancers (YFAMD), known on both coasts as a competitive dance crew on the rise. Under his leadership, they have traveled up and down the East coast and California to perform in competitions, Fil-Am celebrations and make media appearances. No matter how busy his schedule is he always finds time to serve his roots: the local Filipino community. Erman completed his senior year of Bayside High School as the Filipino American Cultural Association's vice president. Today, he attends Regent University, majoring in cinema-television in hopes of one day representing the Asian American community in the media.






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Melissa Delima

After many years of schooling, Melissa DeLima feels she has earned a degree in community organizing from "brown" university. She has helped organize events like the 2004 ECAASU Conference at the University of Virginia and the 2005 FIND Conference at the College of William and Mary. She wouldn't have been able to do it without all those years of training with high school youth summits in Hampton Roads. Thanks FANHS! Currently, she been helping to shape FACADE, waitresses at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and tutors local elementary school children. She plans to earn her teaching degree and certification - finally - in preK-6, specializing in mathematics. If you need tutoring or help organizing, email her at melissa.delima@gmail.com.








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Allan and Edwina Bergano

Allan and Edwina are graduates from the University of Washington. Edwina graduated with a master's degree in public administration. Allan graduated with a doctorate in dental surgery. Both moved to Virginia Beach in 1983 where they founded their dental clinic. Edwina was the principal grant writer for Philippine Folk dancing programs in the 1980s and 1990s. She served on the Virginia Beach Resort Advisory Board for eight years. Allan is an author and lecturer on many topics on Filipino Americana. Both founded the Hampton Roads Chapter of Filipino American National Historical Society. Both served as primary mentors to numerous student organizations like FIND, FACS, FACA and FASA. Throughout the years, they have produced youth summits, cultural showcases, video premieres, symposiums and two oral history books on the Filipino American pioneers of the 757. Both extend their gratitude for all the love and support received since 1983.






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Alexander Cena

A veteran community organizer and poet, Alex has spent 10 years working with various Filipino American and Asian American organizations. Alex began his exploration of identity and community through the Filipino American Cultural Society (FACS) of Salem High School in Virginia Beach in 1998. While in college he continued to organize for the Filipino Americans Coming Together at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alex became one of the first to attend the Philippines Studies Program at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in the summer of 2003. From 2003-2004, Alex served as a National Director for FIND and co-chaired the FIND Conference at William and Mary in 2005. Alex Cena graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in international studies and a minor in religious Studies. He currently volunteers as one of the coordinators for the Filipino Americans Creating A Dynamic Environment (FACADE) in Virginia Beach.






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Sylvia Nery Strickland

Sylvia Nery Strickland knows how to recognize the bright and dark sides of the American experience. Of English, Irish, Cherokee and Filipino heritage, she has always lived in the twilight between cultures. Yet her family had been jumping those barriers for generations. Her maternal great-grandmother and namesake was born to a wealthy upper-class English family. She ran off with a Cherokee man and was disowned, thus establishing the family affinity for strong character and unconventional choices. Strickland, a Virginia Beach resident, is a member of the city's Human Rights Commission and served as its chair in 1992. She is a partner in CN Builders, a firm specializing in commercial redesign and remodeling of historic homes. But she puts most of her energy into her artwork, large impressionist paintings that can be found in homes and businesses all over the region.






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Mary Anne Matel

Also known as M.A. , Mary Anne was born and raised in Virginia. As a dedicated member of Salem high school's Filipino American Cultural Society, she has become an active member of her community. She is one of the founders of the Filipino Americans Creating A Dynamic Environment. (FACADE) She attended the Visual and Performing arts academy and will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall and majoring in Arts management.






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Marco Mercado

Marco Mercado is a high energy performer who has amazed audiences up and down the East coast. He has performed at numerous colleges and venues including University of Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Georgetown University. He is a social studies teacher at Independence Middle School in Virginia Beach. Marco Mercado's humble beginnings and word-of-mouth has given him longevity in the community. The performer and teacher is also sponsor for Barrelman Apparel.






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CJ Riculan

Carmiliza Jo, Carms a la Jo, Carmijo, CJ. She is a 17-year-old senior at Salem High who loves to sing old school songs. As crazy as it sounds, she can walk on water and juggle three oranges at the same time. She can ride a bike with no handles and is currently the honorary officer of FACS at Salem.




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Lee Garduque

Lee, 18, ignites his passion with the arts. Rather than "chillen" he spends his time on fire by participating in events or collaborating with others to create new ideas for a greater good. For name dropping purposes, here ya go: FACS, FACADE, Salem High, VCU.




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Filipino Americans Creating a Dynamic Environment (FACADE)

The youth coalition of the Filipino American National Historical Society, Hampton Roads Chapter, began as a collaboration of high school students working towards creating a dynamic community versed in organizing, networking, leadership, and empowerment. Filipino Americans Creating a Dynamic Environment (FACADE) is currently working on fundraising projects to help with symposium costs and their student registration.




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Sandiwa

Sandiwa means ONE conciousness and spirit in Tagalog and is a Filipino American national organization started by the alumni from the Philippine Studies Program.To honor our heritage, we come together in one consciousness, we honor its struggle. We honor it for its love, patience, courage, resistance, commitment, and sincerity to serve the people without asking anything in return. We are the culmination of those silent dreams and we prove that they exist. We prove that if we unite, work together and have a common goal we can better move forward to educate, advocate and celebrate as the national alliance of Filipino American youth in Sandica- one essence, we best honor the struggle.




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Gem Daus

Gem is the Filipino American Studies professor for the University of Maryland-College Park, Asian American Studies Program. In addition, Gem works at the intersection of organization development, cultural competence, social justice and health policy. He was born in Baguio City, Philippines, grew up in Norfolk, went to the University of Virginia, and currently resides in Arlington, Va. In his spare time, he plays soccer, dances hula and reads a real newspaper.




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Darva Gruber

Darva Gruber, maiden name Otlang, was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents are both born and raised in Hawaii, as well as her maternal grandmother, which makes her a fourth-\generation Filipino American. Her father was a career Army soldier, and was last stationed at Fort Dix, N.J. Darva met her husband, Larry Gruber when she was a junior in high school. Although she was raised Catholic, Darva converted to Judaism in May of 2001 and has been an active member of Temple Israel since 1994. She has twin sons and is employed as an acquisition professional with the Department of the Navy.




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NITA CACANINDIN

Nita currently serves as 1st Executive Vice-President of the Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater Inc., an organization established 31 years ago and is dedicated to fundraising and maintaining the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach. A retired registered nurse for more than 30 years, Nita has volunteered in many leadership positions with her church and in organizations such as the Philippine Nurses Association of Virginia and the Filipino Women's Club of Tidewater are just to name a few. She has been in real estate for 27 years and owns an international employment placement agency. Nita has lived in the Tidewater region for 42 years and married to Amadeo "Paul" Cacanindin who retired from the US Navy. She has three children and four grandchildren.




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Venus Tomaneng

Currently serves as Executive Vice-Chair of the Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater and is dedicated to maintaining the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia (PCC). As the chairperson of the health and prevention program, she was involved with planning health screening services to senior citizens. In addition, she is also involved with various fundraiser projects which include fashion shows, cruises and the annual Mrs. Philippines Pageant whose proceeds benefit the center. Venus is currently a registered nurse and has been involved with many organizations. She is married to Avelino "Tom" Tomaneng and has one child and two.grandchildren.




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George Daria

George retired as chief petty officer (CPO) in the Navy and as an engineer for Northrop Grumman. He currently serves as the executive president of the Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater and has dedicated his life to managing the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia. He has served in many leadership positions including the past president of the Filipino-American Veterans of Hampton Roads and as a board member of the Botolan Association of Virginia. In addition, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus #4632, finance committee of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Mass Coordinator and Eucharistic Minister at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He has been married to Rose Daria for 43 years and has two children and one grandchild.




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Joey Tabaco

Joey is a second generation Filipino American whose parents came to the U.S. in 1946. He is married to Jackie Bleza Tabaco and has three kids and four grandkids. He retired from the National Weather Service in 2004, the Air Force in 1990 and now works as a part-time contract FAA weather observer at Long Island MacArthur Airport near his home in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.




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Ronald S. Buenaventura

Ron is a school psychologist within the Los Angeles Unified School District. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU) in 1995, master's in school psychology at SDSU in 2000 and his master's in technology-based education from California State University - Dominguez HIlls. His passions includes documenting, cultivating, motivating and writing others on the importance of Filipino American family history.




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Donita de Rosario

Donita was born in Olongapo City and immigrated to Va. Beach soon after birth that she can barely remember what the Philippines even looks like. However, after realizing that culture can be found in the people around her and not just in the Philippines itself, she has been inspired to help other realize the same. She is a member of the Ocean Lakes Asian Culture Club and Filipino Americans Creating a Dynamic Environment. She plans on starting a Savannah, Ga., chapter of FACADE when she leaves for college in the near future.




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Timoteo Medina Saguinsin

Timoteo Medina Saguinsin is the author of a collection of poetry, "Buhay Sa Angono" (Life in Angono). The retired naval officer is a native of Angono, Rizal, Philippines. He is proudly married to Dolores Tolentino, a father of three and grandfather.




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Veronica Salcedo

Veronica Baybay Salcedo is the founding sponsor of the Filipino American Cultural Association (FACA) and the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) of Bayside High School in Virginia Beach. In 2005, she received the "Outstanding History Teacher" award from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). As FANHS HR vice president, Veronica wrote the introduction to "In Our Aunties' Words: The Filipino Spirit of Hampton Roads" (2004) and worked on "In Our Uncles' Words: We Fought For Freedom (2007)." She plans to blaze new trails for Filipino American history by documenting LGBTQ issues in graduate studies.




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James Zobel

James Zobel has been the archivist at MacArthur Memorial since 1993. He is responsible for maintaining the collection of more than two million documents, 150,000 photographs and a 25,000 volume library. Jim is in charge of all research at MacArthur Memorial. He has published many articles and travels all over the U.S. and the world talking about Douglas MacArthur and the MacArthur Memorial. His holds a bachelor and master's degrees in history and military history from Old Dominion University.




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