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The first wave of Filipino migration to Hawaii

I feel a little nostalgic today so I’m reposting one of my old entries about my great granddad. I found out that my great-grandfather, Julio Lauriaga, was part of the first wave of Filipino immigrants to Hawaii. It was in 2015 when I found a Facebook page (unfortunately it was no longer available) which helps one find his relatives who may have worked in Hawaii in 1900s.

My grandmother, Dolores Lauriaga Lavadia (1916-2000). She was Julio Lauriaga’s second child.

According to stories, my maternal great-grandfather, who originated from San Miguel, Bulacan, was a stowaway. He reportedly boarded a ship bound for Hawaii. He later married a native Hawaiian woman and bore four children. My great-grandfather supported his family by working as supervisor at a vast pineapple plantation. They said he was a hardworking man. He would supervise the plantation every morning. My great-grandfather thought he would stay in Hawaii for the better. But he met an accident that left him badly injured.

He decided to go back to the Philippines with his four young children in tow. He died not long after. There were sketchy information about the real cause of his death and the reason for leaving his wife or ex-wife in Hawaii…

From the said FB page, I found Filipino Worker #102 named Julio Lauriaga – My great-grandfather.

I clicked on the FB link to verify if there are records to prove that my great-grandfather has worked in Hawaii.

I visited the site and searched the old man’s name. His name was on the list indeed..

Side note: My maternal grandmother and her siblings would have qualified for US citizenship if their relatives have successfully located any surviving relatives and documents that could prove they were born in Hawaii between 1910 to 1920.

Things to Do to Uplift Someone’s Spirits

A lot of people experience grief. There are times when the grief may be sometimes too hard to bear for some people that they do not know what they should do anymore. The reasons for being sad can range depending on the person.

Some people become extremely depressed when they fail while there are also some people who become sad when they break up with someone that they love or they have lost their loved one because of sickness or accident.

You do know that people who are feeling sad would have to have their spirits uplifted. Admittedly, most people do not know how this can be done. If you know someone who is suffering from extreme grief, here are some of the things that you can do to help their spirits soar:

Write a handwritten note for the person. You know that you can never understand what the person is going through because of your differences. Through the handwritten note, you can express how you can be available to give the person the help that he/she may need. You may also add something that you know a person will love such as AA recovery coins or something else that can be appreciated.

Bring something that can showcase being nurturing to the person. If you know that the person has not eaten properly for days, you may want to bring his/her favorite meal. You may also bring something that you know will bring a smile to the person’s face.

Extend the help that is needed. If you know that the type of help that the person may need may be something that you can give or offer help in, you can be sure that you can give the help they would like to get.

Whether or not you will be successful at cheering the person up or not, remember that trying your best can sometimes be good enough.

Keeping the Love Alive

There are several ways of keeping the love alive by couples. This will keep you interested in each other for as long as you are alive. You can list all the things you love about your spouse and let her or him know. Change your screensaver very often to a more personal and creative one with a message of how much you love your spouse. Spend plenty of time with your spouse in order to ensure that your bond as well relationship will remain strong for a very long time. You can also try to remember her birthday and buy her flowers. Small things are the ones that count most and make greater impacts on relationships. Basically, the key to keeping your love alive is by spending a lot of time together. Romance is the ultimate binder of couples.