I couldn’t believe I wrote this seven years ago. My daughter successfully graduated from college and is already working:
I accompanied my daughter to school for the freshman orientation yesterday. I was thankful that the school allowed parents to enter the auditorium and listen to the orientation. The event was well-organized and concluded on time. The resource persons have explained well the mission and vision of the school. Important things new students need to know were presented through an audio-visual presentation. The students seem excited about the co curricular activities they can participate in besides the activities in their academic program. And just before the program ended, one of the speakers advised the students that in order for them to be successful in their studies, they need a lot of hard work and prayers.
I feel a little nostalgic today, so I’m reposting one of my old blog 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.
I found a Facebook page in 2015, (unfortunately it was no longer available) that helps one find his relatives who may have worked in Hawaii in the 1900s.
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 a 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 was 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.
I turned 43 last month. It’s a blessing that I reached this age and enjoying every single day with my loved ones. I may not acquire wealth in this life time but I feel blessed to find a partner with a kind and generous heart. Hubby and the kids are the answer to my prayers. My family is more than a birthday present I could wish for.