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Watsonville is in the Heart: A Community Archive and Research Initiative

Browse Collections (24 total)

Reyes Family Collection


Jose Sebayan Reyes was born in 1903 in Luna, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He traveled to the United States in 1929 and began to work in the…

Contributors: Joe Reyes, Ted "Teddy" Reyes , Roland Reyes

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Isidro Family Collection


Alejandro “Felix” Isidro was born in the Philippines during the early 1900s (exact location and date of birth are unknown). He traveled to the United…

Contributors: Joseph "Joe" Isidro

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Ancheta Family Collection

Shirley Ancheta interviewed by Dr. Steve McKay.pdf

Julio Valiente Ancheta was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Accompanied by his cousins, Julio left the Philippines for Hawai‘i in 1927 to work in…

Contributors: Shirley Ancheta

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Carrillo Family Collection


Pacifico “Frank” Cabegon Carrillo was born on September 6, 1909 in Pangasinan, Philippines. In 1928, Pacifico immigrated to the United States with his…

Contributors: Maurice Carrillo

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Mariano Family Collection


Marcelino “Bob” Mariano was born in 1910 as Marcelino Pigayo in Camiling, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. He was the oldest of three brothers and had…

Contributors: Bobby Mariano

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Sales Family Collection


Florendo Macadangdang Sales was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines during 1910. In 1929, Florendo immigrated to the United States. After…

Contributors: Dana Sales

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Taytayon Family Collection

Erlinda Taytayon Heebner interviewed by Steve McKay.pdf

Eliseo Tapia Taytayon was born in 1908 in Calimbajan, Makato, Aklan, Philippines. His exact birthdate is unknown. On April 6, 1929, Eliseo and his…

Contributors: Erlinda Taytayon Heebner

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Tumbaga Family Collection

Lydia Tumbaga Brumblay interviewed by Toby Baylon.docx.pdf

Benny Tumbaga was born on October 17, 1910 in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines. In 1926, Benny migrated to the United States and arrived in…

Contributors: Lydia Tumbaga Brumblay

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Madalora Family Collection

Frank Madolora interviewed by Olivia Sawi.pdf

Santiago Madalora was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines on July 10, 1910. Santiago immigrated to the United States in 1926. First, he…

Contributors: Frank Madalora

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Lopez Family Collection


Arsenio “Archie” Soblechero Lopez was born on December 16, 1905 in Villasis, Pangasinan, Philippines. Archie migrated to the United States in 1929. He…

Contributors: Rosario "Rose" Lopez, Anthony "Tony" Tapiz Jr.

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Cawaling Family Collection


Florencio “Encio” T. Cawaling was born on February 25, 1909 on the island of Panay in the Visayas region of the Philippines. His parents, Lorencio and…

Contributors: Loren Cawaling

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Tana and Tabios Family Collection


Clemente Vargas Tana was born on November 27, 1902 in Calimbajan, Makato, Aklan, Philippines. Eventually, Clemente immigrated to the United States…

Contributors: Estelita Tabios, Elizabeth "Liz" Tana

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