From The Heart Of A Filipino Immigrant: Helen Roque
Click here to read the research essay, “From The Heart Of A Filipino Immigrant”, by Rizelle Mae Y. Calamucha
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2012 interview by Rizelle Mae Y. Calamucha with Helen Roque, who spent most of her life in the US, yet still considers the Philippines her home.
Helen in the 70’s
First Trip to the US
Life Under Martial Law (00:50)
Helen describes how the Philippines was under Martial Law
Girl Scout induction in the Philippines
Feelings About Leaving the Philippines (00:54)
Helen explains how her family left for a better life and reunification with her sisters.
Helen with her Mom
Regrets About Leaving (00:44)
Helen talks about the changes in the Philippines that made her realize how lucky she was to be given an opportunity for a better life.
A game of volleyball with some friends
The American Dream (00:45)
Helen explains her vision of America when she immigrated.
Junior Prom and dressing up with friends
Overcoming Culture Shock (00:55)
Helen talks about how she made her first friends.
Friends from the Filipino Youth Club
Abu Sayyaf Kidnapping (02:04)
Helen describes her experience when her family was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf.
Soaking under the General Santos Sun
Is the Philippines Still Your Home? (01:43)
Helen talks her outreach program in the Philippines.
The “Hatid-Biyaya” team in Tondo General Hospital
The Second Generation Filipino-Americans (01:04)
Helen talks about how her daughter fell in love with the Philippines like she did.
With her daughter, Nowie
With her late husband, Nelson
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