Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2012 interview by Richard Fernandez with Federico Fernandez, who grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in search of a better opportunity.
Introducing Federico (1:43)
Federico talks about the place he grew up in and what life was like during his childhood.
Federico in his younger years.
Social Class (2:01)
Federico explains the social status of his family and his role in helping out his family business. He had to stop school at a young age for a while in order to help his father.
Tatsulok (social structure in the Philippines)
He lived in a crowded with mixed people from different regions. A lot of people of people gambled, but some worked hard to improve their life.
Federico’s friends and neighbors
Marcos declaring Martial Law on December 21, 1972
Marcos Part II (1:49)
Federico talks about how his lifestyle changed during Martial law. The government was ruled by the military, press was controlled, and there were curfews.
People rallying against Marcos
Federico explains the expectations that he had about the United States before immigrating.
Fancy Cars. Fancy suit.
Searching for a job (1:52)
Federico explains the obstacles he had to go through in applying for a job in the United States. He was not able to use his engineering degree from the Philippines in the United States.
Looking Back (1:11)
Federico has not visited the Philippines ever since he arrived in the United States because the fare is very expensive. In addition to the fare being expensive, he doesn’t have any reason to go back because his family is already in the United States.
Federico’s family in the United States.
last revised: 5-17-12
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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