Project of the Skyline College/North San Mateo County Oral History Archives,
Student project for LSCI 110
– Digital Oral Research Project, Skyline College
“Through the years: Angel Viray” by
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essay, “Balikbayan Influence”, by Christopher
Click on the links
below to hear audio segments from
an October 2004 interview by Christopher Marquez with
Mr. Angel Viray, who came to the U.S.
from the Philippines
in 1964 after he was recruited by the U.S. Navy.
are very fond of parties, here Mr. Viray and his beautiful wife Magdalena
pose for a shot on their way to a gathering.
1. Born in the Philippines
2. Coming to America
3. Minority Treatment in the Navy
5. Civilian Life
7. Culture in the past
8. Social climates
9. Acquiring properties
10. Politically speaking
11. Keeping busy
12. Pampangueno Club
13. Homeland assistance
14. Advice on newcomers
were you born? (794 KB)
A brief narration of Angel’s native town in the Philippines and it’s proximity to U.S. military bases; Clark field and Subic Bay.
did you come here? (950
Joining the navy at a young age and the privilege of having a U.S. citizen father.
Mr. Viray is an accomplished chef,
he prepared most of the food pictured above. Guests and friends are treated to
his magnificent culinary capability. Visitors are always nourished upon leaving
Minority treatment in the Navy (745
Angel’s experience in the navy, his position and observations.
in the Navy (508 KB)
Minimal, isolated discrimination according to his observation, the Filipino positions
in the U.S. Navy
Life after Navy stint (976 KB)
What made him decide to stay in the United States. College years and part time
Life in the
Philippines compared to life in U.S. (1.40 MB)
Talked about life in the Philippines
and associated hardships.
U.S. culture back then (3.07
Talked about the political landscape during his early years in the U.S. and
the lack of Filipino politicians.
Social climate now and then (1.59
Progress and development for minorities, cultural transformation that happened
through the years. Filipinos eventually reaching upper echelons, including an appointment as a
personal physician of President Clinton.
Acquiring U.S. property (1.19 MB)
His observations and opinions regarding property ownership
and War (1.94 MB)
Iraq war, government expenditures and disapproval of Presidents Bush’s administration policies.
now (1.29 MB)
His past time activities, trip to Europe and unique
observations exulting San Francisco
as a city far superior than famous European cities. Mr. Viray Likes to prepare
wonderful meals and on many occasions host’s dinner and lunch gathering for
many of his friends that are visiting from the Philippines.
of Mr. Viray’s passion is playing the piano. He occasionally plays classical
the old master’s such as Beethoven and Bach to entertain guests.
Club (1.62 MB)
Objective of Pampangueno Club and their activities. Aside from his exquisite
culinary capability Mr. Viray is also a great host. Friends drop by on a
regular basis because of his charisma and friendly personality as you can see
Viray and fellow compatriots from his native town of Pampanga taking a break
from Karaoke singing!
activities in the Philippines (1.66 MB)
Charitable donations to his hometown, Club purpose in Philippines.
on newcomers (904 KB)
Words of wisdom from the man, heed and succeed. Importance
of education in youngsters.
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last revised: 1-21-05
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College,
San Bruno, CA
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