Portraits of Struggle:
A Moment with Erlinda Urquico
Click here to read the research essay, “Snapshot Portraits of a True Reina: A Moment with Erlinda dela Cruz Urquico”, by Maria Elena Urquico
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an March 20, 2011 interview by Maria Elena Urquico with Erlinda Urquico who took a moment to understand her mother’s plight of immigration as she undergone several years of self sacrifice, struggle, assimilation and the financial, emotional and physical struggle that occurred to make her the women she is today.
Erlinda Urquico in front of Niagara Falls when
she first arrived in the United States
Candid Photo of Erlinda with daughter and niece
From Left To Right: Czarina Garcia, Erlinda Urquico and Maria Elena Urquico
Table of Contents:
1. "An Easier Time"-Life of Affluence, luxury and stability within the Philippines
2. Reasons for Immigration
7. No Regrets
"An Easier Time"-Life of Affluence, luxury and stability within the Philippines (1:11)
Erlinda Urquico shares her life in the Philippines before immigrating to the United States.
Erlinda Urquico with her parents and siblings at the silver wedding anniversary of her mother and father.
From Left to Right : Sonia dela Cruz Vallero, Leanora dela Cruz Balatbat, Nelia dela Cruz, Corazon dela Cruz Garcia, Erlinda dela Cruz Urquico, Elena and Celso
dela Cruz, Edwardo dela Cruz, Reynaldo dela Cruz and Joseph dela Cruz.
The dela Cruz sisters and their mother posing at their family home’s staircase.
From Left to Right: Erlinda, Nelia, Sonia, Leonora, Elena and Corazon dela Cruz
Reasons for Immigration (1:24)
Erlinda reminisces of the reasons for her abrupt departure from her beloved homeland.
Erlinda with her husband, sisters and in-laws.
From Left to Right: Mariano and Erlinda Urquico, Nelia dela Cruz and Corazon and Cezar Garcia
Odd jobs and Outcomes-"Coming to the United States" (1:35)
Erlinda Urquico talks about the hardships that she encountered while working and first arriving in the United States.
Erlinda and her children playing at old school Serramonte mall
Realities and Homesickness (6:33)
Erlinda shares memories of the financial, emotional and physical struggles that she had to overcome, all the while coping with homesickness.
Erlinda with her sisters and relatives at the dela Cruz family house warming party.
The United States vs. The Philippines (1:54)
Erlinda compares and contrasts the vast differences between the United States and the Philippines.
Erlinda with her sisters at the dela Cruz family home.
From Left to Right: Erlinda, Corazon, Leonora and Sonia dela Cruz
Erlinda with her family celebrating her niece’s birthday
From Left to Right: Erlinda, Archie, Mariano, Maria Elena Urquico, Nelia dela Cruz and Czarina Garcia
"Ingit" and Eventually Coming Home (1:30)
Erlinda shares her eventual dreams of returning home to her mother land.
Erlinda embracing a hug from her mother.
From Left to Right: Nelia, Elena, Leonora, Cezar Garcia and Erlinda dela Cruz
No Regrets (1:54)
Despite the hardships that Erlinda encountered, Erlinda talks about why she doesn’t regret a thing.
Mommy and me (M.E.)
From Left to Right: Jade and Raquel Campos and Erlinda and M.E. Urquico
Mommy and me deux
From Left to Right: Erlinda and M.E. Urquico
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by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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