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The author has, for motr than half-a - century of residing in the United States, continues to live in her adpoted land and visits her native Philippines regularly. A product of the Universoty of the Philippines (U.P.) where she obtained her bachelor degrees in the sciences and arts as a collegr scholar, she proceeded to complete Graduat School degress from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, while she held an academically tenured position. She started her professional writing career as a reporter on beat at the Manila Bulletinafter graduation from the U.P. Living in America continuously, the author first glimpsed,then embraced what she eventually promised to do,continue writing her column in the Philippine News, the sole coast -to -coast Philippine american weekly in America founded in 1961. She startedher column-writinf for the same weekly in 1971, she she could "give something of myself," to her community. In her great wish to weigh her adopted land's influences the author has offered compelling alternatives not only for her own ethnicity to mull over, but offers the same to those who left their original homes in the quest of a new life in America. She zeroes in on home values, relating there to the irreplaceable role of education,in passion she has adhered to ask she forges ahead in her belief that transplants should aim for it if they are to take their place in the U.S.A. Her call stems from her convictions in the goal of higher education,never giving up on what she had sworn to pass on to a trio of children (her second generation)who, as she shares intellectual growth with them,remain acutely aware that they are passing on the same hopes and dreams to the families they are raising.

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