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Watsonville is in the Heart: Community Digital Archive

Browse Collections (35 total)

Tobera Project


The Tobera Project was formed by grassroots organizer Dioscoro “Roy” Recio, Jr. in 2020. The project honors Fermin Tobera and educates the public on…

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Tabancay Family Collection

Benny Tabancay was born in the municipality of Bacarra, in the province of Ilocos Norte, in the Philippines in 1906. The details of his immigration to…

Contributors: Ruth Tabancay

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Yoro Family Collection

Samuel _Sammy_ Yoro interviewed by Hana Yamamoto.pdf

Sabino “Sammy” Yoro Sr. was born in the Philippines on December 25, 1912. In 1942, Sammy Sr. and his brother traveled via boat from the Philippines to…

Contributors: Samuel "Sammy" Yoro

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Castillo Family Collection

Freddie Leo Castillo interviewed by Ian Hunte Doyle.pdf

Doroteo Lafer Castillo was born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. His date of birth is unknown. At the age of 16, Doroteo and a few of his friends…

Contributors: Freddie Leo Castillo

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Nerona-Sanchez Family Collection

Raymond Gonzalez interviewed by Una Lynch.pdf

Margaret Sanchez was born in San Antonio, Texas, and her date of birth is not known. Margaret had two children: Gloria Dominguez (b. unknown) and…

Contributors: Raymond Gonzalez

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Tejada Family Collection

Fred Tejada interviewed by Meleia Simon-Reynolds.pdf

Godofredo “Godo” Tana Tejada was born on November 8, 1908 in the municipality of Makato in the Aklan province of the Philippines. Godo immigrated to…

Contributors: Godofredo "Fred" Tejada Jr.

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Bongolan Family Collection

Lorraine _Rain_ Bongolan interviewed by Una Lynch.pdf

Felix Hidalgo Bongolan was born in October 1911 in the municipality of Santiago, in the province of Ilocos Sur, in the Philippines. Felix immigrated…

Contributors: Lorraine "Rain" Bongolan

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Marquez Family Collection

John and Evelyn Marquez interviewed by Katrina Pagaduan.pdf

Leon Custudio Ventura was born in the municipality of Piddig, in the province of Ilocos Norte, in the Philippines on May 5, 1909. He immigrated to San…

Contributors: John Marquez

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Baniaga Family Collection

Ruby Baniaga Kalidonis interviewed by Markus Faye Portacio.docx (1).pdf

The Baniaga family originates from the municipality of Vintar, in the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. In 1927, Calixto Baniaga migrated…

Contributors: Anthony “Tony” Magarin Baniaga, Ruby “Ruthy” Baniaga Kalidonis

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Tabasa Family Collection


Jesus Torrente Tabasa was born in the province of Aklan in the Philippines. Jesus first immigrated to Hawaii before immigrating to Alaska in the 1930s…

Contributors: Greg Tabasa

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Asuncion Family Collection


Anastacio “Tony” Polistico Asuncion was born in 1898 in the Bohol province of the Philippines. Tony served in both World War I and World War II. After…

Contributors: Anastacio "Stosh" Asuncion

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Reyes Family Collection


Jose Sebayan Reyes was born in 1903 in the municipality of Luna, in the province of La Union, Ilocos Norte in the region of the Philippines. He…

Contributors: Joe Reyes, Ted "Teddy" Reyes , Roland Reyes

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