Lovingly Letters

my family
my family

Between the years 1948-1949, my Lolo (great-grandpa) was a sales manager for a pharmaceutical company. He traveled back and forth from different countries like China and Singapore from the Philippines. Meanwhile, my Lola (great-grandma) was raising their 11 children stayed in Manila, Philippines. He wrote letters via Telegram sending his love and reassurance to my Lola and children. He worked extremely hard for his family so they can immigrate to the United States to further their success and opportunities. Between 1978-1980, my great-grandparents, my mama and her siblings came to the United States. My family settled in the Bay Area, California. It was definitely a struggle adjusting in a new country, my mama worked 3 jobs and worked as a certified nurse assistant working up to be a nurse gathering enough money to petition my papa while raising my mom.  Soon enough, In 1986, my papa had immigrated to the United States and united together with my grandma and mom. Looking at these letters from my Lolo and Lola reminds my family how hardworking, dedicated, committed, determined he was and how much he loved his family. His hard work inspired my grandparents to work just as hard for their children for them to have even better opportunities. These letters are getting passed down from generation to generation. From my Lola to my mama and my mom. I am hoping one day it will get passed down to me, sharing the stories and letters to future generations.

Place(s): Philippines
Year: 1980

– Jazmine Marie Cezar

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant