Rosary beads from the Philippines
Rosary beads from the Philippines

My name is Seren Sta. Ana and I am 8 years old. These rosary beads comes from the Philippines.  The Philippines is a country with the largest Catholic population in Asia.  The rosary is string of beads used by Catholics when they pray. My Lola, which means grandma in Tagalog, was raised in the Philippines in a city called Tacloban.  My Lola came to America in the late 1960s to become a nurse.  Before coming to New York my Lola's aunt, a Catholic nun and my great grandmother's sister, gave my Lola these rosary beads.  This rosary is more than 50 years old and my Lola still uses them when she prays. My Lola has a lot of crucifixes and other religious figures around around her house.  These rosary beads remind me of my Lola and the religious holidays like Christmas and Easter that we celebrate together.               

Place(s): New York, Philippines
Year: 1968

– Seren Sta. Ana

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