Skyline College/North San Mateo County Oral History Archives, Skyline College Library
Student project for LSCI 110 – Digital Oral Research Project, Skyline College

 “Experiencing Life’s Obstacles: Araceli Orcena”

By: Valerie Orcena

Click here to read to read the research essay, “Experiencing World War II”, by Valerie Orcena

Click on the links below to hear audio segments from a November 2005 interview by
Valerie Orcena
with her grandmother, Araceli O. Orcena,
who came to the United States in January 1970 and is enjoying life as a senior citizen.

 

Araceli enjoys going to parties.

 

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Family Background

3. Growing up in the Philippines

4. Education

5. Life during WWII

6. Moving to the United States

7. Struggles

8. Staying in CA

9.  Filipino Organizations

10. Plans for the future

 

Segment 1

Introduction (72 KB)

Araceli was born in Lucban, Quezon in the Philippines. 

 

 

 

Araceli and her husband Dionisio in the Philippines on November 1965.

 

 

Segment 2
Family Background
(111 KB)


Araceli talks about her parents and what they did for a living.

 

 

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Segment 3
Growing up in the Philippines
(446 KB)


What life was like growing up as a young girl. She also talks about her other siblings.  

 

 

 

 

Araceli and her sister Tita at a family  party.
    

 

 

 

Segment 4
Education
(558 KB)


While growing up, she talks about the schools that she went to.  She also talks about being a teacher in the Philippines.


 

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Segment 5
Life during WWII
(592 KB)


What life was like in the Philippines when WWII struck at the age of 9.

 

 

 

 

Segment 6
Moving to the United States
(583 KB)


Filed an application and came to the US in January 1970.  She also talks about her jobs in the US.

 

 

  

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Segment 7
Struggles
(94 KB)


Araceli didn’t have any struggles coming to the US at the time. 

 

 

 

Araceli and her family in 2002 at a family reunion in LA.

 

 

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Segment 8
Staying in CA
(138 KB)


Araceli wants to stay here in CA because she has no more property in the Philippines.  She wants to stay with her children and grandchildren.

 

 

 

Araceli and her youngest daughter Margie.

 

 

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Segment 9
Filipino Organizations
(274 KB)


She talks about the different Filipino organizations that she is in here in California.

 

 

Araceli and her granddaughter Valerie at her Filipino organization function in 2002.

 

 

 

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Segment 10
Plans for the Future
(89 KB)


Araceli is enjoying life as a senior citizen and plans to make her family happy and stable in their life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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last revised: 12-21-05
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
These materials may be used for educational purposes if you inform and credit the author and cite the source as: North San Mateo County Oral History Archives, Skyline College Library. All commercial rights are reserved. To contact the coordinator, or send comments or suggestions, email: Eric Brenner at brenner@smccd.net