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Time flies

1998. George Washington University. Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND). A time in my life I traveled the country networking with fellow young Filipino Americans to empower and educate, as well as deejay for hundreds of people a night. I miss these great people in the photo below. We came from different parts of the country to network and dialogue, all starting our careers or graduate school endeavors when this photo was taken.

Today, I remember Gigi Miranda and Joe Montano, two contemporaries in this photo who passed away too young this month.

Gigi lived a fabulous life in Hawaii as an AINA chef on the islands and worked with the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. I’ll always remember her for her beauty and kindness.

Joe lived an active life in Virginia, serving as the Manassas VA Regional Director for Democratic Party VP and US Senator Tim Kaine. For many years, he served as Executive Director of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFAA). I’ll always remember him for his smile and gregarious personality. His presence at the Democratic National Convention is felt in Philly. #DNC #DemsinPhilly. Tributes have poured in.

So many great stories can be told from each of these perspectives. Another heavy reminder not to wait, but continue to write.


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