Immigrant by Accident: Robert Talens
Click here to read the research essay, “Daly City: The Gateway to Filipino Dreams”, by Jodie Marcaida
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2011 interview by Jodie Marcaida with Robert “Bobby” Talens who
is now retired and has spent more than 10 years of his life in the US.
Bobby at his RV home in Treasure Island
Bobby Talens, who grew up without a father figure, discusses his life in the Philippines - how he was fortunate to have finished college leading him to get good jobs.
Bobby graduated with a degree in Business Management, major in Accounting in 1968.
He worked as an Accounting Clerk in the Audit Department of Banco Filipino for two years.
(L-R: Norma, his sister; Carol, sister-in-law; daughter Weelowie
and son, Walter)
After a year, he came back to the Philippines to get his two children.
Video Segment 2
Expectations and Anticipations (5:19)
Bobby talks about his concerns going to the US and already anticipated struggles living there like not getting a good job to support his family. But, thankfully, he was able to apply his skills and education as an Accountant.
Before he came to the
US, he was also a Money Market
also worked as an Operations Financial Officer in
specialist for Bancom Development Corporation for 10 years. other companies.
Video Segment 3
After several accounting-related jobs, he got to experience working in the hotel industry
as the Night Time Auditor at Holiday Inn in San Francisco.
Video Segment 4
His co-workers at Holiday Inn.
Video Segment 5
He makes it a point to meet and catch up with his friends in Daly City and also
from the Philippines.
Video Segment 6
Bobby and his ex-girlfriend
Video Segment 7
Bobby with his granddaughter
Although his family is here, he considers going back to the Philippines.
Video Segment 8
During the graduation of his son, Walter at San Jose State University
Video Segment 9
Advice to Fellow Filipinos (2:25)
Bobby gives an advice to aspiring immigrants not to go, especially those who are affluent back in the Philippines.
He wouldn’t say he has completely lived the American dream because he wasn’t able to buy a house for himself.
Although at present, he bought an RV home in Treasure Island and Mobile Home in South San Francisco where
he now resides.
Image sources: from Mr. Bobby Talens
last revised: 5-13-11
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