“Taly” My Mother’s Journey to the States
Click here to read the research essay, “Goodbye Aklan, Hello America”, by Hazel Marte
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2010 interview by Hazel Marte with Natalia “Taly” Marte, who immigrated to America from the Philippines in search of a new life, while overcoming obstacles, learning life lessons, and growing into the person she is today.
An old family photo booth picture of Natalia, husband Alfredo, nephew Kevin and only child Hazel taken in 1995
Life in the Provinces (5:37)
Natalia talks about the hard but relaxing simple life she had in the
Natalia and her relatives enjoying a day at the beach in Aklan Philippines
Leaving Aklan (4:02)
Natalia reminisces about what she missed most about Aklan
Natalia and her mother Vicenta before
leaving for America
Coming to America (5:47)
Natalia speaks of the excitement as well as anxiousness she feels about her first experiences in
Natalia (middle) in San Francisco with her mother, older brother Policarpio (in white),Bridges (in blue) and his family that she lived with upon first moving to the states.
Making a Living (2:45)
Natalia describes the multiple jobs she had worked before settling down in her recent stable job as a C.N.A. or (Certified Nursing Assistant)
Natalia at he first job at an O’Nei Factory in 1989
Working, Living, Growing (4:36)
Natalia describes her dreams, aspirations, obstacles, and experiences that she had throughout her time life in America, but also of how she came to overcome, learn, and grow from these ordeals.
Natalia and her niece Michelle (in chair), with her newborn baby Hazel in her arms taken in 1991
Natalia reflects on her experiences and gives pieces of advice for those that aspire to immigrate to
A recent family picture taken in 2009 of Natalia, husband Alfredo, daughter Hazel, and dogs Sher (left) and Jacko (right)
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last revised: 5-24-10
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