Cacas Family, circa 1900s-1987 and undated
Maximino Cacho Cacas (1907-1944) arrived in the United States in 1926 and received a degree from the University of California, Berkeley in accounting. He moved to Washington, D.C., in the late 1930s, but died while fighting in World War II. Maximino's brother Clemente Cacas (1910-1995) followed his brother to California in 1929 and later moved east, eventually settling in Washington, D.C., after briefly staying in Chicago in 1933. After serving at a military hospital in California during World War II, Clemente moved around the United States. He eventually moved back to Washington, D.C., became a cab driver, lived on Capitol Hill and married Maria Bello in 1954, who he met during a visit to the Philippines. Clemente was a cab driver for 40 years. Maria became a clerk at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1971, where she worked until 1992. The family bought a house in Glassmanor, Maryland, in 1955, where they raised their four children, Max, Sam, Rita and Emily. Maria sponsored her sister, Lourdes Bello's, immigration to the United States in 1969. Rita and Sam participated in women's and minorities' rights demonstrations in the 1970s (1).
These materials were donated by Rita Cacas on February 27, 2015. The photographs depict life for first-generation immigrants in the United States. People pictured include Maximo Cacas, Clemente Cacas, Monica Selga Bautista, Florentina DePeralta, Ana Alcoy, Lourdes Bello, Juliana Panganiban, Nene DePeralta, Cristesta Aqui, Remegio Aqui, Osmunda Cabigas, Maria Cabigas, Pete Augustin, Joe Puyot, and Leona Puyot. This series also includes an oral history interview of Clemente and Maria Cacas conducted on November 28, 1991. Other materials include the Cacas-Bella wedding invitation (1954), Clemente Cacas' United States naturalization certificate, and the deed for Clemente and Mary Cacas' house in Oxon Hill, Maryland. This series is arranged with the non-oversize physical photographs in their original order, then electronic records, arranged alphabetically by title, and oversized photographs, arranged alphabetically by title.
- (1) Rita M. Cacas and Juanita Tamayo Lott, Filipinos in Washington, D.C. (Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2009), 24, 25, 34, 57, 72, 78, 85, 94, 97.
- circa 1900s-1987 and undated
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