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Calabia Family, circa 1920s-2009 and undated

 Series 4

Florentine Calabia (1898-1980) left the Philippines at age 16 to join the U.S. Navy during World War I and moved to Washington, D.C. in the 1930s. He returned to the Philippines to marry Nestora Monfero, a schoolteacher, and returned to the U.S. Nestora was an auditor at the General Accounting Office for more than 30 years and served as the first president of the Filipino Women's Club of Washington, D.C., which formed in 1943. Florentine and Nestora had two sons, Florentine (Tino) and Mendell. Tino's godfather was the Philippine resident commissioner, Quentin Paredes. Tino worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development starting in 1995 (1).

This series includes photos from the Calabia family and research notes by Maria Cacas on this family. The photographs include the Calabia family in their workplaces and community events. This collection also includes a speech delivered by Tino Calabia at a 1981 panel titled: "The Forgotten Asian Americans: Filipinos and Koreans" at Georgetown University. The following individuals are pictured in these photographs: Florentine Calbia, Nestora (Monfero) Calabia, Manaang, Leona Seville, Juliana Panganiban, Consuelo Perez, and Mrs. Jaime Hernandez. This series is arranged with the non-oversize photographs in their original order, then oversized photographs arranged alphabetically by title.

  1. (1) Rita M. Cacas and Juanita Tamayo Lott, Filipinos in Washington, D.C. (Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2009), 16, 30, 49, 54, 58.


  • circa 1920s-2009 and undated

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Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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