One Man’s Journey

[Question: I notice that in the feed my comments about the photos do not appear? Does anyone know why this is?]

As far as an historical topic. One thing I’ve wanted to do for several years now is put together a book of my father’s photographs. From the time daddy came to this country he always loved having his photo taken so I have many photos. What is interesting about many of his photos is that they are historical. Daddy worked for 28 years for the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and thus came in contact with many dignitaries. There are two unfortunate things going on here: one, the people in the photos are not named; and, two, whoever took the photos (different people of course) hold the copyright and if they’re not marked on the back it would be almost impossible to know who took them. Many of them were taken by professional photographers because the Embassy usually had the same photograph company take the official photos when they would have a reception or party or such. Other photos were taken in the field by who knows who.

The private photos of my father are probably not a problem because whoever took them has long passed and even their descendants if there are any, would not know that they took that particular photo of my dad. But the official ones are a different story. Some of them actually have the photog name on the back and it may be traceable but I’m sure they are not still living.

Anyway, I had already scanned many of these photos and stored them on my crashed harddrive so do not have access to them now. But I do still have the originals and can rescan them if I have to. There was one person that I knew who was still living who worked with my father at the Embassy and I had started sending printouts to him to see if he could identify any of the people and he was able to identify a few of them. Unfortunately, he is in his 80s (if still living) and I kind of fell down on the job of scanning and sending him copies.

Anyway, here are a few of daddy’s photos. The photos actually span from the time my father came to this country in the 1920s to circa sometime in the 1970s (the photos below are obviously more recent ones from the 1940s-1970s). Some of these people I know but many others I do not know:

Top photo are some embassy people (daddy is standing in the middle); photo at bottom is President Sergio Osmena and possibly his daughter (Daddy is seen in the middle in uniform. During WWII all the men in the Embassy went into the Philippine army but stayed at the Embassy.).

Daddy is greeting who I believe is the incoming Philippine ambassador to the US? Maybe. Mid-late 1960s?


Mrs. Magsaysay, wife of President Ramon Magsaysay, came to the US for a hospital stay sometime in the 1950s-1960s. Daddy was a good friend of President Magsaysay who was killed in a plane crash in 1957.

President Sergio Osmena and his daughter(?) on a visit to the US. Obviously a photo from the 1940s as is evidenced by her clothing.

Embassy staff (below), circa 1950s-1960s. I’m almost sure that that’s General Carlos P. Romulo sitting on the floor (third from right of seated people in front line). General Romulo was ambassador to the US for circa twelve years starting 1952.  Photo late 1950s-early 1960s?


There are a lot of sites on the Philippines and Filipinos but I couldn’t find one exactly like what I would create about my father:
(Did you know that Rob Schneider’s maternal grandmother was Filipina?)

Cebuano inmates in the Philippines. This has nothing to do with anything but it is so funny that I had to include it here for comic relief! Only in the Philippines can you win a revolution with flowers and have prisoners doing a routine that beats lots of acts on “America’s Got Talent”!


3 Responses to “One Man’s Journey”

  1. Grace Says:

    hi Gayla,
    wow, these pictures are like history in the eyes of your dad. you must be very proud of him to have met all these great Filipinos.
    Thanks for linking the dancing inmates! have you seen their other dance routines? crazy! how come they’re having fun huh?


  2. hmoir Says:

    Hi Gayle,

    These are fabulous photos, first-hand accounts of history, as the previous comment says. I thought you were part Native American? So you’re filipina too, no fair! My good friend Mike Chan is from the Phillipines and he just got a wife from there and they are both so smart! I am interested to see how your website turns out 🙂


  3. Gayle Says:

    Hi Holly,

    Pamunkey heritage on my mom’s side and all Filipina on my dad’s side.

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