This personal genealogy project was for American History with Dr. Michael Naragon. It was written while I was in 11th grade at Winchester Thurston School.

Carlos Macasaet
May 24, 2000
Family Genealogy Project

After 1960, there was a new wave of American immigration from Asian countries. Prior to this, immigration came primarily from Europe and the western hemisphere. This change in immigration patterns was in part due to the Immigration Act of 1965, which was passed by President Johnson. This changed the system that favored European immigrants to one that allowed for substantial immigration from Third World countries. My genealogy will demonstrate this trend as it applies to immigration from the Philippines.

The first of my relatives to come to the United States was Milagros Macasaet, my aunt from my father’s side. She was born in Manila. She came to the United States, New Jersey, in 1960 with an M.D. degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She then specialized in OB/GYN at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She is currently an Oncologist and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. In 1967, Milagros married Joseph Lui who immigrated in 1960 from Hong Kong. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Lehigh University. He works in the Research and Development Department of Engelhardt Corporation in New Jersey. Milagros and Joseph currently live in Parlin New Jersey. They have one son, Charles Joseph, who is currently a CFO at Lucent Technologies in Allentown Pennsylvania. He earned his accounting degree at Lehigh University and acquired his CPA in 1994.

Two years after the immigration of Milagros Macasaet, her sister Nina followed. Nina was also born in Manila. Like her sister, Nina came with a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Santo Tomas. She later earned a Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Education from the University of San Francisco. In 1970, she married Raul Suzara in Chicago Illinois. Raul immigrated to Chicago, also from the Philippines, in the 1960′s. He went to school at DePaul University and worked for Sears Company in Chicago. He later enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and earned a Master’s degree in Agriculture. Nina also earned her MBA at Ateneo University in Manila in 1980 while her husband was working for Xerox Corporation in the Philippines. Nina is currently the Dean of Students at Heald Technical School in San Francisco, California. Raul is currently retired. They have two sons, Raul Joseph Suzara and Steven Joseph Suzara. Raul Joseph is currently an actor in Manila, Philippines. Steven is currently a student at UC Davis.

In 1978, my aunt, Del Macasaet, followed the example of her sisters. She was born in Manila, and came to the United States with a B.S. in Psychology from Saint Scholastica College in the Philippines. She continued her studies in the United States at UC Berkeley. She is currently a consultant in human resources in San Francisco California.

In 1969, my father, Aguedo Macasaet immigrated to Chicago. He was born in Manila. He graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1973 with a B.S. in Finance and Master’s degree in accounting in 1975. In 1972, he married my mother, Maria Dimaranan in Chicago, Illinois. Maria came to Chicago in 1969 as a student at the University of Chicago Hospital School of Cytotechnology. Maria was born in Mendez Philippines. She attended the College of the Holy Spirit in the Philippines where she earned a B.S. in Medical Technology. In Chicago, she also attended Roosevelt University where she graduated in 1977 with a Master’s degree in Microbiology. In addition, she also took courses in accounting at Northwestern University. Both Aguedo and Maria completed the computer career program at DePaul University. In Chicago, Maria co-founded the Pinoy News Magazine, a community paper for Filipinos that was highly critical of the Marcos regime. She was also a member of the Philippine Study Group formed by students at the University of Chicago directly after martial law was declared in the Philippines in 1972. While in Chicago, she also owned a private medical laboratory called Cyto-Lab that specialized in screening for cancer cells.

Aguedo and Maria currently live in Cranberry Twp. Pennsylvania. Aguedo is currently a director of Information Technology Planning at ATT Wireless Services in Pittsburgh PA. Maria is currently a Software Engineer and an Assistant Vice President at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh PA. I am their only child and I currently attend high school at Winchester Thurston School. I also play the cello and study the piano at the Pittsburgh Music Academy.

After my mother immigrated in 1969, her siblings followed suit. In 1980, her brother Joaquin Dimaranan immigrated to Chicago. Joaquin was born in Mendez Philippines. He studied Computer Programming at DePaul University. In 1988, he married Dawn Strauss from Brookfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Joaquin is currently a Database Administrator and a Second Vice President at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago. Dawn works in the library and is a member of the board of St. Barbara’s School in Brookfield. They currently live in Brookfield Illinois with their two daughters Marissa and Rachel who currently attend elementary school at St. Barbara’s School.

In 1981, my mother’s sister Julita immigrated to San Francisco where she continued her studies at UC Berkeley Extension School. Julita was born in Mendez, Philippines. She studied at the College of the Holy Spirit in the Philippines where she earned a B.S. in Nursing. In 1984, she married Godofredo de Leon a Filipino immigrant from Parañaque. He immigrated to San Francisco in 1982 with a B.S. in Commerce from a university in the Philippines. In America, he studied Automotive Technology, and later Systems Networking. Julita is currently working as a nurse at Merrit Hospital in Hayward California. Godofredo is currently working as a technical support operator at a software service company. He is also completing his studies to become a Microsoft Certified Systems’ Engineer. They currently live in Hayward California with their daughter Cristina Isabel de Leon who is currently attending Bishop O’Dowd High School. Cristina is also a concert violinist and a member of the Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County in California. She also studies the piano and clarinet and is a member of her church choir. She often performs for weddings and other social events.

In 1990, my mother’s youngest brother José Dimaranan immigrated to San Francisco. He began his studies in the Philippines. While living with Godofredo and Julita de Leon in Hayward California, he studied to be a chef and worked in a bakery that catered to Napa Valley restaurants. He then moved to Chicago where he is currently working as a Computer Operator while studying Computer Science at DePaul University.

In 1995, Cristina and Jan Dimaranan immigrated to San Francisco. Prior to immigrating, they owned a dental clinic in Makati Philippines. They are now working as dental hygienists in San Francisco.

In 1987, my mother’s parents Antonio and Remedios Sumagui Dimaranan immigrated to the United States from the Philippines. Antonio was born in 1920 in Mendez Philippines. He attended the University of the East and worked as a government employee. However, his main occupation was agriculture. He operated the family’s coffee farm. He married Remedios Sumagui in 1945 in Mendez, Philippines. Remedios was born in 1926. Remedios did not have a college education, but was interested in poetry and music. As a child, Remedios was exposed to a lot of music in her family. Her cousin, Emilio Maraan, was a bassist for the Manila Symphony Orchestra. He was also a composer, violinist and pianist. Several of his compositions were published and recorded, but my family owns copies of his other unpublished works. My cousin Cristina and I plan to record these works as a tribute to my grandmother, Remedios. Her other cousins were owners and members of symphonic bands. Remedios’ uncle, Alejandro Sumagui, was a poet and activist. He wrote poems criticizing the oppressive Spanish rule in the Philippines and calling for a Philippines ruled by Filipinos not by foreigners. This inspired my mother, Maria Dimaranan Macasaet, and others to eventually oppose the oppression of the Ferdinand Marcos regime in the 1980′s. The Marcos regime was financially supported by the United States.

Antonio and Remedios had a total of nine children, for whom they worked hard to send to college and then later to the United States. The only child who did not immigrate to the United States was Chito Dimaranan. Born in Mendez, Chito studied at Don Bosco College in Manila, Philippines where he excelled in classics and languages. He is fluent in the English, Tagalog, Italian, French and Spanish languages. He studied to become a priest and was ordained in 1982. He was later sent to Rome to do graduate studies. He is currently the Rector and Provincial Head of Don Bosco College and Seminary. Although he has no children, he is a father figure to about 150 students, and responsible for the formation of the seminarians.

My father’s mother, Paz Adriatico Macasaet, also immigrated to America in the 1980′s. She moved to New Jersey to aid her daughter, Milagros, who had just given birth to Joseph Lui while she was working full time as a medical doctor. Later on, Paz helped Nina Suzara take care of Raul Joseph Suzara in Chicago. At the age of 87, she is currently politically active on issues concerning senior citizens in San Francisco. Paz’s father, Don Macario Adriatico, was a distinguished statesman who framed the city charter of Manila. He was also the director of the Philippine National Library, and the Majority Floor Leader in the First Philippine Assembly along with the would-be presidents Quezon and Osmeña. He was an orator, a journalist-revolutionary, a lawyer and a law professor. He authored the Manila charter, Act No. 176, which was enacted on June 8, 1908. On May 29, 1964, a Manila street was named after him: Macario Adriatico St. Married to Doña Paula Lazaro, he had ten children including the famous Adriatico sisters and the Mayor Antonio L. Adriatico.

My father’s father, Carlos de Gala Macasaet did not formally immigrate to the United States, but was a regular visitor of this country. He was a practicing dentist, but at age 55, decided to go back to school to become a lawyer. He enjoyed playing the piano and singing. I inherited the piano that belonged to his mother and was bequeathed to him when he was young. He died in 1987.

Like immigrants before this time period (before the 1960′s), the members of my family who immigrated to the United States filled a labor need. The difference was that before the 1960′s there was a need for unskilled labor in the industrializing society. However, as the needs of American society changed, so did the patterns of immigration. Beginning in the 1960′s there was a need for professionals in the medical field. This is exemplified by my father’s siblings Milagros, a medical doctor, and Nina, a medical technologist. It is also demonstrated by my mother, Maria, also a medical technologist, her sisters, Julita, a nurse and Cristina and Jan, dentists. In the 1980′s, a need for professionals in the computer field began to emerge. This change is demonstrated by my mother’s side of the family in that my mother is a Software Engineer, Joaquin Dimaranan is a Database Administrator and José Dimaranan is a computer operator. My father is also in the computer field, working as a Director of Information Technology Planning. In the 1990′s, the necessity for professionals in high-tech fields increased drastically. Now, they have increased the quota for workers’ visas for those people with the necessary high-tech skills. Many companies believe that there is a shortage of these professionals and so they would like to see the quota increased even more so. Currently, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, there are many Asian foreign workers with H-1B visas[1]. This change in the immigration pattern has caused many European countries to feel left out. They wish to have their quotas increased.

These patterns of immigration show an important facet of American history. That is, America’s relationship with countries across the Pacific Ocean. In a broader context, it also shows that American history is not limited to the American continent. Not only is its history affected by international factors, but also its history extends across both of the Oceans bordering it.

1. This is the working visa. This allows foreigners to stay and work temporarily for three to six years. The cap in 1997 and 1998 was 65,000. For 1999 and 2000, Congress has raised the cap to 115,000.

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