I loved the city where I lived.: Becoming Minnesotan

Victorino Alojado on his 90th Birthday, March 5, 2011.
  • Name - Victorino Alojado
  • Age at interview - 89
  • Gender - Male
  • Generation - First Generation American / Immigrant
  • Date of Interview - 01.28.2011
  • Victorino Alojado as a teenager in the Philippines.

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    Essential Question

    Life in the Old Country: What makes a country a person’s homeland?

    Traditions & Values: What makes up “culture”?

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    Background Information

    The Philippines is an island archipelago nation in Southeast Asia, with a tropical climate. Life in the Philippines tends to be centered around the family and the church. The family may be an extended one, with close relationships with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Traditionally the family has been patriarchal, with the father in charge, and the children expected to have great respect for their elders. Like many other cultures, some Filipino families have faced difficulties in the United States between the traditional expectations of the parents and the desires of the children for a more western style or less strict upbringing.

    To learn more about Filipino history and culture, visit our Filipino Community page.

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    Narrator: Victorino Alojado (VA)

    Interviewer: Lita Malicsi (LM)

    LM: Where were you born?

    VA: I was born in Zamboanga City.

    LM: Now, would you describe Zamboanga or Zamboanga City? What was it like when you were growing up?

    VA: I was growing up as a citizen and I love the city where I live. I got a lot of friends. At that time, I used to go to the beaches, Saturday, Sunday with a lot of friends, and with my brother. We were playing around with the kids. And the U.S. Army reservation, we are always playing softball with my friends and go to the swamp, go fishing and boating with a lot of friends.

    LM: Did you catch a lot of fish?

    VA: Yeah, we got a lot of fish.

    LM: And what did you do with the fish that you caught?

    VA: We gave it to my mother and cook it.

    My father is in the Army, U.S. Army and my mother is just at home. My father is just like a young guy at the time, and she take care of us.

    LM: Did you help with the work at home, with the chores at home?

    VA: Yes, we helped, I helped my mother all the time getting water, cooking, looking for firewood to cook.

    LM: What kind of games did you play?

    VA: Like sipa [chuckles].

    LM: Okay, sipa, all right. For those people who do not know what sipa is, can you explain it a little bit?

    VA: It’s like a rubber, and then there is a head of the chicken, and then you kick it. [Laughter] Then, you play like volleyball, softball with other kids.

    LM: I would think that you only played during your free time when you are not doing the family chores.

    VA: Yes, yes.

    LM: Otherwise, you’d get spanked.

    VA: Yeah [laughter].

    Related Glossary Terms


    Noun:  1. A person that is a legally recognized as a member of a state or country, with associated rights and obligations.  2. A person that is a legally recognized resident of a city or town.  3. A resident of any particular place to which the subject feels to belong.


    Minnesota Historical Society. Becoming Minnesotan: Stories of Recent Immigrants and Refugees. September 2010. Institute of Museum and Library Services. [Date of access]. http://www.mnhs.org/immigration
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