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fb_img_14648837881932817I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MANILA PHILIPPINES . MY BELOVED PARENTS WERE ALBERTO O. SANDOVAL AND ESPERANZA R. SANDOVAL. THE ONLY CHILD. MY MOTHER WAS A SCHOOL TEACHER AND MY DAD WAS A SERGEANT IN THE ARMY. I GREW UP IN A CHRISTIAN FAMILIES AND RAISED BY MY GRANDMAMA CECILIA VILLANUEVA MATUTE WHO WAS A DISCIPLINARIAN AND STRICT ENVIRONMENT . I GREW UP IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE. I WAS A VALEDICTORIAN WHEN I WAS IN FIRST GRADE AND HONOR STUDENT GROWING UP. I WENT TO HOLY CHILD CATHOLIC SCHOOL.. ST JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL AND IN COLLEGE I WAS THE FIRST WOMAN OR LADY ADMITTED AT FEATI UNIVERSITY AND TOOK UP RADIO/TELEPHONE OPERATOR/TECHNICIAN… I TOOK SECRETARIAL COURSE .. I FINISHED SOCIAL WORK THEN I TOOK UP CLASSES ABOUT POLICE WORK IN MANILA PHILIPPINES . I WENT TO WORKED ON DAY TIME AND WENT TO SCHOOL AT NIGHT TO FINISHED MY COLLEGE DEGREE. .. I WORKED AT METROBANK AS A SECURITY SUPERVISOR TRAINED 500 SECURITY GUARDS .. I GREW UP WITHOUT A FATHER FIGURE IN MY LIFE.. BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD I PASSED ALL THE CRUELTY OF PEOPLE WHO CALLED ME “BASTARD KID” OR SOMETIMES THEY CALLED ME A “GI BABY” BECAUSE I LOOK DIFFERENT FROM FILIPINO PEOPLE I LOOK MORE OF MY FATHER WHO WAS A MEXICAN AMERICAN FROM SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS USA.. MY PARENTS MET IN MANILA PHILIPPINES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.. THEY GOT MARRIED UNFORTUNATELY MY FATHER WAS CALLED BACK TO JAPAN TO DO MILITARY DUTIES AND UNFORTUNATELY THEY GOT SEPARATED AND NEVER GOT NO COMMUNICATION BECAUSE OF THE WAR. .. I WENT TO SCHOOL AND COLLEGE TO EDUCATE MYSELF AND LEARN MORE ABOUT LIFE. .. THEN I MET MY HUSBAND MANUEL M ARROGANTE AND MARRIED AND HAVE CHILDREN .. LIFE IS TOUGH BUT WITH GOD’S STRENGTH I MOVED ON .. THERE I LEARNED HOW TO FETCH WATER FROM A PUBLIC FAUCET.. CHOPPED WOODS .. SCRUB FLOORS BY HANDS.. WASHED CLOTHES BY HANDS … NO WASHING MACHINE OR DRYER.. WE ALL SURVIVED BY THE GRACE AND BLESSINGS FROM OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.. I SEARCHED FOR MY FATHER FOR 26 YEARS AND MY SINCERE PRAYING AND CRYING TO MY ABBA HE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS .. I FOUND MY FATHER AND HE RECEIVED MY LETTER WITHIN TWO WEEKS MY FATHER WENT TO THE PHILIPPINES AND MET HIM .. IT WAS A TEARFUL AND HAPPY REUNION OF MY MAMA, GRANDMAMA AND ME …. YEAR 1972 JUNE MY DAD WENT TO MANILA, PHILIPPINES AND WE WENT TO US EMBASSY AND MY DAD CLAIMED ME AS HIS DAUGHTER AND GOT MY US CITIZENSHIP AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN .. PRAISE GOD. AFTER 5 YEARS OF RED TAPE .. I CAME HERE IN USA SAN ANTONIO TEXAS AND MET MY FAMILIES HERE AND I WENT TO WORKED HERE AS A BANKER, CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER THEN AS AN ADMINISTRATOR OF A BANK. .. MY LIFE STORY WAS PUBLISHED IN SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS PAPER… I WAS INTERVIEWED BY A WRITER OF THAT NEWSPAPER AND AS WELL AS MY DAD.. .. I WENT TO WORKED HERE AS A BANKER.. LOAN OFFICER AND ADMINISTRATOR OF A BANK. … AFTER A YEAR OF WAITING I BROUGHT MY BLESSED BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN HERE IN USA AND THEN MY MAMA AND MY LATE HUSBAND. LIFE IS TOUGH BUT WITH GOD’S BLESSINGS AND POWER WE ALL MADE IT AND STILL MAKING IT. .. I WAS A DEACONESS IN ONE OF THE CHURCH HERE AND THEN RETIRED. .. WHEN I LOST MY GRANDMAMA, MAMA AND DAD DEPRESSION HIT ME AND KNOCKED MY SPIRIT I WAS CRUSHED BUT GOD’S BLESSING AND GRACE WITH HIS COMPASSION HE HOLD MY HANDS AND WHISPERED TO MY EARS .. ” I WILL NEVER LET YOU GO NOR FORSAKE YOU I WILL USE YOU TO SHOW THEM HOW WHAT I HAVE DONE FOR YOU AND STILL DOING FOR YOU.. ! I AM BLESS AND STILL BEING BLESS .. MY LORD HOLD MY HANDS AND NEVER LET ME GO … HE TOLD ME I WILL USE YOU AND STILL NEEDED YOU AND YOU NEED ME AND I AM BLESSING YOU AGAIN AND AGAIN AND YOUR GENERATIONS TO COME. . YOU ARE MY BLESSED DAUGHTER AND YOU ARE MY PRINCESS I AM YOUR KING YOUR GOD … YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYES. ..WHAT AN AWESOME WORDS FROM OUR LORD…I REMEMBER MY MAMA WHEN I AM DOWN SHE WILL TELL ME ..PUT YOUR CHIN UP AND HEAD HIGH YOU ARE THE DAUGHTER OF A KING SO ACT LIKE ONE… WALK WITH DIGNITY AND INTEGRITY… I BLESS YOU WITH MANY GIFTS EVERYDAY AND I WANT YOU TO SHARE TO OTHERS.. I WILL BLESS YOU AT ALL TIMES AND LOVE YOU WITH MY AMAZING LOVE SO YOU CAN DO THE SAME TO OTHERS ….. A CUP OF CARE .. A PLATE OF LOVE .. A SPOON OF PEACE… AND A BOWL OF PRAYER WILL GIVE YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS TILL THE END OF TIME!!( i was a school teacher also in Manila Philippines for two years and social worker)

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