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Philippines to Salinas, CA

| Male | 20-39 years old

Angel Island immigrant: Yes

Place of Origin

Place of Settlement
Salinas, CA

In this short film, Eliseo Felipe, a 100 year-old retired serviceman, shares his journey to the United States and his pride in becoming an American.

Eliseo in his gardenAt the age of seven, Eliseo learned to work on the fields to support his family in the Philippines. He immigrated to the United States in 1933 where he met his brother and uncles who worked on the farms in Salinas, California.

Over the years Eliseo held many jobs across California, working as a farmer, bellman, and eventually a serviceman for the United States Army. After retirement, he tended to his garden at his house in Salinas, CA. Eliseo Felipe passed away on October 8, 2014 at the age of 102.

This film was produced by Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and directed by Jeffrey Gee Chin.


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