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Batanes house photo by Geejay Arriola

I found myself struggling to hold back quiet sobs—as though I was about to explode. Their story is my story.
Their pain, my pain. They are me and
I, them. I am not alone. Afterwards,
I walked up to Venus and Frances to
thank them for their courage in sharing their stories and to let them know how
they inspired me to dig further
into my own roots.
—Gina Honda

Gina Honda was born in Manila and has lived in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. She attended the Univ. of the Philippines, Baguio City, where she did undergraduate work in Philosophy and Political Science. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts, Acting & Directing from Cal State Univ., L. A., graduated Summa Cum Laude and has a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University. Gina is a hotel industry veteran. She currently works as a Paralegal for a Civil Rights attorney in L. A.

Traditional, typical house in Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines.
Photo by Geejay Arriola.


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