I wanted to do something fresh and new here on Fil-Am Ako. This post is the first of hopefully many more to come which focuses on everyday Filipinos and what makes them proud to be Pinoy. I was very fortunate to have Kathryn “Kat” King be the very first Filipino to be featured on Filipinos in Focus.
Kathryn King is currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated high school from Las Vegas Academy in Theatre/Tech Theatre and graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Communication. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Kathryn also has a certificate in Graphic Design with an emphasis on Print from Community College of Southern Nevada-now CSN. Her work experiences include working in Valet at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, also work a lot of conventions, tradeshows, events, and promotions, currently work Nintendo Tours for women. Kathryn is representing Illocos Sur, Santa Maria, Butir in the Luzon region.
How did you get into your chosen profession?
Well it’s not really a chosen profession, but it pays the bills! I do enjoy working all the conventions, tradeshows, events, and promotions because I get to meet and network with a lot of people. Hopefully one day, that will get me a job either working or running my own modeling/staffing agency or working for Nintendo in Seattle.
What does being Filipino-American mean to you?
It means eating a lot of good Filipino food in the company of your relatives and friends. It means knowing the value of family and having a sense of pride in the Filipino Community. I am proud of my heritage and love visiting my relatives in the PI. I get a sense of how life is in the PI and how poor our country really is, but how close the community is. I try to help out my family as much as I can by filling huge Balikbayan boxes to send and sending money. I just wish I was taught how to speak Tagalog fluently, although, my cousins have taught me quite a bit.
Are you in or have any experience with any organizations or clubs relating to Filipino/Asian issues?
I was in the Bayanihan Student Organization when I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
What do you feel needs to change with Filipinos and how the world views Pinoys?
We need to realize that we or someone in the family is from the island and that we shouldn’t treat each other like we are better than the next. We need to come together and stop alienating our own kind. We need to stop claiming that we are Asian, when we are really Pacific Islanders. We need to remember where we and our ancestors came from.
What is your favorite Filipino dish?
Pancit Canton, Chicken Adobo, Sinigang, and Arroz Caldo….I can’t narrow it down! I love food!
Do you look up to any famous Pinoys or historical Filipino figures as role models?
Corazon Aquino for being the first female president of the PI. Something that hasn’t happened yet in the US.
Is there any additional information you would like to share with us?
No, I think that’s pretty much it. Salamat po!
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