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Jenica Ronduen

Occupation: Student

Country of Birth: Philippines 

Current: O’ahu, Hawai’i

Born on March 24, 2008, in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, Jenica Ronduen moved to Hawai‘i at the age of twelve. Her childhood was surrounded by farms and mountains. However, she had to move because her mom wanted her and her brother to have a better life, as well as live closer with her step-dad. 

She was happy and sad to leave the Philippines. She was happy to move to a different country and ride on an airplane but also felt sad because she was leaving her own country she grew up in and all her loved ones. 

She remembered riding on a van to Manila for two days before getting on the airplane and then arriving to Hawai‘i. The move to Hawai‘i was difficult since it was during the COVID-19 pandemic. She stayed at home every day and began virtual classes for school and found it hard to understand what her teachers and classmates were saying as she didn’t speak much English. Luckily, her mom was there to guide her through her homework assignments.

After school, Jenica plays softball and really loves it. She’s been playing softball since fourth grade. She also plays badminton too, but unfortunately, her school doesn’t have this sport so she decides to play softball.

In the future, Jenica wants to be a cosmetologist and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). For now, she’s taking fashion design courses since she likes fashion, clothes and dresses. She wants to take care of elders like her mom because she loves taking care of people. This reminds of her grandpa, Tatang who took care of her when she was little. She would spend every day and sleep next to Tatang and Nanang (her grandmother). Her grandparents taught her how to live and she will always cherish memories of them.