Group Portrait of the Women at the Christening Party for Lita and Luisa, Benito and Lilia Betita's Twins

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Title

Group Portrait of the Women at the Christening Party for Lita and Luisa, Benito and Lilia Betita's Twins

Description

Celebrating the christening of Benito and Lilia's twin daughters, Lilia or "Lita" and Luisa. The daughters were born on November 25, 1947. As Aida Betita explains, Benito "Benny" Betita was one of the first of the Reyes-Betita cousins to return to the Philippines after the Second World War to find a wife. Benny's first wife was Caucasian. They were divorced and had no children together. Lilia was his second wife and came to the United States in 1947. Felipe Betita went back to the Philippines after Benny, then the rest of the cousins followed, being told "it's easy there" to find a wife.

Pictured in the first row, from left to right: Ersenia Yeban (holding a baby), Erlene Bayona, Yoshiko de Leon, Virginia "Virgie" de Leon, "Big Mama" (mother of Virgie de Leon), Wilma Jean "Jeanie" Agueda (Mansueto Betita's stepdaughter), Patricia de Leon (Gabe and Yoshiko de Leon's daughter), Leoncia Betita (Guillermo "William" Betita's first wife, holding a baby), Maria Reyes and her daughter Genoveba Reyes. Second row from left to right: Rosie Ramil and sister Delores Ramil, Esther Reyes and her sister Ellie Reyes, Unknown, Aida Betita, Dorothy (Mansueto Betita's wife), Eleuteria Berguia (maiden name Valera, married to Victor Berguia, holding a baby), Evelyn Betita (Perfecto Betita's wife), unknown, Patria Guion, Lilia Betita (mother of the twins, Lita and Luisa), Corazon "Connie" Guoin. Standing the highest is Nellie Guoin.

According to Aida Betita, Virgie de Leon came from Salinas. Her husband is Gabe de Leon's brother. Erlene Bayona was Uncle Roque "Rook" Bayona's wife. Aida Betita recalls that when she was in the Philippines she had heard about how Erlene was so much taller than Roque that he had to stand on a stool to kiss her. Arsenia Yeban from Guadalupe was Juliet Betita's godmother. As Aida further explains, there were very few Filipina women so when she met Ersenia she became an obvious candidate for godmother. Local Filipino community events often took place either at Routzen Park or at the American Legion Hall in Arroyo Grande, California.

Coverage

Routzen Park, Arroyo Grande, California

Date

1948

Contributor

Juliet Betita

Format

Slide of black and white photograph

Source

Juliet Betita's slideshow set

Type

Still image

Identifier

USA-CA-02282013-A0001-057

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Citation

“Group Portrait of the Women at the Christening Party for Lita and Luisa, Benito and Lilia Betita's Twins,” The Re/Collecting Project , accessed November 24, 2017, http://reco.calpoly.edu/items/show/1591.

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