Sound Clips from Interview with Rosalie Salutan Marquez

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Sound Clips from Interview with Rosalie Salutan Marquez


In the interview clips below, Rosalie Salutan Marquez discusses how her parents Santiago Salutan and Mary Olvera meet in a labor camp in Lompoc, California; the importance of music to her parents; how a broken heart drove her father from the Philippines to the United States; and the integration of Filipino and Mexican cultures growing up.

Rosalie Salutan Marquez was born in Santa Maria, California, on February 10, 1945. Her father was Santiago Migue Salutan (c.1908 - 1989). He married Rosalie's mother, Mary Olvera Salutan (c.1915 - 1984), in Yuma, Arizona in 1935 because interracial marriages were not allowed in California at the time. Mary was second generation Mexican-American, born in Monolith, California. Santiago was born in Tubigon, Bohol, Philippine Islands. Rosalie is the second eldest of seven children. Guadalupe was the first-born but he died 3 months after birth. Rosalie’s younger siblings are Paul (deceased 5/3/1990), Jimmy, Eddie, Susan, and Victor. Marquez grew up on a ranch and attended elementary school in Guadalupe and high school in Santa Maria. She also attended Allan Hancock Junior College and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Rosalie was the first Filipino/Mexican court executive in Santa Barbara County. She participated in a Polynesian dance troupe for 30 years. She is currently the president of the local chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society.


Santa Maria, California


March 1, 2013


Rosalie Marquez


Filipino Americans


51 minutes








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