My life began just before dawn on the 15th of February 1986 in Immaculate Concepcion Hospital in Manila, Philippines. After thirty-six hours of screaming and pushing, my mother's difficult labor finally paid off when I came about. I was born to Israel and Maria Victoria Cruz. I had one older brother and now three more younger brothers, leaving me the to be the only daughter in the family.
My passion for learning began as I started kindergarten in International Christian Academy and graduated from preschool with the highest honors. I continued to Elementary school in Nazareth School, then to Marikina Christian Academy, then to Faith Academy, moving to a new school every year. Due to my father's line of work, I did not only transfer schools, but my whole family moved to a new neighborhood annually. Though the transition was difficult all the time, I managed to concentrate all my efforts into my studies. I didn't know then that the greatest challenge was yet to be met.
In 1996, my father lost his construction company and was forced to immediately find a new job to support us. He was offered a high-paying job by StarKist Inc, although the job was located in an island none of us ever head of. This new job drastically changed our lives, since we packed up and left our friends, family, and all we had to relocate to American Samoa. This transition seemed to be the hardest challenge in... [continues]
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