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The Experiences of Ica Mendiola: Leaving and Returning to the Philippines

Mendiola, currently a junior at LHS, spent the first eight years of her life in the Philippines, an island country in Southeast Asia. Surrounded by cousins, grandparents, friends, and other family members, she lived an enjoyable childhood. Mendiola shares a closer relationship with her cousins than most, saying that “they feel more like siblings.” However, her tight-knit relationships proved to be a double-edged sword, as her love for her family only made Mendiola miss them more when she moved to the United States. Although she spent the following five years with her parents in America, she would return to her

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