Loribelle Lorenzo
Homeland Memories

Interviewee Loribelle Lorenzo : Field Museum of Natural History - Anthropology
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • 12 Aug 2017
Personal Statement / Transcription:

Loribelle Lorenzo Personal Statement

Lorenzo brought a collection of coins from grandmother’s sari-sari store in Dipolog City, Mindanao. Lorenzo acquired them at about age 12, in 1986. She said they were older currency and she saved them as a child as a memento or memory. As a child, Lorenzo thought they contained gold (but she now knows they are nickel.) Lorenzo said the coins are from first Filipino series and some feature Filipino leaders while others show British or foreign leaders (“I learned this history recently”). When Lorenzo's grandparents built a new home, they incorporated coins into the foundation in the belief that it would strengthen the family, home, and hearth. Lorenzo said the coins remind her of home and family. Lorenzo's grandmother (Inez Lubrico) taught her fast math skills and how to think on her feet while making change in her store. Lorenzo's grandmother is still in the Philippines (as is her store) and the coins help Lorenzo feel connected to her grandmother.


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