Cast of Characters

LUCILA OCAMPO DYPIANGCO

The oldest of five siblings,  Lucila was born in 1938, in Manila, Philippines. Both of her parents, Avelino Ocampo and Nunilon Miranda, were from the town of Santa Rita, in the province of Pampanga.  Lucila spent her early childhood in Santa Rita, raised by her maternal grandmother and aunt; she went to live with her parents inManila when she started school.  She attended Immaculate Conception Academy and St. Theresa’s College where she received her BA in English and BS in education. For her MA in English, she went to the Jesuit university, the Ateneo de Manila.

In 1958, Lucila started her 42-year nonstop teaching career.  She married Oscar Dypiangco in 1963, had their first three sons in Manila in 1964, ’65 and, ’68.  The family immigrated to the United States in 1969, the same year she started teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District.  In May, 1979, ten years after coming to America, their youngest son, Stephen was born.  In September of the same year, Lucila went back to  teaching.  Although faced with the challenge of juggling family responsibilities and school duties, she somehow managed to enjoy and thrive at both.  Her devotion to her family is matched only by her passion for her teaching.  Lucila takes great pride not only in the excellent education her four sons have received in topnotch schools and universities but also in having sent many of her Bell High School students to prestigious colleges, some of which are in the ivy league.  She rejoices over her fifteen students who became her colleagues on the high school faculty.  She never tires of talking about her students’ achievements and delights in them almost as much as she does over her own sons’s academic, professional and personal successes.  Upon her retirement in 2000, Lucila was rehired as a part time teacher consultant by LAUSD, a position she kept for five more years.

Now fully retired, she is able to travel more extensively than she had always done in her teaching years.  She also keeps herself occupied with constant communication with former students who send her a steady flow of email from all over the world.

OSCAR DYPIANGCO

Born in the province of Laguna, Philippines.  His parents were Pacita Noble of Lilio, Laguna and Jose Dypiangco of Tarlac, Tarlac.  Jose Dypiangco’s father was a Chinese immigrant from mainland China.  Oscar’s father was a dentist and a businessman.  Oscar grew up in Manila and attended the University of the Philippines.

While working at National Life Insurance, he met his future wife through her father who was company cashier.  Lucila Ocampo was a teacher at St. Theresa’s College.  In May 1969, Oscar and Lucila with their three sons migrated to the United States and settled in Los Angeles.  In May 1979, a fourth son was added to the family. Oscar worked as an auditor for the state of California.

Both Oscar and Lucila are now retired and live in Southern CA.

STEPHEN DYPIANGCO

The youngest son of Filipino-American immigrants, Stephen is the only one of his brothers born in the United States. Therefore, he is the only one who is permitted by law to run for President. If this film thing doesn’t pan out, maybe he’ll try that.

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