Dr. Rafael A. Zaragoza Traces His Ancestral Roots and Cultural Heritage

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Compelling book reveals the beauty of cultural diversity and mixed ethnicity

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Having raised a family of mixed cultures, Dr. Rafael A. Zaragoza was inspired to write about his personal experiences, relating the challenges he encountered during World War II in the Philippines and then immigrating to America.

In his book, Blended Heritage and Cultures, Zaragoza starts off with a letter to his oldest grandchild, Brian, revealing how their family is a nice blend of Filipino, Spanish, Italian, German, and Polish heritage. He himself is Filipino while his wife, Claire, is of Italian and German heritage. What follows is the rich history of the author’s home country, the Philippines. Readers will discover a brief preface of the county’s earlier years, the Spanish colonization, the Philippine revolution, the country’s beautiful islands, its culture, traditions, and many more.

Blended Heritage and Cultures also describes how Zaragoza’s widowed mother, a strong-willed and very determined woman, who was a very wise and shrewd business person worked hard and sacrificed much in order to put her children through college and postgraduate schools. Furthermore, it conveys the bumpy trails along the way to happy and successful careers, tragedies in the family—deaths at an early age of some members, the sacrifices and endurance of the ravages and dangers encountered during World War II with destruction of family properties, and close encounters with invading and eventual occupation by the Japanese Imperial Army.

According to the author, the “blending of heritage and cultures” gave him a better perspective on how people of different backgrounds should learn to coexist and be willing to respect and accept other people’s right to coexist making the world a better place to live.

The book is available at many on-line outlets, including Amazon.com.

About the Author
After experiencing the early death of his father, witnessing the ravages of World War II, and going to medical school in the Philippines, Dr. Rafael Zaragoza received a medical visa to immigrate to the United States. He is currently a retired urologist who lives in Dover, Delaware with his wife, Claire. He has five children and nine grandchildren.

Blended Heritage and Cultures * by Dr. Rafael A. Zaragoza
My Appointment with Destiny from Natividad to Dover
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.59; 277 pages; 978-1-4771-1231-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 277 pages; 978-1-4771-1232-8
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-1233-5

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