I am Jeffrey Davila, son of Rudy Davila, and I am responding to your inquiry about our 'Asian' heritage. It turns out that the government made this discovery when reviewing Distinguish Service Cross recipients looking for people of Asian decent. How they figured out that my father's mom was Filipino was news to the entire family. The logic follows the notion that grandfather came from Spain and fought in the Philippines. He fell in love with a Filipino woman, our grandmother, and married her after the conflict. Spaniards not being popular in the Philippines, they moved to Mexico where three of Rudy's siblings were born. When the revolution broke out, our grandfather, who was a wealthy land owner, was shot to death on a trip to town. My grandmother, who was pregnant with Rudy, fled to Texas. He was born on April 27, 1916 in El Paso. Apparently there was some legal issue with grandmother being Filipino so she never mentioned she was anything else but from Mexican decent.
This has not been a popular revelation with some members of my family. All Dad's siblings have died and his second brother's wife, my Aunt Carmen, takes issue. She met her future husband, Umberto, and our father when they were 19 and 16 respectively and says she has seen photographs of grandmother growing up in Mexico with her siblings. My personal feeling is the Filipino logic makes more sense. Irrespective, Dad has always been of Spanish and Mexican decent to our family and he himself was surprised, amused, and unconcerned about the discovery.
I was delighted to hear of your post from my sister Tana. It was of further interest that you seem to have known our father and spoke knowledgeably of our uncle Nicolas, his origins, and his church in LA. I was baptized by my Uncle Nic in that very church and my son, Nicolas Aaron Davila, carries his name. Currently, my Uncle Nicolas's namesake is 19 years old and a second year student on full scholarship at Juilliard in NYC. He is a gifted song and dance man with a remarkable voice.
I have found this inquiry strangly satisfying and thank you for your post. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. I would be interested to know of your connection to my family.
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