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Cora Oriel on Esty Juco

“Our true disabilities are not physical, but rather what we impose upon ourselves.”

Estelita "Esty" Juco was a budding debutante in Manila when she was injured by a bomb in the final days of WWII, disabling her for life. Undeterred, this brilliant young woman went on to become a street parliamentarian and a justice-seeking journalist, protesting dictatorship and martial law. Esty Juco is a legend in the Philippines, a bold activist, a lifelong educator, and ultimately a legislator in the first post-dictatorship Congress, representing women and the disabled. Cora Oriel tells us the story of her brave, witty teacher and mentor, Esty Juco.

Storyteller

Cora Oriel

Cora M. Oriel is President of the Asian Journal Publications, Inc. Cora has been active in the Fiilipino community and received numerous awards and distinctions include the Search to Involve Pilipino Americans Business Achievement Award, the Historic Filipino town Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurship Award, the Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees Heritage Achievement Award and the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Featured Woman

Estelita “Esty” Juco

Estelita “Esty” Juco was a budding debutante in Manila when she was injured by a bomb in the final days of WWII, disabling her for life. Undeterred, this brilliant young woman went on to become a street parliamentarian and a justice-seeking journalist, protesting dictatorship and martial law. Esty Juco is a legend in the Philippines, a bold activist, a lifelong educator, and ultimately a legislator in the first post-dictatorship Congress, representing women and the disabled.