Genny pursues her dreams, models for a cause

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By Susan Palmes-Dennis

Straight from Carolinas

Sunday, April 27, 2014


BORN of a Misamisnon (a native of Misamis Oriental) mother, 20-year-old Fil-American Genevieve Megan Tabada Cordery dreams of being a news anchor someday.

Presently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte majoring in Communications in Mass Media and minoring in Journalism and Women and Gender Studies, Genevieve also models on the side, having won the Miss Asia Carolinas in 2011 at a local fundraising event in Charlotte.

Genevieve’s mother is a fellow alumna of the former St. Mary’s High School now St. Mary’s Academy of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental where I also came from.

Allow me first to talk about Genevieve’s mother Malou who lives in nearby Villanueva. Malou is a Tabada and her father is a Navarro.

Malou graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1987 and her classmates were (deep breath, then proceed) Sheryl Ann Neri, Judy Mae Abrea, Rosalyn Nabong Pabelonio, Marylene Casino Pomar, Ian Valdehuesa Dagus, Galado Emata, Christopher Yb1anes, Natividad Tan-awon, Irene Lindongan, Joseph Bermoy and Norvie Delarosa.

Early days

She came to Charlotte in 1992 six months after she married Richard Cordery, also in Villanueva. Her beauty shines through her two daughters Genevieve Megan and Alyson April.
Speaking of Genevieve — Genny to her friends — she will be featured in the “Passport for Fashion” show on April 26 at the North Carolina Music Factory.
“I decided to make journalism my minor because of my major. I chose mass media communications as my major because I aspire to be a news anchor someday,” Genevieve told me.
It kind of reminded me of my early days in front of a TV camera (sorry for the detour).

Anyway, Genevieve held that journalism and news are about telling the truth on what’s happening around the world. Ideally that’s the case but we leave that for another time.

“I want to be a news anchor because the job resonates with me,” Genevieve said. She also said she wants to travel the country and even the world to cover major events which I sort of dreamed back in my days. Oh the grandeur of youth.

Empowerment

I was impressed when she mentioned the reason why she took minors in women and gender studies. She said women need to learn how to be self-reliant and independent, a topic also close to my heart.

It’s a fact that women need more support in attaining full empowerment and their full potential — especially women from other countries. “Women should stand up for what they believe in and make a voice for themselves,” Genevieve said.

Actually I met Genevieve three years ago at an event of the Fil-American Community of the Carolinas (FACC) at the Charlotte Museum.

In fact my daughter GG and I had our pictures taken with her and the other members of the dance troupe.

I didn’t know Genevieve or her mother then. But Genevieve is no stranger to the culture that her mother was raised in and she learned to respect her elders.

She had two pleasing memories about this.

“I have been to the Philippines when I was eight years old. My most favorite memory is meeting my great-grandparents and my grandma for the first time,” Genevieve said.

“My second favorite memory was going to Hot Springs in Camiguin Island,” she said.

Genevieve also likes to model and counts actress Kate Hudson among her favorites.

“She is naturally beautiful and didn't need to wear a lot of makeup,” Genevieve said. I would tell more about Genevieve in the near future.

For now I wish her good fortune and fun in her pursuit of journalism.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 27, 2014.

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