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Angela Perez Baraquio, a Catholic elementary school teacher, was crowned Miss Hawaii in June 2000 and went on to become the First Asian Miss America on October 14, 2000. To date, she is the only Filipina Miss America to win the prestigious crown since 1921.
As one of ten children born of immigrant parents, Angela was honored to be named the first teacher ever to win and the first to win with Hula as a talent in the competition. Winning the title was the realization of the American Dream for her and her family.
After five years of teaching in Catholic schools and earning her Master's degree in Educational Administration, Angela decided that the world was her new classroom. From 2006-2008 Angela was a Presidential Appointee to George W. Bush's President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. Today, Angela is happily married to her high school sweetheart and is the and mother of four - three boys and one girl. She's also a Motivational Speaker, TV Host, Business Owner, Pageant Consultant, and Author. Her passion is helping people of all ages and walks of life define and achieve their personal and professional goals and inspiring people to reach their dreams by developing their character. Angela is an advocate for "Whole Life". She believes in the intrinsic dignity of the human person from natural conception to natural death, and speaks out publicly on pro-life issues.
Some topics Angela has spoken about to faith-based organizations in the past include, but is not limited to:
1. Experiencing Celebrity from a Christian Perspective
2. Mama Told Me Do This...and Life Will Be Better Than a Fairytale
3. The Importance of Women in Raising Children of Good Character
4. Use Your Gifts, Find Your Vocation
5. Happily Even After: Finding Peace and Meaning After Tragedy
6. Hope at the Crossroads