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Romero: From The Philippines To Brevard

Connestee Falls Scholarships


September 9, 2019

Matthew Romero, a 2019 Connestee scholarship winner, was born in the Philippines 18 years ago. When he was only eight hours old, he was entrusted to the care of a family of missionaries from the United States. For 13 years he traveled around his home country with the family. Then suddenly, with no explanation, the family dropped him off at an orphanage in Baguio City, telling him only that they “had to go.”

For about four years Matthew lived at the orphanage until Ariel Romero, himself originally from the Philippines, and his wife Holly, originally from Florida, went through an interna...

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