Angela Perez Baraquio
Miss America 2001
On October 14, 2000, Hawaii-born Filipina, Angela Perez Baraquio, made history as the first Asian-American and teacher ever to be crowned Miss America in the prestigious Scholarship Program’s 80-year existence. Today, she remains the only Asian woman to hold the title. As Miss America 2001, Angela traveled more than 20,000 miles a month on a national speaking tour promoting “Character in the Classroom: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers.” Her year of service allowed her to meet with students, teachers, legislators, governors, organizations, and thought leaders across the country.
Angela has had the honor of meeting U.S. President George W. Bush, and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, each on three occasions, as a representative of both the education and Asian community at large.
Angela’s message of hope and inspiration reached wider audiences through media campaigns such as USA Today’s “Make A Difference Day,” and the “5 Minutes with Miss America Tour.” She has appeared on shows such as “Good Morning America,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” and “Hollywood Squares.” At the completion of her year, she co-hosted on live broadcast to millions at the 2002 Miss America Pageant with actor Tony Danza.
With the aid of the $51,000 scholarship grants earned through the Miss America Organization, she completed her Master's degree in Educational Administration at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in December 2004 and paid off her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She also used her winnings to pay for her teaching credential in CA.
The former K-3 Physical Educator/Athletic Director now resides in Southern CA, continuing her career as a motivational speaker, TV Host, and Emcee. In 2001, she founded the Angela Perez Baraquio Education Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization in Hawaii, which celebrates and supports students and teachers who exemplify character in their communities. Angela has taught in Catholic school for five years and hopes to teach at the university level in the future.
From 2002-2005 Angela was the spokesperson for First Hawaiian Bank, a community-minded financial institution with branches in Hawaii, Saipan and Guam. She was seen in various PSA television campaigns for both the Hawaii Foodbank and Catholic Charities. She is the recipient of the 2003 “Women Helping Women” Award from the Soroptomist International Club. Her award-winning inspirational story of achieving dreams is published in "Chicken Soup From the Soul of Hawaii.” Since 2004, she has joined her sisters as one of the hosts of the Telly Award-winning, Hawaii-based television series, “Living Local with the Baraquios.”
Tini Grey. The couple has three sons and one daughter, and owns Isle Entertainment. They have also collaborated as a songwriting duo on Tini Grey’s first LP, “Shades of Grey”, which can be found on ITunes and Amazon. They worked on a music video together called, “Company”, which can be seen on www.tinigrey.com.