Angela Perez Baraquio (Miss Hawai'i 2000/Miss America 2001) also known as “Angie” has been a light to thousands of people. Her story is one like no other. As the eighth of ten children, Angie was born of Filipino immigrants who traveled to America in search of a better life for their family. Thirty years later, their daughter won the prestigious titles of Miss Hawai'i and Miss America and was able to travel all over the country to inspire others with her personal story of adversity, triumph, tragedy, and hope. In terms of diversity, Angela broke ground and made history as the first Asian-American woman, the only-Filipina woman, and the only teacher to win since the pageant’s inception in 1921.
The Miss America Organization is the largest scholarship provider for women in the world, and while progressing through the system, Angela earned the opportunity to graduate debt-free, earning over $100,000 in scholarship assistance during her three-year involvement competing in the Miss America system. Angela earned a B.Ed. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Speech and an M.Ed in Educational Administration both from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, in Honolulu, HI. She is the founder of the Angela Perez Baraquio Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is a credentialed teacher in both Hawai'i and California. Angela taught as an elementary classroom teacher in Catholic schools for five years. In 2003, Angela was invited by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush as a special guest to a State Dinner at the White House honoring Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. From 2006-2008 she served as a Presidential appointee to President George W. Bush's President's Council on Service and Civic Participation with 25 high-profiled members: including AOL's Jean Case, Colt's NFL Head Coach Tony Dungy, Michael W. Smith, Hillary Duff, and Patricia Heaton from Everybody Loves Raymond.
As Miss America, Angela visited over 40 states and traveled 20,000 miles a month on a national speaking tour called, “Character in the Classroom: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers”. Since then she has then become a wife, mother of four, classroom teacher, TV Host, author, and business owner. However, in the midst of life’s many blessings, she has encountered tragedy, especially with the death of her younger brother who died by suicide in 2006. Angela continues to speak to national audiences about character education and her passion for life. She enjoys being able to inspire others to achieve their own goals and dreams.
Angela currently resides in Southern California with her husband and high school sweetheart, Tini Grey, and their three sons and daughter, Isaiah, Micah, Jonah, and Keilah. The couple owns a Polynesian entertainment company together. Angela continues to speak professionally at local and national events and is working on her first book.
In the past, Angela has served as a Spokesperson for First Hawaiian Bank, Catholic Charities, and the Hawai'i Food Bank. Today, she is a leader in Culture of Life issues and continues to be a strong advocate for Strong Families and Character Education in schools and communities. The former K-3 PE teacher and Athletic Director is currently a co-host on the Telly award-winning TV show, "Living Local with the Baraquios", which has aired statewide in Hawai'i, since 2004. At her core, Angela is a teacher…whether she is in her role as Miss America, a mother, or a business professional, she remains a teacher first.
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