Genevieve pursues her dream, models for a cause

Born of a Misamisnon (a native of Misamis Oriental, northern Mindanao, Philippines) 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 Communications in Mass media and minors 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 town in Misamis Oriental where I also came from.

Allow me first to talk about Genevieve’s mother Malou who lives in nearby Villanueva town. 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 Ybanes. 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 town. Her beauty shines through in her two daughters  Genevieve Megan and Alyson April.

Speaking of Genevieve—Genny to her friends--she would 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 is 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.


I am 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 then or her mother. But Genevieve is no stranger to the culture that her mother was raised in and she learned to respect her elders. She had two pleasant 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.

I also invite you dear readers to see her and other models in the “Passport for Fashion” hosted by Rita Miles.

The event is scheduled at 6:30 pm, April 26 at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28206. The proceeds will go to the Levine Children Hospital.


(Susan Palmes-Dennis is a veteran journalist from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao in the Philippines who works as a nanny in North Carolina. This page will serve as a venue for news and discussion on Filipino communities in the Carolinas. Read her blogs on susanpalmesstraightfrom the These and other articles also appear at

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