• Created Date
  • 1938
  • Description
  • Potenciano Parin Columna was born on May 19, 1905 in General Trias, Cavite, Philippines. He often went by “Parin Colombo.” Columna traveled to the United States in 1924, eventually moving to Los Angeles after brief stays in Vancouver, Seattle and New York. In 1933, Columna earned his pilot’s license, becoming the first Filipino pilot in the United States. During World War II, Columna served in the armed forces as a technician overseas. He was ... more
    Potenciano Parin Columna was born on May 19, 1905 in General Trias, Cavite, Philippines. He often went by “Parin Colombo.” Columna traveled to the United States in 1924, eventually moving to Los Angeles after brief stays in Vancouver, Seattle and New York. In 1933, Columna earned his pilot’s license, becoming the first Filipino pilot in the United States. During World War II, Columna served in the armed forces as a technician overseas. He was also a long-term member of the Caballeros de Dimas-Alang, a fraternal organization in the Filipino community and filled many important leadership roles. When Carlos Bulosan, a noted Filipino novelist, poet and labor activist, was ill with tuberculosis and receiving treatment at the Los Angeles County Sanitarium (now the USC Medical Center), Columna and the Caballeros raised funds to help cover Bulosan’s medical costs and try to send Bulosan back to the Philippines to recover. Columna also acted as the manager of The Luau, a Polynesian... less
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