Mary Soriano shares her love of life and family as a La Jolla Town Council trustee
Born in the Philippines (my biological father remarried), my American father, who served in the Air Force, fell in love with my mother and her two daughters (my sister and I), and brought us to America. We were stationed in Boise, Idaho, returned to the Philippines, and eventually came to San Diego. I grew up practicing the Jewish and Christian beliefs from my father’s family, though my mother’s side is Roman Catholic. I believe religion provides a good foundation.
While six months pregnant, I survived being the victim of a crime where the attacker was sent to prison on the counts of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and robbery. My son was my saving grace; because of him, I fought for life.
Only recently have I became comfortable knowing I am doing my best to be a great provider, as a single mother, taking a pay cut from a job in the computer industry to be available to volunteer for his school activities.
I put myself through community college, and then UC San Diego studying computer science. I entered the workforce at sales positions and then worked in the computer field troubleshooting Windows 98 DOS. Next, I set up computer networks for small businesses.
I feel fortunate to have a place to call home after moving a lot as a child, and bringing up my son where Mother Ocean is near and the people have become family.
As a proprietor of Mary’s Lumpia and a trustee on La Jolla Town Council, I love giving back to the community that has given me an opportunity to make a positive difference.
What brought you to La Jolla?
The hut at WindanSea reminded me of the Philippine Islands … and great surf!
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
I would balance keeping La Jolla quaint and a treasured jewel with the need for growth.
Who or what inspires you?
People who don’t give up despite life’s obstacles, and who continue pursuing life with passion and seeing beauty in the slightest things.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Family, Harriet Tubman, Mary Lou Retton, Jeff Rasmussen (a dear friend going through treatment for a brain tumor), and The Rat Pack.
What are you reading?
I enjoy reading books on philosophy and world economics.
What is it that you most dislike?
Stepping on gum.
What is your most-prized possession?
Hunter Villines. As much as I’m here to guide my son along life’s journey, he’s such a wise and gentle soul. I love taking care of him — from our hot cocoa 5:30 a.m. run before school to supporting him with his newfound passion, playing football for La Jolla High School.
What do you do for fun?
Surf, sunset strolls on the beach, cycling, rollerblading through the Village at night, skateboarding, swimming, walking around the Village with a cup of hot cocoa and a dash of my own stash of cayenne saying “good morning” to businesses and passersby. I enjoy my responsibility to my community as a La Jolla Town Council trustee. I appreciate the opportunity to be in a position of trust.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
“Just roll with it!” Mary’s Lumpia.
What would be your dream vacation?
That dream is soon to come true now that my son is old enough to appreciate and take in culture and diversity through traveling. He is well versed in the Roman-era, hint hint.
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