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Santa Cruz’s first Filipino-American judge appointed to bench

The 49-year-old Santa Cruz County resident said he feels proud and blessed to be the county’s first judge of Filipino descent. He said he plans to invite high-ranking Filipino-American officials such as state Attorney General Rob Bonta and Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, as well as civil rights champion Judicial Appointments Secretary Luis Céspedes, to his investiture ceremony in coming months.