From Teacher to Miss America

Angele Perez Baraquio: Miss America 2001
Angela Perez Baraquio: Miss America 2001


Media Contact: Ted Benito




Get ready for a faith-based, roller coaster ride with the first Asian-American Miss America, as she reveals how she tackled fame, depression,

suicide, and adversity of the most universal kind.

(Los Angeles, Calif., November, 2014) Angela Perez Baraquio, the first Asian-American and first teacher to be crowned Miss America in 2001, breaks her silence in her first book, Amazing Win, Amazing Loss . . . Miss America Living Happily, EVEN After. For years, fans have asked her to write a book telling her amazing story as the first Asian-American in the history of the organization to wear the crown. How did the O’ahu-born, small-town island teacher and basketball coach become a national figure seemingly overnight? Thinking her beauty pageant days were over, her basketball students dared her to try for the crown, just one more time. Angela tells the story of her “fairy-tale” adventure ― complete with romance, twists, horrors, shattered dreams, and dreams that came true. Through faith, family, and friends, the author reveals life as one of ten talented Filipino children in Hawai’i, and how she turned to her faith in God to try to stand out within the large family. She prayed for guidance through her triumphant wins, and turned to God when she faced fears, abandonment, her brother’s suicide, and the 9/11 tragedy in the public eye. Angela did it all with grace and dignity, and shares with women how they can handle life’s challenges too.

“While Hollywood writers eagerly develop new ideas and twists for the next blockbuster movie, Angela’s amazing story is a true winner. With faith, inner strength, and perseverance, Angela stayed true on the path to win in life, allowing her to be one of the most inspiring and uplifting motivational speakers today.”

−Pastor Tui Letuli, CEO/Founder, Pacific Talent Academy of the Arts

Angela will formally launch her debut book on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Cerritos Library, 18035 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, Calif., 90703 with a press conference at 2 p.m. followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing. The launch is sponsored by the City of Cerritos and will be hosted by Cerritos Mayor, the Honorable Mark Pulido. “We are honored and thrilled that we can be a part of Angela’s book launching,” said Mayor Pulido. “As an Asian-American, more specifically as a Filipino-American, Angela brings pride to our communities and is an inspiration to young women to develop their personality and leadership skills.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Angela Perez Baraquio resides in Los Angeles County, is married to singer/composer Tini Grey, and is a mother of four. She is a vice principal at a Catholic elementary school and sought-after worldwide motivational speaker. Ms. Baraquio is available for interviews and book signings. For media appearances, interviews, author bio, review copies, visit

Book Information: Publication date: September 2014 / 250 pages / Size: 6” x 9”

ISBN-10: 0990359409 / ISBN-13: 978-0990359401 / Available on

“Amazing Win, Amazing Loss…Miss America, Living Happily, Even After”

A Faith-Based Inspirational Memoir by Angela Perez Baraquio

Book launch, press conference and meet and greet

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2:00pm – 4:00pm

The Cerritos Library – Skyline Room

18025 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California 90703

Copies can be purchased on-site the day of the event for $25.

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