BCI Member Spotlight

Meet Cynthia Tadas

For 29 years, I lived in the Philippines with my family – my mom, 2 brothers and sister. My dad passed away when I was 13 years old.  My mom sacrificed a lot for my siblings and me to go to college. 

I grew up in Juban, Sorsogon (Bicol), my hometown, graduated college in Legaspi City, then moved to Manila after college.  I was so blessed to work for San Miguel Corporation for about 9.5 years before I moved to the US on a H1B – working visa, as SAP FICO (Financial and Controlling) Consultant.  SAP is a German Software solutions for managing business operations and customer relationships.  I learned SAP in SMC Philippines, and I was hired by one of the SAP Consulting firms based in San Jose, CA. As a consultant, travel is a must. 

I was assigned to different States in the US, as well in Rio de Janeiro,  Sao Paolo Brazil and Bogota, Colombia.  My company was based in San Jose, CA where I met my husband, Jiggs Tadas, got married in Lake Tahoe and again in Manila.  After my project ended in Phoenix as a SAP consultant, I decided to work in a non-consulting firm as we were already planning  to start a family, then found a job and landed here in Indianapolis.  

At first, we thought of staying only for a year, then we met a lot of good friends already, started to love my work/company, and we already have our 2 beautiful children – Athena and Dylan. The low cost of living and no traffic is a plus, so we decided to stay for good and raise our kids here.  I think this is where we’re meant to, and all these is with God’s blessings. 

We are happy that we made the right decision to live in this “nap town”: slow-paced,  no traffic, a nice place to raise the kids. The kids were born here, so this is now our home.  As we wanted our kids to introduce and learn the Filipino culture and traditions, my husband and I decided to join the BCI.

By joining the BCI and as active members and previous officers of the BCI, we met a lot of good friends that treat us like our own family, the BCI dance group is one of them.  Our kids learned a lot about the  Philippine traditions, culture and enjoyed the dance practices with their friends, and of course all the food!  The BCI events like Fiesta, Sta Cruzan, picnics, Christmas balls, Caroling, and many more, remind us of the Philippines. 

As for my hobby, I love to cook Filipino delicacies and other Filipino foods. My family loves to travel, hike, camp, and party! So, if you love parties and miss the Philippines, join BCI!!!