Rafael Tubongbanua

Rafael Tubongbanua, assistant professor of nursing, became a U.S. citizen Jan. 15.
A native of the Philippines, Tubongbanua moved to the U.S. in 2015 and has been at Truman since 2017. He teaches nursing assessment and fundamentals I and II, along with human nutrition.
“Being a U.S. citizen is a life-changing learning experience for me,” he said. “I appreciate the acceptance and respect that was shown to me here. As a nurse educator, I would like to thank the nursing faculty and students at Truman for the support, care and understanding. It feels like home.”
One of the aspects of life in his adopted homeland Tubongbanua enjoys the most is the food.
“I love bacon, and the best bacon I have ever tasted is in the United States,” he said. “Bacon is life.”

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