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Marina Narvarte

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Marina Castillo Narvarte, originally from Manila, Philippines, is director of membership at Lodi Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in California since June 2012; this month, she shares what she appreciates about our community.

HLM: What do you love most about Lodi?
MN: What I have loved most about living here are the opportunities that are available whether it’s traveling, family time, learning the different cultures, and the amazing business ventures only California has to offer.

HLM: How is your heart inspired to serve the community?
MN: I serve because I believe that even one small act of kindness will create the biggest impact. 

HLM: What sparks joy in your life?
MN: The moments that really spark joy in my life are the connections I am able to build through my work. It is in knowing that I served the community I live in; it is all the smiles and connections being shared every day and the impact of building relationships that remind me I live a pretty good life.

HLM: How do you spend time away from work?
MN: When I am not investing my time in my business ventures, I really like to spend time outside gardening, completing self-care through spa activities and learning about different international cultures.

HLM: Top three goals on your bucket list?
MN: 1. Being able to travel and see as much of the world as possible. 2. See my siblings and I have successful careers and happy and healthy lives. 3. Be able to swim in the ocean freely!

HLM: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
MN: No matter the task, whether big or small, I am able to conquer it. Whatever the need is, I will find a way to ensure it is fulfilled.

HLM: What event has had the greatest impact on your life?
MN: The event that not only impacted my life but my family’s was when I donated my kidney to my eldest daughter. It was in that moment that we learned to accept what life had to offer us fearlessly, be resilient in the face of adversity and that there was strength in our faith.

HLM: What’s your favorite quote?
MN: “You are the decider of your life. No matter what anyone says or do, everything is ultimately up to you. It is your name and your legacy depends on your actions today.” – Marina Narvarte

HLM: What are you reading today?
MN: The Coming Jobs War by Jim Clifton.

HLM: What’s your favorite dessert?
MN: I would have to stick to my Filipino heritage and say that my favorite food is a sweet, warm and decadent soy pearl boba dessert called taho. It was a dessert that I grew up with and that I always enjoy.