Aurora Soriano Cudal, D Hum (h.c.) is an advocate for social justice and Filipino American community empowerment. For the last twenty years she has demonstrated outstanding leadership, excellence in community service, and extensive coalition building in San Diego. Aurora graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1952. Aurora was a public health educator and administrator in the Philippines for almost forty years. She also worked as an international public health and drug prevention consultant, consulting for the World Health Organization and the governments of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Aurora returned to the University of the Philippines in the 1980s and went on to complete all of the requirements for a Doctor in Public Health degree, except for her dissertation defense. Her academic work and service to the university were recognized with an honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Humanities, awarded in 2003 in Manila. Aurora retired from her long career in education and public health and chose to immigrate to San Diego.
Aurora has been married to her husband Winlove for the past fifty-eight years and they have seven children, twenty grandchildren, four great- grandchildren. In addition to her rich family life, Aurora has been actively involved in the Methodist Church both locally and internationally. Aurora applied her extensive experience and education in public health to assist the Filipino community in San Diego. She established the Filipino Help Center in 1993 and has received numerous awards for her community service and activism. She was the Chairperson and then the President of the Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County. During her tenure with COPAO she implemented job and health education programs and secured the fully-funded COPAO Building. She is currently the Region Chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). Aurora’s ongoing work as a community activist and advocate for the Filipino community is what makes her a model Multicultural Bridge Builder.