Gem has a hard time answering the question ‘What is your hometown?’
“I was born in the Philippines and lived in that country for 13
years,” she said. “I then immigrated to the US with my family
and settled in California where I graduated from the University of California
at Davis. Gem enjoys cooking, particularly Asian cuisine like Filipino,
Indian and Thai. She likes to check out local markets for herbs and spices.
Her interests revolve around seasonal activities such as golf, kayaking,
hiking and snowboarding.