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Inspiring Stories from South San Diego

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the San Diego’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from South San Diego below.

Arman Raga

I’m was born in the Philippines then moved to the U.S. when I was 11 years old. Since I was little, I’ve been in love with art (drawing, dance, music, fashion, etc.) Only later in high school where I first encounter photography. Then I picked up a camera and actually started shooting. I was in and out of it, shooting friends, landscapes, the street, just trying to capture real and candid moments. Then I was invited to a photo meet up in June of 2017, and that’s where it all started. Read more>>

Alanna Buenaflor Agcarao

I was born and raised in San Diego! I am currently living in Chula Vista. There is no place like home in South San Diego! I come from a big, supportive, loving family and have a daughter, Luna, who is my sun, my moon, and all my stars. She’s my biggest inspiration behind my brand, Mumsterville. I have been working in the beauty industry for about seven years with a background in makeup artistry and salon management. In between that time, what started off as a hobby during any downtime making hair bows for kids, or as I like to refer them to “little ghouls,” turned into a little online shop that has fulfilled me so much. Read more>>

Jose Escobar

I took photography classes in High School where I learned to develop film and such. Then, I actually never realized it would be my passion and my business until years later. I went to college, got a job in the IT field, then picked up a camera years later in 2010 shooting mainly video. I fell in love with the landscape and architectural photography as a fun hobby. A close friend of mine was working on his own business of being a fitness coach and personal trainer; he was getting recognized and published in fitness magazines as he wanted to start modeling. Read more>>

Ninfa Pacheco

Born and raised in San Diego; Sweetwater, high school graduate class of 07. I’ve always been artistic when I was little I would always win art contests, and I had teachers that went out of their way to get me scholarships or community projects. I started tattooing about two years ago when my daughter Ahri-Luna was born. Read more>>

Allison Ray Benavides

Every part of my world changed when my three-year-old son was diagnosed with a catastrophic seizure disorder. When he didn’t respond to conventional treatments, I became frenzied to find alternatives. To cope, I leaned heavily on my strengths as medical social worker. Read more>>

Astrid Montalvo

When I was in my early teen years, I was bullied for having no fashion sense and dressing in boy’s clothing. I was a tomboy all throughout high school until I graduated and went to College. By age 19, I became eagerly interested in Fashion and learned how to properly dress my body type. By 20, I went into Marketing/Merchandising for big brand companies like Express, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal & F21. By 22, I became a personal stylist at Express for men. By age 24, I decided to branch out and become a personal stylist for women. Read more>>

Alex Quezada

So, I started off learning how to DJ and mix when I was in middle school about 6-7 years ago, maybe about like 8th grade or so. I didn’t know what I was doing, I was just barely learning the basics in my bedroom every day, just sort of messing around. It was around this time that I had attended my first ever EDM event here in San Diego called “I Love This City” in 2012. After attending that, after knowing the effects that the music could have on all these people, connecting everyone together, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Fast forward 3-4 years to high school, EDM had basically taken over my life at this point. Read more>>

Kathie Moehlig

My desire to be of services to others has been with me my entire adult life. I was ordained as a minister at age 30, not because I wanted to be a minister of a church giving ‘sermons’ on Sundays but because I wanted to serve others. I have worked or volunteered for nonprofits my whole adult life. Starting in my early twenties, after I became clean & sober, I realized that my passion revolved around helping others. I found myself always being the first one at events lending a hand and being one of the last people to leave ensuring the ‘clean up’ was done. Read more>>

Raquel Castro

It’s been a lifetime goal of mine to become a well-known artist throughout my community. I began drawing at the age of 4. I’ve been doodling ever since. By the time I was in middle school, I was determined to become an artist. I started off very humble. I was a shy girl when it came to speaking up in class, and it was even worse when it came to showing off my art. I felt that my peers were going to laugh at me and judge my art style, but what do they know? They’re middle schoolers! Read more>>

Giselle Lopez

I was born and raised in San Diego. My family is from Tijuana, and I spend a lot of my childhood down there, crossing daily in order to see my grandparents and cousins. I am the fourth kid out of five which I think is the main reason as to why I’ve always wanted to stand out. As a kid, I loved music and fashion. Especially in the novelas, I would watch. They inspired me to not dress like your average person, but like a character every day. That’s what has inspired me to start a fashion line where people feel themselves, feel comfortable, and most importantly, confident. Read more>>


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