When she was only a teenager, Trinie Bowling spied on the Japanese in her native Philippines during World War II, reporting back to officials on enemy movements. Little did she know that her deep-seated patriotism would years later lead to an unabashed love of country in the United States, and as a "political guerilla" for the Republican Party.
After emigrating to the United States, Bowling became a stalwart activist for the GOP.
She met Congressman Duncan Hunter’s father, R.O. Hunter, several years ago at a new citizens’ swearing-in ceremony and became a new citizen GOP recruiter on behalf of both Republican Women’s Federated clubs and the local GOP. Bowling has now been a fixture in local Republican circles for more than three decades.
All of her hard work culminated in a thank you from President Bush on Thursday at Travis Air Force Base. During his California visit, Bush took the time to meet Bowling and personally thank her for service to country and party.
At 79, Bowling has been diagnosed with cancer and knows she doesn’t have long to live. "I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a long time. Now, it’s about time," she told San Diego 10News.
It was a special and deserving tribute for a very special lady. Her friend and fellow GOPer Dayna Hydrick said, "Trinie is a real trooper and one of the finest Republican women I’ve ever met."
God Bless you, Trinie Bowling.