Gemma “Gem” Nazareno-Edquilang was 4 years old when she immigrated to the United States to join her family. Gem is the fifth child of seven, born to Tolentino and Magdalena Nazareno. Gem grew up in the Kalihi Valley, Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Farrington High School in 1988 and left Hawaii that same year to live in Northern California. Gem lived in San Jose, CA for 13 years before moving to Las Vegas, NV.
In the summer of 2001, Gem followed her brother and his family from San Jose to Henderson, Nevada. The following year, Gem’s brother introduced her to her future husband, Roxas Edquilang. Gem and Roxas have two boys who keep the family busy with school events, youth ministry, and football and basketball games and tournaments. Gem has been a resident of Clark County for over 18 years.