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In Memory of Alegria A. Javier-Obien



“God could not be everywhere so He created a mother.”  Yes, she carried us for 9 months, nurtured us, watched us as we slept, spent sleepless nights when we’re sick, broke her heart everytime we cried, cheered us up when we’re down, guided us so we won’t go astray, served as our first teacher who taught us not only to read and write but also manners, values, discipline, responsibilities, etc., made a home a haven, provided us with roots and wings (roots to know where we belonged and wings to spread and fly off in order to practice what had been taught), and did her best to give the perfect upbringing that molded us for what we are today. The best love ever… I never pictured a world or life without a mother. Not without a mom…


I was reconnected with Johnvi Javier recently on social media and got to know her beloved mom passed away in November 2016.  My mother joined our Creator last November 2017. I could easily relate to the emotional turmoil of grief when losing the most important person in one’s life, the love one who had a tremendous influence over her children. The first thing flashed through my mind was the wonderful family his mom raised, a great contribution to our nation.


Mrs. Alegria A. Javier-Obien, known as “Ate Baby” to many, was a Radio Veritas anchor with a program, “God Will Make A way”. She was a founder of  HESL Ministries (From Woundedness to Wellness to Wholeness) and authored a book, “A Path to Wholeness, Healing the Eight Stages of Life”. Her daughter, Princess Javier Castro, followed her footsteps as a Radio Broadcaster of DZXL.


Tita Baby finished grade school with flying colors and graduated salutatorian in high school.  She’s a product of the University of the Philippines with a Foreign Service degree. She earned Masteral in Management at the University of the East, M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Ateneo de Manila University and pursued PhD at Miriam College.


She was a top executive (SVP) of Union Bank and upon retirement, she had a career shift from banking to counseling, being a Registered Guidance Counselor. There was a time she taught Business Ethics at De La Salle University and Ramon del Rosario Graduate School of Business.


I would say she accomplished so much and lived her life to the fullest. Her success was reflected to her children who became successful in their own fields of endeavor by keeping God as the center of their lives. As far as I know, her son was promoted to the position of Brigadier General of the Philippine Army. Another son was holding a high post at San Miguel Corporation. They’re such a gem!


When she passed away, she left beautiful memories and legacies that handed down from one generation to another. She’s an inspiration and a driving force to move on. For the living, life must go on.




Our departed mothers serve as our angels from heaven. They watch over us. They don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.









Living With Parents & Grandparents: Their Legacies

We grew up beyond our nuclear family, with parents and grandparents. They left fond memories which we cherish and treasure.



Mrs. Rosita Villacorta Lipardo & Mr. Fernando Vergel Lipardo, Sr.



I’m not scared to fall because I started from scratch. I’ve tasted the bitterness and sweetness of life. Being on top is not my dream because I know when I reach the peak, there’s no way to go higher but to go down. Life has turns, full of ups and downs. I like a simple and happy life. It’s not the length of life that matters but the quality of life.

Education and deep-rooted values are the legacies of my parents which can’t be stolen. Material wealth can be disappeared in a split second.

I learned from them that people change but morality is consistent because God is constant. Life is like a game. It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, what matters is how you play the game.




Mrs. Pacita Villasanta Villacorta & Mr. Amado Monedero Villacorta, Sr.


“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.” ~Excerpt

I grew up with my grandparents and vividly remembered them. Lolo Amado (grandpa) taught me to rise whenever I fall.  When I reached Grade 4, I started hating Mathematics especially fractions, decimals and percents. I had so much confusion in solving them when my grandpa started teaching me some mathematical techniques including Algebra. He inspired me to learn and love Math.

I studied in a public school where students seldom use English. Essay writing was a big deal for me. Lola Pacita (grandma) was always there to teach me basic sentence construction and finally ended up with an effective essay writing. She taught me simplicity in everything even in writing style. Yes! She’s right. In English or any language, you have to express yourself, not to impress others.

She used to bring us to pay a visit to her lovely siblings. Her sister in Binan, Laguna, Lola Pitang, held family reunions to bind them together. Her brother was living a few blocks away from home, Lolo Bening Villasanta, whom we used to meet and spend time especially on special occasions. Lolo Bening, the father of Ariel Villasanta (Filipino celebrity, first cousin of Joey de Leon) was a good-looking person with a beautiful soul. His wife, Mommy Elvie Ramos Villasanta, known for being a celebrity mom, always wore a smile on her face. She used to serve us desserts like ice cream and fruit salad. My grandma’s another sister was living in San Juan, Metro Manila. Their street was named after her husband, Lt. Jose M. Artiaga, Jr., one of the heroes of Korean war. I saw a road named after him in the vicinity of Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Baguio City.

There are countless, priceless treasures they inherited us, not to mention the moral values which are handed down from one generation to another.

Kudos to my grandparents! If not because of them, I won’t be a successful Math and English teacher in a Cambridge School.

“Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure, the founders of a loving legacy, the greatest storytellers, the keepers of traditions that linger on in cherished memory. Grandparents are the family’s strong foundation. Their special love sets them apart. Through happiness and sorrow, through their special love and caring, grandparents keep a family close at heart.” ~Excerpt

In Memory of Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Jr.


With the Late Philippine Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Jr. (middle) and Philippine Consul Conrado Demdem, Jr. (left)

First of May, it flashed through my mind our beloved Ambassador Lucenario. I suddenly googled his name and found out it was May 8, 2015, Friday, when he was among the diplomats who were killed in a helicopter crash in Naltar, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. He was the Ambassador to Pakistan for about 2 years (April 2013 – May 2015).

It was a tragic accident and the Filipino community in Pakistan was devastated upon knowing the demise of our ambassador. It’s a great loss.

He left precious memories as being a remarkable and kind-hearted person. I was lucky to meet him with our Consul in Karachi. He appreciated my family and achievements. I remembered a smile on his face who’s ready to lend a sympathetic ear to anyone and solve any issues.

Upon knowing he graduated from Manuel L. Quezon University with a degree of A.B. Political Science (magna cum laude), I told him my husband took MBA and PhD to the same university. A lawyer by profession, he earned his Bachelor of Laws at the San Beda College of Law in 1984, the same year he passed the bar exams. What I gathered information, he had a Master of Laws degree from the University of Manila. He pursued a Doctorate degree in Civil Law at the University of Santo Tomas, my Alma Mater. In addition, he attained a Diploma in International Relations in Berlin, Germany.

Ambassador Lucenario was the only Filipino diplomat with 3 major presidential awards as a diplomat.

He’s the Project Manager of the Philippine Machine Readable/E-Passport Program which benefited his countrymen especially the Overseas Filipinos.

To sum it up, I would say he lived the way he wanted to be remembered.  So inspiring with impressive character…


Hawaiian Girl


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