Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I just wanted to share Mommy's Funeral procession pictures, 28DEC2010 Mangatarem Pangasinan

Cousins, Uncles and Aunties,

I would like to share Mom's last trip
as her funeral procession takes her to
Saint Raymmund's Church in Mangatarem Pangasinan
and finally to her resting place at Saint John's Cemetery
in Mangatarem Pangasinan.

Click on the image or link below:

to view Mom's Funeral Procession pictures:

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Thank You letter to Mom

A Thank You letter to Mom
by Marivic Sinlao

They say we all come into this world with nothing...
but we had a remarkable Mom who fed and led us,
provided and prayed for us, loved and encouraged us,
She sacrificed her needs , gave us happiness,
acceptance, and self-worth ...

So really, we came in this world with everything.
Mommy, thank you for loving and helping us.
We discover the blessings that come from the one who loves us all, GOD.
Your kindness, devotion, humility , being soft-spoken, simplicity, and
your countless act of love… all these gave us our first
gentle glimpse of God!

Know how grateful we are, for the way you had raised us,
for teaching the value of integrity and work.

We are proud of how much you have accomplished
not just being a mother... You had been a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend.

You are someone who was talented, hardworking, compassionate,
religious and yet stayed being so simple.

Thank you Mom from all of us. We love you dearly,
we will surely miss you!

Our hugs and kisses to Dad. Tell him, your mission
here on earth were both exceptionally accomplished!

We salute you both! We will treasure your legacy forever!

Mom's Life Story

by Julius Sinlao

On September 19,1927, Mom was born in Mangatarem Pangasinan.
Mom was born to parents Francisco Estabillo from Quetegan,
Mangatarem Pangasinan and Cornelia Ramos from Poblacion, Mangatarem Pangasinan.

She was the fourth child of eight siblings.
Grandpa Francisco realized the importance of education
and made sure that the Estabillo siblings attended school
and finish College.

Mom went on to pursue Bachelor of Science degree in Education,
major in Home Economics at University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City Philippines.
She then went on to pursue a career as an
Elementary School Teacher. She was the epitome of a Career
Woman/ Working Mother that is typical of today's modern woman.

One of her first assignments as a Public School Teacher
was in the Barangay of Dalangiring in San Carlos Pangasinan.
It was there that Mom met Dad whose Barrio was just nearby.
It was while being a teacher in Dalangiring that Dad courted Mom.
My Dad, Julian Sinlao, also happened to be serving as a Sailor in the United States Navy.

Although Dad was stationed overseas while serving
as a Sailor in the US Navy, he was brave enough to try for Mom's heart,
and gathered enough courage to communicate with her
through love letters every week.

Mom could not resist the charm and beauty of Dad's amorous and charming
love letters. After all, Mom was the source of Dad's inspiration.

Back in those days, asking for marriage meant Dad's parents had
to go through Mom's parent's permission for Marriage.
And so all protocols were satisfied and in April 11, 1955,
Mom and Dad got married at Saint Raymund's
Church in Mangatarem, Pangasinan. This day was the start of
fifty five years of unwavering faithfulness and commitment through marriage.

One of the places that Dad was stationed to was Guam.
There, Mom and Dad welcomed their first and only
daughter: Christine. After having their first born, three boys
followed: Fidel, Eugene, and Julius.

In 1962, Mom and Dad built a house in Baguio where they raised their four children.
While Dad continued to be stationed abroad in the US Navy, Mom
was the unwavering source of Dad's support and strength, courage in raising their family.

Mom instilled in her children the love of God, to serve Him, she developed a
love God at home. She taught that being fair towards others was a virtue.
She always love, compassion for one's neighbors.

She continued to pursue her career as a School Teacher
while raising four children. She then became an Elementary School Teacher
at Irisan, a Barangay of Benguet Province. She then transferred to Lucban Elementary School in Baguio City where she taught Home Economics and became the School's Nutritionist until her retirement.

Mom was also active in her local Parish at Don Bosco Parish in Trancoville Baguio City. She was part of the Catholic Womens League, being active in spreading the Catholic faith to others.

Mom had an ardent love for God, the Blessed Mother.
At home, a love for the Blessed Mother and her message was
revered. It was not unusual for her to gather all four kids,
make them kneel before the image of the Blessed Mother and The Holy Family
and pray the Holy Rosary every Saturday night.

This love of God set the theme and orientation of the family for years to come.

After years of hard work, Mom retired in 1985 from her career as a School Teacher.
It was then that she developed hip bone problems from years of prolonged standing
during her work as a Teacher. She undergone hip bone replacement but started having mobility problems from then on.

One of Mom's influences was her way of cooking. She believed that
it doesn't require expensive ingredients to make flavorful food and dishes at home.
She was so conscious about healthy eating habits, avoiding unhealthy foods
such as Soft Drink beverages, carcinogenic foods such as Longanisa.

God played a crucial part throughout Mom and Dad's life. It was common to see Mom and
Dad pray daily together. Both of them shared a common passion which is the love for God, and share a life of prayer. Both shared an devoted life of praying the Holy Rosary and Divine Mercy together.

Mom believed in honesty, simplicity in life,gentleness, morality.

Our families loves you so much Mom. You will be missed.

Click image below to view more of Mom's pictures,
or go to:

Generosa Estabillo Sinlao
September 19,1927 - December 22, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Message from the Niño Family

My Family’s 2010 Annual Report

How time really flies fast.All of a sudden, Christmas is again in our midst.

We should not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas despite its commercial undertones.

Christmas is a season for reflection about our spirituality and God’s love. Christmas has many meanings to us as Christians. Not only to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ but to be re-connected with kin, friends and people dear to us near and far whom we had fond memories in the past. Let’s pause then for a while to greet you a warm Christmas . We have so many things to thank for. Let’s therefore count our blessings.

Note: If image above does not show, click on link below to see our Chirstmas 2010 Greeting Card:

Despite the economic downturn that pervades in our world today, I’m glad that we are still blessed as a family and are able to survive uncertainties for the last 12 months.

Our wonderful accomplishment this year was our trip to Europe: England, France, Italy, Monaco and Vatican.

Our European journey with Myrna opened our eyes. We were impressed by the countries and their dazzling capitals with their rich, vibrant and colorful histories. This journey, a dream-come-true for us, would not have been possible or as memorable, exciting and so wonderful had it not been for the warm hospitality and red carpet welcome of my close relatives where we stayed. It was a double treat for us because we were able to reconnect with them while at the same time they showed us around the tourist destinations and historical landmarks of these awesome countries.

London and England provided us tastes of their royalty, great museums, ribbons of subways and surface trains that made our trips so comfortable. We were also amazed by the storied Stratford where the great dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born. Italy afforded us glimpses of its ancient history especially the splendor of Rome, idyllic countryside abundant with vineyards. Vatican swept us with the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica and spiritual wealth of Sistine chapel. France delighted us with the massive landmarks of Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe on the crossroad of fashionable Champs Elysees , sweeping vistas of Nice and Cannes by the Meditteranian Sea. The small principality of Monaco charmed us with its picture-perfect and breathtaking beauty. Despite their allure, I still prefer to live in the U.S. or the Philippines for many reasons too detailed to enumerate here.

On the personal side, my other remarkable accomplishment is my retirement effective Dec. 30, after 27 years of continued service with the State of California’s Board of Equalization as sales tax collector. I can’t hardly wait to be free of huge responsibilities. It’s a Christmas gift for myself. Now, I have all the time to pursue other interests like music, raising exotic plants, be self-employed and engaged in business and tax consulting, income and sales tax preparations, newspapering, advertising, public relations, event planning, graphic designs, printing brokerage, etc. I envision It as a one-stop shop.

Myrna and Denver are leaving for the Philippines on Dec. 17. I’ll take care of the fort while they are away. They’ll be back on Jan. 7, 2011. Myrna also plans to retire in 2011. Denver enjoys his job as occupational therapist with a children’s hospital.

We wish you a blessed Christmas and a more prosperous New Year. Let’s keep Christ at Christmas!

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

A Bye gesture at Dad

I dreamt of my Dad this morning.

I dreamt I was riding a Bus ready
to zoom away, while Dad was standing
at a Bus Stop, wearing a Coat and Tie
and carrying a suitcase.

While the bus was moving, I was waving
my hands with a bye gesture at Dad and
saying "Goodbye Dad", while he was
waving back at me.

His 40 days must be approaching....