Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago passed away on Sept. 29 after battling lung cancer. She was 71.
She graduated valedictorian in grade school, high school, undergraduate school, and law school in the Diliman campus. In 1965, Santiago graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines Visayas. Santiago served in all three branches of the government that spanned almost three decades. She became a special assistant to the Secretary of Justice for ten years. She became a legal officer to the United Nations afterwards due to her constitutional and international law knowledge and experience. After serving as a regional trial court judge, Immigration commissioner and then as Secretary of Agrarian Reform, Santiago ran for president but lost in the 1992 race. She ran and lost again in the 1998 presidential polls. She ran for president a third time in the 2016 race, but lost. She served as senator from 1995 to 2001, and then from 2004 to 2016. She was the only Asian from a developing country to win a seat as a judge at the International Criminal Court, but failed to serve her term due to her illness. (Inquirer News)
Romula “Romee” Franco Abaygar, a former dentist at Franco Dental, passed away on Oct. 4 She was 72. She was a native of Zamboanga Del Norte.
Romee earned her degree from the University of Santo Tomas. She completed two years of medical school but was too ill to pass the makeup exam. So she withdrew from medical school and enrolled in the College of Music at the University of the East in Manila. Eventually she switched to Dentistry and completed dental school.
She earned a Masters degree in Dental Public Health and Orthodontics.
In 1992, Romee was granted her license to practice dentistry, and she, along with her sister, Emma, also a dentist, provided care to thousands of patients over the years. Romee’s longstanding office was Franco Dental in Glendale Heights, Illinois.
Romee suffered a massive second stroke rendering her brain dead on Oct. 3. She wished to donate her organs after death and was able to do so. Her death was officially declared on Oct. 4 and the following evening, a patient who was waiting for a liver transplant gained a new chance at life.
Romee is survived by her husband Rolando; children Rochella and Rolando; and five grandchildren, Eden, Selah, Cadence and Lincoln Ostrowski, and Jomar Abaygar. She is survived by her siblings Leonides Franco Chua, Dr. Emma Franco Gonzalez, Bernardo Franco, and Dr. Pacita Franco Pizarro. Romee is also survived by her son-in-law Andy Ostrowski and daughter-in-law Joann Dollente Abaygar.
Dr. Adolfo M. Maglaya died on Oct. 11. He was 76. He retired after 42 years as a physician in Chicago. He is survived by his wife Corazon; children Chona Boland, Joy Maheras, Cora Maglaya and Mark Maglaya; and grandchildren Olivia, William, Maggie, Lily, and Miles. Sibling of Dennis (Bernadette), Gregory (Patti), Rita (William) McNicholas, Mary Jo (Kevin) Daly, James (Donna).
He obtained an Associate of Arts degree from the University of the East, and finished his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC). Dr. Maglaya migrated to Chicago in 1966 where he completed a rotating internship and residency. He also completed Fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Hines VA Hospital.
There was an acute shortage of physicians in 1970. Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) who had finished their residency training were leaving Illinois because they were not allowed to take the licensing examination in Illinois. As President of the The Philippine Medical Association of Chicago (PMAC), Dr. Maglaya negotiated with the Illinois Medical Society to sponsor a bill in Springfield to allow foreign medical graduates to take the licensing examination. Wake held at Kerry Funeral Home in Palos Heights on Oct. 14-15. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Adelina Ocampo Manianglung passed away on Oct. 3 at the age of 87. She was born in San Rafael, Tarlac City. She was predeceased by husband Meneleo David Manianglung, who with Adelina, migrated to the U.S. in 1981. They raised six children: Admen (Beth), Myrna, Jessie (Gloria), Vilma (Greg), Liza (Ernie Morales), Ester (Jun Fernandez). She had ten grandchildren (Carmen, Leomar, Chris, Grayson, Gringo, Kristin, Jean, Joyce, Justin, and Brianna) and two great-grandchildren (Christian and Dylan). Wake held Oct. 3 at Oehler Funeral Home in Des Plaines. Funeral mass held at Our Lady of Ransom Church in Niles. Interment Mary Hill Catholic Cemetery.
Basanio Fontanilla passed away on Oct. 12. He was 81 years old. He was the husband of Teresita; father of Renato, Roselyn (JoJo) Ladisla, Rachel, Ronel, John Carlo and the late Roceliz; grandfather of Ryle, Jhuren and Kristen; brother of Fe, Elma, Anna Padua, Onofre, Nora, the late Rebecca and the late Amy. Wake was held Oct.12 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, in Niles. Funeral Service Oct. 13 starting at the funeral home and proceeding to St. Isaac Jogues Church for funeral Mass.
Lourdes B. Salvador, 91
Lourdes B. Salvador, 91, died on Oct. 5. She was wife of the late Santos and mother of Adelaida S. Singhaseni, Josefina S. Escasa, Victoria S. (Carlos) Aquino, Eduardo B. (Marisa F.) Salvador, Cristina S. (Eduardo) Cabo, Mark Joerell (Abigail D.) Salvador and Jan Rey Salvador. She was the grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 4. She was the sibling of Emmanuel, Abraham, Elena, Ferdinand and Marietta. Wake was held Oct. 7 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago. Funeral mass was held at St. Hilary Church. Interment private.