delos Reyes-Block, WW II guerilla fighter
(Reprinted from the Washingtonp
Mamerta Block, 98, a native of the Philippines
who fought against the Japa-nese occupation of her homeland
during World War II and later was director of a house
for international visitors in Washington, died March
11 at her home in Alexandria. She had cancer.
Mamerta de los
Reyes was a native of Cabiao and a graduate of La
Consolacion College in Manila. As a young woman, she
was a reporter for Commonwealth Advocate, a monthly
magazine in Manila that her family owned. She also
was involved in a women's suffrage movement in the
When the Japanese
began their invasion of the Philippines, her family
became swept up in events. Her second husband, Pedro
Blanco, who joined the Allied forces retreating to
the Bataan peninsula, died shortly after he was captured.
Her father and two brothers also were killed in fighting.
She agreed to help the guerrilla forces but was caught.
was six months pregnant, my husband was just buried,
and they took me to Fort Santiago in Manila,"
she told The Washington Post in a 1991 profile. "I
was tortured for three months."
She said she escaped
when her torturers mistook her comatose body for dead
and was removed from the place in an ambulance with
three corpses. When an attendant heard her heartbeat
with a stethoscope, the ambulance driver took her
to a church hospital, where doctors saved the baby.
to do intelligence work in Manila until Gen. Douglas
MacArthur helped liberate the islands. In the late
1940s, she settled in the Washington area while working
as a special envoy of the Filipino Guerrilla Veterans
Legion, seeking money for Filipino veterans, war widows
Starting in the
early 1950s, she spent two decades as director of
the House on Nineteenth Street, a place for visitors.
She was a former
president of the D.C. Federation of Women's Clubs
and a member of the National Press Club. She wrote
a memoir, "The Price of Freedom: The Story of
a Courageous Manila Journalist" (2003).
Her first marriage, to Alfonso Mata, ended in divorce.
Two children from
the marriage died: Wilfredo Mata in the late 1970s
and Manuel Mata in 1995.
her husband of 59 years, Isaac Block of Alexandria;
three children from the first marriage, Nestor Mata
of Manila, Beatriz Bartolome of Fort Washington and
Emerita Capito of Tampa; two sons from the second
marriage, Florentino Blanco of Manassas and Pedro
Blanco of McLean; a daughter from the third marriage,
Aida Gordy of
Alexandria; 25 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
L. Santiago, 95
Jose L. Santiago of Washington D.C. died
last February 2005 at the age of 95. He was born in
Cadiz, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
He is survived
by his wife, Oki Young, daughters Cynthia, Erlinda
and several grandchildren. He is the eldest brother
of retired Maj. Elino Santiago of Skokie, member
of the Veteran Post #509 in Chicago.
Mr. Jose Santiago
graduated from the University of the Philippines
with a degree in Civil Engineering. He took his
masters degree in Management Engineering at Feati.
He was also an undergraduate in B.S. Architecture
at Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila.
He was connected
with the Department of Defense under the Chesapeake
Division of Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
He was a structural engineer of Tippetts-Abbett-McCathy-Stratton
in New York. He also served as a project engineer
in Korea as well as in Israel.
A memorial service
was held in his honor last February 17 at the First
Alliance Church in Washington, D.C. His remains
was cremated as requested.*
A. Villarin, 90
Bernardo A. Villarin, Sr. died on March 23
at the age of 90. Surviving him are his wife Gertrudes
de Leon-Villarin, their children Helen Wysmierski (John),
Mila Bensing (Ray) and Bernardo,Jr.(Emma), their 7 grandchildren
and 9 great grandchildren. A wake was held on March
26 and 27 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero
Ave. in Chicago. Internment was at Rosehill Cemetery
following a mass at St. Hilary Catholic Church on March
R. Barquez, 88
Mama Nila as Leonila Rabano-Barquez is fondly
called by her loved ones, passed on at Swedish Covenant
Hospital in Chicago on March 23. She is survived by
her daughters Josefina B. Almonte (Ric), Luz B. Bilag
(Wilfredo) and her son, Mark (Yolanda); 17 grandchildren
and 18 great grandchildren and her brother Jose Rabano
(Ester). She was preceded in death by her husband Jose
and her two other children, Betty Encinas (David) and
Romencio (Naty). Mrs. Barquez was born in Oas, Albay.
to Chicago in 1972.
A wake was held
at Colonial-Wcjciechowski Funeral Homes, 8025 Golf
Rd., in Niles. Burial was set at All Saints Cemetery
in Des Plaines after a memorial mass at St Lambert’s
in Skokie on March 29.*
Juana Cruz-Bautista died in Bloomington, Illinois
after a lingering illness. She was 81. Mrs. Bautista
was eulogized as a very loving, caring and helpful individual
by her brother, Felix and by her grandchildren.
Born in Guguinto,
Bulacan where she was a business owner, she migrated
to Chicago to join her children. She preceded in death
her husband, Jose and her siblings Jose and Clarita
She is survived
by her children Jaime, Jose, Jr.,Joselita, Angelita
Intal, Robert, Larry, Elvie Intal, and Myrna.; also
by her brothers and sisters, Pedro, Felina Augustin,
Amelita, Guillermo, Fortunata, Felix, Teresita dela
Vega and Damaso.
A wake was held
at Salerno-Rosedale Funeral Home in Roselle. A memorial
mass was celebrated at St Matthew Catholic church
in Glendale Hts., followed by the burial at Queen
of heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Pedro B. Adriatico, 81
Pedro B. Adriatico, a retired teacher in Bangued,
Abra where he was
born, died on March 13 in Elgin, Illinois.
A prayer service
was held in his memory at Laird Funeral Home in
Elgin. His remains were flown to his hometown on March
21 for internment
at Lagangilang Municipal Cemetery.
He is survived
by his wife Rosa, his children Rev. Jerome Adriatico,
Chito, Sonny, Bert, Nestor, Victor, Marcel and 12
Justice Francis Garchitorena, 67
Former Sandiganbayan Justice Francis Garchitorena
passed away February 25 due to a bout with cancer.
According to media
reports, Garchitorena had been confined at the Makati
Medical Center for six weeks while undergoing medical
treatment. He had been diagnosed as having brain tumors
who had been 67 years old, was a noted anti-Marcos
activist and took to the streets after the assassination
of opposition senator Benigno Aquino in 1983.
At the anti-graft
court, Garchitorena had presided over the corruption
trial of ousted Pres. Joseph Estrada.
He retired in
October 2002 after he admitted he could not meet the
Supreme Court's deadline for him to dispose of the
backlog of cases at the Sandiganbayan First Division,
which he chaired.
He was married
to Vicky Garchitorena, the former head of the Presidential
Management Staff under President Gloria Arroyo.
Born on January
8, 1938, in Kobe, Japan, he held the position of presiding
justice of the Sandiganbayan from 1986 until 2002.
As presiding justice, he inspired his subordinates
and colleagues with his wit and was known for his
integrity and professionalism.
In an editorial,
the Manila Bulletin wrote: “Throughout his service
until he retired, he steered the anti-graft court
through its most different phases, taking charge of
a number of celebrated cases. When he left the Sandiganbayan,
he was lauded for his decision by his peers and other
jurists who asserted that in his work, the late Presiding
Justice Garchitorena activated the doctrine of delicadeza.”
S. Panlilio, 31
Sherwin S. Panlilio died last March 24 at their
home in Wheeling, Illinois. His lifeless body was found
by his mother, Lilia Panlilio late Maundy Thursday after
she came home from work.
Mr. Panlilio, single,
went to Northern Illinois University business school.
A former resident of Skokie, he graduated from St. Lambert’s
Parochial School and from Niles North High School. At
the time of his death he as working at IMS in Morton
Aside from his
mother, he is survived by his father Carlito, and
his sisters, Aimee and Iby.
A two-day wake
was held March 28-29 at Kolssak Funeral Home, 189
S. Milwaukee in Wheeling. Memorial mass was celebrated
at St. Alphonsus Liquori Church and the burial followed
at Maryhill Catholic Cemetery in Niles March 30.