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Norma Romero Cariaga

December 8, 1945 - May 4, 2014
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She was born on December 8, 1945, to hardworking parents, Julio Romero and his wife Nena Esmane Romero. The oldest daughter to a brood of six, they named her NORMA ESMANE ROMERO. Norma, "Omang," as she was fondly called by many of the people whose lives she has touched, went on to live a life that was so "bittersweet." She grew up in Subic, Palauig, a small town in the province of Zambales, Philippines. She was a source of pride to her parents for being a consistent honor student all through her scholastic life. In her college years, she decided to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education...
She was born on December 8, 1945, to hardworking parents, Julio Romero and his wife Nena Esmane Romero. The oldest daughter to a brood of six, they named her NORMA ESMANE ROMERO.
Norma, "Omang," as she was fondly called by many of the people whose lives she has touched, went on to live a life that was so "bittersweet."
She grew up in Subic, Palauig, a small town in the province of Zambales, Philippines. She was a source of pride to her parents for being a consistent honor student all through her scholastic life. In her college years, she decided to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (B.S.E.Ed). She attended the Philippine Normal College (PNC) in Manila, Philippines and graduated "Cum Laude," to her credit. She was only 19 years old then.
After graduation, she went back to her hometown where she was born. There, she started her teaching career, a job she called "Vocation." She was a firm believer that young minds, when inspired, could do amazing things for the world. She had always cited RIZAL and his likes to prove this. Having a good head on her shoulders, she was equally appreciative of those people that stimulated the grey matter of the brain. She went on teaching and was promoted to become a principal during her years of service in Elementary Education.
In between teaching and its many challenges, she had welcomed another challenge in her life - MARRIAGE. She got married at the age of 21 years old, to Rudy Cariaga, a young sailor from her hometown, two years her senior. She was a proud mother of three children - Mylene, Rodel and Mahrees - who she always called "my reason for living."
When her children decided to pursue their own college education, she supported them and made room for those changes. She decided to become a college instructor. She tested the waters by starting as a part time professor at Columban College in Olongapo City, Philippines. There, yet again, she touched so many lives. She taught natural sciences and a variety of subjects to her students. She never limited herself to just being a mere teacher. She was a mentor and a friend, and has given the most genuine advise to anyone who solicit it. Only those whose lives she has touched were lucky enough to be living proofs of the grace of her wisdom and humor.
As life called for another change, she moved to Manila, Philippines. This time, she became a professor in the University of the East. She taught there for a few years. When all her children migrated to the United States of America, she decided to quit teaching and moved on to being with them.
Her family grew and she was blessed with nine grandchildren - Catrice, Camryn, Gianne, Abbygail, Camille, Christopher, Chandler, Caitlyn, and Caden. She was a "cool" grandma, LOLA, as she was fondly called by the youngsters; always ready to give to the verge of "spoiling" them. She was always grateful to whatever comes her way. Somehow, she had a gift of always seeing the goodness in everyone and in everything that came in contact with her in her lifetime. She had a passion to travel, and for a brief moment, travel she did.
Although her life was cut short, I know in my heart, that she was never afraid of the end of her life. She passed away peacefully on May 4, 2014, with her family by her side in San Bernardino, California. She is survived by her three children - Mylene, Rodel and Mahrees; her In laws Arman, Marc and Arlyn; grandchildren Catrice, Camryn, Gianne, Abbygail, Camille, Christopher, Chandler, Caitlyn, and Caden; and her siblings, Rolina, Arnel, Nick, Rommel, and Kathleen. We are her LEGACY.
As we remember her, may you allow me the difficult task of summarizing her life in a quote she has forever imprinted in my heart; "Be GOD-fearing, be good, and be humble always; for I quote a verse in the Bible, "Those who exalt themselves shall be humbled; and those who humble themselves shall be exalted"; be ever patient, for GOD never sleeps."
To our beloved mother, we are forever grateful for the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE you have showered us, up to the very end of your life. You will forever live amongst us - in our lives and in our hearts. It was a life well-lived and full of purpose.
To those you have left behind, we are your LEGACY; we are the LUCKY ones!
By: Mylene Magluyan

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"Auntie Norma, thank you for being an inspiration to me through your strength and love that you gave to your family and friends. I will remember you..." Maureen Galang and Family (Zushi, Japan)

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