Romarico M. Adviento Sr.
November 18, 1926 – April 25, 2012
Romarico Mangupag Adviento, Sr. was born on November 18, 1926 in Gattaran, Cagayan of the Philippines to Luis and Marcela M. Adviento. He was one of the six children: Pacita Mangupag, Guadalupe, Teofilo, Genero, and Domingo Adviento. He married his wife, Aurora Domingo Adviento on January 28, 1952. In their lifetime, he became the father of 8 children: Eduardo, Rolando, Wilfredo, Raymond, Lilibeth, Romarico Jr., Roberto and Lizabeth. He is the father to 4 daughters in law: Erlinda, Lolita, Milette, and Zenaida; and to 2 sons in law: Daniel Zamora and Jose Filamor. He is the grandfather to 10 grand children: Jennifer, Aimee Joyce, Jean Paul, Jamaica, Sarah Janine, Janelle, Christian Bryan, Ryan Christopher, Krissie Ann, and Dannielle Nicole. He is the grandfather in law to Jeffrey Taylor and Neal Domingo, and the great grandfather to 2 great grandchildren: Jenna and Jiel.
Romarico’s young life was not typical nor was it easy. He grew up during the times of World War II. He spent his adolescence life fighting and resisting the Japanese invasion in the Philippines. At the age of 19, he volunteered to become a Philippine Scout under the United States Armed Forces and was assigned to one of the first regiments in support of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese invasion. He took part in the peacekeeping operations in the South Pacific, and efforts to seize the Dutch East Indies, and protect its Southeast Asian border. He and his regiment sustained combat operations despite the trauma and the abuse their body endured from lack of food and medicine supplies and exposures to diseases such as malaria.
After the war, Romarico met Aurora Domingo, whom he married and became his wife after years of courtship. Romarico and Aurora wanted a big family and indeed, they did. They were blessed with 8 children. Aurora was a stay home mom who took good care of the children and home. With a big family to support, Romarico took on different jobs until he got into metal smiths. He enjoyed building and creating metal products until he found his ultimate job, a “latero,” an auto body repairman. In the mid to late 60’s, Romarico and his brother, Teofilo, started their own “mobile” garage. Romarico and his brother, when called upon for their expertise, would either have the vehicle towed over to their place or they would do home service, whichever was more convenient to the customer. Through words of mouth, customers grew and Romarico’s expertise was constantly sought after by so many that he was even sought by a dignitary from the Presidential Palace in Malacanang. A certain dignitary called Mr. Reguiera sought Romarico to create a replica of his dream car, a Rolls Royce convertible. Romarico built this car from scratch, all by his two hands. This was Romarico’s greatest achievement in his profession. I n the late 70’s, Romarico and Aurora proudly released their eldest son Eduardo to the US Navy and became a sailor. Romarico and Aurora were saddened by Eduardo’s separation from the family, but not as much sadness from the grief of losing their 3rd son Wilfredo in April 1980. In 1982, Eduardo petitioned his parents to join him and his family in the United States. A few months later, Romarico and Aurora became US Citizens. Their citizenship were expedited as Romarico was a WWII veteran who served as a Philippine Scout under the US Army. A year later, Romarico and Aurora petitioned the rest of their children to migrate to the US: Raymond, Lilibeth, Romarico Jr, Robert and Lizabeth in 1984, then Rolando and his family in 1996.
Romarico, loved many things. Not only did he enjoy playing games, such as various forms of cards such as Solitaire, doing word searches, and bingo with his family, he had a passion and talent for singing. Often, upon walking through their house on Parkbrook Street, if he wasn’t whistling a tune, you would hear him singing songs like Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” and Bing Crosby’s “I’ll be Seeing you.” At times, you would even see him serenading, Frank Sinatra’s “Moon River” to his wife in the kitchen as she was cooking, or singing Charles Tobias & Joe Burke’s “Goodnight Little Girl of My Dreams” with his second granddaughter, Joyce (their theme song).
On May 25, 1994, Romarico’s wife, Aurora died. It was yet another defining moment for him. Romarico survived with his children and grandchildren. As years went by, Romarico’s health went into a decline. He developed Dementia, a loss of cognitive ability, affecting memory, thinking, judgment. He had 2 strokes. The second in February 2010, when he suffered a Brain Stem stroke that took most of his mental and physical abilities. Then on April 25, 2012, surrounded by family, Romarico Mangupag Adviento took his last breath.
Throughout Romarico’s journey in life, he remained the kindest, most charming, and most humble man, who loved life, and touched the lives of many with his generosity and selflessness. He had witnessed war and peace, life and death, love and pain. With such a will to live, there is nothing that he wouldn’t do for his family in securing their health, success, and happiness. He was not only a loving husband to his wife, an extraordinary father to his children and children in law, and an amazing grandfather to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, he was also a friend and a mentor, the perfect example of a good man. The world became a better place for his family and friends because of him.
Romarico Mangupag Adviento, Sr., may you rest in peace. You are forever in our thoughts and will eternally remain in our hearts. We love you.
- Visitation Thursday, May 3, 2012
- Funeral Service Friday, May 4, 2012
Romarico M. Adviento Sr.
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May 13, 2012
I love you, Tay. I will miss the times when you would reach for my hand and held it tight, telling me you love me, the caress of your hand on my cheecks and chin when I would watch you go to sleep. I will miss you just singing away your favorite songs while lying down in bed comfortably resting. I will miss dancing with you when you were tired but could not go to sleep. I will miss the stories you told me over and over like you've never told me before, your sweet smile and saying "good morning." I will miss the nights when you would peak out your bedroom door as I come in the front when I come home from work. There is so much to miss about you I could go on and on and on. But most of all Tay, I will miss YOU. I am sorry that there was only so much that I could do. I would like for you to live longer because I know you would like that. But I also know that it was time for you to rest. So hard to see you go, Tay. When I saw your face for the last time, it was such a beautiful sight. As if you were smiling, assuring me that you are okay, that you are happy, rested and at peace. Then I felt lightness and eased the pain and sorrow in my heart. I know that GOD had been with you throughout your journey and that HE never left you until the end. Thank you Tay for the love. Thank you for the values of unconditional love and the true meaning of forgiveness you instilled in me. That is my legacy of you I carry that will live on. I am so proud of you, and so honored to be your daughter. Now I am letting you go. Go on home now Tatay, to a place where you should really be. Where people like you who have the purest of heart, the cleanest of spirit and the innocence of an angel deserve to be in the KINGDOM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. For the last time tatay, I bid you goodnight, close your eyes now and go to sleep. Sleep tight Tatay. I love you so very much! You will forever be in my heart. Until then Tay. Love, Lily.
May 13, 2012
I love you, Tay. I will miss the times when you would reach for my hand and held it tight, telling me you loved me, the caress of your hand on my cheecks and chin when I would watch you go to sleep. I will miss you just singing away your favorite songs. I will miss dancing with you when you were tired but could not go to sleep. I will miss the stories you told me over and over like you've never told me before. The sweet smile on your face and the "good mornings." I will miss the nights when you would peak out your bedroom door when I come home from work. There is so much to miss about you I could go on and on and on. But most of all Tay, I will miss YOU. I am so sorry Tay, for I could only do so much for you. It hurts so much that I could not save you and prolong your life any longer. I prayed and wished that you lived longer. But I know it was time for you to rest. When I saw your face for the last time, it was a beautiful sight. As if you were smiling, assuring me that you are okay, happy and at peace. And that I should not be sad. It eased the pain and sorrow I have in my heart. I know that GOD has been with you throughout your journey and HE has never left you. Thank you very much for all the the love. I am so proud of you, and proud to be your daughter. You tought me and instilled in me the values of unconditional love, and the true meaning of firgiveness. Thank you Tatay. You were a man so pure and innocent in heart and spirit. And now I am letting you go to were you really should be. With the LORD JESUS CHRIST in his kingdom in heaven. Go on home now Tay in peace and only bring with you the love we have for you. As I always told you when you couldn't go to sleep "close your eyes now and go to sleep, Tay" as I sing to you your Lullaby. I love you very much!
May 9, 2012
"Uncle, your life is a beautiful story of a family man, a devoted husband and a loving father. Your legacy lives on in the hearts of your children and the people whose lives you touched..."
May 9, 2012
"What you leave behind is not engraved in a stone monument but what is woven into the lives of others. You'll always be loved and cherished. Uncle, remember then that in our heart you never die...
May 8, 2012
I miss you Pops. My memories of you and us will always be in my heart and soul. It has been a privilege and a great honor having you for a father. I love you forever and I miss you so much...
May 8, 2012
I love you Pops....my memories of you and us will always be in my heart and soul. It has been a privelege and a great honor having you as my father. I love you forever and I miss you so much.