OBITUARY

Wulfilda P. Galvante

December 9, 1947March 11, 2018
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Wulfilda P. Galvante was born on December 9, 1947 and passed away on March 11, 2018 in Chula vista, California.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 23, 2018
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Wulfilda P. Galvante

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Jose Mejares

May 1, 2018

Wulfilda will always have a special place in the hearts of my family and me.

She led the ten day prayers for my mother, Epifania Garcia Mejares when she passed from us on January 4, 2007. With the help of other Bicol Club members a time of grieving quickly passed to a time of joy as we all knew my mother was in a better place never to suffer the ravages of breast cancer again.

Next she led the ten day prayers for my father, Froilan Pacardo Mejares when he passed from us on November 19, 2011. Similarly, Bicol Club members again helped to bring joy to our lives as we all knew my father would never have to suffer the pains associated with kidney and heart organ failure.

Lastly, she was instrumental in getting me involved in issuing a scholarship in my parent's name to the benefit of an aspiring Bicol youth. On a yearly basis I will continue to issue this scholarship, God willing.

She was an extremely religious person as I would see her at the Padre Pio devotions at our Lady of Rosary Church in Little Italy, downtown San Diego. Without fail, she was there on the first Monday of each month usually with friends.

Wulfilda, may your soul rest in peace,

Jose Mejares & Family




Jelynn Malone

April 6, 2018

Sweet Auntie Filda was a bright light of energy! I grew up in the Bicol Club as a little kid, but it wasn’t until I became a teenager that I became more involved. She was such a force and inspiration to the youth and a huge reason why I got involved in the BYG. Some of my best memories and life long friendships were from the time that I was a part of the BYG and helped with the culture night show. I couldn’t be more grateful to her for always looking out and being such a positive role model for the youth and helping encourage community. Love you forever, Auntie Filda.

Fulton Recepcion

April 6, 2018

The Bicolano and Nabueno communities of San Diego will never be the same without Tita Filda. I always admired her deep involvement within the filipino community. She will be missed.

Rest in Peace Tita Filda

Joseph Gretchen Madison Galvante

March 26, 2018

Emily Aquino

March 16, 2018


To filda’s Family:
I’m grateful for the several years I served with Filda in the MissionSD Church.
The 1st time I met her, we seemed we already knew each other for a long time. I guess you may say: “ teachers think alike!” She in HS, & me in Elem grades.
I relied on her to sub for me at my 12 noon Mass readings, many times when my allergies just got unbearable. 11 am ang Mass niya, me 12 noon, so she did enjoy two Masses in a row! She got all those extra Graces ahead of time!

Filda, Rest In Peace my friend!
I was so shocked to find out, You went to the Lord so soon! Oh my friend, we pray that you are enjoying the company of the Saints, our Blessed Mother & Jesus now.
Pls intercede for us as well!

Love & Prayers,
Emily & Dcn Jim Aquino & family

Dan Almasco

March 14, 2018

“Ate Filda” – “Manay Filda” is synonymous and always deserved respect when she spoke. She is meticulous and disciplined in all the things she puts her mind into. A devoted catholic with an unsurpassed work ethic. I came to know Ate Filda back in the ‘80s through my brother Jose Almasco, her colleague when they attended the Monbusho / JICA Master’s Degree Scholarship in Japan in the late 70’s. They met as being “kababayan” from the Philippines – and soon realized they are more than that, but of a close relative coming from the same region in Bicol and somehow in the same city in Nabua. Ate Filda is full of energy and always looks for ways to impart her wisdom. She is very persuasive and engaging especially if you seek help about education. She is an inspiration to many having achieved excellence in all of her accomplishments. A vocal advocate of fairness and equality. A great loss to everyone that had the honor to be touched by her presence and most especially to her family.

She will be terribly missed.

Our deepest Sympathies.

Dan and Micha Almasco
Daughters Dannah & Diandra

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Biography

Wulfilda Priela Galvante

December 9, 1947 -- March 11, 2018

Wulfilda “Filda” was born to Restituto Galvante, Sr. and Magdalena Priela in Nabua, Camarines Sur, in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. The second of 6 children--Angelica, Mansueto, Restituto Jr., Marian, and Charito--Filda attended Naga Central School and Nabua High School. In 1969, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Filda began her storied career as an educator at Manuel Roxas High School in Paco, Manila. She later worked for the UP Science Education Center (now known as the National Institute of Science and Math Education [NISMED]) where she was on the team that wrote curriculum materials and developed teacher training in educating students in environmental science.

In 1977, Filda was granted a Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship which allowed her to pursue a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Environmental Science. She lived in Japan for three years and became fluent in Nihongo. Filda credited her landlord, Oba-san, a Japanese older woman for mentoring her and for her great experience there.

She rejoined NISMED in 1980 and built a flourishing career. Amidst the turmoil in Manila, however, Filda gave all that up and decided to immigrate to the United States to be with her parents in San Diego in December 1986. Before bidding adieu, responding to Cardinal Sin’s call to action, she joined the EDSA People Power Revolution recruiting family and the neighbors to demonstrate to restore democracy with the intervention of faith. Her part at EDSA, no matter how small, is a source of pride and satisfaction for her having been part of such a historic moment.

Education and advocacy, however, ran strong in Filda’s blood. She first worked for CALPIRG, then soon landed a job at San Diego Unified School District’s Lincoln High School where she quickly adjusted to the American educational system. She was later recruited by the Sweetwater Union High School District in 1988 to teach at Southwest High School where she built the Filipino program while also teaching Science and Math. She later taught at Eastlake High School and at the Otay Ranch High where she retired in 2009.

Filda was also a community volunteer. Filda found a niche with three education groups where she contributed her experience and immense talent in curriculum building and teacher training--Filipino American Educators Association of California (FILAMEDA) where she was vice-president; Filipino American Educators Association of California (FAEAC); and an original member of the Council for Teaching Filipino Language and Culture (CTFLC).

One of Filda’s ardent advocacies was the opening of Filipino language classes at Morse High School where she led a group of protesters that included her parents and relatives to a rally at a San Diego Unified Board of Trustees Meeting. The pressure worked, and Filipino today continues to be offered at the district, and many others, as a course of study. Filda was very involved in these groups’ efforts that resulted in approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to include a test for teachers of the Filipino language. Filda became one of the creators of that test, the CSET for Filipino.

Her longing as a Bicolana drove her close to the Bicol community in San Diego. She was president of the Bicol Club of San Diego in 1996-1997 and was actively involved in various committees during her 30 years of membership. Her critical work included advocating for the Bicol Youth Group and seniors programs, rewriting the club’s Constitution and Bylaws, developing cultural education programs for children. She also chaired Pag-Iribang Bikolnon (PB-United Bicol) in 1997, a coalition of Bicol organizations that celebrates the annual Peñafrancia Festival to honor Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the Patroness of Bicolandia. She pioneered and co-authored perpetual novena prayers, children’s Penafrancia curriculum, and Pag-sungko Ni Ina visitations. She was also caretaker of the image and mass sacramentals, and guided the creation of the image’s chapel at St. Michael Church.

Filda was resource person and guide to Bishop Salvatore Cordileone’s pilgrimage to the Philippines in 2008 sponsored by PB. They visited Marian shrines in Bicol, Cebu, Pangasinan, and Manila. Bishop Cordileone recently thanked Filda for this “gift” and influencing his new perspective of Filipinos’ faith and devotions. As a devout Catholic, she prayed often for others, but her faith moved her to actively serve many. She was an active member of the Mission San Diego de Alcala parish where she was a lector, Eucharistic ministers, and assisted with the altar preparations. A volunteer for Father Joe’s Villages, she not only helped feed and counsel the homeless, but also led Bible classes for them. In 2017, on a women’s team for Habitat for Humanity she helped build a house in the community. She was on the board of “Building Lives for a Better Future” (BLBF) that serves needy children in the Philippines, Mexico, and San Diego. She recently accepted the ABS-CBN Bayaning Pilipino “hero” award for BLBF.

However, she was most happy being with her family -- siblings, their children, grandchildren and wealth of cousins. They lifted her spirit, and she gave them her boundless love. Filda’s footprint has been laid--from the students she nurtured, to her colleagues, family and all the people she touched with her kindness. She will always be remembered as a caring and passionate person whose humility shadows her intelligence and educational background. She will always be an inspiration to many.