A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

Thank you for joining us in remembering our beloved Nanay, Ginhawa Santiago Sereno.
OBITUARY

Mrs. Ginhawa "Ging" Santiago Sereno

March 15, 1936March 9, 2018
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Mrs. Ginhawa "Ging" Santiago Sereno, age 81, of Milpitas, California passed away on Friday March 9, 2018.

Ging was born on March 15, 1936 to Baltazar Santiago, Sr. and Maria Catbagan in Sampaloc. Manila, Philippines.

She leaves behind her last surviving sister, Mahinhin Santiago, her loving children Samuel (Susan) Sereno, Simon (Graciosa) Sereno, Severino (Anna) Sereno, Selina (Gino) Villamaria, Lorenzo (Renee) Sereno and Anastacio (Sarah) Sereno, Jr., along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her full biography may be viewed by scrolling down past the pictures at the bottom of this page.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and Friday, March 23, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at Lima Family Mortuary, 48800 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA.

Prayer services will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at Lima Family Mortuary, 48800 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA.

A committal service follows the prayer service on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM. Burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, 48800 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, California.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Sereno family may be shared at www.limafamilycedarlawn.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Prayer Service Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Prayer Service Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Biography

Mrs. Ginhawa Santiago Sereno was known as many things to many people but she was first and foremost "Ging" to her friends and family and "Nanay" to her loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Guinhawa Santiago was born on March 15, 1936 at 1602 Mangahan Street, Sampaloc, Manila in the Philippines. She was the daughter of Baltazar Santiago, Sr. and Maria Catbagan. Nanay Ging grew up in Calimbas, Santa Cruz, Manila. She would later simplify her given name to Ginhawa, dropping the "u".

Ginhawa grew up amongst ten siblings. She had five brothers: Federico, Maghirang, Bayani, Baltazar, Jr. and Valentino, and five sisters: Liwayway Atencio, Liwanag Guevarra, Ligaya Burgos, Mahinhin Santiago and Dolores, who passed away as an infant. She used to regale her children and grandchildren with idyllic stories of growing up with her parents and siblings near the pristine Pasig River in beautiful pre-war Manila.

Diminutive Ginhawa was small in stature but big in heart. It was therefore no surprise that she caught the eye of Anastacio "Anas" Sereno, who, at 6 foot 1, towered over her 4 foot 11 inch frame, On January 9, 1963 Nas and Ging exchanged wedding vows and proceeded to start a family in Malate, Manila, where their first son, Samuel was born on November 21, 1963. Other children soon followed: Simon in 1964, Sever in 1966, Selina in 1967, Lorenzo in 1969 and Anastacio, Jr. in 1971.

Nanay Ging was devoted to her children. She worked hard to fulfill their needs while doing her best to be supportive to her husband Anas. When their house in Malate caught fire Nas and Ging moved their fledgling family to Villaruel Street in Pasay where they lived amongst Ging's in-laws. She soon endeared herself to the Sereno family, becoming indispensable when she helped take care of her ailing sisters-in-law and mother-in-law.

While in Pasay, Ging displayed her formidable green thumb, planting various fruit-bearing trees and vegetables in the grounds of the spacious compound. She also raised pigs, ducks and chickens, teaching her children to be responsible and resourceful as they sold her produce and livestock in Cartimar market.

She was also a mean cook. Nanay prepared delicious meals for the Sereno family through the years. Generation after generation was nourished under her loving care, from her in-laws to her children, their spouses, their children and her great-grandchildren. Indeed, Nanay was blessed to care for eighteen grandchildren in her lifetime: Samantha, Paul, Adam, Lorenzo "Joey" Jr., Kathlene, Christopher, Sebastian, Gino, Jr., Sam Marie, Thomas, Denise, Christa, Corinthian, Lance, Troy, Vernon, Reanna and Corban. She was also blessed to have seventeen great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren, some of whom she raised, like Claire and Karren Fernandez..

Ging was the typical mother hen to her blessed daughters-in-law Susan, Baby, Anna, Renee and Sarah, sharing her wonderful recipes so they could feed her sons in the manner to which they were accustomed. She loved to tease that all of her in-laws, including her son-in-law Gino, came into the family with slim figures but she fattened them all up with her cooking.

Ginhawa followed her husband, Anastacio, to the U.S. in 1983, settling in Salinas, CA before moving to Milpitas, CA in 1984. While in Milpitas she held jobs in the electronics industry, working for companies such as Solectron and Asyst. She spent her free time browsing farmer's markets, her downtime singing karaoke with her family, and her own sweet time sitting in front of a slot machine while her partner in crime Anas hit the tables during their many jaunts to Reno.

Despite never having smoked a single cigarette in her life, Nanay Ging was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in 2011. Through her ordeal she has counted on her steadfast faith to carry her through the tough times, the most trying of which was death of her husband and partner of 52 years, her beloved Anastacio, from liver cancer on February 7, 2015.

On March 9, 2018, Ginhawa Santiago Sereno joined her husband Anastacio in his rest. After a courageous seven-year battle with lung cancer, Nanay Ging gave up the fight surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in San Jose, CA. Services will be held at Lima Family Mortuary before Nanay is laid to rest at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Fremont, CA on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Those who love Nanay Ging remember her as the most caring and giving person to touch their lives, someone who displayed patience and longsuffering and an incredible capacity to forgive. May her life be an example to us all.

We love and miss you, Nanay.