Christian Peligro Orpilla
September 30, 1975 – October 25, 2019
Christian Peligro Orpilla, 44, passed away on October 25, 2019. Christian, also known as "CR" and "Kuya Crs," was born on September 30, 1975 to Myrna and Sotero Orpilla in Frankfurt, Germany. Christian grew up in San Diego, CA and graduated from Morse High School. He served in the US Navy, earned a master's degree in 2017, and had a career as an IT Field Engineer for ActioNet.
Christian loved comic books, cooking filipino food, modifying cars, and playing Magic. Having grown up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Christian felt a deep connection to hip-hop and would hone his skills with a plethora of elements encompassing this ethos, including singing, dancing, and deejaying. His love for singing and dancing led him to a singing group back in the 1990’s. He djayeed in his younger years with a Dj group and later in life still djayeed for events and parties.
Christian was stationed in Virginia Beach where he would meet the love of his life. He met Tricia Pangilinan in the late 1990’s and they married on Valentine's Day in 2005. Together with his wife, they mentored countless youth and young adults in the community. Their house was always open and complete strangers became family member. In 2004, Tricia and Christian founded The Young Filipino American Modern Dancers of Virginia (YFAMD). This experiment would become life-changing for them as well as the hundreds of young people who would come out every Tuesday to the Philippine Cultural Center and practice the art of dance in forms of hip hop, traditional Filipino classics such as "Tinikling," and eventually spread into Polynesian forms. Soon after, the club began to perform in festivals, competitions, and colleges, in which they would edify and dazzle audiences with Filipino culture and social mores. They also travelled to Washington, D.C. every Sunday to work with hip-hop group, Culture Shock DC.
In Hampton Roads, Christian sat on various committees within the Asian, Filipino, and Polynesian communities such as FilFest USA, Fil-Am Friendship Day, PolyFest VA, and Asian Fest. He assisted with The Pampango Youth Club of VA and assisted in directing The United Ilocano Association of Tidewater's Filipino Folk Dance Troupe. Christian also shared the aloha spirit with his ohana of Halau Kahealani, his wife's Polynesian dance group, and established their business, HK Street Meat. He was President of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, Board Member of the Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads, member of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Pacific Islanders of Virginia.
Christian and Tricia were a power house couple and their love for each other, family and friends showed incandescently in their production of successful events. And the beauty of it all was that they, especially Crs, never asked for credit or the limelight. They just steadfastly volunteered as loyal citizens to make the community stronger.
He is survived by his loving wife Tricia Orpilla and their children Christian, Desiree, Noah, and Keone, by his parents Sotero and Myrna Orpilla, by his sister Honee Laurie Orpilla, by his mother in law Virgie Pangilinan, by his sisters in law Melanie Pangilinan and Ellen Amacio, by his brother in law Shaun Amacio, and by his nephews Sebastian and Tavii, whom he raised as his own.
- Novena Prayers Sunday, November 3, 2019
- Visitation Sunday, November 3, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, November 4, 2019
- Final Resting Place Monday, November 4, 2019
- Celebration of Life Reception Monday, November 4, 2019