Tribute to Rosa Ubaldo Ortega
a picture of a crucifix and a flock of birds in V-formation flying away
from the crucifix, but noticeable was one of the birds leaving the
V-formation as if turning back to the crucifix with the words COMING
Yes, death is a “homecoming”. We
are only pilgrims on this earth. Death is merely a gateway leading from
this life into the much fuller life of the resurrection. Death brings
the Christian home
arrangement has a lot in common with preparing for a baptism, wedding
or significant anniversary. Like these other milestones, a person’s
passing away is a major event in the lives of loved one. It brings
family and relative together from near and far.
The funeral not only says: “Good-bye,” it also says: “thank you for
having lived,” and Your life has left this effect upon your relatives
At home where her body was
laid since Tuesday morning, different groups rendered Bible Services
and prayers and share with us things about mama _ just little things
and anecdotes about her that we didn’t even know.
Today, we will have a continuation. Let us not mourn Mama Rose’s death,
but to celebrate her life. St. Bernard says that death is not only the
end of labors; it is also the gate of life. He who wishes to see God
must necessarily pass through this gate.
Death is the most wonderful, joyous, sensitive journey home to God _
and no greater hand can guide our “coming home” than the finger and
hand of God.
Mama Rose was happy to
belong to the Ortega clan. I remember mama telling us before that when
she told her parents (lolo Ricardo and lola Emilia) that she is getting
married, they were at first hesitant! And she said, Ania pay iti kayat
da? I am marrying someone who comes from a good family, highly
appreciated for the good public service they render to the community?
And he is very pogi! (handsome).
Rose had 3 sisters. Tita Lou, Tita Connie had gone home to the Lord in
heaven. A few weeks ago I dreamt of them and so in my mind I was
asking, “Are you coming to get mama?” Of the four sisters, the eldest
Tita Pep, married to the late Filoteo Villanueva is still strong at 90+
Mama was a teacher and so
Luz and I are also hooked in the field of education with the Sea and
Sky College at San Fernando, La Union and Pater Noster Learning Center
at Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
to around 12 organizations. Mama spent a lot of her time in church and
working for the church after the demise of papa in 1973 had earned so
many points to enter heaven.
I would like
to share with you a portion of the letter of Executive Judge Artemio
Macalino to our mama Rose on January 28, 1975.
was one of the best District Judges that we, the Court of Agrarian
Relations have been privileged to have. Since his appointment as
District Judge of our Ozamiz Branch in 1968 up to his demise last year,
he was consistently been one of the ten top District Judges of the
Court with the most number of cases disposed. No doubt dedication to
duty, hard work, unqualified competence and personal sacrifice
contributed to his achievements. For all these, may I, although
belatedly and posthumously, commend our late District Judge, the
Honorable Evaristo Ortega, for a job indeed well done.
less deserving of this commendation are you, your children and the
others whom he left behind who inspired him into dedicating himself,
the service of his people and country.
It is very supportive for us to know that other people appreciated our
papa and mama as much as we do. Indeed, ‘A life lived for God leaves a
lasting legacy.’ Their legacy will forever be etched in our hearts that
even death will not be able to kill them