Salvador L. Lazo, D.D.
Diocese of San Fernando of La Union
September 4, 1996
As bishop of the Diocese of San Fernando of La Union, Philippines, I
retired on July 14, 1993. It is now more than three years since I left
for my present residence. At this state of my life I still retain vivid
memories of those who selflessly collaborated with me in the
realization of the diocesan initiatives for the advancement of God’s
Kingdom. Among those friends is Mrs. Rosa Ubaldo-Ortega who is
celebrating her 75th birthday anniversary.
I labored in the Lord’s vineyard in the Diocese of San Fernando of La
Union for about thirteen years. All those years Mrs. Ortega supported
selflessly the various activities both in the diocesan level and parish
ones. Because of her honesty, most often she was entrusted with the
money for the parish projects.
that children should be taught their Catechism from their tenderest
years, Mrs. Rosa U. Ortega and her Manang Consuelo Ubaldo encouraged me
to organize the Parish Nursery and Kindergarten School of the Cathedral
of St. William, the Hermit, in San Fernando the capital town of La
Union. The beginnings were hard, but they offered to help without pay.
Miss Ubaldo was the principal while Mrs. Ortega was the registrar and
treasurer. The problems were many and varied but they continued to
serve till the Daughters of St. Mary of Leuca (DML) took over the
administration in 1992.
Mrs. Rosa U.
Ortega also showed great concern for all the priests who serve the
diocese and the parishes. Asked to contribute to their projects, she
was generous and can always be counted upon to give unstinted support
for their town fiestas and parish projects. Her charity for th poor is
She was a member of many
mandated religious organizations but her special devotion to Saint
Joseph was manifested in different ways. She wore her green uniform on
Wednesday s and changed the flowers regularly before St. Joseph’s
statue on Wednesdays specially the feast of the foster-Father of Jesus.
“Nana” Rose is a lover of Mary, Mary’s title of Mother of Perpetual
Help appealed to her most.
When the chapel of the
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration was inaugurated she was one of those
who committed herself “to waste one our” at the feet of Jesus before
the Blessed Sacrament. I used to see her in the early evening _ almost
Indeed, Mrs. Rosa U. Ortega is a woman of deep faith, loyal to the
Church, a Christian mother. She always impressed me as a humble
responsible helper. No doubt her beautiful example must have a great
factor in the upbringing of both her children and grandchildren.
Congratulations, Mrs. Rosa Ubaldo-Ortega. You have tried to live as a
good catholic Christian. God has blessed you with many gifts and
graces. You tried to proclaim your God’s glory through your deeds. You
endeavored to show your deep gratitude to the Church, our common
Mother. I join you in act of Thanksgiving to the Great God, the Giver
of al things. This I will do in my humble chapel. I will offer the
Tridentine Mass - the Mass of all times – the only Mass pleasing to the
Lord on your red letter day.