A face I could never forget. That of a popular figure at the Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag when I was a student. The parent-teacher association leader and also the doting mother to a former classmate — Mrs. Mary Cu Ang. (My own mom seldom attended PTA meetings when I was in school because she was too busy teaching English, Statistics, Rizal, etc. at the Divine Word College of Laoag, sewing dresses for Laoag’s glamorous ladies and designing/sewing/beading a thousand gowns for her school’s graduation and Cadena de Amor, fulfilling her social obligations, attending to the family’s needs, all at the same time, year in and year out.) And it still amazes me that Tita Mary, the lady who has left a mark on me, continue to fill many roles like no one else does. What is more remarkable is that her kindness and zest genuinely stem from the heart. Today, the retired businesswoman, a non-politico, is still busy as ever, juggling her duties as a director of the Philippine National Red Cross Ilocos Norte Chapter, a director of the Ilocos Norte Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, an active member of several organizations such as Zonta, a concerned citizen of the province of Ilocos Norte and so on and so on.
The amazing 70-something lady, with her signature natural platinum blonde hair, was once again awarded for her undying spirit in helping the less fortunate, people in need, and the society at large. The most recent one, together with Dr. Roberto C. Licup Sr., Bro. Martin Francisco, BSMP, Bacolod Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade, and Sr. Eva Fidela C. Maamo, SPC, MD, they were awarded by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) as Outstanding Volunteers of 2012, who “magnanimously devoted their tireless efforts in the service of the depressed area residents, the indigenous Filipinos, the environment, the rehabilitation of drug addicts, and the fire victims.” No less than Presidential sister Mrs. Pinky Aquino-Abellada, honorary chair for the NVM Steering Committee for 2011-2012, awarded her the recognition in a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila in December, 2012.
Let us not forget that the proactive widowed Mary Ang, who has volunteered a chunk of her lifetime for social action, is a mother of three highly successful, lovely daughters, namely: Jennifer, a surgeon at the Makati Medical Center, Jessica, a licensed physician in the country and a practicing nurse in Las Vegas, and Janice, the Assistant Manager of the ChinaBank Laoag branch. And she still performs better than PSY aka Park Jae-sang. Truly an Ilocano icon that inspires.
Photos courtesy of Janice Ang-Gayban
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