Obituary for Wilfredo Lizares Labayen

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Wilfredo (Fred/Sonny) Labayen passed away on June 2, 2020 surrounded by his family in Lakewood, Washington State, United States of America at the age of 85. He was popularly known as the Ambassador of Galaxy Theatres Gig Harbor.  http://archive.kitsapsun.com/news/local/meet-the-ambassador-of-the-galaxy-ep-420073212-357779311.html Fred was known in the Philippines as an avid golfer and Finance Executive, having established numerous branches and franchises nationwide and abroad. He was an exemplary member of Rotary Club Parañaque Philippines as Past President and Gig Harbor, Washington, USA as a Paul Harris Fellow. Please check the online obituary at https://www.mountainviewtacoma.com/obituaries/Wilfredo-Labayen/ %%%%%%%%%%% Newspaper Obituary Above %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Online Obituary Above Plus Below %%%%%%%%%%% Wilfredo (Fred/Sonny) Labayen passed away on June 2, 2020 surrounded by his family in Lakewood, Washington State, United States of America at the age of 85. He was…
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Eulogy for Wilfredo Lizares Labayen

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by Louie Anthony Labayen, June 12, 2020 My name is Louie Anthony Labayen known as Antonio. I am the eldest son. I have a revelation to make. A ghost is coming out of the darkness. For behind every prepared speech and invocation that Dad delivered was my pen crafting the words. I was his ghost writer. I am honored to write perhaps the ultimate speech I deliver on his behalf. I wish to give you glimpses into his remarkable life. Wilfredo was born on October 12, 1934 in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Province, Philippines. He was the sixth of nine children with only one girl and was the first one born in the new family home in Bacolod at the corner of Mabini and Ciocon Streets. He was known as…
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Rite of Committal with Final Commendation

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for Wilfredo Lizares Labayen, February 3, 2024, St Alphonsus de Liguori Columbarium In the year 2020, we celebrated the Vigil and the Funeral Rite with Commendation. We continue our celebration with the Rite of Committal with Final Commendation. In committing the ashes to their resting place, we the community express the hope that, with all those who have gone before marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection. It is an expression of the communion that exists between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven: the deceased passes with the farewell prayers of our community of believers into the welcoming company of those who need faith no longer but see God face to face. Through this act, we the community of faith…
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Look for the Signs

Knights of Columbus, Spirituality
by Antonio Zebedeo Abad On Saturday evenings, I would take my parents to church for Sunday vigil mass. There would be some times when we would come home and the dog had raided the garbage, leaving a mess to clean. The dog would look repentant as I proceeded to scold him. In a few weeks, he would raid the garbage again and would have the same repentant look. Mom would learn to lean the step ladder on the garbage bin. Sometimes we feel like the dog doing the same mistakes over and over. Be content with your challenges and face them. The saints were sinners who just kept on trying. A milk carton said, "From contented cows." Another milk carton said, "Our cows are never contented. They always strive to…
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Tree of Knowledge and Wisdom

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Antonio Zebedeo Abad Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh! Gen 2:23 Adam was excited to see a woman Eve that God took out of man to be his helper. God gave us sexual attraction. God made sex as beautiful. But what happened? God knows well that when you eat of [the tree of knowledge and wisdom] your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know* good and evil.” Gen 3:5. Who told you that you were naked? Gen 3:11.Genesis 3 It is a very fine line that once we cross it, there is no turning back. That knowledge and experience, especially of significance, become indelible in the mind. For many, a first sexual encounter before marriage, especially initiated by someone higher in the…
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Is Money Really the Root of All Evil?

Knights of Columbus, Spirituality
Antonio Zebedeo Abad I sponsor seminarians in the Philippines, and in return, they serve me as a theology research assistant. The arrangement benefits them greatly, as they become astute researchers and writers, far ahead of their peers. The arrangement benefits me greatly, as it saves me much time in finding all the references for my bigger writing projects. So, is money really the root of all evil? Oh, yes, we hear about or experience people who get a hold of money and their motives change. Once there was an impostor who entered the mix who was able to obtain my aid. I found out that it has been his modus operandi and that his greed was driving it. So, I've had an estafa criminal case delayed by COVID. There was…
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Fiat and Peace

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Antonio Zebedeo Abad We opened the new year with the solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. In contrast to the lack of trust and naivete of the people, she put her trust in God (Luke 1:38) imparted through the Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:28). Therein we see the fiat of Mary. From that Latin word, we have other variants like fidelity, confidence, and the motto of the US Marines, Semper Fidelis or Semper Fi, meaning always faithful. God gave humanity free will. What if she said no? That would have completely changed the course of history. The Advent season culminated with the theme of peace. For unto us a Child is born,Unto us a Son is given;And the government will be upon His shoulder.And His name will be calledWonderful, Counselor,…
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Trust and Hope

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Antonio Zebedeo Abad I hope he's coming. Well, that doesn't sound very optimistic, but that's the popular idea of hope. But imagine if some long-lost friend or relative you haven't seen in a very long time is coming to your holiday dinner, that's the idea of hope that brings memories of a loving relationship, the joy of seeing each other, and the peace that reconciling the past brings. That follows the themes of the four Sundays of Advent. The chosen race was waiting for the Messiah for centuries. Would you have given up hope? Would you have given up trust? Thus says the LORD:Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,to the tyrannical city!She hears no voice,accepts no correction;In the Lord she has not trusted,to her God she has not drawn…
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The Honeymoon is Over

Knights of Columbus, Spirituality
Antonio Zebedeo Abad We've all been there. We're enchanted by the thought of something we wish for, then after the honeymoon is over, we realize that it's more work than we thought it would be. We dream of a big yard, and later dread the maintenance it takes. We dream of acquiring a boat and realize that it takes time and work to get it in and out of the water, clean the hull, keep it maintained, and actually use it often so it doesn't deteriorate and it would be worth, oh, the insurance, too. We didn't think about that. We dream of having a big dog only to realize that they need a lot of space at home, in the vehicle, eat a lot, and have big poops, too.…
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The Test of Time

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Antonio Zebedeo Abad, August 16, 2021 It is a great honor to graduate from the top Carmelite university in the world, Universidad de la Mística in St Teresa's home, the medieval city of Ávila. It is the most preserved medieval city with walls intact, surrounding the entire old part of the city, that protected it from invaders. These are real old castles in Spain, unlike the replicas in Disneyland. I am now certified as a Carmelite Spiritual Director. The Spanish term of Acompañante Espiritual, or Spiritual Companion is more accurate because we were taught that our sole purpose is to lead the faithful to the Holy Spirit, who is the true spiritual director. Note that a companion doesn't just mean someone you meet casually and walks along with you. The…
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