ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Cecilia Cantero Laserna Pastrana. We will remember her forever.

She passed peacefully at 12:45pm on December 30, 2020 from Alzheimer's disease.
Cecilia is predeceased by her spouse Apolinario Trinidad Pastrana, her sons Audie and Albert, her parents Diego Cirilo Cantero and Paz Laserna Cantero, siblings Leticia, Diego and Judith Cantero. She is survived by her children, Alex (Marilou), Aileen, Apolinario (Holly), Alvin (Karla) and Annelyn and daughter-in-law Vicky; and her siblings Antonio, Fernandita Tatad and Vicenta Rimando and half sister Felícitas Cawaling. Cecilia was an educator and scholar and worked in various institutions including UNESCO, and the University of the Philippines in Diliman Quezon City.
In the 1980s, she immigrated to California for a better future for her family, begetting two generations of American-Filipinx grand children and great grand children aside from her grand children in Manila.
Her story of exceptional courage and resilience is reflected in her many stories as a young girl surviving the Japanese occupation in the Visayas, as a Fulbright scholar in the deep South in the 1960s, as an English teacher and PhD educator in Manila thru the late 1970s, and as a widow immigrant to California in 1980. In pursuit of a better future for her family, she exchanged the fruits of her academic achievements to start at the bottom. Her sacrifice and inspiration is reflected in the many descendant faces of builders, healers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators , nurturers, and dreamers who carry her legacy forward.
Finally she was the avid adventurer who would climb mountains, cross continents and oceans and trek across the globe. She inspires us with a life fully lived. She was an independent and exceptional woman ahead of her time.
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Josh Farb
So sorry for your loss Alvin
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Ursula Roxin
I’m so sorry about your mother Alvin ❤️ Our condolences
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Lisa Gardner
I'm so sorry to hear this Alvin. You are blessed to have had all that time together.
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Katie Exner
Alvin, so sorry about the loss of your mom. I know you had so many special adventures with her and she was such a beautiful soul. Much love to you and Karla.❤️
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Amy Amy
I’m so sorry for your loss Alvin and Karla. My heart goes out to you and your family
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Teresa M Sabaka
Thinking of you guys right now! Our thoughts are with you guys during these difficult times. Love you guys.
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Cess Pacis
With deep sympathy my sincere condolences to you and your family.
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Catherine Rich
Alvin and Karla, I'm sending you guys lots of love. I have always admired the way you cherished and cared for your mother, enfolding her in warm, puffy coats and blankets and taking her to see the beautiful mountains. Based on how great you are, she was clearly an extraordinary woman and mother. It is wonderful to read more about her amazing life and strengths. May her memory be a blessing!!!
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Kara Rowland
My dearest friend - I’m so sorry for your loss and am thinking of you and Karla! Hold those cherished memories tight - Mama P is looking down and will be your shining light! Love you!! ❣️
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Milene Chraghchian
Deepest condolences dear Alvin and Karla. May you be comforted with your cherished memories. Sending you love!!
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Lauren Lee
Alvin, i am very sorry to hear this news of the loss of your mom. sending hugs to you and Karla.
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Susanne Grigsby
So so sorry for your loss of your mother. It is very sad to endure the pain. Sending you all love and .
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Marianne Reynolds
Alvin, I’m so sorry for your loss. Love to you and Karla.
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Marty Martinez
Your Mom lived to a very honorable 92 she did so many wonderful things no one ever saw, just like a mother is suppose to do. Now she's resting soon to be awaken. Sorry for your great loss!
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Reed Good
Sorry for your loss. Mama Pastrana will be greatly missed!
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Chris Blanco
My condolences to you and Karla, your mom was a joy and so so sweet!
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Kathy Good
Alvin and Karla we are so sad to hear about mama Pastrana. She was such a light and I'm so glad you were able to have some more adventures with her this year. Sending lots of love to you both ❤
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Danny Ventanilla
Condolences to you and your family. May her soul rest in peace.
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Joella Waggoner Wheeler
So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs, prayers and good thoughts your way.
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Jack Hsu
Our deepest condolences for your loss, Mrs. Pastrana is definitely in a better place without pain and suffering...
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Jennifer Cira
Alvin and Karla- We love you bothour thoughts have been with you so much.
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Ellen Yeager Hartman
Peace to you my friends. You took amazing care of her.
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Kyrre Culver
Sorry for the loss of your mom, what an amazing woman and life she had! I could see how much she was loved and cared for in your recent trips together. She had much Alvin and Karla fun! ❤️
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Julie Wright
my condolences to you & the family. You took such good care of mom, I’m so glad she passed peacefully with her family. Much love to you all
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Paul Flores
Alvin, Condolences and prayers for your mom, you, Karla, and your family. I see her in your eyes, brother! May she Rest In Peace.
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Arnel C. Cabel
Condolences Alvin!
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Dong-dong David Santos
Condolences alvin..
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Lipan Kitonga
I am so sorry, Alvin Pastrana and Karla C Pastrana, our thoughts are with you.
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Oscar Ventanilla
So sorry Alvin. We grieve with you. May her soul rest in peace.
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Gerry Ventanilla
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May your mom Rest In Peace.
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Indra Geer-Hazell
Alvin & Karla, love to both of you. Auntie will be watching over the two of you.
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Mihajlo Crnogorac
My condolences to you and your family. I was happy i was able to meet her once
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Paula Claridge
Alvin, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve lost your Mom. My heart aches for you. Know that you and Karla are in my thoughts and I hope your memories of happy times helps to comfort you as you cope during this sad time. Love to you both from Greg and I. ❤️
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Peter A Bender
Dear Friend Alvin- I am so sorry that you have lost your Mum. Sadness rains heavy today. Rest In Peace Mum Cely. ❤️❤️
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Tara Saylor
Oh Alvin! Sending you all the love. My heart is with you all. ♥️
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Susan Botts Studdard
I’m so sorry for your loss. She was an amazingly strong woman! ❤️ love you guys.
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Rosa Fernandez-Manalo
May Tita Cely Rest In Peace
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Cecie Naval
Our condolences...
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Bhryan Rivera
Condolence sir!
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Adonis Bondoc
Condolence sir
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Hector Buenaluz
Condolences.
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Thelma L Jubrey
My sincerest condolences.  for the family. Beautiful Obituary !!!
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Divina Paredes
She was one of my favourite teachers.
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Cris Pastrana Advincula
With our deepest sympathy and condolences of the passing of Nang Cely, Pol and siblings! Cris and Eloisa Martelino-Pastrana Advincula
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Elizabeth Carandang
Our prayers , sympathy, & Condolences to the bereaved family..Beautiful tribute. Nang Cely has lived her life to the fullest. She is now in heaven, the best place she deserved. Rest in peace Nang Cely. We love you. Pls pray for us too.
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Arrene Santos
Prayers and condolences Pol.
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Tiffiney M. Davis
Prayers of Condolences! Very well written. A honor to have met her
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Lorenzo-Renee Sereno
I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing, Alvin Pastrana May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Sounds like a life well lived. Condolences to the family.
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Carlo RM
My sincerest condolences to you and your family Apol. May she rest in peace.
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Sonny Fernandez
My sympathies and prayers.
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her Life

Gerontology Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston - May 22, 1997

Even though she was retired, Cecilia thought it was important to keep learning even through retirement.  While Karla went back to Boston University to study Medicine, Cecilia enrolled in studies for Gerontology to be better prepared for her aging days.  
The Frank J. Manning Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology provides students with an understanding of the aging network and aging process through direct service, research, field placements and legislative advocacy for the elderly. It is designed for individuals currently working in or new to the field of Gerontology.

Doctoral Thesis, University of the Philippines conferred 1980

Determinants of linguistic and communicative competence of second language learners of English in the University of the Philippines Integrated School

This study attempted to relate Filipino learner factors to second language achievement. The findings of the study showed that intelligence, surgency and dependability correlate highly and positively with communicative competence. The findings tend to support previous research findings that communicative competence and linguistic competence are interrelated but separate constructs. The author recommends the reintensification of the teaching of grammar in Philippine ESL classrooms.
 
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of the Philippines, Diliman.
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Recent stories

Memories... postcards, brochures, ticket stubs etc

Shared by Alvin Pastrana on January 9, 2021
As I sort through her drawers and boxes of documents, i run across a large box full of memorabilia.  I remember how she had started numerous times to organize her huge trove of photos and keepsakes into more manageable categories for placing into albums.
She clipped articles, names of places she visited, saved flight boarding tickets, museum stubs, photos and postcards and had placed them in envelopes labeled by location and dates.  She had identified weddings, roadtrips, cities visited, national parks and tourist destinations... all the trips memorable and important to her. 
It is great to see trips she's taken with family and others and how she must have enjoyed all those trips.  I find it amusing and comforting that i do exactly the same thing!  ❤

Remembrance by Agnes Pastrana Villanueva

Shared by Alvin Pastrana on January 5, 2021
How can I ever forget Manang Cely. She was my dorm guardian and mentor at U. P. Dilliman. Having separated from my family for the first time during my freshman year, my parents entrusted me to Manang Cely and Manong Naring because they’re family. I was a frequent visitor in their faculty residence in the Dilliman campus. Their children then were only Alex, Audie, and Albert. 
After college, I left for the States. A few years after Nong Naring passed, Nang Cely and her young family came to the U.S. as well. They had a short visit with us, then they relocated to Los Angeles. Over the years, Nang Cely moved with her children to different states, yet we kept in touch.
After I retired, I’ve been going back and forth to the Philippines. So we lost touch with each other.
However, a few days before this Christmas, I suddenly just thought of Nang Cely, wondering where she is now, and how she’s doing ... only to find out a few days later that she has passed. That news really hit me. All the memories came back, memories that I hold dear in my heart because they were beautiful memories of Manang Cely.
Alex, Aileen, Pol, Alvin and Annelyn, please know that your loss is also our loss. She will forever be remembered in our hearts. My family joins me in prayers for your Mama’s repose.
Love,
Auntie Agnes Pastrana Villanueva

Thanks Auntie Cely & family

Shared by Sheila Raptis on January 6, 2021
Back in the late 80s, my father Diego Cantero Jr. (Auntie Cely’s younger brother) migrated to the USA, myself together with my sister Sarah and my 2 half sisters Ria & Rachelle, were headed to Chicago to meet our stepmom and 2 brothers, luckily my dad decided to stay for a few days in Los Angeles to do some sight seeing for us girls, as it was our first time in this new and amazing place. 

Auntie Cely and family lived in a tiny apartment, and surprisingly took all 5 of us in. Knowing my Dad, money was very tight, but took the opportunity to give us girls the chance to enjoy LA for a few days. For my Aunt and cousins, to invite us and look after us, is something I appreciated more and more everytime i think about it. They gave us such a warm welcome. I can’t remember anymore how we fitted but all I could remember, was that one of my cousin’s bedroom was in a closet, and I thought, wow - how cool was that! It was so much fun spending time with our cousins Alvin & Karla, Pol, Albert, & Audie. Dad took us to Universal Studios and thanks to our cousin Pol, not only did he come with us, he arranged some snacks and drinks for the family in a backpack and carried it himself. I was moved by the thoughtfulness, hospitality and generosity of care. Such a nice memory, i will never forget. Thank you so much, Auntie

Auntie Cely, I can only imagine how wonderful the gatherings you and my Dad will have in Heaven with all the family and friends, you have missed all these years. Prayers of thanks to God for that you have been given a place in His home. Amen!