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.
Posted by Alvin Pastrana on January 4, 2021
Erika Tatad
We will miss you soooooo much, dearest Auntie Cely ❤ Sending lots of love to you Alvin and Karla, Alex, Aileen, Pol and Holly, Annelyn and Vicky ❤
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Jim Esquivel
Hugs and love. Hugs and love
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Sandra Hueske
Alvin, our deepest condolences to your family. We wish you lots of strength in this difficult time.
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Sue Fiskin Potter
Beautiful tribute to your beloved and remarkable woman of the world who gave so much of herself to so many. Pol and Holly we are sending you hugs and love knowing that her light that has shown so bright will continue to be with you. ❤️❤️❤️
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Evelyn Stevens-Karpells
I am so sorry for this very sad loss.
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Meri Rosen
Sending you all my deepest sympathies.
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Joanne Dion Brown
Sorry for your loss, Holly ❤️ She sounds like quite a woman.
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Karen Grycel
What a remarkable woman . Warmth and condolences to you and your loved ones.
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Kim Martin
Condolences to you and family.

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Donna Marie
Sorry for your loss. Such an amazing woman!
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Eveline Pilon
Deepest condolences to you and your family

Nancy Pilon
So sorry to hear that sad news.

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Jane Hamel
My condolences to you and Pol and family. She was a beautiful woman!
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Suzanne Jones
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
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Angela Marie
WHAT AN AMAZING WOMAN AND LEGACY SHE LEFT BEHIND...LOVE YOU AND POL AND AM SENDING YOU MY LIGHT AND LOVE...
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Kris Pilon
Wow, thank you or sharing info on this amazing woman ho sounds like has live an amazing life. A life cut to short by that horrible disease. My deepest condolences to you and Pol and his family.
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Liz Pacosa McEvoy
Holly and Pol we are thinking about you both. Sending love
We are so so sorry
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Laurie Ann Salomon Kuhlmann
My condolences to the family. God Bless and may she rest in love.
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Natalie Owens
Beautiful soul and beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing this❤️
I am sending my love, light, and may God send comfort to you and your family
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Bethany Haller
So sorry for your loss. She sounds like an incredible human. Sending love.
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Nydia Tijerina Darby
Sending you love during this time. What a wonderful lady.
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JoAnna Goode
Holly and Pol I’m so sorry for your loss. She certainly had a full life and many accomplishments.
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Sheila Cantero Raptis
Such an amazing woman! Rest In Peace dear Auntie Cely, Thank you for all that you have done for the family.. I trust you and Dad are enjoying the reunion in heaven with loved ones. prayers and well wishes for your journey in spirit ...missing you both very much! xoxo my heart is with you Alvin Pastrana, Karla C Pastrana Pol & Holly Pilon Pastrana Aileen C Pastrana Vicky Pastrana Audie Pastrana, Annelyn
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Paulo Tatad
Sending prayers, hugs and positive thoughts ❤️
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Shane Van Meter
So sorry for your loss uncle Alvin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.
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Carlos C. Rimando III
May God bless Auntie Cely ‘s Soul
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Aries Cantero
My Condolences. Auntie you will be miss.
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Rachelle Ann Cantero
I’m so sorry, Alvin. That’s a wonderful tribute.
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Abbey Mumford
Oh Alvin and Karla I am so sorry! I am honored to have known her, and I wish we could be there with you to celebrate her amazing life!!
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Francesca To
Loved her adventurous spirit, her quick wit, and her sense of humor. She, and her wonderful handwritten letters and cards, will be sorely missed. Hugs, cousins.
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Rachelle Dodge
So sad to hear! Thinking of you and your family
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Joey Sokolowski
Sending prayers for all. We're grateful for you last weekend to say goodbye. God bless.
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Lauren Penndorf Haskin
Oh my! I am so sad with you. May your memories with her make you smile. BIG hugs to you both

Patrick Haskin
So sad to hear this. What a great woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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Al Fettes
Sorry for your loss
fettes family
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Johan Rasid
My prayers go out to you and your family, so very sorry for your loss
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Jane E Mcelhaney
So sorry for your loss
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Lori Klein
I am so sorry. Sending you and your family love and peace
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Lynne Cournoyer
Sending hugs.
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Michelle Sampson
I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother in law. May she Rest In Peace and comfort for all eternity. My prayers to you and your family.
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Karen Stewart Harrington
Pol I'm soo sorry for your loss
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Julia Gibson
What an incredible woman and a fitting tribute. Rest in peace.
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Maureen Smith-Vogus
So sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful woman, inside & out. Please give Pol my condolences
RIP
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Rowena-Andres Verdan
Our sincere condolence to the Pastrana families. May she rest in peace.
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Posted by Holly Pastrana on January 2, 2021
Mama you will be forever missed. Thank you for raising such an amazing family. I am indebted to you always, and am honored to be your daughter in law
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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.
Vita.  223 leaves

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!