Josefino "Penoy" Ligaya
  • 67 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 25, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Manila, Philippines
  • Date of passing: Aug 11, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Annandale, Virginia, United States
Let the memory of Josefino be with us forever.

This memorial website was created in loving memory of our father, Josefino "Penoy" Ligaya, 67. He was born on January 25, 1949 in Manila, Philippines, and passed away in his home on August 11, 2016. He is survived by his oldest son, Joseph and wife Christine; daughter Caroline and husband Adam; youngest son Jeffrey; grandson Evan; his sister Violeta; and brothers Manny and Eddie. 

Funeral Mass
Friday, 16 September 2016 at 11:00 am

St. Ambrose Catholic Church
3901 Woodburn Road, Annandale VA 22003

Burial at Fairfax Memorial Park to follow
9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax VA 22032
Meet at the Memorial Park Office by 1215pm to process to site

Celebration of Life lunch reception to follow Burial Service
St. Ambrose Parish Hall 

3901 Woodburn Road, Annandale VA 22003, next to Church
Upon arrival from Memorial park, or around 1:00 to 4:00pm

Flowers can be sent to St. Ambrose Catholic Church c/o Donna Vasilakos or Ligaya Family

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Celia Birung on 10th August 2017

"You will always be a part of MSHS1964 here and there. We will remember you for your quick and intelligent reply. You can be funny but ever willing and helpful. I am saddened by your passing on but one day we will see you again. Till then just keep smiling down on us. We love you."

This tribute was added by Elmer Dumlao Sangalang on 10th August 2017

"We, your high school classmates, remember you fondly, Penoy, on the first anniversary of our life here without you!  Pray for us and guide us until the time we shall get reunited eternally."

This tribute was added by Linda Pereira on 13th September 2016

"Dear Friends,

My thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family and friends at this very sad time. I'm sorry I am unable to attend the services this Friday, along with some of our PAHO/WHO fellow Toastmasters (TM).

My daughter, her husband, their two year old son and newborn daughter require my support for a bit longer, so I'm unable to return to the DC area this week. TM gave me great experience wearing many hats: every hat from cook to laundress, nanny to maidservice, not to mention a proud grandmother's undivided, endless love and affection.  Joe and I shared thoughts on the joys of grandparenthood just last year.

Joe Ligua was an incredible leader and role model.  Our TM club certainly will bear a major loss without him.  Because of his dedication, wisdom, experience and exemplary speeches, he inspired countless members and guests over the many years we were fortunate to have him as an active member and officer, at every level.

After stepping down from my two years as club president, I then accepted the role of area governor.  It was a no brainer that Joe could successfully lead our club to new heights.  Even though he was not a PAHO employee, he had been dedicated and committed to attending and participating in all regular meetings in every role on the agenda and fulfilling each club officer's role.  Despite all of his work, family and other TM commitments with different clubs, he willingly allowed me to twist his arm to accept the responsibility of club president.  

Joe offered all our members a fresh perspective and had a clear vision for individual and club success.  We all benefitted greatly from his insight.  When the club initiated new meetings with TM manuals in Spanish, Joe was one of the first to become involved and he showed a keen interest in this endeavor.

In typical PAHO tradition, I refuse to say goodbye.  Instead, I prefer to say, "Hasta la vista, Joe, or until I see you again, Joe."  


This tribute was added by L McPherson on 6th September 2016

"The death of a loved one can be very painful and weight heavily on our hearts,may you all find comfort in gods promise at (John 5:28,29)"do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will here his voice and com out"."

This tribute was added by Colleen Blessing on 3rd September 2016

"From Joe's ESOL co-teacher at St. Matthews.
My sincere condolences to the Ligaya family. Teacher Joe was wonderful with the students. We would exchange weekly emails about student progress and ideas for the class. He was always excited to see what students were learning and what new subjects we could present. A number of times when I couldn't teach my class on Thursday, Joe would graciously volunteer to help out. I so appreciated his enthusiasm and steadfastness.

Everyone in ESOL at St. Matthews, and especially the Level 2 students, will miss Teacher Joe. I will miss him most of all. He made a difference."

This tribute was added by Peter Jerusalem on 3rd September 2016

"When my Tatay (Ben) was stricken with cancer, before he passed away in 1999, I remember reading a very touching letter that Tito Penoy wrote for him. Tito Penoy's message was "thank you for looking after my Ate Violy" (my Nanay).

This is the Josefino Ligaya that I know and will always remember.  Tito Penoy - the thoughtful, intelligent, and well-spoken Ligaya who reached out and connected with friends and relatives at every opportunity he got.

Throughout the years, Tito Penoy visited family & friends in Manila, Laguna, Bangkok & Sydney. There was even a time when he rendezvoused with my Nanay in Europe just to give her company during her holiday.

While this message of gratitude didn't arrive on time, unlike the one Tito Penoy wrote to my Tatay in 1999, I wish to say:

Tito Penoy, you are forever in our hearts.  You taught us a valuable lesson on how to be a true human being.  Our prayers are always with you as you rest in eternal peace in the arms of our Lord."

This tribute was added by Gigi Liwanag on 3rd September 2016

"Dear Caroline and Jeffrey,
My deepest condolence. I miss your dad so much. I know he is already at peace with the Lord.

-Love, Lola Tela"

This tribute was added by Chance Chanc.e on 1st September 2016

"My deepest condolences to you Ligaya family.Im very sorry for your loss.Very soon death will be eliminated God's word assures us of this."He will swallow up death forever ,And the sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away tears from all faces". Isaiah 25:8"

This tribute was added by Jeff Quinto on 1st September 2016

"Tito Penoy! Our families may not have been related by blood, but we are all a part of a big beautiful family that we created. I miss you and will cherish all the memories we made.

Sleep in peace, Tito."

This tribute was added by Teng Nuguid on 29th August 2016

"i was and still am overcome with profound sadness when i heard of penoy's passing, an old friend, a very good friend.  another reminder that birthday and christmas cards are not enough; there's got to be more... like a phone call every now and then even just to say hello.  busy should never be an excuse.  i say that a lot but i am also first to admit guilt and i am so sorry...

albert, caroline and jeffrey... my heart grieves with you.

to my dear penoy... i was counting on you to find me if and when i got lost. you worried whenever you didn't receive your birthday card on time and always made sure i was okay.  and now you're gone.  I will miss sending those cards; i will miss you. rest in peace..."

This tribute was added by Richard Leverone on 24th August 2016

"I always enjoyed socializing with Jose at our end-of-semester fiestas. Such a joyful person.  He will be missed by all of his co-teachers at St. James, as well by his many students."

This tribute was added by Caroline Chaumont on 22nd August 2016

"The Howard Family sent a note sharing about how kind and wonderful a neighbor my dad was. They lived just around the corner for as long as we can remember. They have offered mass at St. Ambrose Parish for the repose of his soul."

This tribute was added by Aurora Cavalieri on 22nd August 2016

"From the Cavalieri Family of Richboro, PA : Lee, Aurora,Vincent & Jay:
We were shocked to hear of dear Penoy's sudden demise and cannot even begin to imagine that he is now gone from this earth! We saw him last on Dec. 11, 2015, at the Memorial Service of our dear sister, Erlinda Caluag Dancer in MD and he looked just fine! We will be offering a mass for his eternal rest at St. Vincent de Paul Parish Church in Richboro PA. The world has lost one brilliant man, very kind and humble! Rest in peace, dear Penoy, where there is no more pain and suffering. Vaya con Dios!!! Love from us all!!!"

This tribute was added by Elmer Dumlao Sangalang on 22nd August 2016

"Penoy was my bosom friend, more than a brother to me. Geographical distance separating us did not diminish, but rather strengthened, our friendship.  I have been awaiting his homecoming after a long while since his last visit to the Philippines.  Our last email contact was when I greeted him on his birthday.  Insofar as the two of us were concerned, we knew either one of us had no alarming health issues.  So we did not get a chance for a last goodbye. His sudden passing without a hint came as a terrible shock to me.  My faith in the afterlife gives me the consolation that God will rest Penoy in His eternal peace and let His perpetual light shine upon him.  And we shall meet again. Until then I will surely miss Penoy. Meanwhile, I have lots of fond memories of him with which to get by."

This tribute was added by Marlon Fuentes on 21st August 2016

"My sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family of Penoy Ligaya. I have very fond memories of Penoy when we were at UPenn. I remember his gentle demeanor, kindness, and very keen intellect. He was very helpful to us, generous with his time and advice to us, the Wharton newbies. He was like an older brother to us. Thank you, Penoy. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Conchita Grozman Ligaya on 20th August 2016

"9 day
memorial massess has been offered since time of death at pcj parish."

This tribute was added by Cesar Quinto on 20th August 2016

"To the family of "Penoy Ligaya: Words cannot express what you all are feeling right now. Please accept our deepest sympathies and we pray that God give you strength, Love, and healing."

This tribute was added by Cesar Quinto on 20th August 2016

"It is with deep sadness to learn of your passing dear Penoy. The memories our families shared from Philadelphia, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and Washington DC will always be with us. May God give you his Grace, Love, and Peace."

This tribute was added by Enrique/Perla Torrefranca on 19th August 2016

"Our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Josefino Ligaya. We share your pain and sorrow. Praying for the eternal repose of his soul, and may you, his family, find the courage and strength to move on."

This tribute was added by Enrique/Perla Torrefranca on 19th August 2016

"Penoy, you may be gone, but the memories you have created shall never fade. We will always cherish the moments our families shared together. Sleep well, our dear friend. May you find eternal peace in the arms of the Lord."

This tribute was added by Ed Alvendia on 19th August 2016

"Sometimes you will never know the true value of a person until he  becomes a memory.........such is the case with Penoy Ligaya.........he was one of our kuyas when we studied at the Wharton School.......he was very friendly and helpful, always with a smile on his face.......what impressed me about him was his very sharp mind ..........it was a mind that cut to the chase immediately ..........I  will miss you Penoy ..........know that you will always be in my prayers .........may our Lord embrace you and bring you to that place where there is no more death and suffering."

This tribute was added by Conchita Grozman Ligaya on 19th August 2016

"In our sadness, allow me to borrow a poem,
"If a loved one has departed and left an empty space, Seek the inner stillness, set a slower space.
Take time to remember, allow yourself to cry, Acknowledge your emotions, let sadness pass on by.
Then center in the oneness, remember God is near, Death is but a change in form, our dear Penoy is still near.
Treat yourself with kindness, allow yourself to feel; God will do the mending, and time will help you heal." - - - from Manny, Chuchay, Anna, EZ & Charlotte and Seinna"

This tribute was added by Violeta LJerusalem on 18th August 2016

"A novena mass  for the eternal repose of Josefino  has been offered at ST. ANDREWS CHURCH Kalayaan Makati City.  We deeply grieve at your demise. With so  much pain that goes to our very core, we bid you goodbye Penoy and say hello to Mom and Dad in heaven.  You will be missed forever........ Ate Violy and children"

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