ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Vicente Dante Adan, 53 years old, born on May 30, 1967, and passed away on May 1, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by rosemary bocar on May 30, 2021
Remembering Dan on this his would-have-been 54th birthday with fondness. Rest in eternal peace amigo.
Posted by aison Garcia on May 18, 2021
Maraming Salamat Dan at mahal ka namin! Ipanalangin mo kami lagi :)
Posted by rosemary bocar on May 14, 2021
Tribute for our friend Dan
Before I begin, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Adan Family in behalf of some of the IPD staff who are now residing in different places here in the Philippines as well as abroad.
This is a bit hard for me to write because of one main reason. I am now in the pre-departure age and recalling what I was supposed to do a few seconds ago has oftentimes become an ordeal. So to help me make a more complete eulogy, I had to request my former colleagues to come up with a coherent recollection of Dan’s stint at the Institute for Popular Democracy from the time he took over my post as finance and admin. officer until he resigned.
One of us remembers Dan waiting to get hold of a sewing machine, a puzzle for her inasmuch as he already had two professions, that of being a lawyer and a Certified Public Accountant. Only later did she realize that it was in relation to his desire to help the others with livelihood projects for those who were in dire financial state. He was always thinking of ways on how to help augment the incomes of teachers, farmers and many others. In fact, many of our chat marathons were precisely on plans for livelihood projects to help coco farmers in my home province of Eastern Samar.
When it came to finance work, he was very meticulous on the correct entries and description of book entries in the office financial reports. As an accountant, he was very strict with cash advances and would not sign any check if he thought they did not hew to standards of the office.
Dan was a fun-loving person, and at the same time serious and strict when it came to finance work. He would go out with the Admin. staff for better bonding. A colleague remembers receiving a Christmas gift from Dan with a dedication that said something about not losing the essence of being the child in her. (For me, this comes as a requisite for being grounded and happy. Maybe Dan meant the same thing? I would like to think so.)
A colleague says she remembers feeling very lucky that Dan accepted the post at IPD. Dan’s main role was office management and administration but he also helped out in some of the work of DevWatch on local governance. Pwede siya sa office management development work, tapos artistic pa siya. A renaissance man, gayud!
Our bookkeeper remembers being encouraged by him to take the CPA exams and he even offered to lend his notes so it is obvious that he gave value to the staff’s skills and capacity development. He was open and frank when it came to discussing same-sex relationships making us more conscious and educated not only on gray but gay matters as well!
He was last seen personally by one of us before the pandemic lockdown in Cubao when he jokingly grabbed her handbag. Little did she know that it would be the last time she would see him in person.
I would like to go now to more or less recent times. In April 2020, I asked for Dan’s opinion on the significance of Kate Raworth’s magnum opus called the Doughnut Economics and this started our chat marathon spanning from 3 to 6 hours at most. We made plans for novel livelihood projects using coco water, root crops that are indigenous to E. Samar and many more. These were accompanied with computations on costs and profits too. I had an image of Dan with a built-in calculator.
Our last chat was in the afternoon of April 30 when he described to me what happened after he was picked-up by the ambulance and what he was going through up to the time he was brought to the ICU complete with a selfie with all the contraptions he was connected to. His last post on his FB page made me pensive, my interpretation was that he was already resigned to go and was in fact, prepared to do so. But I still had a hard time believing all the RIP comments on his page the following morning! Our legal and financial consultant chose to leave us on Labor Day, a significant way to exit if you ask me.
Thank you Dan, for being you and for sharing all of you with all of us. We love you and you will always remain in our hearts.

I would like to acknowledge colleagues who helped Mother O , as I am called in the office. They are the following: Susan Coballes who was our cashier at that time, resides in San Mateo; Juvalen Dionisio was and still is the bookkeeper of IPD and lives in Quezon City. Susan & Juvalen worked closely with Dan. Vangie Cagungon Carnaje is a Bulakena and was the first person you would encounter when coming in to the office. Carmille Ferrer used to work as a researcher on local government in another department but could still remember Dan from our annual Christmas party, she resides in Kyusi; Maricar Cruz was originally at the front desk , later became the assistant of the IPD Executive Director and now works as a laboratory technician in Calgary, Canada; Delfin Gamotea was our pogi all-around guy, he relocated to Vancouver, Canada after he got married; Jennifer Rebustre was actually working in another department but was almost always in cahoots with Dan for fun events, she now lives Dallas, Texas managing a branch office of Bank of America and Charmaine Ramos was also from DevWatch, presently a professor in the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Posted by Tony La Viña on May 6, 2021
Last Sunday, I woke up to the devastating news of the passing of lawyer Dante Adan. He had just tested positive for Covid a few day ago and I was hoping he would make it.

My former student in UP Law, Dan was brilliant and got the highest grades. More importantly, he was passionate even as a student about God and country - lahat ng ating ginagawa ay dapat para sa Diyos at Bayan (we do everything for God and country). A true Atenean (from Naga) and Isko: he combined honor and excellence in a person for others! I saw that when he worked from 2014-2016 in an anti-corruption project in the Ateneo School of Government when I was Dean.

When Dan died, I posted: I do not know how to cope with my sadness but I suppose I will just follow your example of such great faith, which for sure will carry you to the beyond with a little help from the angels Ina, our Lady of Peñafrancia to whom you were devoted, and the Risen Christ, whose Cross you welcome and bore, sent to you after you posted this prayer:

“I love you, Dear Jesus, though many times I go against your will and choose to do what displeases you. Forgive me, Lord. Thank you for letting me experience, even for very short whiles, the parched throat you suffered while hanging at The Cross. Thank you for letting me feel, even in a very minute way compared to what you suffered while dying on The Cross, this shortness of breath. My left lung seems to collapse every time I have a fit of incessant coughing and it continues to bleed at the moment.

I unite all my physical sufferings to your suffering on The Cross and embrace Your Cross deep in my heart and offer it for the continuing conversion of sinners. I am consoled by Your Mother, Mama Mary, who also accompanies all her suffering children, the way she never abandoned You at the foot of The Cross. Thank you, my Dear Jesus. Thank you, Mama Mary.

I shall not ask healing if it will separate me from your friendship, but if through granting me complete recovery will glorify The Father, through the life mission you have given us through GIBO (an NGO Dan founded), Thy Will Be Done. I unite my prayer with every Sacrifice being offered in every Mass throughout the world right now. Cover me with Your Most Precious Blood. Amen.”

Dan’s death is one Covid death too many. But his indifference to death consoles me. For sure, this Filipino who loved the poor and the Church, who combined righteousness and kindness in a way I rarely see, has shared one final lesson: we must not lose sight of the big picture where death is just a moment, a terrible and sad one, but not the final one in God’s plan for us.
Posted by Sarah Balane on May 6, 2021
Rest now Dan in God's loving presence. Your memory will live forever as you lived an extraordinary life.
Posted by Kycqx Mainar on May 5, 2021
In our family we call him Manoy Dante, Manoy Titing, Manoy Titoy, Atorni..

He is our Big Brother.

He who chose not to marry but can be considered a Family man. For him family comes first. He is ever present in every milestone of the family. He knows everyone even a very distant relative.

He was with me when i was struggling with life here in Manila, just a text and he will immediately reply and meet me. He was our only witness when i got married (civilly, even if it was a day after Ondoy when most parts of Manila was flooded) and was also there in my first-born’s 1st birthday.

He would talk to me about his dreams and plans for fellow Bicolanos. I am the social worker but he was the one whose into community work and people empowerment.

I remembered him nagging me into taking up law. He once shared about an election book he was making and hoping to have it published before the last presidential election but because he was into other important things and advocacies that i guess that was put aside.

He would always give his warm hugs everytime we meet and would jokingly make “mano” even he’s the older one. He loves walking that he would always tell me he would rather walk from San Jose to Goa than take a bus or a jeep. That’s how he was, always being at the moment, always appreciating small things, always very warm to everyone and very much low key despite his BIG achievements.

During the time our Lola Toma was bedridden, i saw him lovingly talk to her and would make her laugh. He loves our elders in the family and everybody from the oldies to the youngsters loves him and misses him just as much.

Manoy, you will forever be loved and missed...

#whoisDanteAdan
Posted by Doods Santos on May 5, 2021
Rest in Peace and Love and help us divine whatever justice there may be in all this, after all you've given and much more you were to give. Dios mabalos!  VIVA, DAN! 
Posted by Tanya Lat on May 4, 2021
Dan: Fellow dreamer, activist, and partner-in-crime

Dan, we've been friends for more than 20 years. In all that time, we've dreamed for the country, embarked on crusades, and had many exciting adventures together. We rejoiced in each other's successes, consoled each other in times of seeming defeat, and encouraged each other to keep fighting the good fight. Thank you for always being there for me. Among many precious memories I have of you, I will always cherish the time I spent in Bicol with you and your family (and being mistaken as your girlfriend!) back when we were in law school. I will always be grateful that you lovingly prepared the beautiful bridal bouquets, created the floral arrangements, and decorated the chapel for my wedding. I will also cherish all those late night conversations when we talked about anything and everything.

Dan, you were always larger than life, and you always had big plans, big hopes, and big dreams. And you always dreamed not for yourself but for others. You dreamed of an empowered citizenry, of self-sufficient communities and economies, of a Bicolano people fiercely proud of its culture and heritage. You launched enterprises to help provide livelihood to your kababayan. You worked to exonerate the innocent, to expose corruption, to reform systems that weren't working, to empower farmers, to call out people on their greed. You designed, planted, cooked, sculpted, wrote, organized, and did so many other things that channeled your intense creativity and numerous talents into the world.

I hope you know that you have done so much good and touched so many people in the course of your intensely productive, creative, and meaningful life.

I am still in shock at how you left us so suddenly and so soon. But I am consoled by the fact that we were able to really talk last week, and that you still were able to text back until late last night. I also sensed that you knew that it was time, and I take comfort in knowing that you were ready to meet God.

I know that you still had so many plans and dreams, but God has decided that your work here is done. And maybe He has even more important work waiting for you on the other side, who knows?

You can lay down your earthly burden, Dan. We will continue the work that you have started. Go with God.

Thank you for the honor and privilege of journeying with you, Dan. My life has been enriched beyond measure because you were my friend. I will truly miss you. <3

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Posted by rosemary bocar on May 30, 2021
Remembering Dan on this his would-have-been 54th birthday with fondness. Rest in eternal peace amigo.
Posted by aison Garcia on May 18, 2021
Maraming Salamat Dan at mahal ka namin! Ipanalangin mo kami lagi :)
Posted by rosemary bocar on May 14, 2021
Tribute for our friend Dan
Before I begin, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Adan Family in behalf of some of the IPD staff who are now residing in different places here in the Philippines as well as abroad.
This is a bit hard for me to write because of one main reason. I am now in the pre-departure age and recalling what I was supposed to do a few seconds ago has oftentimes become an ordeal. So to help me make a more complete eulogy, I had to request my former colleagues to come up with a coherent recollection of Dan’s stint at the Institute for Popular Democracy from the time he took over my post as finance and admin. officer until he resigned.
One of us remembers Dan waiting to get hold of a sewing machine, a puzzle for her inasmuch as he already had two professions, that of being a lawyer and a Certified Public Accountant. Only later did she realize that it was in relation to his desire to help the others with livelihood projects for those who were in dire financial state. He was always thinking of ways on how to help augment the incomes of teachers, farmers and many others. In fact, many of our chat marathons were precisely on plans for livelihood projects to help coco farmers in my home province of Eastern Samar.
When it came to finance work, he was very meticulous on the correct entries and description of book entries in the office financial reports. As an accountant, he was very strict with cash advances and would not sign any check if he thought they did not hew to standards of the office.
Dan was a fun-loving person, and at the same time serious and strict when it came to finance work. He would go out with the Admin. staff for better bonding. A colleague remembers receiving a Christmas gift from Dan with a dedication that said something about not losing the essence of being the child in her. (For me, this comes as a requisite for being grounded and happy. Maybe Dan meant the same thing? I would like to think so.)
A colleague says she remembers feeling very lucky that Dan accepted the post at IPD. Dan’s main role was office management and administration but he also helped out in some of the work of DevWatch on local governance. Pwede siya sa office management development work, tapos artistic pa siya. A renaissance man, gayud!
Our bookkeeper remembers being encouraged by him to take the CPA exams and he even offered to lend his notes so it is obvious that he gave value to the staff’s skills and capacity development. He was open and frank when it came to discussing same-sex relationships making us more conscious and educated not only on gray but gay matters as well!
He was last seen personally by one of us before the pandemic lockdown in Cubao when he jokingly grabbed her handbag. Little did she know that it would be the last time she would see him in person.
I would like to go now to more or less recent times. In April 2020, I asked for Dan’s opinion on the significance of Kate Raworth’s magnum opus called the Doughnut Economics and this started our chat marathon spanning from 3 to 6 hours at most. We made plans for novel livelihood projects using coco water, root crops that are indigenous to E. Samar and many more. These were accompanied with computations on costs and profits too. I had an image of Dan with a built-in calculator.
Our last chat was in the afternoon of April 30 when he described to me what happened after he was picked-up by the ambulance and what he was going through up to the time he was brought to the ICU complete with a selfie with all the contraptions he was connected to. His last post on his FB page made me pensive, my interpretation was that he was already resigned to go and was in fact, prepared to do so. But I still had a hard time believing all the RIP comments on his page the following morning! Our legal and financial consultant chose to leave us on Labor Day, a significant way to exit if you ask me.
Thank you Dan, for being you and for sharing all of you with all of us. We love you and you will always remain in our hearts.

I would like to acknowledge colleagues who helped Mother O , as I am called in the office. They are the following: Susan Coballes who was our cashier at that time, resides in San Mateo; Juvalen Dionisio was and still is the bookkeeper of IPD and lives in Quezon City. Susan & Juvalen worked closely with Dan. Vangie Cagungon Carnaje is a Bulakena and was the first person you would encounter when coming in to the office. Carmille Ferrer used to work as a researcher on local government in another department but could still remember Dan from our annual Christmas party, she resides in Kyusi; Maricar Cruz was originally at the front desk , later became the assistant of the IPD Executive Director and now works as a laboratory technician in Calgary, Canada; Delfin Gamotea was our pogi all-around guy, he relocated to Vancouver, Canada after he got married; Jennifer Rebustre was actually working in another department but was almost always in cahoots with Dan for fun events, she now lives Dallas, Texas managing a branch office of Bank of America and Charmaine Ramos was also from DevWatch, presently a professor in the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Shared by Catherine Corona on May 10, 2021

St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19—Joseph, the Husband of Mary. The second is May 1—Joseph, the Worker.

The patron saint of the town San Jose is Saint Joseph, the Patriarch.

While this may appear as merely coincidence, the thought can also bring us peace and comfort that he was taken duly on his time.

His sleeping Saint Joseph made out of resin showed us his deep devotion and connection to the Saint up to his last day, May 1, 2021.

A very kind friend

Shared by Emerlynne Gil on May 6, 2021
Dear Dan - one of my greatest regrets is not spending more time talking with you during the last few years. I will miss you my very kind and dear friend. I cannot even describe in words here how much sadness I am feeling now that you are gone. Goodbye, Dan. Till we meet again. -- Em

College classmate

Shared by Yosef Edralev on May 5, 2021
I still can’t get over Dante Adan’s passing. 
Back in college, I have known him to be a very good writer and very intelligent, especially in accounting. There were times when we just wait for him to arrive in school so we could copy his solutions. I can even remember when he had to look for his prepared sheets at the back of the class, from us who were copying his solutions, so he can recite and submit his preparation. He was unlike other intelligent persons who would not even bother talk with classmates. His intelligence and humility was extraordinary.
After college I completely forgot about him but just last year during the ecq, he, unknowingly, bought something from our pharmacy and I was there and we talked like there was no 30 year gap in our timeline. He did not say much about his job but at that time I had a sense that he was a high caliber lawyer already. He did not let me feel that, though. He was the same Dante Adan, whom we call Dan in college.
After that chanced meeting, I again forgot about him but little did I know that he and my son, Tristan, had been having a meeting together with my college frat bro, Dodoy, and other high caliber persons and were already in the middle of something about a program which will assist the farmers of bicol in uplifting their livelihood. I was so excited upon learning these things. I felt like my desire to work for people, which I have abandoned many years ago, sparked again.
I was one of the many persons monitoring his condition during his self isolation. I thought he was doing all right but last Friday, I did not like his post on fb saying thanks to his angels here on earth. I messaged him but he did not reply. I got worried but after more than thirty minutes he replied with this picture. I thought he was finally feeling better. I told him to get well because we need people like him. He just marked my message with a heart. In the morning of May 2, Sunday, I was shocked and felt devastated upon learning of his death. A big loss to all of us. 
Goodbye Dan, I don’t think I can still do what you encouraged me to do. I asked Tristan, if he can be like you, at least be a lawyer like you and he said yes. 
Continue to guide and inspire us.
So long my friend.

#whoisdanteadan