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Miss Rosalina Jaranilla Hautea, commonly known to close friends and relatives as “Lola Aling” or “Tya Saling” or simply “Aling” or “Saling”, passed away peacefully in the grace of our Lord on September 2, 2011 at the age of 84.
Lola Aling, is survived by her adopted sons Jonas Poblador and Dino Acuna, and many friends and relatives who dearly loved her.
Lola Aling  who resided in Victorias City, Negros Occidental for 61 years until her death, was born in La Paz, Iloilo City to Victor Hautea and Pacencia Jaranilla on February 11, 1927, the feast of the Our Lady of Lourdes.
She spent some part of her childhood under the care of her wealthy unmarried maternal grandaunt ‘Iyay” who owned vast lands in Panay and Iloilo. They used to wake up at 5am and open doors and windows while singing a hymn in beliefs that it will welcome good grace and luck all through out the day.
Lola Aling was the youngest of 2 siblings, her sister was Estelita Hautea, later married to Salus Villanueva whom together had 8 children, namely Rene, Erlinda, Ninfa, Emily, Elenita, Helen, Mae and Susan.
Lola Aling was fond of telling lots of her childhood experiences, like her dreams of the Our Lady of the Lourdes dressed in white with blue belt around hip who guided her in the dark with a lampara (oil lamp) and her experience with a big bearded man whom she later identified as St Peter in the gates of Heaven where she was asked to return.
She never learned to drive although her father in many occasions tried to teach her, at one point she ended up throwing their jeepney out into their family fishpond when she was in her teens.
The war broke in 1941 and Lola Aling and her family moved to the mountains of Guimaras in Panay to evacuate from the raging forces of the Japaneses Imperial Army. They spent some 4 years fleeing. She said it was one of the scariest nightmares of her life. Some of her nieces, like Nene Linda, later Mrs. Linda Aujero, were born in Guimaras Mountains while into hiding from the Japanese forces.
After the liberation, she went back to school to study education at the Colegio de San Agustin de Iloilo where she graduated in 1950.
After graduation, the young Rosalina, with the guidance of her father went to Negros Occidental in the town of Victorias where the husband of a relative was a Superintendent of Schools. Her first teaching assignment was in the farmlands of Barrio Estado in Victorias, Negros Occidental.
In Victorias, Lola Aling went to live with her paternal relatives, Lolo Eguil and Lola Edad Junsay (Miguel Junsay and Natividad Hautea) and later to Lolo Moning and Lola Oring (Hermogenes Hipolito and Leonor Junsay) until they all died. There, she took care of the kitchen as she was a good cook and became a nanny figure to the grand children of the olds. Jonas Poblador from the time he was born till aged 17 when he left for the states became her adoptibo. She did all of these while teaching at the same time.
She never married, although she said she once dated a businessman and a lawyer. She told stories about her run aways in the movie theatres in the middle of the show when her dates start to grasp for her hands.
In 1982, after Lolo Moning passed away, Lola Oring often asked my parents if I can stay in Victorias for weekends, so they can get to have a kid in the house. My parents  who used to live in Bacolod happily agreed.
However, in 1983, Lola Oring after a short battle with cancer died, so Lola Aling who was then in her mid 50’s is left alone in the big house. Lola Oring’s son Tito Gary Hipolito, before heading back to the states after the funeral talked to and convinced Lola Aling to retain me so that she will have company since she is the only one left to live in the house. I was 7 years old then and it was the start of my life’s journey with this great person, as her 2nd adopted son.
In 1988, after 38 years of teaching, she retired at the Victorias Elementary School, which was preceded by a big thanks giving treat to her fellow teachers with “3 lechons” (roasted pigs), 1 for grades 1&2, another one for grades 3&4 and another one for grades 5&6 teachers. It was a happy and memorable moment for Miss Hautea.
Because she had me, she never opted to go back home to Iloilo after her retirement. Instead she went with me to Don Felix where I studied high school renting the school’s canteen. It went on for years until it was my time to leave the school for college.
Lola Aling was a friendly and loving person, she liked to help friends in whatever way she can. She was sometimes coined as “Miss Manug-patigayun”. A very loyal, caring and kindhearted person. She will talk to everyone including strangers that she just met.
She loved to sing her favorite Visayan Songs like “Dandansoy”, “Si Felimon” and “Malakat ka na Gali”.
Playing mahjong ran through her veins. I would go with her in her daily mahjong sessions especially during summer. It was a fun experience for me because I get to meet friends, friends who even until now I’m still friends with.
Going to Bacolod to buy step in sandals and eat Batchoy were her items.
The best cook in the world when it comes to Valenciana, Dinugu-an, and Pancit Molo.
Lola Aling, your mission is now over. You have done your part, you have raised 2 sons and taught many students and loved many friends. Served relatives and touched lives. God wants you home now, so I release you. In my heart, you never went anywhere, you are always here with me. My heart is a safe place where you dwell now. We are always together. Farewell, but I will never say good bye.
Lola Aling, we will never forget you, we love you, rest now, sleep well and good night.
Interred on September 10, 2011, Saturday at the Junsay-Hipolito Musoleo, Victorias Public Cemetery.
3rd Night Celebrated on September 12, 2011
1st 9th Novena Night Celebrated on September 21, 2011
2nd 9th Novena Night Celebrated on September 30, 2011
End of 9th Novena Night or 40th Night Celebrated on October 9, 2011

Sleep Well Lola Aling, Good night . . . .




February 11, 1927-September 2, 2011

84 years, 6 months and 22 days


I will miss you my love./Writing a farewell message to you is the hardest thing I could do./ I just can’t say Good bye./ I wish I could change the wheels of time and the shape of our destiny so I can go back to our sweetest moments together./ I miss you/ and I miss everything about you./ I am so lost to know that we will never see each other again ever./ I was not just ready to let you go especially that I am not home./ I thought we will stick to our promise to wait for each other?/ I have asked for March so I can go home to take care of you./ It so break my heart that you had to go and not wait for me./ I had asked for 6 more months, after 4 ½ years of longing to see you./

This is the most painful time for me ever in my whole life./ I know how hard you tried to wait for me so we can fulfill our promise./ I dread for that day,/ but I know, it will never happen anymore. My bags have been packed just as I am ready to go home  immediately but it was just too late. Please forgive me for not being able to see you,/ hug you/ and kiss you for the last time./ I failed to take care of you with my own presence and touch./ I am so sorry Lola Aling./ It’s so hard to accept the fact that you are gone forever./ You meant so much to me/ and I love you so much,/ and I love you so much that I had to go/ so I can give you the best./ But that’s what love is really all about./ It means sacrificing your personal happiness and interests for the one you love./ I learned it from you./

Finding the right words to say good bye is difficult./ It will take me a lifetime to recover from this pain./ It breaks me apart./ No words can express how I feel about losing you./

It is my faith in our God that keeps me strong at this point in time./ I know I have no one to turn to especially that I am alone,/ but to hold on to my faith and accept HIS WILL./

Oh sweetest Jesus in Heaven,/ please receive my Lola Aling,/ I trust in You./

Now that you are gone,/ I have no reason to stay longer in the US./ My business here is done./ I will just drain out whatever endurance is left and go home/ to live simple and decent life./ For I know from day one,/ America is not for me, but home/ but because I needed to serve you and ensure your wellness,/ I happily decided to stay./ Because I know I won’t earn the kind of money that we will need for your  medical needs, if I were there./  I just hope to myself,/ that perhaps I was able to fulfill my duty to you as a son./ Because I am your son/ and you are my mother,/ and you are my joy./

Two Nights after Lola Aling passed away,/ my real mother,/ Mommy Minda visited me in a dream./ Thank you Mommy for coming to comfort me./ It is indeed true that a mother,/ knows and feels the child’s pain./ In my dream,/ Mommy and I were walking along downtown in Bacolod,/ when an old woman gave me a handful of loose diamonds in my hand./ I did not like it because it got defects and came in different weird sizes and shapes./ When I started to complain,/ Mommy, pat my back and consoled me with these meaningful words,/ “ Just accept it and be thankful”./ Upon waking up, I realized what Mommy was really trying to tell me,/ to accept that Lola is gone and be thankful that she is finally home./

A few days later,/ a small white butterfly touched me in the arm in broad day light here in California./ I surely knew it was my Lola Aling,/ because I felt her presence./ She was visiting me,/ just like when I smelled the scent of fresh flowers when my Mom passed away./

I did not ever imagine that,/ that morning in the airport some 4 years ago on March 9, 2007/ will become our last meeting/ and that kiss would be the last kiss./ I could have given you my hardest hug and my sweetest kiss/ but even so,/ it will not be enough,/ I know./ I don’t know how to handle this because its just too painful./ The ache is constant./ But I know God has a reason for everything that has happened./ I know I should be happy because you are now under His care/ and that could not be any better than any of my own care. /

Every time I wake up/ I see only your face/ and from that face I feel better, knowing that face loves me so much/ and treated me like her own son./

You never gave up on me in all my troubles,/ even though the world was telling you to leave me,/ and for that,/ I say THANK YOU.

Since the time you took me under your care when I was 6 years old,/ I felt nothing else lesser than your love,/ and care,/ and protection./ You are my mother/ and I am your son/ and I thank you for the privilege of being your son./ Thank you for making that decision to raise me./ I owe my life to you./

The retired teacher’s community here know pretty well/ that since then,/ I became like a tail to you./ Wherever you are,/ Dino is following you./ They often would say/ “Ari na ang Bata ni Saling”./ Thank you for caring for me,/ for the attention you gave me./ And for that LOVE,/ that did not recognize limits and boundaries.

We became a family of two./ For many years since I was a boy,/ we lived in one small bedroom in the house in atubang simbahan,/ with our own kitchen,/ dining/ and living area in it./ We lived independently./ We slept in one bed/ and I remember not being able to sleep without Lola Aling by my side./ I was everything to you/ and you to me./

You were a wonderful cook/ and many people remember you for your Valenciana,/ Dinugu-an/ and Pancit Molo,/ I went with you wherever the cookings took place./ As well as your mahjong sessions./ You gave me my childhood experience./ The trips to Bacolod,/ mostly to get loans from Feobit/ or GSIS/ which normally entails eat/ and shop at downtown were one of the bests./ Eating Batchoy in Downtown was your item./ You loved to buy step in sandals for yourself./

In your stronger days,/ you don’t trust others to do my laundry works/ especially my karsonsilyo/ as you call it/ because only you/ can make the best,/ the whites whiter./ When I wake up,/ my breakfast is ready/ and my towels have been prepared./

Each time I complement breakfast is good,/ I will have the same breakfast for the rest of the week,/ until I start to complain,/ then that’s when the menu gets changed again./ All at my convenience./

You know everyone/ including their business/ both good and bad./ I remember as a boy when we walk in a street,/ to go from point A to point B/ which will normally take us only 20 minutes,/ it will get us 3 hours to reach to our destination/ because you would chat to everyone that we meet along the way,/ as a boy I was always there pestering you./ It becomes a sweet memory now./

The prayers you taught me,/ to this day,/ I still pray them each single night./

In all of my 6 years at Victorias Elementary School,/ you were also there as a teacher./ You let me choose who I want to be my teacher for next school year/ and I usually get it./ By the time I graduated,/ it was also the time of your retirement after 38 years of service./ As I went to Don Felix to study High School,/ you went with me when you rented the school’s canteen./  That’s why all of my teachers and classmates from both elementary and high school know who is Tya Saling to Dino./ We lived very simple/ but loved filled life./

Lola Aling,/ I want to tell you how much I love you/ and how much I miss you/ and I wish you are still around to be with me,/ for one,/ to sing with me via skype, our favorite old visayan songs like Felimon and Dandansoy,/ and we would both giggle./

I know that your mission is now over./ You have done your part,/ you have raised 2 sons/ and taught many students/ and loved many friends./ Served relatives/ and touched lives./ God wants you home now,/ so I release you./ In my heart,/ you never went anywhere,/ you are always here with me./ My heart is a safe place where you dwell now./ We are always together./ Farewell,/ but I will never say good bye./

To the Retired Teachers Community who are here today,/ Thank you very much./ You are always very dear to me because you are a part of mine and Lola’s lives./ Each time I will see any of you,/ it will always remind me of my Lola Aling./ Thank you for your love./ I consider you our family./

To all of Lola’s friends and relatives,/ Madamo gd nga salamat sa inyo pag unong sa amon sa sini nga ti-on./ The love you have shown today meant so much./

To my siblings Michael,/ Maricel,/ Maricar,/ and Dennis,/ cousin Lara/ and friends Grace,/ and Ning-ning/ thank you so much for covering for me while I’m gone,/ for making the effort to make Lola Aling feel that she is not alone/ and also,/ for your own love/ and affection/ shown to our dearly beloved Lola Aling./ Words can’t express how grateful I am to you/ for giving Lola the love that she deserves from you./ You have become selfless for her./ I have seen how a family works in us./ THANK YOU.

To the daughters of Lola Pelia Lazalita- Manang Nancy and Manang Echel,/ thank you very much for always being there and checking on/ and giving me advices on Lola’s health condition./ Your love and kindness is sincerely felt,/ SALAMAT GID.

I would like to special mention Tita Ninfa Lajera,/ Tita Myrna De Asis/ and our neighbors/ Tita Loret Palmes,/ Tita Norma/ and especially The Demiden Family/- Tita Didi,/ Tita Lete,/ Tita Mila,/ Tita Annete,/ for always seeing Lola  and keeping her in company./ She needed those./

To my 3 other Nanays,/ Tita Lilia Espera/ Tita Pearl Javelosa,/ and Mams Visi Calida/ – For 3 years now—in all my sorrows and griefs—I always found solace and comfort in your words./ Your love is felt deeply./ SALAMAT GID SA INYO.

To Lola’s biological nieces from Iloilo,/ I can’t thank you enough for sharing Lola Aling with us./ I know how much you love your Auntie Saling/ and how much you wanted her to be with you/ but you gave her the freewill to do what she desires./ I will always give you my respects/ and I humble myself to you because you are my Lola Aling’s loved ones./ I consider you a family./

To Manong Jonas,/ madamo gid nga salamat sa imo. You never ceased to help and care for Lola Aling. You gave her your lifetime commitment. I am glad that you and I were able to be with her till the end. She did not die lonely, and helpless.

Lastly,/ let it be known to all/ and I say it with pride/ and honor,/ that in my LIFE, there was once MISS ROSALINA J. HAUTEA, who took care of me like her own child. She will live in my heart forever.

Lola Aling,/ farewell my love./ I promise you/ I will live by the many life’s lessons that you imparted to me. SALAMAT GID KAG PALANGGA TA GID KA./ Till we meet again.

Sleep well and goodnight . . . . .

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