Cipriano Claridad
(1932 - 2009)

Cipriano Claridad
Nickname: Opring

Pangasinan, Philippines
September 26, 1932

California, United States of America
October 20, 2009

Cipriano “Opring” Claridad, surrounded by those he loved, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, at 11:55 AM at Seton Medical Hospital.

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Cipriano “Opring” Claridad, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and great-grandfather was born on September 26, 1932 in Santa Maria, Pangasinan, Philippines to Benigno Claridad Sr. and Felisa Nasog Claridad. He had 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Cipriano graduated at Santa Maria Academy High School. In the 1950’s, he became a hardworking farmer.

Cipriano married Jovita “Betang” Alejo in November 7, 1952. They had five loving daughters, Catherine “Julie,” Josephine “Josie,” Phoebe, Tita, and Mirasol “May.”

In the midst of the 1950’s, Cipriano worked at Bagiuo City Hall as an assistant to his uncle, Attorney Dionesio Claridad. In the 1960’s Cipriano became part of the Liberal Party Movement. During his prime in Santa Maria, he was the undisputed barangay captain of Poblacion East for 8 consecutive years in the early 70’s. He immigrated to Northern California in 1979, and his family followed him within the next few years.

Cipriano resided in South San Francisco and moved to Daly City in 1986. He worked at Saint Francis Convalescent Pavilion, a nursing home as a Dietary Aide. In 1997, Cipriano retired at the age of 65. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, cooking, watching sports, and taking photographs of his family.

Cipriano lived his life beside his loving wife, Jovita, his 5 daughters & son-in-laws, his 13 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren, whom all called him “Tatay.”

Tatay, may you rest in peace and comfort. We miss and love you forever and always.

The viewing will be held Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30 at Duggans Mortuary, from 4pm – 9pm. A Memorial Service in honor of Cipriano’s life will be held on Saturday, October 31 at St. Agustin Church at 10:30am, followed by the funeral at Cypress Lawn Cemetery.

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Guest Book (33 entries)
Tatay, thanks for visiting me in my dreams. I miss you!
Mary Jo Aquino (Grand daughter )
April 16th, 2011
Tay, today you went to heaven exactly one year ago! I miss and love you dearly!
Jong-Jong Aquino (Grand-daughter)
October 20th, 2010
HAPPY 78TH BIRTHDAY TATAY! i hope you were happy to see us and enjoyed the video i made you. i miss you very much tay. i hope you like the crispy pata and lechon kawali we brought you. it was delicious. well tatay.. i hope your doing well in paradise. i miss and i love you so much!
krissel camat (granddaughter)
September 26th, 2010
Hi Tay, hope you are relaxing there in heaven. Today is my 25th birthday and I wish you were to celebrate it. Thanks for visiting me in my dream the other day. I know you didn't forget my birthday! I miss you tay!!!
Mary Jo Aquino (grand-daughter)
January 19th, 2010
Insan Opring was one of our close relatives who convinced our late Dad to throw his hat in the political arena. And in our Pa's unsuccessful attempts to wrest political control in our town, Insan Opring and younger brod, the late Insan Nador, were always at his side. I vividly remember the last time Insan Opring tried to convice our Pa to again seek the mayoralty of our town was in the local elections of 1969. But our Pa, who was then the Assistant Provincial Warden did not accede to his and other relatives' persistent prodding reasoning out that the late Mayor Eusebio Macaraeg, being his 'compadre' pleaded with him to give way as he (Ex-Mayor Macaraeg) just wanted to be elected for one term and not just Mayor-successor to the late Mayor Arturo Cachila, Sr., who died during hi incumbency as mayor of Santa Maria. And so, Insan Opring and Co. convinced and fielded instead, Dr. Prospero Cabanayan, also a relative, as the Liberal Party's bet for Mayor, and the rest is history. Politics is deeply ingrained in him that in his first vacation sometime in 1983 when I was still a Barangay Captain- a position he also held, he actively paricipated in our discussions at home with political leaders at the time. Even on our past two visits to the mainland, still Insan Opring kept on asking me about the latest politcal developments in our town.

In his passing, Insan Opring orphaned not only his immediate family but also us- his relatives and friends who value his kinship, camaraderie, sense of humour and other virtues that will surely keep his memory alive.

Jose "CHOY" Ginez (cousin)
November 13th, 2009
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"Tay, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!"
Mary Jo Aquino
January 9th, 2010
"Tatay, I'll never forget how much you cared for us all. Thank you for all the great memories we shared together and also the ones w/ Jeremy, Kira and Joshua. I love you!"
Geraldine Yamaguchi
November 7th, 2009
"Tay, I light a candle for you tonight..."
Mary Jo Aquino
November 6th, 2009
"Tay, many may consider me to be hero for serving our country. Tatay you are my super-hero. Thank you for being nothing but the best grandfather one can ever have. I love and miss you ever so dearly."
Russell Feolino
November 1st, 2009
"Tatay i miss you so much<3im so speechless right now.well i just want to thank you for everything you have done.Your a like my HERO.So rest in peace and i love you always<3(:"
Denise Delos Reyes
October 28th, 2009
"Tatay, thank you for everything. You are the greatest grandfather ever! Thank you for raising me the right way. You will always be remembered. I miss and love you so much <3"
Raphy Feolino
October 28th, 2009
"Tatay, you are the greatest grandfather that a grandchild could ever wish for. You have done so much for us. Thank you for creating fun and cherishable memories with all of us. We are very lucky to have had you be a part of our lives. We love you!!!!"
Glenn Ricasa
October 28th, 2009
"Tatay I will miss you.All of us will miss you.I don't want you gone yet but it is your time.I want you to rest and have a good time in heaven.we will miss you good-bye Tatay.P.S say "hi" to god for me."
Darren Delos Reyes
October 27th, 2009
"Tatay,I can't believe your're gone. I love you, & miss you. And you will always have a place in my heart. Thank-You for everything. You can finally rest, and I know god will have large french fries, and a Manny Pacquiao fight playing just for you.I"
Reinier Feolino
October 27th, 2009
"tatay, i can't say so much, but how much i can say you are the worlds greatest grandfather. i want to thank you for raising me. i love you and miss you always."
Krissel Camat
October 27th, 2009


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