Cipriano Claridad
(1932 - 2009)

Cipriano Claridad
Nickname: Opring

Pangasinan, Philippines
September 26, 1932

California, United States of America
October 20, 2009

Guest Book
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
Ti familia Ginez ken Calantoc ditoy ili tayo ited mi ti naimpusuan nga panakipagrikna iti familia ni kasinsin nga Opring iti oras ti inda panagsagaba. Ni kasinsin ket doble-doble ti panagbagi mi ta daydi Lelong mi nga Graciano "Ciano" Viloria Ginez ket kabsat daydi Lelang da nga Ollit ken daydi Lelong Ciano ket Eustaquia Claridad Abella manen daydi asawa na.
Matanda-anak unay nga daydi Uncle Benig nga Tatang da ket isu ti kaasitgan wenno kadekketan nga kasinsin daydi nagawan met nga Dios ti Alwad na nga Tatang mi. Idi nabiag da pay, nganngani minalem nga adda idiay balay daydi Uncle Benig ket agtungtongtong da ken tul-tulongan na nga agbanban (agaramid ti pagreppet ti pagay)daydi Tatang mi agingga na iti sumipnget. Nangngeg ko pay idi nga kunkuna daydi Uncle Benig " inton mangabak ka nga Mayor Kasinsin, maturog tan ton nga dua idiay munisipio". Ngem numan pay napaay daydi nga arapa-ap dagiti agkasinsin, dakami ken daydi kasinsin nga Nador nga adingen ni kasinsin nga Opring, ta isu ti nabati ditoy Pilipinas nga lalaki nga anak da, ti nakatungpal, ta nanipud nagserbi akon a Mayor ditoy ili tayo, saan laeng nga idiay munisipio nga kakaiddak daydi kasinsin nga Nador no di ket iti amin nga lugar nga nap-napanak agingga na idi nagretire a kas Civilian Security Officer ko. (ituloy kon to)
Jose Ginez (Cousin)
November 12th, 2009
How does a crooked man sleep? With his eyes closed!
Geraldine Yamaguchi (granddaughter)
November 7th, 2009
Tay we all miss you. It's so hard not to cry when i see your picture. Especially having that picture you took wearing the Navy Grandpa hat with nanay. I can't wait to go home and visit. I'll be dressed up to see you. Well, I just wanted to stop by and let you know im staying strong for you. Love you Tay.
Russell Feolino (Grandson)
November 6th, 2009
tay, i'm still sad, i'm still heartbroken, i know i shouldn't be, but i cant let go. please forgive me. i know i shouldn't feel this way. since you've been gone, it has been difficult. i will try to stop the tears and i will try to get some sleep. Tay, please give me strength...
Mary Jo Aquino (granddaughter)
November 6th, 2009
Tatay’s Garden

Our Tatay kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
He planted all the good things,
That gave our lives their start.
He turned us to the sunshine,
And encouraged us to dream:
Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem.
And when the winds and rain came,
He protected us enough;
But not too much because he knew
We would stand up strong and tough.
His constant good example,
Always taught us right from wrong;
Markers for our pathway that will last
a lifetime long.
We are our Tatay’s garden,
We are his legacy.
Thank you Tatay, we love you.

Memories with Tatay

The love we have for Tatay
Will never fade away.
We’ll think of him, our special grandfather
Throughout each passing day.
We’ll walk into the room
And see his empty chair;
Although we know he’s resting,
We’ll feel his presence there.
The memories of his laughter,
His warm and loving smile,
His eyes so full of happiness,
His heart that of a child.
Memories are forever
Be they laughter or of tears,
Memories we will treasure
Through all the forthcoming years.


We'll always remember
that special smile,
that caring heart,
that warm embrace,
you always gave us.
You being there
for Nanay and us
through good and bad times,
no matter what.
We'll always remember
you Tatay because
they'll never be another one
to replace you in our hearts,
and the love we will always
have for you.
Glenn Ricasa (Granddaughter)
November 5th, 2009
tatay, i miss you so dearly. i just wanted to tell you that thank you so much for raising me, darren and denise since the day we were born. i feel as if this was a dream. i still can't believe it tay. i miss you sleeping in your room, watching t.v. i miss when your outside in the kitchen sitting in your favorite chair watching wowwowee. i miss your loud farts and always getting mad at me when i take long in the bathroom. i will miss you buying us pizza and kfc. tatay, i can't forget all the things you've done for me. thank you for taking me to school since middle school even when you were having asthma and you still dropped and picked me up from school. thank you for everything tay. im missing you dearly. i will not say goodbye but see you later. we will meet later. rest in peace my tatay. i love you alway and forever!
Krissel Camat (granddaughter)
November 4th, 2009
Thank you Tatay for babysitting me when my mom and dad was at work. I miss you. I wish you could stay here for my graduation. I wish you could've been here for my 7th birthday. I will always be with you. I wish I could still talk to you. I will always think of you.
Jasmine Ricasa (Great Granddaughter)
November 3rd, 2009
Tay, thank you for everything that you've done for my family such as taking care of me as a baby when my parents were at work and while you watched me and all my manongs and manangs .It feels like yesterday was yours and nanays 50th anniversary .I remember as a kid till now i remember being hard headed about eating when you tell me to eat haha.I remember those long drives from the bay area to las vegas and my dads slow driving. But when i found out the news I couldn't believe it. It was hard for me at the funeral to see you getting buried. My face was drowning with tears as your casket gets lowered into the ground. I know your looking down on all of us checking if were good, healthy and were eating haha.Thanks for everything from not only me but from the Cabardo family. But yeah tatay hope your resting in paradise and ill see you up there someday.Love and Miss you Tay ...
Karlo Cabardo
November 3rd, 2009
I have never spent quality time with you uncle. I can still recall those times that we'd drive home to the province and stay there for a little bit. But I never got to talk or to interact with you that much. And now that you've already passed away I guess my long time dream would never be fulfilled, to hang out with my favorite uncle. Though we may never have known each other that much, I believe that you'll forever look over me and my entire family. I will treasure those precious memories I have with you and tell my children how good of an uncle you are in that short span of time. I love you uncle.

you'll be missed
amber ubaldo (nephew)
November 2nd, 2009
Tay...there's not enough words in the world to express much I love and miss you. As I sit here thinking of all the cherishable memories we shared, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for raising me into what I am today. I made it into the toughest program in the United States Navy and third hardest school in America due to your much respected guidance. It was hard Tay, finding out what had happened. It felt like a huge chunk of my heart was broken off, but it relieves me to know that you're in a better place now watching over all of us. I can talk to you and lola every night, knowing you're here to help. You were always there when any of us needed you. Tatay, I'm doing well in school and I will be ranking up in December as Petty Officer Third Class. I know you'll be watching my graduation and I know I made you proud. I did this not only for myself, but for you. Tay, I love you....
Russell Feolino (Grandson)
November 1st, 2009
Ate Julie and Kuya Roger, Ate Josie and Manong Marlo, May and Bosing Danny, and the Claridad family..... Tatay Opring is now somewhere ... a place ... peace and quiet and open air. We take comfort knowing that there is another angel watching over us.
Ador Raga (very special friend)
October 31st, 2009
Uncle Opring no words can express how much gratitude i owe you. As far As I can remember you treated me as your own son. The day i arrived from Hawaii you were there to guide me and support me. Thank you very much for everything. "Father, dont fade away from us, cause you will always be a special memory." While I write this I will be drinking your fav beer COORS. I love you uncle.
Edwin Agbunag (nephew)
October 29th, 2009
Tatay thank you for everything! We miss you so much Tay. Thank you for helping me out through the thick and thin and for disciplining me as a child. I'm so sorry that I used to drive you nuts Tay. I can still remember those days when I would do the most ridiculous things and you would chase me around with a slipper saying "Ookininasnan Obiing." You must of been exhausted, but don't worry Tay I've changed and matured. I promise to keep doing a good job in school and to follow Manong Russell and Raphy's footsteps into achieving higher education in school. You inspired me to do lots of things I would never think of doing today. I also hold back tears when I want to break down because I remember you saying,"Don't cry because if you do, I'll cry too," and you would make this face )': That always cheered me up. Thanks for everything Tatay I love you! May you rest in peace. (I know you're still their watching over us Tay, you'll always be kept in our hearts and never fade away.)
Argyll Versola (Grandson)
October 29th, 2009
Uncle Opring, I don't know if I ever told you this, but I considered you and Auntie as my second parents. Both of you made a big influence in my single and married life. And I want to thank you so much for that.

We will miss you a lot Uncle.
Gina Lazo Aldana (niece)
October 28th, 2009
I would like to say thank you, Tatay, for everything. We really appreciate what you have done for all of us in the family. Thank you for shaping me into the great man that I am right now. I will remember the memories that I've had with you throughout my life. And I will always remember the fried chicken you would cook. DELICIOUS! I know you're still here with us which makes me smile =) I try not to cry because I don't want you to slip on the tears we shed when you're walking around. You are such a great inspiration. When I begin writing music and performing, I'm doing it in the memory of you Tatay. And I know you'll be there to watch me (= You are in a better place now. I think you should cook fried chicken for everyone in Heaven. Your chicken is way better than KFC and Popeyes...COMBINED! Haha I'm serious! But yeah, please look over us Tay. Thank you for everything! We love and miss you! <333

Raphy Feolino (Grandson)
October 28th, 2009
Hi Tatang,
Julius and I remember during our annual summer camping that we always tag along with your family, we appreciate that as if we are part of your family.I could remember seeing the happiness in your face spending quality time with all your children, grandchildren and your loving wife.
I might not know you very well, but I see that you've raised all your girls the right way and that your children are reflections of you being a very good father.
May you rest in Peace in the Hands of our creator and let Perpetual Light shine on you..
Bles & Julius Surio
October 28th, 2009
Tatay likes to tell riddles as well. One of his riddles that he always shares with me and others is, "There until there, you can't see it, but you can feel it. What is it? It's the wind!"
Glenn Ricasa (Grandaughter)
October 28th, 2009
Thank you Tatay for everything that you had done for me. I am proud to be your Grandaughter and I know that you will always look down upon me from heaven and will always be with me in spirit. The memories of my childhood till the day I saw you take your last peaceful breath will be cherished always. I love you and will keep you in my heart forever.
Glenn Ricasa (Grandaughter)
October 28th, 2009
Both Manong Opring and his wife Manang Bitang (who hails from Asingan -- Alejo family) are my distant relatives. In Ilocano, kunada man a doble-doble a panagkakabagian. Our family roots can be traced back from the original Ginez clan -- one of the pioneer inhabitants of Santa Maria during the 300+ years of Spanish colonization in our native Philippines. Most of them are the so called adventurous but hard-working Ilocanos from Narvacan and other neighboring towns in Ilocos Sur. My paternal great-grandma is Paula Ginez. Manong Opring and I are "one generation gap" but I was told to address him "manong". Sursurutenmi kano ti tukad iti panagkakabagian, according to my father. In fact, his two daughters (my nieces), Julie and Josie are even older than me....... I know him to be a disciplinarian and a tough local politician in his heydays as a barangay captain during the pre-Martial Law era. He's gifted with a baritone voice which captures his audience' attention when delivering his privileged "discurso" at usual gatherings within the confines of Poblacion East -- no tiempo ti kompania, pasalaan, kasaran wenno natayan ......... When his eldest daughter got married to a very promising US military serviceman (originally from San Vicente, Santa Maria) at a very young age (without even completing her college course), naglaok nga unget ken leddaang iti immapon ti kaungganna ta damo a mapadasanna a maiyadayo ti maysa nga anak ti sidongna. I knew him to be an overprotective "padre-de-familia" to his five lovely daughters. Marigatan a makaasideg dagiti agarem ti arubayanda ....... Ket dagita gayam nga unget ken leddaang na idi ket nasukatan met ti seguridad ken natalged a masakbayan para ti familiana ta daytoy nga anakna iti puon ken gapu no apay a nakadanon ditoy tanap ti America agraman ti intero a familiana. Today, he can now rest peacefully to his grave. His growing family is now in good shape. Everyone is full of hopes and aspirations for a better and happier life ahead. DIOS TI KUMUYOG KENKA, MANONG!

Reynaldo Arquero (distant relative (through)
October 27th, 2009
" Tang Opring you will always be remembered by us" In behalf of the Villalba family, we offer our deepest symphaty to all of Tang Opring's love ones.
Emilio Villalba (Kabarangay)
October 27th, 2009
Tay, thank you for your guidance and help when my family was having major problem when I was young. I was scared as a child and all I could do was cry and blame myself when my parents fight. You reignite hope in my family by bringing peace and able to settled our matter. It might seemed that every time I see you I tend to ignore you in parties and get together but deep down Ive always respected you. Thank you... RIP
Jeff Cabardo
October 27th, 2009
If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane,
We would walk all the way to Heaven, to bring you home again
No farewell words were spoken, no time to say good-bye
You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why
Our hearts ache in sadness, and secret tears will flow
What is meant to lose you, no one will ever know.

Rest In Peace grandpa. We miss you.
Michelle Perez
October 27th, 2009
I remember when Tatay would always buy all of his grandchildren pizza when we didn't want to eat their Filipino food. Tatay would always put a smile on my face every time I see him. May you rest in peace tatay.
Jamilyn Aquino (Grandchild)
October 27th, 2009
The last time i met uncle was the memorial of Lola Feliza and that was about 13years ago,he told us that he'll be back again for a vacation....but.... that was the last time i saw him...what i missed about uncle is his sense of humor....he's a funny man.He loves fishing ...
Rest in Peace uncle....
Rolly Claridad (nephew)
October 27th, 2009
I remember tatay's jokes, the SAME jokes that he would tell every time. We would still laugh even though we heard them a million times. "When do you close a window? WHEN ITS OPEN!" Haha! That joke really mirrors his personality.
Mary Jo Aquino (granddaughter)
October 27th, 2009
I remember when I first met Tatay. Mj introduced me to him in Mj's sun room. Haha I remember when Mj said "Hey Tatay this is Jon" He looked up at me, gave me a nod, and a sort of "hey" with a grunt. Tatay was so funny. I do miss him. My deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family...
Jonathan Terada
October 22nd, 2009

I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Anthony D. (friend)
October 22nd, 2009
This is the memorial I set up for Cipriano Claridad. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Mary Jo Aquino
October 21st, 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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