Lauro V Magnaye
(1910 - 1997)

Profile:
Lauro V Magnaye
Nickname: Lolo Mag

Birth:
Philippines
March 10, 1910

Passing:
Philippines
May 1, 1997


Guest Book
Lolo Mag,
I missed the opportunity to meet you.. I was so amazed when everybody was telling stories about you. I also want to thank you for all lolo Mag.
We love you lolo Mag, you are always here in our hearts
Hannah Bordey (Granddaughter)
May 29th, 2012
An Open Letter To Sir Larry Magnaye
Sir, sorry Sir, that it takes me quite this long before I can write anything to express myself something about you. To be blunt, you are one of the few persons who have carved a lasting impression in my life. I knew your name before we eventually met at the church. My cousin, Romy Lebios, was all praises about you. I heard you were in a vacation at States to be with your daughter who was living there. There was a very important matter to be decided at that time but was hold in abeyance until you came. No major decision of the church would ever be made without your concurrence; I learned later, you were the chairperson of the church council. You always have the final say.

The first impression I had for you was that you were a person of outstanding integrity and wisdom. Your words might be few but they served as a guiding principle to live by. Your pronouncement was consistently backed up by the way of life you were living. You were both Mr. Clean and Solomon. There was a queen of Sheba within me. Like her,I had some misgivings until I saw you personally that you were indeed rich in your integrity, wisdom and material possessions. The things I heard before were just the tip of the iceberg. I was quite awed of you, Sir!

However, there was one thing I noticed from you, Sir, which somehow irked me. Every time we talked, you asked me the same question that made me so uneasy and wanted to coin or invent some answer for it. You interrogated as if we were in a court room. I tried to impress you when asked me what were my skills and I told you driving, typing, farming, t-shirt printing, signage, etc. I sensed you were not particularly interested in my driving skill, typing, and farming. You cross-examined me concerning some business venture I knew and how could I ever reproduce them in bulk. (Tinanong mo po ako kung papano ko ito palalaguin at pararamihin.) To satisfy you, Sir, I bragged that I had the necessary skill to do it. To silence you, Sir, I told you the skill was not at stake but the capital. But I was terribly nervous when you asked Sister Cathy to give me the necessary capital. My God but Sir,. . .

Ugh! when you told us to prepare because you were leaving on a long vacation, my heart raged within me. I wanted to protest. Not yet, Sir. Do not leave us yet, please, Sir. Although you have made me typewrite the “Sayings Culled From The Nuggets Of Wisdom”, I felt they were not enough. Nevertheless, you were determined to go that was why. . . Sir, sorry Sir, I kept silent for years. I could not believe you were leaving us so soon. It was just all right with me to hear from you that you were leaving on a long vacation but when you hinted that you may never come back, was another thing! I hated to hear that, Sir.

Integrity? Yes, Sir, that’s true Sir. If I could ever think of Joseph-like integrity and fidelity, it would be you, Sir. When you refused a hapless woman and instead sent her to school until she got a degree, it really made me respect you the more, Sir. May be I will never be able to know who she is but when given an opportunity and capability like as you did, I hope I could do the same to others to lift them up from the quagmire of poverty and exploitation to a decent life. Sir, I will treasure your integrity, wisdom and generosity in my whole life. Thank you, Sir. Moreover, I may never be as successful man as you did, but given your example, I would exert and exhaust everything with the God-given faith and wisdom to aspire, believe, and eventually achieve great things in life.

I salute you Sir, as my wise teacher, father, and friend! Again, thank you, Sir. See you in heaven, Sir. Bye for now, Sir!

Bro. Bert Palen

P. S. By the way Sir, thank you for the Dansen polo shirt and the pair of Bally shoes. I was very proud of them.
Alberto palen (co-church member)
January 6th, 2009
Sir, sorry Sir, that it takes me quite this long before I can write anything to express myself something about you. To be blunt, you are one of the few persons who have carved a lasting impression in my life. I knew your name before we eventually met at the church. My cousin, Romy Lebios, was all praises about you. I heard you were in a vacation at States to be with your daughter who was living there. There was a very important matter to be decided at that time but was hold in abeyance until you came. No major decision of the church would ever be made without your concurrence; I learned later, you were the chairperson of the church council. You always have the final say.

The first impression I had for you was that you were a person of outstanding integrity and wisdom. Your words might be few but they served as a guiding principle to live by. Your pronouncement was consistently backed up by the way of life you were living. You were both Mr. Clean and Solomon. There was a queen of Sheba within me. Like her,I had some misgivings until I saw you personally that you were indeed rich in your integrity, wisdom and material possessions. The things I heard before were just the tip of the iceberg. I was quite awed of you, Sir!

However, there was one thing I noticed from you, Sir, which somehow irked me. Every time we talked, you asked me the same question that made me so uneasy and wanted to coin or invent some answer for it. You interrogated as if we were in a court room. I tried to impress you when asked me what were my skills and I told you driving, typing, farming, t-shirt printing, signage, etc. I sensed you were not particularly interested in my driving skill, typing, and farming. You cross-examined me concerning some business venture I knew and how could I ever reproduce them in bulk. (Tinanong mo po ako kung papano ko ito palalaguin at pararamihin.) To satisfy you, Sir, I bragged that I had the necessary skill to do it. To silence you, Sir, I told you the skill was not at stake but the capital. But I was terribly nervous when you asked Sister Cathy to give me the necessary capital. My God but Sir,. . .

Ugh! when you told us to prepare because you were leaving on a long vacation, my heart raged within me. I wanted to protest. Not yet, Sir. Do not leave us yet, please, Sir. Although you have made me typewrite the “Sayings Culled From The Nuggets Of Wisdom”, I felt they were not enough. Nevertheless, you were determined to go that was why. . . Sir, sorry Sir, I kept silent for years. I could not believe you were leaving us so soon. It was just all right with me to hear from you that you were leaving on a long vacation but when you hinted that you may never come back, was another thing! I hated to hear that, Sir.

Integrity? Yes, Sir, that’s true Sir. If I could ever think of Joseph-like integrity and fidelity, it would be you, Sir. When you refused a hapless woman and instead sent her to school until she got a degree, it really made me respect you the more, Sir. May be I will never be able to know who she is but when given an opportunity and capability like as you did, I hope I could do the same to others to lift them up from the quagmire of poverty and exploitation to a decent life. Sir, I will treasure your integrity, wisdom and generosity in my whole life. Thank you, Sir. Moreover, I may never be as successful man as you did, but given your example, I would exert and exhaust everything with the God-given faith and wisdom to aspire, believe, and eventually achieve great things in life.

I salute you Sir, as my wise teacher, father, and friend! Again, thank you, Sir. See you in heaven, Sir. Bye for now, Sir!

Bro. Bert Palen

P. S. By the way Sir, thank you for the Dansen polo shirt and the pair of Bally shoes. I was very proud of them.
Alberto Palen (co-church member)
January 3rd, 2009
Mr. Magnaye is a very kind hearted man.
I knew him from Church in Shepherd, and as "Papa"
of Len. As i hanged around their place then where the church was,i felt how much they loved and respected him.

Whenever he was present, i felt his gentleness
and witnessed his generosity, so no wonder
everyone loved him. He was the most helpful
person i know... for most of us, its easy to help a relative, for him, he was willing to help anyone.

I remember driving him to Laguna or to Capitol for his check-ups, drove him even on his very last visit to the hospital where he passed away.
During the Laguna long drives were the times i learned a lot more about him. He shared how important integrity and kindness was, and how hard work and dedication led him to his success. He shared that family is most important more
than anything else, too.

So much of who he was inside and how he lived, extends to how his family are
today too. He was a very positive influence and role model. Each member of the Magnaye and Cosico family and those i know who have been close to him are all very warm and generous as too.

I have been truly blessed knowing you and your family! Thank you po, Mr. Magnaye, can i call you Lolo Mag?! :-)
Anne Valla (friend of the family)
December 25th, 2008
Tio Thank you all the kindness, unwavering faith,dreams thatyou shared.What you given is something that is lasting and no one can get from our hearts.it is your big heart to love others. I'm thankful to God that you have been a part in my life.Ning
Malou Anora (nice)
December 25th, 2008
Maligayang Pasko, Lolo. It was great reading the stories about you from all of these people whose lives you touched. I wish we had at least one Christmas that I could remember...
Marie Unson (granddaughter)
December 24th, 2008
Growing up with lolo Mag, gives us picture of a man of success, kindness, generosity and faith. I remember after graduating from college (1999) my first job was with Mister Donut the food group of Ramcar, present owners of Motolite. In one of my lunch breaks, I heard employees of the battery group talking about LVM's successes. I really felt proud as I thought, "that is definitely success". His goodness extends not only to family members but to other people as well. I believe his heart is filled with generosity and kindness. People who knows him cannot miss that. A man who never fails to ask, "How can I help you?" Lastly, I know the faith we have today has been his influence to all of us. That I am grateful for, him being a part of my life. He left an important legacy of faith that can last for eternity..Lolo mag you will always be in our hearts.
Janet Cosico Pangadlin (granddaughter)
December 24th, 2008
I call him Lolo Mag. He is a person with a big heart. I remember when my cousins and I took care of him he asked me to play one of his favorite kundiman song "Ikaw lamang ang Aking Iibigin" and that was my piece when I used to have my piano lesson.

I am blessed and thankful to have a Great Grandfather like him.
Karla Rose Cosico (Grand daughter)
December 24th, 2008
Tiyo

Me, as a landscaper, I could describe tiyo as a life landscaper as he would like to landscape one's life and career who would like to see and influence people around him to be successful in their own personal undertakings. He is my business mentor during the peak of my landsacping career and I could see his wisdom in giving appropriate advice for my business. As I could term him an architect of somebody's life through his acquired knowledge and wisdom from God.
William Rodriguez (Niece)
December 23rd, 2008
I thank Tiyo for his gratefulness that he is an instrument to curve my life which where I am successfully enjoying now. He is my mentor in my tilapia business which up to now, is gaining a good edge in sampaloc lake. He had introduced wayback 1970 the floating techniques on how to raise tilapia or nile fish which the fish farmers are successfully following the techniques that broke down the traditional fishing and introduced a floating fish technology, An idea that no body believed, but when he had the first harvest, everybody followed that ripples and echoed to the 7lakes of San Pablo City, as far as Taal Lake. He was known to the fish folk as "MAG".

This legacy will remain to the fish folk farmers as they remember "MAG", as they call him "THE ACHIEVER".
Lourdes Rodriguez (Niece)
December 23rd, 2008
I am so thankful to lolo mag that he was an instrument used by God to influence my parents to achieve their goals. I have missed my lolo mag's shcolarship foundation and I would be believe that he would appreciate it because I'm one of the top students in our class.

We miss lolo mag...
Paula Cosico (granddaughter)
December 23rd, 2008
I missed the opportunity to be with lolo mag. I heard a lot of good and amazing stories about his life, how he was able to reach from rug to riches, from plain shine boy to a corporate company President.

Love You Lolo Mag.
Joshua Cosico (Grandson)
December 23rd, 2008
Lolo Mag can be described as so generous,so kind, with a strong faith in the Lord. He's the kind of lolo who never forgets his family and friends.

I remember when he gave me a pair of t shirt and pants as a graduation gift. I was so happy that time. He always give Christmas gift. Way back 1990's, we usually spend our Christmas in San Pablo,in his rest house. Then we sing Christmas carols,with my cousins,tita's, tito's with him. After singing we fall in line in front of him then he gives us "aguinaldo"(money).

We are lucky to have him as our lolo. Lolo Mag left a legacy that will never be forgotten.

We love you Lolo Mag.
Patricia Cosico (granddaughter)
December 23rd, 2008
He was famous or his name. He was the most discipline and the most intelligent person I've ever known.

He always think of the welfare of the people around him, especially his love ones.

He will always be remembered by the people he touched the heart and spirit.
Joyce Capili (granddaughter)
December 23rd, 2008
Tiyo Lauro as I remember is a strict but loving, generous person. He always tell his favorite verse in the Bible:

I Corinthians 13:4-7

"Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud. Love is never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand it's own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong. Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the costs. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them, and will always stand your ground in defending them."
Susan Eco (Niece)
December 23rd, 2008
Tiyo Lauro,

He is God's blessing to me cause I can describe him in two ways:

1. He is a Father to me, that took care of my every needs living a
life that is full of decency and with high moral. He was an
instrumental by the Almighty God for my education that I
graduated as an Electronics and Communication Engineer. He had
play a role as a father for me for thirty years before he left
the earth. He is a good disciplinarian. He always quote "It's
better to have an honest centavo than a stolen pesos". He has
nurtured me with a good character and a positive attitudes.

2. He is my Mentor both secularly and spiritually. He always make
sure that all his relatives especially the young ones during our
time to attend sunday school bible study. He would get angry
once you skip bible study and followed one on one counseling. He
had strongly advise me to take an electronics course, but my
first preference is Agriculture. I had a great respect him so
much so I took what he advises and it indeed the best one
because I was able to work in multi national company that
manufacture micro chips.


He will remain in my heart as long as I live because He had lead me to fear the Almighty God, Our LORD JESUS CHRIST. He is a blessing to all people whom he work with. He'll remain a good example.
PYTHAGORAS COSICO (NIECE)
December 23rd, 2008
Tiyo Lauro
Tiyo Lauro is kind. He is strict when it comes to our studies. He is so religious and loves composing essays about the Bible. He always helps the needy. He helped a lot of people, especially his nieces and nephews for them to finish their studies. He had helped our family a lot, the Cosico Family and because of him, I graduated college having nursing my course.
PYTHAGORAS COSICO (Niece)
December 23rd, 2008
I can describe him that he always promote truth in all my dealings. He has thought me to fear God and led me to thirst upon the word of God. He always insipire me in my studies and other undertakings. He is a man that fear God. He'll remain in my memories as long as I live.
Marcelina Cosico (Niece)
December 23rd, 2008
Tiyo

I can describe him that he always promote truth in all my dealings. He has thought me to fear God and led me to thirst upon the word of God. He always insipire me in my studies and other undertakings. He is a man that fear God. He'll remain in my memories as long as I live.
Marcelina Cosico (Niece)
December 23rd, 2008

Tiyo Lauro,

He is God's blessing to me cause I can describe him in two ways:

1. He is a Father to me, that took care of my every needs living a
life that is full of decency and with high moral. He was an
instrumental by the Almighty God for my education that I
graduated as an Electronics and Communication Engineer. He had
play a role as a father for me for thirty years before he left
the earth. He is a good disciplinarian. He always quote "It's
better to have an honest centavo than a stolen pesos". He has
nurtured me with a good character and a positive attitudes.

2. He is my Mentor both secularly and spiritually. He always make
sure that all his relatives especially the young ones during our
time to attend sunday school bible study. He would get angry
once you skip bible study and followed one on one counseling. He
had strongly advise me to take an electronics course, but my
first preference is Agriculture. I had a great respect him so
much so I took what he advises and it indeed the best one
because I was able to work in multi national company that
manufacture micro chips.


He will remain in my heart as long as I live because He had lead me to fear the Almighty God, Our LORD JESUS CHRIST. He is a blessing to all people whom he work with. He'll remain a good example.
PYTHAGORAS COSICO (NIECE)
December 23rd, 2008
Tiyo Lauro is kind. He is strict when it comes to our studies. He is so religious and loves composing essays about the Bible. He always helps the needy. He helped a lot of people, especially his nieces and nephews for them to finish their studies. He had helped our family a lot, the Cosico Family and because of him, I graduated college having nursing my course.
Cathy Cosico (Niece)
December 23rd, 2008
Tiyo Lauro as I remember is a strict but loving, generous person. He always tell his favorite verse in the Bible:

I Corinthians 13:4-7

"Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud. Love is never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand it's own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong. Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to them no matter what the costs. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them, and will always stand your ground in defending them."
Susan Eco (Niece)
December 23rd, 2008
He was famous or his name. He was the most discipline and the most intelligent person I've ever known.

He always think of the welfare of the people around him, especially his love ones.

He will always be remembered by the people he touched the heart and spirit.
Joyce Capili (granddaughter)
December 23rd, 2008
Lolo Mag can be described as so generous,so kind, with a strong faith in the Lord. He's the kind of lolo who never forgets his family and friends.

I remember when he gave me a pair of t shirt and pants as a graduation gift. I was so happy that time. He always give Christmas gift. Way back 1990's, we usually spend our Christmas in San Pablo,in his rest house. Then we sing Christmas carols,with my cousins,tita's, tito's with him. After singing we fall in line in front of him then he gives us "aguinaldo"(money).

We are lucky to have him as our lolo. Lolo Mag left a legacy that will never be forgotten.

We love you Lolo Mag.
Patricia Cosico (granddaughter)
December 22nd, 2008
Lolo Mag,
I am blessed that i grow up with you and i thanks God for such a great blessing to me!
I can say that remembering you left a
legacy to us.
Thank you for being a big part of life
that i treasure most!!!
LOVE YOU: RENE
Renante Rodriguez (Grandson)
December 20th, 2008
My uncle Mag has a wonderful heart for everyone.He's my adviser, I learned so many things from him that i can apply to my everyday life.
Im so blessed to have him as my uncle.
Louh Cruz (Uncle)
December 19th, 2008
Lolo Mag... a very generous man, with a very big heart to help. I met him in church and each time i got a chance to talk to him, he always taught me so many life lessons that i still continue to apply today. He was a great man.
Madel Rodriguez
December 16th, 2008
I didn't really get a chance to know you, but I think of you quite often, especially around the holidays... I wonder what Christmas was like with you when I was a child.
Marie Unson (granddaughter)
December 10th, 2008
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iLasting Staff
November 25th, 2008
He was rich and yet so humble. He did not hesitate to tell us his humble beginnings. He readily gave advice and shared his own story when he got a chance.

He had a ready smile for everybody, even to a total stranger like me when I first met him. He showed genuine interest and did not dismiss any story as flimsy or trivial for his intelligence or stature, even our own stories and those about movies. He even exchanged jokes with us.

He made us feel welcome every time we visited and always asked that we be served food and they always had a lot. I cannot forget the different flavors of ice cream and cakes in their fridge….and the roomful of sweet lanzones and endless tilapia in San Pablo.

I could sense the inner joy and peace when he was already old and spending most of his time sitting in his favorite chair and watching TV in his room which was the last time I saw him.
Maribel Uy (friend)
October 8th, 2008
[Note: Originally posted in September 2005, this is my blog entry about my trip to the Philippines that August. It was the first time I'd been back in over 20 years, and I learned most about my grandfather from my extended family who lived there.]

* * *

9.1.2005 -

Lolo Mag's story was one of a man who went from rags to riches. As a boy, he made ends meet by shining shoes, gardening, and running errands for the wealthy. It so happened that he worked for a certain rich man who noticed that he was intelligent and needed to be put in school. Lolo started his studies, financed by his employer, and finished his education in college, graduating a year early with top honors. He then forged a partnership with a man who shared his keen sense in business (who also happened to be my paternal great-grandfather), and together they started a company that eventually became a great success. Lolo Mag, who had spent his entire youth living among the poor, found himself living the rest of his life as a wealthy man.

But he is not remembered as a great man because of his wealth; he is remembered as such because of what he did with it.

Lolo Mag was a man who, in all that he did, kept God's purpose in his heart. He fed the hungry. He bought government property to shelter the homeless. He put hundreds of people through school.

Lolo also never forgot his roots. Remembering the kindness he received as an errand boy, he put one of his own through school and upon graduation gave him a job at his company. And as an employer whose office was on the top floor, he always took the time to get to know the people who worked on the floors beneath him.

I know all of this because one of Lolo's employees is someone in my extended family; he is one of thirteen children, all of whom Lolo fed, sheltered, and educated. I can sit and listen to every single one of them sing my grandfather's praises. As Lolo Mag's proud granddaughter, I delight in every note.

My extended family is a collection of faces from my memories. The women with moles are all sisters; the children they carried then are now young women close to my age. My memories, after all these years, have turned out to be real.

They asked me if I remembered anything about Lolo but the only memory that stands out in my mind is that day we went for a walk along the street together. I now know why Lolo was taking that walk with me. I now understand why he was showing me the children who were playing in the sewer. And if my memory still serves me correctly, I believe I was not the only one he bought a stick of ice cream for that day.

When Lolo awoke from his coma at the hospital a month before he passed, he told my mother at his bedside that he was only back for a while because God told him he wasn't finished yet.

Lolo was a man of few words, but when he spoke, he always shared words of wisdom. He also knew that his actions would speak volumes louder.

Although I feel blessed to be his granddaughter, I wasn't fortunate enough to have had a chance to really know him. I was a child the last time I saw him, and when we last spoke on the phone when I was a teenager, his memory was failing and he no longer remembered me.

Lolo Mag has been with God for several years now, but I see his spirit live on in the people whose hearts he touched with with his kindness and selflessness. Because of what he sowed during his life in the way he treated others, I am reaping the sweetest warmth and a hospitality unmatched during my visit. I am comforted most only because I know I will see him again one day, and I will have much to tell him.
Liza Unson (granddaughter)
September 2nd, 2008
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"Like my sister, I too wish that I could have gotten to know you better and had been able to make more memories with you. But from what I do know and from the stories I've heard, I am proud to be your granddaughter."
Martha Unson
December 29th, 2008
"Tio Thank you all the kindness, unwavering faith,dreams thatyou shared.What you given is something that is lasting and no one can get from our hearts.it is your big heart to love others. I'm thankful to God that you have been a part in my life.Ning"
maria luisa anora
December 22nd, 2008
"Thank you lolo Mag for everything. Thank you for those moments we had with you. We love you..."
Patricia Cosico
December 22nd, 2008
"To a dear Godfather, Blessed are the people like you, who take time to understand, who always can be counted on to lend a helping hand. For all the wonderful things you do, may God bless you. Sallie CapiliCastillo October 9, 2008"
Sallie Capili Castillo
October 10th, 2008
"Thank you itay for giving me the opportunity to work in your company. Am very lucky to have known you professionally as well as on a personal level. You were well loved and respected by all. I will be forever be thankful to you."
Amie Siongco
October 6th, 2008
"Papa, thank you for the legacy you've left us. I'm proud to be part of your life. I thank you for the priceless treasures you've imparted me. I will forever be grateful. I miss you..."
Len Mclendon
September 24th, 2008
"Larry Magnaye has touched so many lives, I am fortunate to be one of them. Many happy memories I have were spent in Sta. Cecilia and San Pablo. Thanks for the memories, Itay."
Joy Gass
September 2nd, 2008
"I am thankful for Tatay (Dad). I will not be where I am now if not for the gift of love that He gave me. Not only have you gave me your love but you gave me all you have to be the person I am now."
Lourdes Unson
September 2nd, 2008
"I wish I had the chance to have gotten to know you better... Thank you for the gift you left behind."
Marie Unson
September 2nd, 2008

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