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Ruperto Liwanag Aquino
March 27, 1941 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Ruperto Aquino Sr., the elder of identical twins, was born on March 27, 1941, in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. His father, a miner and businessman, and his mother, a homemaker, raised him and his eight siblings.
Growing up, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, swimming, hiking, and playing sports of all kinds. A naturally funny man, he was loved and known by everyone in the small community of Bonuan Boquig as "Rup” or “Rufo." His primary dialect was Pangasinense, but he became well-versed in Ilocano as he frequently visited Baguio City during his teen years.
He valued hard work and helped augment the family's income by selling mangoes in the street. He was involved in the bangus/milkfish farming business by catching bangus fingerlings from the ocean in Infanta Quezon using a long fishnet or troll. It was where he eventually met the love of his life. With his father's prodding, he married Francisca Avellano, whom he had vowed to spend his lifetime with. They celebrated their 60 years of blissful marriage last January 2.
His passion for travel was the driving factor to pursue a career as a bus conductor and dispatcher for Pantranco company, tagging along his kids for long-haul rides to relieve his wife from babysitting. He complemented his life-work balance by attending a short Cursillo seminary course.
He was always the dependable family provider, even when they moved to the US in 1998. Despite his advanced age, he landed a job as a casino porter at Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA, and a kitchen staff member at the Veterans Affairs retirement homes in Chula Vista, CA. He was the life of the party among his co-workers.
He visited the Philippines almost every year until the Covid-19 outbreak happened. It was only in December of last year that he made the sacrifice of traveling back to his country despite his medical conditions to spend quality time together with his siblings, relatives, and loved ones who mattered to him, for which his family was forever grateful.
Ruperto Sr is survived and missed by his loving wife, Francisca; his daughters, Analyn and Fina; his sons, Ruperto Jr and Ronald; his sisters, Caridad, Veronica, Josefa, and Lucrecia; and his brothers, Elpidio Jr and Oriculo.
His memory lives on with grandsons RichterMark, Richmond, and Richard; his granddaughter, Richelle; his sons-in-law, Rene and Romy; his daughter-in-law, Jane; and his countless relatives and friends in the US and the Philippines.
He was preceded in death by his father Elpidio Sr; his mother Toribia; his twin-sister Lydia; his daughter Haydee; and his sister Rosa.