Tuesday, October 31, 2017



Very caring, compassionate, kind, loving, devout Lutheran
Exceptional skills in handicrafts, crocheting and knitting
Returned to school in her 50’s to learn library technology
Loves books, animals, especially her dog “Petunia’s Mom”
Always thinking of the many cancer patients needing care

Joyfully lives with Don in their very sweet and cozy home

Shawls and caps for numerous cancer patients were made
Conscientious woman who continuous to thank many “sisters”
Observes the reactions of young people whom she supports
Totally grateful for the family assistance when she was ill
Thankful to Almighty God for all the blessings receives daily

                     Happy Birthday!!!
       Laura B. Corpuz – Oct. 12, 2017 – laurabc@fsmail.bradley.edu

                Cullom-Davis Library – Bradley University

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Serves the good Lord above that’s showering her with a lot of blessings
History of Old Peoria is so interesting, admires remarkable information
Eras of jewelry she collected are trully amazing, shares stories about them
Regarded grandmother so high for all the jewelry she treasured all her life
Years were spent, learned the beautiful, tropical and welcoming Hawaii
Loves animals like cats, rabbits, sheep and lambs that make her happy

History of own family, admires relatives’ precious and sweet moments
Archaeology and numerous old books she enjoyed reading with passion
Interested in Victorian jewelry and many antique kinds of collectibles
Gardens with beautiful and colorful flowers are pleasing and gorgeous

Patterns of quilt, cottages, and adorable designs for warm blankets
Enjoyed work in Serials, Special Collections and Reference Departments
Tea pots of different designs and enjoyed tea time with Anna Marshall
Especial attention given to Bradley students needing research materials
Reference Desk duties at the Bradley University Library is challenging
Sincere wife and happily married to Doug for ten years in Peoria, IL.
Only son’s name is Jacob and loves him very much with all her heart
Never will she forget the many happy years at Cullom-Davis Library

                                    Enjoy your retirement!!!!!

     October 3, 2017 Laura B. Corpuz * laurabc@fsmail.bradley.edu

Thursday, June 15, 2017


                      ANITA A. MACPHEE

Artistic, creative, imaginative, and thinks of anything that’s pretty
Nurtured her only son, Scott, and guided him to be successful in life
Intricate works can be seen in all her shirt, dress, and gown sewing
Treasures her good old friends and treats new friends like shining gold
Accommodating and happy lady who makes you feel so comfortable

Avails herself when she is needed by her family, friends, and relatives

Many hours were spent teaching cultural dances to many FASCI members
Always anxious to see her grandson especially at Christmas and holidays
Choir member in her church and directs the Peoria Santo Niño Choir Group
Party is always lively when present for she adds laughter to make it more fun
Handicraft work is one of her favorite hobbies that displays a lot of her skills
Enjoyed making her little nieces look more beautiful when they were young
Engineering is her profession and she worked for CILCO for several years

               FASCI (Filipino-American Society of Central Illinois)
                          By: Laura B.Corpuz   - June 7, 2013


Friday, March 24, 2017



Boys and girls, young and old, everyone present is very beauteous
Always ready to perform, sing, dance or recite poem are desirous
Laughter, fun, games, stories told to family are really hilarious
A number of family members to meet relatives are quite anxious
Tender is the roasted pig, chicken, fish, vegetables are very delicious
Bountiful are foods set on the table that are all good and sumptuous
Array of scrumptious sweet desserts, ice cream, and lots of mangoes
Totally complete satisfaction of those that felt event is victorious

Camaraderie forms when other cousins make bonding very gracious
Lovingly approach by cute little ones with smiles that are luminous
Amazing and coordinated participation in program are fantabulous
Numerous displays on the stage and old photos are truly wondrous

Registrants enjoy the friendship, caressing atmosphere, time precious
Excitements of those with prizes and Easter Eggs are really obvious
Uplifting are the stories told by family members are just marvelous
Nice and warm weather made the reunion very successful and joyous
Inspired by the happy and tight family relationship, super prestigious
Overjoyed by the attendance of those from distant places, so fabulous
Never was a dull moment with the energetic children that are gorgeous

By: Laura Balatbat Corpuz * jollybc2@gmail.com * March 19, 2017

Monday, October 10, 2016

          ROWENA D. STONER

          R-adiant is your attractive face with very bright smiles all the time
          O-verjoyed is amazing family, Jack, Anna Marie, Jennifer Lynn
          W-onderful personality welcomes everyone with wide open arms
          E-nergetic and loves working at Cullinan Properties in Peoria, IL.
          N-ieces, nephews, relatives highly regard and treat you with respect
          A-nxious and excited about the life ahead of her family on the go

          D-elightful and gorgeous FASCI model and a long-time member

          S-isterly attitude to Alma, Arlene, Chat, Cindy, Connie, Donna, Elvie
          T-rue friend to Evelyn, Gina, Jhossana, Leta, Lodgita, Lolita, Lucy
          O-pens heart to Marissa, Nerissa, Nena, Ofie, Razelle, Roe, Sarah, Sheila
          N-ice, courteous to Ernie, Rene, and male Filipino staff at Par-A-Dice
          E-njoys colleagues and all family members’ professional achievements
          R-ejoiced and thanked God for the awesome, adventurous trip to Korea

                        Happy 50th Birthday from Ric and Laura Corpuz * 9-8-16

Friday, October 7, 2016


P-riscilla, an ancient Roman name, meaning passionate and compassionate
R-aised by parents Paul and Marie Paulson on a huge farm in North Dakota
I-nspired by the good music played by the famous “Royal Filipino Orchestra”
S-weet smiles attracted Phil when band played in Peoria after World War II
C-ooked lafse, crub and baked bread, angel food cake, and sweet cream puffs
I-ntimate, friendly, amiable, approachable, caring woman all her happy life
L-eisure times made fun by watching stage plays, movies, ball room dancing
L-oves and enjoys the company of co-workers, relatives, and Filipino friends
A longtime member of FASCI and attends St. Paul Lutheran church

M-arian, Hebrew name that means “Star of the Sea” and “Grace” in Latin

R-eminisces exciting experiences of travels in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Europe
A-merican flag was donated by VFW Post 814 Women Auxiliary, Peoria, IL.
M-aria and Amy performed cultural dances and Jason a FASCI board member
O-verjoyed by achievements of Phil Ramos II, Rose Pasquel and grandchildren
S-incere Post Office staff, Tone Master Manufacturing Co. and Art’s Hot Tamales
 FASCI (Filipino-American Society of Central Illinois) By: Laura B. Corpuz * jollybc2@gmail.com * 4/1/15

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Sa bandang silangan ay may natanawan
Talang maliwag sa atin ay patnubay
Ang lahat ng landas na ating daraanan
Liwanag ng tala ang ating susundan.

Ito ay nakaturo sa munting sabsaban
Ng sanggol na tutubos sa sanlibutan
Ang Birhen Maria kay Hesus ang nagsilang
Sa tabi ni Josep na amang mapagmahal.

Pasko ang tawag sa dakilang araw na ito
Maligayang maligaya ang lahat ng tao
May handa si Ninang, si Lola, at si Lolo
Hinihintay tayo upang magsalu-salo.

Laura B. Corpuz, Nov. 13, 2009

               PASKO NA NAMAN!

Pasko ay araw na pinakahihintay-hintay
Ang lahat ng tao ay nagmamahalan
Sapagka’t si Jesus sa ngayon ay isinilang
Kagalakang lubos ang dulot niya sa bayan
O talang maningning sa tatlong hari’y sumubaybay

Nang makita nila ang hamak na sabsaban
Anak na sanggol kalong ng Birheng mahal

Napaligiran sila ng mga hayop sa parang
Ang lahat ng pastol at mga tupa ay nagpugay
Mahimbing ang sanggol sa Inang kandungan
Awit ng mga angel ay masayang pakinggan
Nagdiriwang ang madla dahil “Pasko na Naman.”

This is an acrostic style of writing poems

Laura B. Corpuz, Nov. 13, 2009

(These were used in Topeka, Kansas last Christmas 2009)