(January 19, 1948 – November 3, 2019)
We love you, Dely. You’ve touched our lives. Your legacy will live on.
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We appreciate a donation to Adelamar (Dely) Alcantara Memorial Fund, established by the Albuquerque Community Foundation. This fund will be disbursed to various organizations close to Dely. Here is a link: http://bit.ly/DelyMemorialFund
Mass and Memorial Service
Relatives and friends came to the Isleta Pueblo to pay their respect to Dr. Dely Alcantara on December 13, 2019, Friday.
The Memorial Mass was held to Celebrate Her Life at the St. Augustine Catholic Church at 10 am with Fr. Joel O. Bugas, a Filipino priest, as the celebrant, followed by the Memorial Program in the same venue.
John Truitt, saxophone player and former instructor at the Albuquerque Academy (who was Manoa’s music instructor) started the program with the rendition of several songs capped with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, one of Dely’s favorites. He was accompanied by guitarist Claudio Toulouse.
Kristelle Siarza, the master of ceremonies, introduced the speakers who were relatives and friends: Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, Fe Caces, Diana Rebolledo, Lane Gatewood and finally, her husband, Dr. Ted Jojola.
The City of Albuquerque announced a proclamation that November be the Dr. Dely Alcantara month. The Proclamation was brought by Liz Keller, Mayor Tim Keller’s wife, and was announced at the reception by Ted.
Digna Pena, Dely’s sister and her husband Al, were present. Some of Dely’s friends and relatives who flew from different states such as New York and Hawaii came to pay their respect. There were approximately 250 people who attended.
The reception was held at the Church’s Hall. Thanks to Shiela Jojola Gatewood, Myrna Samson, and Kristelle Siarza for coordinating this event as well as relatives and friends from the Filipino, Asian, and Isleta Pueblo communities for bringing the food.
This is the second Memorial Service for Dely. The first was held at her birthplace, Moncada, Tarlac, Philippines, in November after her ashes were brought from Narita, Japan. It was held at her school, MAJIC Learning Montessori School. MAJIC stands for Manoa Alcantara Jojola International Center. Click on: MAJICAL.
See acknowledgements, articles, letters and video clips below.
(Written by Tessie Greenfield, FANHS RG, for this website, Dec. 17, 2019.)
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Articles & Letter
Albuquerque Journal: Article about Dely, Dec. 8, 2019.
UNM News: UNM ARTICLE ABOUT DELY
Dely accepting the Dolores Huerta Award.
FAFNM Christmas Party honoring Dely:
- Dr. Christopher Gonzaga, medical doctor and composer, dedicates song, Di Na Magtatagal (It Won’t be Long) to Dely’s legacy.
- Past Presidents of FAFNM Recognized as a continuation of her legacy.
Albuquerque Academy Medicine Wheel at the Albuquerque Academy, in honor of the late Manoa Alcantara Jojola, Dely and Ted’s son.
Dely founded or/and pioneered the following:
- MAJIC Learning Montessori School in Moncada, Tarlac, Philippines, Dely’s birthplace. MAJIC stands for Manoa Alcantara Jojola International Center. Click on: MAJICAL.
- Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande the 20th Chapter of FANHS, 1998. Visit: 2019 Pamana Award and Past Pamana Awards.
- NM Asian Family Center, 2006.
- Filipino American Foundation of NM, 2004 (former Filipino American Association of NM).
- Filipino American Community Council, 2012.
- Founded with Dr. Ted Jojola the Manoa Foundation.
- Manoa Endowment for Cultural Diversity at the Albuquerque Academy, Manoa’s alma mater, New Mexico, USA.
- A Medicine Wheel was built in Albuquerque Academy in honor of Manoa. See video clip: Medicine Wheel in honor of Manoa.
- Manoa Teen Apprentice and Ensemble Performance (summer program) with Tricklock Theater Co., New Mexico, USA.
- Halle Manoa, a building which was used by NM Asian Family Center and Filipino American meetings.
Compiled by Tessie Greenfield (FANHS RG with help from FACC) for this website.
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