By Tony A. San Juan, OCT.
November 30, 2016
The celebrant who hails from Cataingan, Masbate proudly related of having met her future husband Frank of Libon, Albay while both were working at Universal Textile Mills in Marikina City. With double degrees in BA-English and BE-Ed, Monina moved to Canada in measured trepidation with her family during the Filipino immigration diaspora in the mid 70s .
A well-known and much-admired community personality, Monina has been a respectable and "regular fixture" in the Ontario political landscape since her coming to Canada and to present. Her lengthy resume highlights having worked as Special Executive Assistant to then Members of Parliaments Derek Lee and Dan McTeague . In public service, she was appointed Ontario Business Ambassador by then Ontario Premier Mike Harris and was the only Filipino member of Team Canada during former Prime Minister Jean Chretien's visit to the Philippines garnering the front page the Toronto Star.
Monina also served as a Board Member of the Toronto Police Services Board and the College of Nurses Ontario. She was also President of the prestigious Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Toronto and FOLSAT, the Filipino Ontario Liberals Satellite. Monina was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
Profoundly expressing her mabalosto birthday greeters led by daughter Michele Serrano, event organizer and youngest sister Nechita Lim-King and son Christopher, Monina, with grandchild Morgen beside her, at her cake candle- blowing "quietly but loudly" wished for a "longer, healthy life with blessed full of love and happiness". The lively gathering together with sumptuous buffet dinner & dancing , top billed by the great and lovable matriarch, was indeed a successful and memorable evening of milestone celebration.( T.San Juan)
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