Issue of March 4, 2018
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The life of a market lady III
Rosario C. Quipse
The life of a market lady III

Her marriage to Zacharias Agustin Quipse of Pulilan, Bulacan on Dec. 17, 1946 started her life as a market entrepreneur independent of her parents. Her pasalubong store was No. 336 inside the old stone market. She stayed in Baguio City and tended to her store day in and day out while raising five children. She had two boys and three girls. Her husband was away most of the time being a corporal in the Philippine Army under General Alejo Santos. He was also a PEFTOK soldier and fought in the Korean War.

In 1948 the government awarded houses and lots to government employees in Aurora Hill, Baguio City. The houses were the typical green and white houses found in the old Camp John Hay. Nanay as she is fondly called, acquired a house at No. 129 Ledesma Street, Aurora Hill, where she raised her five children and where she still resides. This government housing project was called Baguio Workingman’s Village established through Executive Proclamation 358 on Dec. 17, 1938 by the Americans. Ordinance 65 s. 1948 prescribed the rules and regulations for the disposition of houses and lots. Nanay loved her new home at Lot No. 12, block 38 surrounded by pine trees.

Nanay sent her children to Saint Louis but only three have finished college. One joined the U.S. Navy and one migrated to Canada. Nanay migrated to the United States in 1993. She would come home every year to attend the Aguinaldo masses and give her Christmas gifts to her 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She believes her good fortune is because of her faith in God, hard work and honesty in dealing with people. At age 88 she had surgery for cancer and she survived. Nanay came back to Baguio City to retire last 2015. Her husband came back on 2012 but passed away last May 2017.

Meet Rosario C. Quipse, our nanay from the Baguio City Market.

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