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The Church They Built

By TINA JACINTO

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Jojo Concepcion, Ronnie Concepcion, Menchu, and Tessie Campillo

Calm and radiant, Menchu de las Alas Concepcion’s demeanor exuded elegance, yet that of a strong and character-filled woman, and the sparkle in her eyes exuded depth. Recently, together with her husband, industrialist and captain of industry, Ronnie Concepcion, they celebrated their 60th anniversary and the renewal of their marriage vows at the Pedro Calungsod parish–sanctuary of Padre Pio, Sumulong Highway in Antipolo. Menchu confided,

“The secret of our successful marriage is commitment to the marriage vows. With commitment, everything follows—love, dedication, involvement, patience, and fidelity”

The splendid setting of Menchu and Ronnie Concepcion’s anniversary celebration at their Concepcion resthouse in Antipolo

On the lighter side I had always kept myself attractive and looking good so Ronnie would not look at other women. And on Ronnie’s part, life was never dull, never boring because he was a very intelligent and interesting person, full of life.”

At first, Menchu preferred to have traveled abroad with their whole family. With the desire of her friends to see the church that she had built at their La Veranda property on Sumulong highway, she was prodded on to have the celebration. “The church is our family’s way of giving back to our Lord.” Oozing with dreamy charm, the ceremony in the renewal of vows was a dreamscape. Menchu walked down the aisle escorted by youngest son, Ton, with Robie, Jojo, and Patrick who walked ahead. Anna, their great- granddaughter was the flower girl. Standing before the altar was husband Raul accompanied by daughter Rica.

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Ton Concepcion

 

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Menchu Bautista and Amelita Guevara

Menchu cherishes her over 50 years of blissful marriage. At the dinner reception, they handed out a journal titled Giving Back, a compilation of her thoughts on her journey of life. She had to accept the fact that due to his illness, Ronnie was not the person he was before. Each guest received a copy with Menchu thanking the Lord for a journey that spanned eight decades. Her experience will bring awareness and foster a better understanding of this disease. The reception at the Concepcion resthouse, La Veranda in Antipolo was filled with close friends and relatives, and the old society reveled in the outpouring of love by the family members with speeches. In lieu of gifts, donations were earmarked for the San Pedro Calungsod parish in La Veranda, Antipolo which will benefit the youth and students in the area.

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Jehan Rodriguez, Ada Mabilangan, Menchu Concepcion, Bingbing Quiroz, Shirley Coronel, and Jun Rodriguez

 

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Narcing Mabanta, Nene Quimson, Vic Reyes, and Maridol Mabanta

 

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OV Espiritu, Johnny Litton, Philip Mabilangan, and Ada Mabilangan

 

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Jehan Rodriguez, Ada Mabilangan, Menchu Concepcion, Bingbing Quiroz, Shirley Coronel, and Jun Rodriguez

 



Source: Manila Bulletin

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