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Fondly called "Andoy" and born 98 years ago in Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, he was 22 years old when WWII broke out in December 1941. At the time, he was enrolled in the ROTC program while taking up a teaching course at Philippine Normal College. Two years into the war he married his childhood sweetheart, Baldomera "Mameng" Africa, who was 2 years younger at the time.

After the fall of Bataan, he joined the organized Filipino resistance called the Luzon Guerilla Armed Forces (LGAF) squadron #267 consisting of 150 Filipino men under the command of Maj. Robert B. Lapham, civil engineer Henry McKenzie, and enlisted man Bernard Anderson of the US Army. The squadron was involved in harassing the Japanese occupation forces to keep their attention away from the incoming American Liberation forces. During this harassment, 41 members of the squadron were killed in an all-day encounter with the Japanese forces in Munoz, Nueva Ecija. His squadron was also attached to the 92nd evacuation hospital where 500 American prisoners were rescued from the concentration camp by the American Rangers and Filipino guerillas. After the Japanese surrendered in 1945 he was called by the Philippine government to continue teaching. His services in the armed forces were recognized by the United States Department of Defense by virtue of a decree of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He came to the United States in 1976 after retiring as a Math teacher and school room teacher for 30 years. He worked for another 10 years in Chicago as a Sr Accounts Group Health Administrator with Blue Cross Health Service Corp. Retiring in 1986, he spent his time with his wife traveling, visiting with family and friends to the Philippines and to their four children in Washington, California, Illinois, and British Columbia Canada. They finally settled in Puyallup in 1992 to be close to their youngest daughter Evelyn and son-in-law, Jesse Tiamson.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Baldomera, and their four children - Edgardo, Juanito, Merla, and Evelyn, and their spouses, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Reserved and quiet in his own special way, he loved reading, gardening, carpentry, watching war movies, and his favorite TV game show, Jeopardy (his answers would beat the contestants). These are the sweet memories he left behind for his family to remember and treasure forever. Bernardo passed away May 10, 2017, with his loving family by his side.


Fondly called "Mameng", she was born 96 years ago in the Philippine province of Nueva Ecija, in a small town called Nampicuan.

In 1937, she graduated from Arts & Fashion at Commonwealth Business College in Cabanatuan, the capital of their province. She pursued her passion in master dressmaking in Manila, the capital of the country at the time, by working at the popular Tres Chic, a couture dress shop of Filipina movie stars and high society ladies.

When WW2 broke out in 1941, she evacuated from the city and set up shop with six seamstresses under her employ at her hometown with her own label called, "Mameng's Creation". The shop built up a huge customer following from several towns and cities including the USA. Two years into the war, she married her sweetheart, Bernardo Tabora, in 1943.

She migrated to the United States in 1976 and found work at the Clothing Dept of Marshal Fields in Chicago, IL. When her husband Andoy found an opening at Blue Cross Blue Shield, he encouraged her to apply for a position there and was hired at the Records Dept. They both retired from the company after 10 years of employment.

They spent their retirement years traveling and visiting their loved ones. They eventually settled in Puyallup WA to be close to their youngest daughter Evelyn and husband Jesse Tiamson for over 30 years.

She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and oldest sister to her three siblings. She was very creative, witty and smart. She was a good storyteller, endowed with generous heart and always ready with her advice and prayers. These and her love of cooking are sweet memories we will always remember and treasure. Baldomera passed away May 17, 2017 with her loving family by her side. She joins her husband Bernardo, who passed away 1 week prior on May 10, 2017.

She also is survived by her four children Edgardo, Juanito, Merla, and Evelyn, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Viewing and Prayers for Mr. & Mrs. Tabora - Friday, May 19, 2017, 1:00pm-7:00pm, Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave. Puyallup, WA 98372

Funeral Services
Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. & Mrs. Tabora - Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11:00am, All Saints Catholic Church, 503 3rd St. S. W. Puyallup, WA 98371. 1 hour of viewing will be available in the church vestibule prior to the mass. Reception will follow the mass in the All Saints Parish Hall, across the street from the church.

Tahoma National Cemetery - Kent, WA

Donations In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to : The Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, ATTN : Evelyn Tiamson, 14912 127th Ave. E. Puyallup, WA 98374. Fundraising for Congressional Gold Medals (501 C3, non profit public charity)

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Ben & Merla Tabora Canoy
June 12, 2017 - 01:46

Dear Mom & Dad,
Thank you for the gift of life you shared with us, you were God's gift and our guardian angels to lead us and guide us to Face all the earthly challenges and teach us to be the better person that we hope you wish us to be to prepare us thru our final journey. You gave so much of yourselves to us your children ,grandchildren and blessed to see you feel so much bonding with your great grandchildren if only for a brief moment
Leaving us all alone in this earthly world both at the same time has dug a very deep hole in our hearts very saddened but also with solemn happiness that you go both hand in hand to Face to Face with the Lord.
Eternal rest grant unto your souls Mom & Dad and God 's perpetual light shine
On you and be with him in His eternal Kingdom. Goodbye until we meet again in God s Time
Missing you and loving you always ,
Merla & Ben
Sophia &Alexis

Jenny Africa Ramirez
June 04, 2017 - 17:39

Remembering our dear Tata Andoy and our most loved Ikit Mameng, both whose pain and suffering from the ravages of illness, which were a lingering affliction of their old age, prepared them "for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison".
We pray to our dear Lord for the family they left behind, for peace "which passes all understanding". We meditate on the truth that comes from acknowledging in humble gratitude all that our God has done and is going to do for them and us. As someone wrote, we "first bring our "joys to weep" then our "griefs to sing".
Goodbye, for now, Tata and IKit. You will be sorely missed.Fond memories of our long distance phone conversations and fun times together with Daddy and Mommy will forever remain in our hearts! Hug our dear Daddy for us, please.
Till we meet again.
Maeng & Jenny

Arturo Garcia
June 03, 2017 - 18:45

May God bless and embrace and welcome home them with love. And their blessing flows down to the families. God bless!

Zenaida Crisostomo Slemp
June 03, 2017 - 01:52

Evelyn and Jesse,

I have gotten to know both of you from the various organizations which we have actively been involved. And even with all the activities that keep you both busy. Your loving care for your parents has always been your top priority. After reading about their full rich lives, I know what extraordinary parents they are. Jesse, your active participation in the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society is a testament to honoring Evelyn's father, Bernardo Tabora. One of the heroes of the Greatest Generation. He was a courageous and gallant soldier who we thank for sacrificing his life for our freedom. And Evelyn's mother, Baldomera Tabora, a strong Filipino Women who through the hardest of circumstances always kept hope alive. Evelyn your parents are watching over you, just as you two cared for them. When you told me they have lived with you and Jesse since you have been married shows the devotion and love you both have for them. We will pray for you and your family because I know how much they will be missed. But remember they both are together in heaven and now are your angels.

As the President of the Calugas Chapter of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society we greatly appreciate your generous donations to help with the Fundraising of the Congressional Gold Medal for our Filipino and American Soldiers for their WWII service between 1941-1946.

Sharon and Jesse Mocorro
June 02, 2017 - 21:57

We are sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. We thank your dad for his service to our country as a Filipino Scout. He will be forever remembered.

We know that behind every Filipino Scout there is a strong Filipino woman. Thank your for being that person in Evelyn's life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn, Jesse, and family.

Sharon and Jesse Mocorro
June 02, 2017 - 21:55

We are sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. We thank your dad for his service to our country as a Filipino Scout. He will be forever remembered.

We know that behind every Filipino Scout there is a strong Filipino woman. Thank your for being that person in Evelyn's life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn, Jesse, and family.

Sharon and Jesse Mocorro
June 02, 2017 - 21:54

We are sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. We thank your dad for his service to our country as a Filipino Scout. He will be forever remembered.

We know that behind every Filipino Scout there is a strong Filipino woman. Thank your for being that person in Evelyn's life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn, Jesse, and family.

BG Retired Oscar and Patty Hilman
June 01, 2017 - 15:13

Dear Jesse and Evelyn, We are truly sorry of your losses. Patty and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of Mr Bernardo Gonzales Tabora and Baldomera (Mameng) Africa Tabora be at peace with our Heavenly Father. We offer you our thoughts and prayers in your lives during this difficult times. When we lose a loved ones on earth, we gain an angels in heaven that watches us. We take comfort that your parents in the arms of God. From our family to yours, please accept our deepest sympathies. We know it's hard, it's painful now but we want you to know that you and Jesse are always in our prayers. Your grief is ours as well. I'm sure that all you have your own, special and private moments that you will cherish and keep to your hearts. May your parents Rest In Peace. Love, Oscar and Patty

Francis and Abbie
May 31, 2017 - 10:49

Tita Evelyn and Tito Jess,

Abbie and I wanted to express our condolences for the loss of your mom and dad. It was amazing to read some of their stories and having a glimpse of what their life was like. To top it all off, they lived to be 98 and 96 years old. That is remarkable and I'm glad that you were blessed to have the presence of your parents for that long.

We hope that the coming days, weeks and months are filled with family, friends, and love as you grieve, support each other and celebrate the lives of your parents.

Again, our deepest sympathy from Abbie, Louie, Lena and I.

We hope to see you soon.

-Francis, Abbie, Lena, and Louie

Noel and Delia David and familly
May 30, 2017 - 20:43

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to Evelyn, Jess and families. Forever Rest in Peace. What a beautiful Life they had, married for 73 years and parted together for Heaven. Inseparable even in death, a Love story worth celebrating.They gave Love and they were Loved, Evelyn and Jess, you guys took very good care of them till the end. Take care of yourselves and they will always look after you. Eternal Rest grant unto them.

Rose Labayen
May 30, 2017 - 14:56

Dear Evelyn and Jesse,

My deepest condolences to all. Rest assure that prayers will be offered for their reposed souls. Thank you for the beautiful tributes about them. May their souls rest in peace. Amen.

Please connect when you can if you happen to be in Florida. Same contact #.
I now live at Temple Terrace area. Take care and God bless.

Percival Campoamor Cruz
May 30, 2017 - 03:41

They were young ones as the photo attests. They loved each other passionately and produced Evelyn and her siblings. Raised kids, worked and provided for the family, counseled the family, shared happy and trying times, looked after grandkids, enjoyed retirement and the blessings of old age.
In their golden years they looked different from how they looked in youth.
They remained the same loving, caring, wise persons though. They stuck together in life and in death went almost together. Pray that the Lord prepared a happy home for them in the afterlife. Bless them Lord and keep them in Your company. They much deserve Your forgiveness and everlasting love. Amen.

Carina T Pinch
May 29, 2017 - 09:37

3813 Mountainview Place

Evelyn, Jesse and family, please accept my sincere condolences for your parents' passing.
God Blessings be with you as you mourn their passing, but as you celebrate their lives and their special meaning for you all.
I did not have the privilege of knowing your parents but reading others' postings, I can tell what a special couple they were!
God Bless!

gene and karen lhotka
May 28, 2017 - 22:00

We are sorry for your loss. He sounds like quite the man, christian, patriot, etc. I am sure he will be missed by many. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. May you have peace in knowing where he is and you will meet again.

Edwin Africa
May 28, 2017 - 01:37

We're praying that God grants peace to the departed souls of Tata Andoy and Ikit Mameng. Be strong always and draw strength from the Lord. Our deepest sympathy for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Eternal rest grant unto the souls of Tata Andoy and Ikit Mameng and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. AMEN.

Edwin, Myrna, PJ, Lia, Mico & Sarah Africa

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