Born on March 28, 1919 in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, MATILDE BOLOSON BOSQUE, just celebrated her 100th Birthday with family, relatives and friends at the Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights, Illinois.
Matilde, determined since childhood to be an educator, retired as a public school Master Teacher after her stint as High School Principal of Pacifican Colleges of Villasis, Pangasinan. She earned Elementary Teacher Certificate (ETC), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE), Bachelor of Arts (AB) and Master of Arts (MA).
As a Manila college student, she got married to Bartolome Bosque, Sr., a WWII veteran, formerly with the Presidential Guard Battalion (PGB) in Malacanang Palace under Philippine President Roxas. Husband and wife then settled in Pangasinan where Matilde taught and Bartolome served as Municipal Development Officer (MDO) of Presidential Arm on Community Development (PACD). They have two sons, Bart, Jr. and Mario.
Matilde’s centenary birthday fete was attended by her two younger sisters from Maui, Hawaii, Segundina M. Bolosan and Margarita B. Duran, brother Irineo F. Bolosan of Skokie, and other relatives and friends.
The celebrant’s advice: “While alive, keep learning, go to school, earn degrees.”##
The celebrant, Matilde B. Bosque, with sisters Margarita B. Duran and Segumdina M. Bolosan from Hawaii. Back row: Brother Irineo F. Bolosan and wife Nellie, grandchildren Bryan M. Bosque, Karla M. Goethals, son Bart Bosque, Jr. and wife Vickie, and son Mario B. Bosque and wife Norma.
Centenarian celebrant Matilde with great grandchildren Kaleb and Kendyll Goethals. At back: Vickie and Bart Bosque, Bryan Bosque, Karla Goethals and husband Kevin.
A big bash for 100th birthday celebrant Matilde with grandchildren Bryan Bosque and Karla Goethals and son Bart Bosque and wife Vickie.
An “all girls” picture with honoree Matilde with Pacita M. Jain, Segundina Bolosan, Norma de Vera Bosque, Margarita Duran and Vickie Bosque.
All smiles linger in the company of Mamang Matilde with sisters Margarita Duran and Segundina Bolosan, and grandchildren Karla Goethals and Bryan Bosque.
Part of a bigger group celebrating with Matilde on her “Perfect Score” birthday. Rounding the table: Margarita, Nellie and Irineo, Vickie, Rogelia M. Ramiro, Mario and Norma. Back row: Segundina, Napoleon Ramiro, nephew Edmund Bolosan, Bryan, Karla and Bart.