Al Jaug Adlaon
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Al Jaug Adlaon
  • July 1, 1955 - August 18, 2014
  • Rockaway Park, New York

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A Time to be Born: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you'''" Jeremiah 1:5 (NAS). Al was born on July 1, 1955 in Ozamis City, Philippines. He was the second child of six children of Aldegundo Adlaon and Leah Jaug Adlaon.

A Time to Plant: "'''go on building houses and living in them, and planting gardens and using the fruit of them." (Basic English Bible). Al was a life-long learner. As a young boy, he attended Misamis Annex Elementary School in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines where he graduated in 1968. He then attended Ozamis City High School completing his high school education in 1972. Al was a journalist but his true calling was that of a teacher. It was through teaching that he was able to plant knowledge and skills in the students he taught. As soon as he graduated with his Bachelor of Journalism from Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental in 1977, he responded to the call of teaching and worked as an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Mindanao State University (MSU), Iligan City, Philippines- a position he held in the late 1970s to early 1980s. He was also an editor of a local newspaper in Iligan City while working at MSU.

A Time to Build Up: "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." Proverbs 16:3 (NIV). As assistant professor at MSU, he explored opportunities for professional advancement and was awarded a grant as an 'East-West Center Grantee' which brought him to the University of Hawaii-Manoa (Honolulu, Oahu, HI). It was at the University of Hawaii-Manoa where he received his MA in Communications in 1985. In 1986, he began doctoral studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and returned to the Philippines to conduct his research focusing on Political Science. He put a halt to his doctoral work when he was recruited by Vilbros, Inc., Holmdel, NJ, USA to become the editor of Philippines Today, a position he held in the late 1980s to early 1990s. While working as editor for Philippines Today, he pursued his MA in Journalism at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). He graduated in 1992. He took early retirement and became a self-taught financial adviser. Al was a member of Silliman University Alumni Association, the Riverdale Chorale Society, and the Philippine Jaycee Social Club.

A Time to Love: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love'''"
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV). While working at Vilbros, Inc., Al met Saniata (Sany) Reyes. They were married on December 9, 1988 and resided in Manhattan until 1991.

They moved to Riverdale, NY where they lived until 2009 after which they moved to Rockaway Park, NY. Al did not have children of his own but was surrounded by a multitude of nephews, nieces, grandnephews, & grandnieces here in the USA and in the Philippines. Nephews: Filchin Ng and wife (Ara), Renz Joseph Adlaon, Nicolai Indangan (Philippines). Nieces: Tracy Antipolo and husband Anthony, Zoe Abeguela, Megan Dagundon and husband Almer, Janalee Naparate and husband Nathaniel, Michaela Adlaon, & Maria Veronica Indangan (Philippines). Grandnephews and grandnieces: Tre-An, Jomerie, Shayne, Trixie, Anrae, Ayetha, Chinara, Tenchimuio, Marco, Jania (Philippines). In addition, Al was also surrounded by the extended family of Sany: The Allados/Jensens, Bonoans, Buenos, Reyeses, Samsons/Calubs, Tadlys/Butads, and Villagomezas together with the Chan and Murphy families (Philippines, UK, New Zealand, & USA).

A Time to Keep (A Time to Cherish): "Well done, good and faithful servant''' Enter into the joy of your master." Matthew 25:21 . We will remember Al and his passion for politics and reading especially history and philosophy; his love for music; his love for all kinds of sports especially tennis; his love for taking long walks at the beach; his love for travel which gave him the opportunity to practically see the whole world; and his love for exploring places especially the off-beaten paths.

A Time to Die: "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43 (NIV)
Al departed our earthly world to transition to the paradise of afterlife on August 18, 2014 at 12:22pm. He is preceded in death by his parents Aldegundo and Leah Jaug Adlaon, his brother Dante, and his sister Lilith.

A Time to Weep, A Time to Mourn: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:3 (NIV) Al is survived by his wife of 25 years, Saniata (Sany) Soriano Reyes; sisters, Marlene Adlaon Ng and husband, Hang Yan (Philippines), May Adlaon (NY), Mariver Adlaon Indangan and husband, Geraldo (Philippines), and sister-in-law, Julia Adlaon (Philippines).

A Time to Heal: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. Sany and Al's family thank you for your love & support as they journey toward healing from their grief. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Al J. Adlaon to the 'United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia' (UBCHEA) specifically for the benefit of 'Silliman University'. UBCHEA's mailing address is: 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1221, New York, NY 10115.