January 14, 2012 - NANAY UPENG

Honoring and mourning my beloved grandmother, Nanay Upeng, who passed away on Friday. She was the fire that lit the hearth of the Balares family. A strong woman who raised nine children - as a widow - through World War II and decades beyond. Grandmother and great-grandmother to dozens of us who look up to her. A paragon of faith, grace, and strength. She lived a full life and was surrounded by so much love. She is survived by over 100 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She lives within us and through us.