Bio for Irene Baldovi Corpuz

Irene was born in 1936 in the Philippines, which at the time was a United States territory. It had been taken from Spain following the Spanish American War, as part of the Treaty of Paris, which also granted the US control of Guam (which remains a US territory today).

Irene's father was Miguel Baldovi. He was originally married to Paula Fagaragan, and they had four children. She passed away, and Miguel re-married Eufracia Gamatero (Irene's Mom). Miguel and Eufracia had four children, including Irene, before he died in 1938 of fever. He had traveled to the next province to buy land when he took ill and died.

Irene does not remember her Dad, and has no photos of him. She was six when the Japanese occupied her province as part of the WWII invasion of the Philippines. She described the following events as part of her childhood:

Irene married her husband, Hospicio Tabrilla Corpuz, reluctantly to please her Mom. He was older than her, but her Mom believed it was a good match. Irene initially fled the pressure to marry Hospicio by going to Bagio and working there for a time, but she capitulated after some time.

Irene had three children with Hospicio, who are my wife, Arlene's three oldest siblings. Hospicio went to work in Guam for a few years. After he returned, he and Irene had three more children, one of which was Arlene Baldovi Corpuz, now my wife, Arlene Corpuz Gregerson.

Irene now has 16 Grandchildren. She had never flown until 2007, when we took her to Manila on a plane. She visited us in the United States in 2008 to help care for our daughter, Athena Corpuz Gregerson (born in March, 2008). She came again in 2010.

This page last modified 2010-11-02